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Cheapest, smallest e-reader that isn't a Kindle

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:49:32 GMT

I got a Cybook Opus five years ago. It stayed with me through thick and thin, still worked perfectly and I fully intended to use it until it physically fell apart; unfortunately, not two hours ago some lowlife stole my coat, and the Opus was in one of its pockets. I'll spare you the sadness and anger, and I'll skip straight to the question - I need a new e-reader to take its place. The first requirement is that it be cheap. Like, really cheap. I just emptied the disposable savings account for something else and can spare precious little money for non-vital purposes. Fortunately I need absolutely no special features - no backlight, no touchscreen, not even WiFi - I just need something into which I can load DRM-free epub files and which will show them on the screen. I don't even need it to be a good screen - I'd always used the Opus with the refresh disabled and had no problem reading even with all the little imperfections that came up after the third unrefreshed page change. The second is that it be small. The Opus had a 5-inch screen and would fit into a large pocket with its faux-leather pouch; something of similar size would be good. This is going to be strictly a travel reader, as I already have a ten-incher for when I'm home. The third is that it not be a Kindle. I emphatically don't want to futz around with Calibre converting my rather extensive library of epubs into mobi to suit Amazon's proprietary system, especially since I have no intention of ever using their store. Anything out there for me?

Limitations of moving to kindle PW from kobo?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:10:11 GMT

Hi, I'm a Kobo Glo HD user & was going to buy my wife the same. However I see it's been discontinued & the Aura 2 is lower res. That brought me to the Kindle PW. However I seem to remember once before that I bought a kindle, and the ability to sideload from calibre was crippled - particularly with regards to organising things in collections. I also seem to remember that certain firmwares were a lot more limited as to what you could do. However reading around the forums, it looks like that can be solved by jailbreaking & using collections manager, and that can be done irrespective of firmware version? So can I just check - as regards ease of sideloading & organising in calibre, are there any limitations of going to the kindle PW? If I jailbreak to make sideloading easier, can I still buy & load things from the kindle store? Thanks!

What's the best option for under $200

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:12:21 GMT

I originally bought the Nook GLP on Black Friday for $99, but it was horrible with PDFs and comics, felt too small (I'm a 6'5" 240lb giant) and had no way to organize my personal collection (about a thousand books and comics on my Calibre server). So I'm looking for the best options for comics, PDFs, and eBook format that's under $200. Are the waterproof features worth it for the Kobos, or should I be looking at Android eInk tablets instead and not worry about waterproofing? [*] Basic requirements are good comic/pdf handling.[*] Some sort of library organization for my personal library.[*] Under $200.[*] Not trash Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk

Eyes cannot use tablets. Need 8 inch e-ink reader

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:50:01 GMT

Hi I am looking for a e-ink device which is at least 8 inches or more. I will be using this mostly to read text documents, books and pdf's which are mostly text based. I have had a kindle previously but found the screen too small. I cannot use tablets due to my eyes being sensitive to the displays so I need to find an E-Ink. I do not mind too much about apps but would like it to use android if possible but that is not a must have required. Also it would be good if it had an SD Card slot Can anyone suggest any 8 inch tablets I have found this inkbook that seems to meet my requirements but I do not know if it is any good I am getting confused when looking on here as seem to see the inkbook appearing by a variety of manufacturers. If anyone can suggest any devices I would be very very thankful Thanks

Broken Kobo Glo HD, what next? Life changing decision

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:58:40 GMT

Hey guys, so after 1 year of use and a lot of drops my kobo glo HD has broke (I know I should have taken better care of it). I did not realize how fragile eReaders are. Anyways... I am faced with the following options and I can't seem to make a decision: 1) Buy another Kobo Glo HD $189 and perhaps invest in a good case (I had the kobo beige cover, please recommend any goods ones) and this time take better care of it. 2) Repair my iPad Mini 2 Screen, $130. Just use it for books, articles, PDFs, maybe some browsing, but most things I do on my phone, Galaxy Note 3. 3) Invest in a Kindle perhaps the Oasis ($549), Voyage ($349) or the latest Paperwhite ($269). Suggestions for this would be great as well. I don't mind the Amazon ecosystem, and there is a way I believe to convert ePub to Mobi and hopefully make it readable. Expensive option, however i'm not sure if the cost is justified since I have some books bought from the Kobo store. 4) Save up for an iPad Air since it's super light. I love the flexibility of the Kobo - how I can use books from multiple stores and the use of ePub, the iPad has the same flexibility as well. I am also very concerned with durability, of course I will be taking much better care of it, but I mean I don't want random vertical/horizontal lines of death when there has been no fatal incident. Right now I think buying a new kobo or repairing my iPad screen is the most cost effective option. What do you guys think? Never had much experience using a tablet as an eReader so insights from others with experience would be appreciated aswell. Has anyone held their kobo for more than 1 year?

Which 10 inch e-reader should I buy?

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:08:07 GMT

Hi, I've been thinking of buying an e-reader for a while now. I do not have experience reading from tablets\e-ink devices. I mainly read from laptops and it is inconvenient. I have watched many videos of different e-readers and also read some of what people have to say in this forum. It seems that 10-13 inch device is the size for PDF reading. What I am looking for in a device - * Can handle PDF properly. * I prefer 10 inch over 12-13 inch device(mainly because of the price difference but also because 13 inch seems inconvenient?). * Quick page turns and easy to adjust the page view(it doesn't have to be as fast as tablet but I have seen some devices with 5 seconds page turn). * The less zoom in\out the better. * Dictionary is fast and easy to use(a possiblity having 2 languages would be great). I currently have the Onyx Boox N96\N96ML in mind as it seems to fit most of my needs but my concerns are that some people complained about the software being somewhat "buggy", for example - Scribbling\typing on a PDF and then it won't save it. Some reader apps on the N96ML don't support the page turn buttons. On the N96(capacitive touch), if you put your hand on the screen while scribbling it might interfer? I saw some complaints about the dictionary and I need to be sure the device will have a proper dictionary as I mentioned above(does anyone know if it is possible to implement a dictionary app from the store on reader apps?). The lack of 10 inch e-ink readers(let me know if there is a better option than the N96) made me think that maybe a tablet(Ipad Pro?) could be better since the hardware and software are probably better, but LCD\LED is not e-ink and there is the price difference aswell. I would appreciate it if people who have experience using tablets\e-ink devices(preferrably 10 inch) would help me. -Maybe someone knows if there will be a new 10 inch device worth waiting for in 2017? Thanks.

Kobo Glo HD Replacement

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:18:00 GMT

Haven't visited for awhile as I don't have the time to play with gadgets like I used to. I've always had both a Kindle (back to K1) for Amazon books and an ePub reader. A huge Sony fan back in the day PRS-505/350/650...then switched to Kobo. (Am I the only one who wishes Sony was still making eReaders or am I just showing my age? :rolleyes:) A few months ago, I bought a Kobo Glo HD as a backup for my older Kobo Glo. The original Glo only got occasional use as it wasn't as stable as my PW. After initially taking my Glo HD out of the box, I didn't use it as my PW had become my go to reader. When I decided to start using the Glo HD, I noticed the battery didn't last beyond 1 sitting. I didn't check here :smack: (or I would've noticed it was a firmware issue) so started playing with the Power settings and now its a brick...can't charge it, can't reset it. Because the Glo HD is still under warranty and they no longer make it, Kobo CS has offered me a Aura 2nd Edition plus $10 credit. While the cost is the same, it doesn't seem comparable. I am now torn as to what I should do: 1) Take the offer - it's not my primary reader as my Kindle PW gets more use - it just seems like I am going backwards. I've read mixed reviews on Kobo CS here so part of me says I should just take what I can get. 2) Ask for a full refund (my older reader works for the most part) and wait to see if something I want comes along. I am open to suggestions for other brands as I am less than thrilled with Kobo long term reliability after owning 2 but I don't see anything else recommended here. 3) See if I can pay the difference to upgrade to the Aura H2O. Waterproof isn't really a need. I like the idea of a slightly larger screen but the 6" readers seem good for portability/size. Plus not sure if it's worth having an expensive 2nd reader given my less than thrilling experiences with Kobos. My needs are basic and really haven't evolved much with time to play with devices like I used to - lit screen, clear/crisp text (I am in denial about the need for reading glasses and I DO need them lol), ePub, sideload books, collections, Calibre supported, reliable. I know it's largely personally preference but I figure I am torn so appreciate thoughts/input. :thanks:

Tolino, Kobo or something else?

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:21:41 GMT

Hello! My old Sony T1 is slowly dying, so now I'm looking for a good substitute. I hope you can help me decide which on would suit my wishes best. I have already picked out two devices but would be open to further suggestions. The two are: _Tolino Vision 3HD_ and _Kobo Glo HD_ (both about the same price, so no difference there). Here are some things that I liked about my Sony and what I hope for in a new reader: * *epub*: My whole library are epubs, so Kindle isn't really an option because I don't want to convert all my books. * *size*: 6'' with lighting * *downloading epubs from websites*: what it says, mostly from archiveofourown * *calibre plugboard*: I use calibre to tag my books and the plugboard created collections based on the wordcount of the books. I would like to continue using this (or a similar) feature. * *collections*: I used to select the next book I wanted to read by browsing the Sony collections - but that's because I can't tell from the title what the content is - that's why the calibre metadata are important to me, as they appear as collections on my Sony and I can choose based on the book's tags. I'm searching for a reader that offers supports something like that. * *last read*: I had tweaked the Sony to show on the 'frontpage' the books that were recently read instead of those that were added last which was the original setting. Even better would be an option to see the book's summary without having to actually open the book and look inside. (I heard the Kobo can show the summaries.) I just got feedback from church mouse that the Tolino doesn't really offer what I want. Instead the Pocketbook (Touch HD, I think) was recommended to me, but at a fist glance it looks a bit 'chunky'. So it seems that the (now discontinued, but still available) Kobo Glo HD is my best choice - or can you recommend something else?

Kobo or Nook

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:07:18 GMT

Hi, I'm looking for some advice on what to buy for my next e-reader. I have a Kindle, but I am looking to buy a Kobo or Nook to read library books on (I'm in the UK). I am considering buying second hand, but I would like one with a light, so I'm considering the Kobo Aura, Kobo glo or Nook Glowlight. Am I right in thinking all three would do the job? Apparently Nook accounts are no longer available in the UK - is this a problem with using it to borrow library books? The Nook would be cheaper second hand I think - is this due to the fact you can't get an account? Anything else I should bear in mind? Thanks for reading.

1st time purchase, no clue what to look for.

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 19:12:02 GMT

I'm looking to purchase ereader for the first time but honestly got no idea what features they got and what should I be looking to dodge. Can someone recommend buyer's guide or something of the sort. I'd also welcome recommendations: Looking for something that's rather new, runs smoothly and has good build. Would prefer if the device has minimal amounts of plastic and logos around the screen. Waterproof is bonus and would like to be able to open as many formats as possible. I also noted that some devices show ads while you read (??) and that doesn't sound like good times to me. About screen size 6" is what I'm looking for unless there are some new models that are 5". The more space the better. I'm not sure if there's coloured eink, but if there is that's something I'd be interested unless it's stupidly expensive. I don't really care about connectivity as long as it has mini usb port. Can't think about much else right now.

iPhone 7 vs Galaxy S7 Edge

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:20:51 GMT

I'm thinking about two phones. The first is the iPhone 7, the second is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. I would like to use this phone at least 3 years, perhaps 4. Which is better in camera (selfies at night, low light conditions too)? Which would be faster after a year or two? I also heared that the iPhone needs a credit card to entry the App Store. Is it true? Can you bypass it? So the final question, which should I buy from the two phones?


Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:10:05 GMT

Fed Up with Amazon... Looking for a Tablet I can read on Watch & my Vudu Movies on. Don't know a thing about Tablets just Fires from Amazon. So Folks tell me about them [no apple products... way out of my price range] :thanks:

Buying a new e-reader

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:54:59 GMT

Hey everyone. Im looking to buy my first e-reader. I like the price of the Kindle Paperwhite at Amazon right now, but I have a few questions. Will I be able to install Cool Reader 3 on the Kindle or I will have to jailbreak it first. And if I do have to jailbreak it is it still possible to do that on the latest firmware version? If that is not possible can you point me to another model, not much more expensive than the Kindle, on which i can install Cool Reader 3. Thanks.

Expandable TOC?

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 14:47:27 GMT

Hi all, Please can users let me know if their E-Reader/OS supports expandable TOC. I've got a Kobo Glo but it doesn't have/support an expandable TOC. By this, I mean a little 'triangle' that can be clicked to expand part of the TOC. If I use a Bible commentary, it could have '66 books' and then hundreds of chapters within those books. A lot of commentaries, in the TOC they just have the 'books' and not the chapters inside the books - it's absolutely unsuable. It's impossible to navigate where you need to get to. I have 'Moonreader' on my mobile phone and this has/supports an expandable TOC. I need to buy a new e-reader, therefore: Please can users let me know if their E-Reader/OS supports expandable TOC. As far as I know none of the KOBO models (at least when using gerenic Firmware) DO NOT support expandalbe TOC's. Does Nook? Kindle? etc. Thanks for your help:)