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Looking for the optimal reader? Unsatisfied with all of them? Get help from our expert forum members

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Old Kobo is dead, need a replacement.

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:00:25 GMT

So, recently I have broken my Kobo aura screen (still don't know how but the device isn't working so...) and I need a new one. My budget is 200€ more or less. I always used Kobo devices, but i broke two of them in 5 years so I would prefer to have something more resistant. I don't like Amazon restriction on kindle and I have some books purchased on the Kobo store that i still have to read, so i would prefer to not have that kind of restriction. I also have eyes issues and I need large fonts. I was satisfied with the Kobo ones (I was going with only e-books when it broke because my sight is quite bad) but I want to upgrade. I travel a lot so I need a device that is quite resistant. Also next year i'm starting university and I will purchase only e-books so i need something that actually can read well textbooks, pdfs and notes. Even if I am going to spend something more than my budget, but i don't really have a lot of money. I live in Italy and buying outside of EU is expensive because I would have to pay custom taxes and vat and on a purchase of 200€ these are quite high. :thanks:

Dissatisfied Kindle user, looking for a reader I can organise books better on

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:46:26 GMT

I have a Kindle PW3 that I barely use. I can't jailbreak it since it's updated too far. A lot of things annoy me about the Kindle: the ads that I can't seem to get rid of, the way the collections system works (it takes forever adding books indvidually), the fact that I can't use my tags/shelves/etc from Calibre or Goodreads, the fact that everything has to be mobi. I do like the size and weight of it. I want an e-reader that is just as easy to hold in one hand and read from, that weighs very little so it doesn't hurt when I lose grip and drop it on my face in bed (stopped using my iPad for reading because of this). A good form factor/nice design, with e-ink and a backlight. And most of all, I want to be able to customise things after my own needs, as much as possible. Like being able to use tags or categories from Calibre, or else my shelves from Goodreads, being able to sync with my PC, let me pick fonts, screensavers, etc. If I have to jailbreak it, it should be easy. Ideally the manufacturer actually cares about making things better for the end-user, and jailbreaking isn't necessary because they get that people should be able to do what they want with their own device. I've never really looked to much at ereaders and Googling has given me an overwhelming amount of results. It's hard to see from sales pages how the actual OS of a device works and how easy it is to organise books and so on. Does the device I want exist? Where can I buy it? I really appreciate any advice you guys can give on the matter! Sorry if I'm being annoying/asking stupid questions! Budget isn't an issue. I live in Sweden. Thanks in advance :o

Kobo Glo HD like device, but with a micro sd card slot?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:57:46 GMT

I really enjoyed the convenience of being able to quickly transfer large files to and from the detachable micro sd card on my older Kobo Glo, it was a lot better than the slow (and somewhat finicky) usb slot. I purchased a Glo HD as a step up from the Glo, and it is an improvement in many ways, however the lack of access to a microsd slot can be very irritating at times. In conclusion, I was wondering if there was an ereader with similar quality and features to the Glo HD, that also has a micro sd slot. Thanks!

Another Kindle or Kobo aura one? Or something else???

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:07:12 GMT

So far, in the past 10 years, I have stayed consistently in the Kindle camp. I had a k1, k2, kk, kpw1, and currently have a kpw2. I'm looking at a new Kindle in the near future, and am trying to decide whether to go with another Kindle (probably voyage, unless they update something big), stick with what I have, or get a Kobo aura one. Things pushing me toward the Kindle side: * I have a large Kindle library currently * I like having personal documents accessible in the cloud * It has worked for me so far * amazon Fanboyism * I'm familiar with the common annoyances and I've read some things saying that the Kobo sometimes has a lot of lag * Amazon cs has always been good to me * I have been happy with the Kindle ecosystem so far Things pushing me toward the Kobo: * Software development books would work way better on a larger screen * I've always liked the Kobo ui, reading life seems pretty cool * More freedom to make changes I want (I'm a Linux and Android user, so I am used to control over a variety of things on my devices) * Overdrive integration would be nice, making it easier to get books from the library I guess I'm nervous about getting the ka1 and hating it, and regretting it. I currently have around 6000 books in my Kindle library, so that is a consideration, but my technical books are not from Kindle, and are drm free, so I wouldn't need to do anything to get those working on the ka1. I do have Calibre, although I haven't moved my Kindle library to it. I am a stickler for the rules, so I've never messed with breaking drm... Any advice??? Am I missing any important issues with either? Are the kobos as awesome as they sound? If you have both, which do you use more?

Backlit e-Reader, least eye strain, & open most formats?

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:06:59 GMT

I am looking for some advice on an e-Reader, which I had intended to buy second hand to keep costs down, but I will consider purchasing a new one also if the perfect device is too new to be available second hand. The main capabilities I would like it to have are as follow: 1. Backlit so I can read at night without a light 2. Least eye strain possible. I do not suffer with my eyes, but I have read about how blue light from a regular tablet can affect sleep, which I can have problems with, and I would rather negate this as much as possible. 3. The ability to load almost all, or most formats, as I have a large collection of e-books from Amazon but also other providers etc. I am happy to root the device, if necessary. Wi-Fi would be nice for transferring files, but this is not a deal breaker. I am happy enough with a black & white display as I want this device for reading books, colour would be a bonus, but not something I want to pay extra for, or sacrifice anything listed above. I watched one review online about the Kobo Aura One, and although this is way over my budget, I would consider the investment if it really is what would suit my needs. I then watched another review, and it really is damning of the Kobo Aura One, intermittent touch response, delay changing pages, inability to select text, and bad PDF navigation. Perhaps I should just go with Kindle Paperwhite and jailbreak it to allow ePub compatibility?

Cheapest large e-ink with light?

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 21:45:02 GMT

I'm looking for something inexpensive that's 9.5" screen minimum. The Kindle DX looks cheapest, but I want a light. So I think my only option is the Onyx Boox N96 ML. Or isn't there an older Onyx which has a light? I am short on time right now, so I could use some help to narrow down my options. Thanks!

Should I get Kobo Aura One+Cover for CAD 210?

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:13:48 GMT

A new one by itself costs CA$250, the cover $60. I would not buy them at full price but I think this deal is just too good. I've been reading about the disadvantages of KA1, and there is a chance it might be a model with the green blotch/uneven light. I have a PW3 that I will sell if I like the Kobo. Or else I could sell the kobo again. Any suggestions?

Kobo Glo HD successor?

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:44:13 GMT

My Kobo Glo HD is slowly dying. The USB socket hasn't worked in months, and now I'm not able to connect to my Calibre server online any longer. It's my preferred e-reader due to the combination of 300 dpi screen clarity and customizable fonts. I'm pretty picky about fonts, unfortunately. What are my options, now that Kobo isn't making a Glo HD anymore? I buy most of my stuff from the Amazon store and convert to EPUB via Calibre.

Kobo Aura H2O vs Inkpad 2

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 20:17:35 GMT

Hi! I am new in e reader's world. I want to buy my first device and I hesitate between two devices: Kobo Aura H2O and Pocketbook Inkpad 2. I will use it mainly for reading manga. Both devices are the same price. Carrying bigger device is no big deal for me. I have two questions I want to ask. Screen quality is most important for me. Does really Kobo have much better contrast and overall quality. I want my manga to look the best possible and to change pages fast and smooth. I have heard that Kobo is a lot better in these aspects. I think about Inkpad 2 because of larger screen and physical buttons. There is also another diffrence about these devices I want to ask about. Kobo has got backlight and Inkpad has frontlight. I will read most of the time in darkness so it is very important to me. I believe that backlight provides better visability and evenly light but what about stress put on eyes? I read a lot on my phone and I sometimes feel that my eyes are tired so if I am going to buy special device for reading I want it to be as easy as possible on my eyes. Is backlight in e reader less stressful for sight than reading on phone with minimal brightness in darkness? Is frontlight in pocketbook easier on eyes than backlight in Kobo? Will I feel noticable difference beetween them? Which one would you choose? P.S. Sorry for my grammar.