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Recent e-book readers akin to the 6" Onyx Boox C67ML Carta?

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 03:39:18 GMT

I broke my small Onyx Boox ( C67ML Carta 6" e-book reader. I am looking for one similar to it. I really liked that the Boox was "pre-jailbroken"—in other words, I wasn't locked into some Kindle or Barnes & Noble store, and I could easily install other apps. I also liked its capacitive e-ink touch screen. What are some new e-book readers similar to the Onyx Boox C67ML that are <$150? Also, I don't care about if it has WiFi or headphone jack, nor do I care if it has a front-light. I'm just looking for something cheap, simple, and reliable. thanks

Touch HD vs. Kepler Pro vs. C67ML vs. inkbook prime vs. suggestions?

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:04:12 GMT

My Boox 60 hasn't survived my last trip home (the screen broke, despite the thick cover), so now I have to find a new ereader. I've already found four candidates, but I'm open to more suggestions (I know about the JDReader or however you want to call it, but it doesn't convince me). A few caveats: * It needs to support multiple formats (at least ePub and mobi) (so no Kindle) * It must not require device registration (so no Kobo and the like) * It has to ship to Australia (I will go back to Europe eventually but for the next 9 months I'm still down under) I will use the device for reading books (as in novels). I don't care about audio or pdf reflow, I have a Boox Max for big pages. I also don't care about TTS and not too much about dictionaries. I also mainly use it in bed, with the device on the bed. I don't care too much where the page turn buttons are then (I prefer the device to have them, though, and the ones of the Kepler are in a very odd position for my reading style) and if really worth it I can do without. Also, I won't use it much probably, but I'd like to have a light built in, just in case. So far, I've found these four options: * PocketBook Touch HD, sold through eBay here: at AU$254 (with the decent shipping option) * Onyx Kepler Pro, sold through BangGood here: at AU$269 (with the decent shipping option) * Onyx C67ML, sold through BangGood here: at AU$192 (with the decent shipping option) * InkBook Prime. For this the only option I've found is to ship it to Italy through Amazon and then have my family ship it to Australia, for a final cost of about 180 € (~AU$255) Some considerations that I've made: Touch HD Pro: a friend of mine has a different model and says pocketbooks are good, nice big page turn buttons in front. Con: doesn't come with a cover, I don't know how flexible the reading app is in terms of options. Kepler Pro Pro: metal back, has cover, has android with play store Con: buttons position, tiny bit more pricy, bit oldish android version (but my boox max with the same version works fine) C67ML Pro: has cover, has android with play store, android is 4.2 (I don't know why it's not the same in the kepler and the max...) Con: - Prime Pro: best CPU of the lot, android Con: worst screen of the lot (212 ppi as opposed to 300 for all the others), no play store (app installation limited? can I install apk?), no cover I'm also a bit uncertain about the flat glass of the kepler and the prime. On one side, it looks nicer and maybe more robust? On the other side, do I get more reflection in direct sun light compared to a matte glass like (I think) the one of the other two models? Does the light work better/worse with the flat glass? Other questions: is 212 ppi noticeably different compared to 300 ppi? What about the difference in cpu power? Is it worth the less dense screen? How is the light on the various devices? Has anyone actually tried the inkbook and can give some opinions? Is the kepler worth the $80 more compared to the C67ML? Keep in mind that I tend to run these devices to the end of their lives. I switched from my PRS-500 (despite the buggy one-before-last firmware) to the Boox 60 just because I got it as a present. I will thank anyone who can answer some of the above questions, give some advice and propose other devices if they have any.

Replacement time for the old Hanlin V3

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 01:23:58 GMT

All, I'm on a Holiday from H*ll. I need to buy a replacement for my trusty Hanlin V3/Open Inkpot reader. I need the following requirements (In order of importance.) 1. Ability to side load my library. 2. Ability to organize my library on the reader (around 1800 books or so). (I would prefer a folder structure as all my e-books are organized so, plus all my other media files on all my other devices are set up the same way - consistency of data interface.) 3. Removable storage. 4. 6 inch or larger screen. 5. Buttons (optional). Any and all help would be appreciated.

Annotating academic pdf (without Sony dpt-s1)

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 07:45:19 GMT

Hello, I am so frustrated that I missed the Sony digital paper dpt-s1. In fact I even was in Japan a few months ago, trying to buy a dpt-s1 in Sony flagship Store in Osaka: it was discontinued there 5 days before I arrived... To make a long story short, I am searching for a e-ink device with pdf annotations and highlights capacities. The ideal device should also be able to export easily notes (or allow me to export the pdf with embedded notes). To rephrase it, I do not want my notes to be locked in the device. I searched on the forum for weeks, but I feel that users are not fully satisfied with current devices (pocketbook latest device, Boox max n96 or 13"3 etc). Which device in the current or near future market is the best for scribbling on an e-ink screen and reading pdf and exporting notes? Thanks in advance, Jean

Glo died - what to get used & cheap?

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 20:12:52 GMT

Hi all, Stepped in the edge of my Kobo Glo, heard a small *crack*, and knew right away I was now in the market for a new reader. I'm in the UK. Glo was great, and am looking for these specs: integrated light, easily managed by calibre, ability to load my own ebooks without problem. I've been looking for used Glo's and Aura's, since I had a decent experience with Kobo, but I'm not finding much on offer that's as cheap as I expected. Auras around £70 on eBay, found a Glo on gumtree for £50... I may still go that route, but was wondering if there are other ereaders with those specs that are more available and discounted on the used market - any ideas? Thanks all! Allie

EReader with physical buttons :)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:10:35 GMT

Hey everyone. Thanks in advance for letting me pick your brains :) My arta tech onyx book t68 has had bootloops since 6 months after i bought it, but it's now gotten to the point where it now needs to be plugged in if in use. Alas firmware updates were no help. :( I also have a paperwhite i bought last year. It's fine, but I really miss real buttons. I do like the book store, but reckon I'll have it on hand when i feel like buying or reading a book from Amazon. Does anyone have a good recommendation for a new reader. I don't mind ordering from overseas, but prefer it be less than $200 worth shipping. What would be nice : -physical page turn buttons - at least 274 ppi -Backlight Less essential -android of with play store for calibre companion and installation of public library apps - ability to change warmth of Backlight and broad range of light intensities Don't care about -screen size - waterproofing - book store Does anyone have a reader they can recommend?

E-Reader Calibre compatable

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:03:42 GMT

Ok, so a couple of years ago i got a 6th gen paperwhite as an xmas pressie and since its been my main e reader, i used to have an old kobo (really old one, big rubber button thing on the front). I use calibre to keep all my eBooks organised ... yeah it doesn't like kindles, having to manually organise 1000+ books into collections was a PAINFUL experience. I tried jailbreaking the thing, but after 6 hours of headbutting the wall I gave up. I've had it up to the teeth with Kindles god awful organisation capabilities. I am not much for coding. What I need is; Easy integration of calibre for collections with as little fuss as possible (ideally with a "For Dummies" guide in plain english) Front light as I am a nurse who frequently works nights Good battery half decent durability as it will almost never leave my hand or bag and is liable to get the odd knock not too heavy, i don't want what we call here as "wankers cramp" in my wrist dont need a store as i just plug it into my PC Wifi again is nice but il hardly, if ever use it. not worried about price. I live in UK. Suggestions welcome.

What device has physical buttons, a large screen, and no flicker?

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 01:48:35 GMT

I have a large collection of comic books, in PDF format. I'd like a device with the following features: * Physical buttons, no touch screen. I really do not like using a touch screen, as the screen quickly gets smudged and scratched. * Magazine-sized screen, approx. 9-11". * No flicker. I do not have a need for any other features, WiFi, color, etc. Can anyone recommend a device matching these criteria?

Comprehensive review sources out there assessing ALL (non-Kindle) devices?

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 13:55:50 GMT

Who are the main (non-Kindle) players (or just players) in the e-reader business? Bookeen Kobo Nook Onxy Pocketbook Tolino Trekstor What else? In one universe, only Kindles go for me, since they have the Oxford Dictionary, which I thought was a must for me. In an alternative universe, however, really anything goes, but instead of picking a specific model, let's evaluate the companies making e-readers, based on factors like - Support, warranty - Design (hardware, software) - Value (best bang for the buck) - Using the latest and greatest technology (if such a thing exist in this field) Hackability (the ability to add custom dictionaries, for example) - Regional availability (Europe and North America, let's assume I have equal access to both markets, to make the competition even) Do not assess specific models, but the brands themselves, based on the above parameters. To make it simpler, I don't care about the ecosystems (I read DRM-free, my only requirement is that I can add DRM-free material onto the device), just the devices (and the companies behind, support, design, etc.) themselves. Feel free to give each company a star rating: 1 to 5 stars. Thank you! Are there any comprehensive review sources out there assessing ALL (non-Kindle) devices?