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Other e book readers

Discussion in 'General' started by gymman39, 20 Jan 2011.

  1. gymman39

    gymman39 New Member

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    what is the best one out there???..can u get away with a cheap one or do you need a top of the range one?
     
  2. Teelzebub

    Teelzebub Up yours GOD,Whats best served cold

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    I bought a kindle maybe not the cheapest but I would say well worth the money.
     
  3. GreatOldOne

    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

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    Cheap ones are best used with the latest celebrity 'autobiographies' - You know, things 'written' by Jordan and the like
    Top of the line ones are best used with the Classics. In fact, you can only read Shakespear on the most expensive of the lot.

    ;)

    Sorry - I'm sure someone will be along to answer your vague question more meaningfully in a minute. :)
     
  4. M7ck

    M7ck Ⓜod Ⓜaster

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    Amazon Kindle, pretty much the best there is. Going for the cheap option I would consider a second hand Kindle or a second hand Sony ereader.
     
  5. Silver51

    Silver51 I cast flare!

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    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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    Kindle 3 Cheesecake.
     
  7. saspro

    saspro IT monkey

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    Kindle 3 all the way
     
  8. <A88>

    <A88> Trust the Computer

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    Not that I haven't already used every given opportunity to boost Amazon's revenue for this year, but Kindle 3.
     
  9. gymman39

    gymman39 New Member

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    sorry silver but i have been away for 3 months and didnt see the other thread
     
  10. Silver51

    Silver51 I cast flare!

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    Nah, it's cool chief. Stuff sinks from the front page pretty fast.

    BTW, Kindle comes in two flavours, 3G and WiFi. I'm never anywhere where there isn't a WiFi signal, but if you do find yourself out on the move 3G allows to stay connected. They also both have built-in browsers, but the e-ink display means that it's a very simplistic experience.

    For reading books, well, they're perfect. They weigh very little, are easy to read (e-ink cheesecake) and unaffected by ambient light.




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  11. gymman39

    gymman39 New Member

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    cheers guys
     
  12. b0ng0

    b0ng0 Reddomitlum

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    I got a kindle for Christmas I can safely say it's awesome. So long as you're wanting something just to read books and aren't looking for an iPad alternative (it has a web browser but it's shifty at best) then it's great. The E-Ink is really impressive and the battery life is incredible. I've had wifi on and off since the beginning of January and it's sitting at a little under 50% (I haven't turned it off this whole time either, just locked it).
     
  13. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    Another vote for the Kindle here. The screen is just... Well, amazing. It looks like paper and has NO glare whatsoever. It's a brilliant design and is so easy to use. The technology for that screen is just amazing. My mum thought it was a sheet of paper on top of the Kindle the first time she saw it, she had to stroke it to be sure!

    Plus the battery lasts like a month on a single charge! I never turn it off, just lock it and leave the screensaver on.
     
  14. Repo

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    Your existing Windows Mobile/Nokia/Blackberry/Android phone + Mobipocket (Windows Mobile, Palm, BlackBerry or Symbian) or WordPlayer (Android) + Caliber

    No point in paying for £111 for something that's not even backlit when you can use your existing device :thumb:
     
  15. dancingbear84

    dancingbear84 error 404

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    I disagree repoman. I stare at a screen with a backlight from 7am almost constantly till midnight on phones lappy PC TV etc and my eyes feel strained when it gets later in the day. Bought the old man a kindle and I was amazed at 9pm I found I could sit and read with no eye strain. +1 for kindle. The kindle app for android and ios is good though if you are wanting to read for a few minutes but don't have the kindle to hand.
    Couldn't comment on cheaper alternatives buy Amazon have it pretty much bang on id say with the kindle store
     
  16. <A88>

    <A88> Trust the Computer

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    Yes there is. I use the Kindle app on my iPad but the actual Kindle device is far more enjoyable to read on. LCDs may not nescessarily be harmful to your eyesight as such but e-ink is still miles better for reading.
     
  17. Teelzebub

    Teelzebub Up yours GOD,Whats best served cold

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    Kindles are with out doubt the best ebook reader there is.
     
  18. deadsea

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    I'm in the same situation. Thinking of getting a ereader too. Unfortunately no one wants to ship to my corner of the world... Anyhow,the cheapest one is actually the top of the range one aka Kindle 3. Best battery life, best screen.

    But if you intend to borrow ebooks from your library or buy books from anywhere other than amazon, that's likely to be a big no no. Kindle doesn't do epub. Might want to consider the nook or the kobo if that's important to you. Expect worser battery life though. 1-2wks at best vs nearly a mth. And a e-ink screen that's simlar or slightly better than the kindle 2.

    All have terrible file management for 3rd party books. But the Nook can be rooted to fix that (Trook). So yeah, information overload and I personally can't decide between the Kindle and Nook.
     
  19. b0ng0

    b0ng0 Reddomitlum

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    Also, if you have a document file (e.g. pdf, .doc, etc.) you can email it to your kindle email address with the subject as "convert" and it will freely conver the document for your kindle and sync it automatically. This also works for other languages as well (have tested with Chinese and Japanese).
     
  20. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    You're right, it doesn't. It does, however, support mobi, which is an open standard for eBooks. I buy my ebooks not from Amazon but direct from the publisher, and any publisher worth their salt will have epub and mobi as their options. Your library should too, otherwise it needs to rethink how it gives them out.

    Kindle supports the following:
    MOBI
    PRC
    TXT
    PDF
    AZW
    TPF
    JPG
    GIF
    PNG
    BMP
    HTML
    DOC
    MP3

    Also, it can read ePub, but you have to run it through a free piece of software called Calibre first. Convert it to MOBI and you're done.

    Don't forget Kindle's ability to look up words on the fly in the document you are reading, as well as the ability to read comments about passages of text from other vetted readers.

    There is also the Kindle Development Kit (KDK) that allows developers to create new applications for the Kindle and allow it to do more things than simply read a document (for example, browse the web).

    The ability to have certain documents and files converted for free to a readable format by emailing username@free.kindle.com is an amazing system as well, and I've used it multiple times.
     
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