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E-book Technology Question

by j168 / April 7, 2013 6:37 PM PDT

Hello Cnet Members!

I have been out of the US now for 5 years and in that timeframe I have heard and seen one of the most fastest evolving tech gadget that I have ever seen. I'm talking about e-book readers. Now, I know this type of thing isn't new, but the advertising and just the rapid evolution from non-color to color screen in a matter of MONTHS is just amazing! I'm trying to keep up with the trends of this reader there but information is limited if you are not in the us so here are some questions, I want to eventually have one of these ordered and shipped to another country.

1. I heard that some have advertisements? If you are out of the country, do these still work? Or are they region specific only?

2. "What I am Looking for": I am looking for a cheap ebook reader that can highlight lines of text like a highlighter and has sticky-note capabilities. Also a bookmark option if there is one. Has anyone used programs like Adobe Acrobat? Similarcapabilities. A zooming option would be nice also.

3. I also would like an option on the type of file it can save. I heard that some use different file-types specific to that brand. I would like one with .pdf saving capabilities so that I can transfer from desktop to ebook reader at my choosing.

4. "Gadget Layout Preference": I want a reader (It can be older if its cheap) that has buttons on the bottom instead of a touch-screen. But I can use a touchscreen if its better.

5. "Tablet or Pocket" I prefer pocket, but if that version has problems, with resolution (like magazines) then I'll stick with the tablets.

Thanks for reading this post! I tried doing research online, but this is hard to do. Your input is greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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After reading this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2013 7:27 AM PDT

You won't like the current crop of readers. It appears you want some android tablet with buttons on it. There are less and less of those so shop around before they are all gone.

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Try your local public library and Amazon
by wpgwpg / April 8, 2013 8:23 AM PDT

My local public library has a lot of good info about e-books with links to other sites having them as well. As far as e-book readers goes, I have a Kindle Fire which I like because it can do email, web surfing, and games as well as e-books. If you only want e-books you can get good ones at lower cost. You could check out the complete Kindle line at Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_3?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=kindle&sprefix=kin%2Caps%2C167 . Barnes and Noble has the Nook which is pretty popular. I don't think any of the above have buttons, but I got used to the touch screen pretty quickly. It's covered with finger prints, but I don't see them when mine's powered on, and I NEVER clean it.
Good luck.

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