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eReader or netbook or????

by 4extremelove / February 16, 2010 10:49 PM PST

Hello all, I am wanting an easier way to read my ebooks with some mobility. I've been trying to compare shop and now Im more confused then I was before. Like anyone I want to get the most for my money, so if I should spend a bit more and get way more then just a reader then so be it. BUT I NEED HELP TO NARROW THE SEARCH, PLEASE. I would like to stay between 200-300 MAX 350. I really just started looking for an eReader didnt require or desire anything more, however, I think I should possibly set my horizons wider. OPINIONS please

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I'd pick a dedicated e-reader
by make_or_break / February 18, 2010 12:13 AM PST

But that's me. After years of using my Sony reader I'm convinced that there's no better way to read digital text than with an e-ink screen. Your eyes of course may disagree, or find that a backlit LCD like a typical netbook uses is at least tolerable. As I like to read for several hours at a time, the typical standard fare LCD screen is not an acceptable solution...for my eyes.

If you feel right at home staring at a white background, backlit LCD for hours on end, feel free to opt for a more versatile device like a netbook. If nothing else it gives you better value for the money. But if you want to spare your eyes from the potential strain, a dedicated e-reader using e-ink technology is definitely the way to go.

As to which e-ink e-reader I would pick...I used my Sony and played with current models at the local Sony store, used my wife's Kindle 2 and played with a Nook (running early firmware) at a local Barnes & Noble...between those I'd probably pick the Kindle 2 as my favorite out of the bunch, though it could still use considerable improvement, most of which will hopefully show up in the next generation. That said, the Nook is supposedly a lot better with subsequent firmware updates, although from various web postings I understand that the battery life still sucks. As for any other e-reader devices, you have to hope someone else posts about those.

One thing's for sure; I would NEVER dream about reading any amount of e-books on my netbook, let alone sadistically treating myself to the actual experience (netbooks are too sluggish to start with, and the typical squat screen profile makes the backlit LCD viewing experience for me even worse than it normally is.

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I think I'm starting to understand this better.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 18, 2010 10:07 AM PST

The Kindle is a backward facing product.
Your netbook or ipad is a forward facing product.

That is, one is looking at servicing the old publication ideas.
The other is your newer ideas about publication.

One is unlike the other and many will confuse the two ideas.

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Mobile phone is ideal for me
by mad_reaper / February 19, 2010 10:22 AM PST

I've read half a dozen books on my tiny mobile phone screen and, for me, that's ideal. It has lots of advantages for me, including convenience, accessibility and flexibility.

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