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Old December 6 2009, 07:44 PM   #16
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Old December 6 2009, 07:46 PM   #17
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I've had a Kindle for a few months and absolutely love it. My wife is considering the Nook, so whenever the hell that becomes available we'll be able to compare.
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Old December 6 2009, 11:23 PM   #18
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i still use my old Pocket-PC (a viewsonic model), all i use it for these days is reading e-books, i throw it in my bag when i'm going to be sitting around waiting somewhere.
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Old December 7 2009, 12:45 AM   #19
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I don't really care for Apple stuff, tends to be more expensive, and tied in to their own proprietary software.
Don't most existing e-book readers only support e-books from their own formats? Meaning, there's no super-reader that works with them all?
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Old December 7 2009, 12:50 AM   #20
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I don't really care for Apple stuff, tends to be more expensive, and tied in to their own proprietary software.
Don't most existing e-book readers only support e-books from their own formats? Meaning, there's no super-reader that works with them all?
Not really a lot support epub, txt, html, mobi and other formats. Kindle has its own format, and sony has its own format, but most of the ebook sellers sell in one of those widely used formats.
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Old December 7 2009, 12:58 AM   #21
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Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm not really after a backlit device they're not the best for reading books on and tend to cause eyestrain when reading for long periods, and I'm not too bothered about a music player. I have a pocket PC which I barely use, and an MP3 player that I never use either. I have a phone for surfing the web on the move.
Seems like you have too many devices. Need to consolidate.
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Old December 7 2009, 01:08 AM   #22
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Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm not really after a backlit device they're not the best for reading books on and tend to cause eyestrain when reading for long periods, and I'm not too bothered about a music player. I have a pocket PC which I barely use, and an MP3 player that I never use either. I have a phone for surfing the web on the move.
Seems like you have too many devices. Need to consolidate.
Not really. I have them because I like gadgets, got them thinking they'd be useful, and to an extent they have been. Just as new things come along I get them and I no longer need the old ones.
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Old December 7 2009, 04:40 PM   #23
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An interesting review:
http://technologizer.com/2009/12/06/nook-review/
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Old December 7 2009, 05:31 PM   #24
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i personally don't feel e-ink technology is fluid enough yet. It's just so clunky to navigate, turn page, the page refresh is too slow as well. I did the eye test at the store... read to the end of the page, hit the button and move my eye up to the top again as if I turned the page. It was only halfway through the 'refresh' when my eyes reached the page starting point. Apple Tablet isn't a great solution because its still backlit LCD.

I wonder if there's some way to combine the screens... it's a backlit LCD until you hit a button and the backlight goes off and it becomes an eink screen.
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Old December 7 2009, 07:36 PM   #25
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^ That's pretty much how I feel. I think e-readers are definitely a wonderful invention that I would love to get my hands on, but the technology is still too primitive. It's just too new. I'm waiting for the "format wars" to end and for one (or two) amazing e-readers to come out on top. I'm waiting for something like the Apple Tablet.

To put it in video game terms we're dealing with a whole bunch of crappy, overpriced systems that can only play Pong. I'm waiting for the NES.
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Old December 7 2009, 08:49 PM   #26
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Apple Tablet isn't a great solution because its still backlit LCD.
How do you know? They haven't even made one yet.
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Old December 7 2009, 08:53 PM   #27
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Apple Tablet isn't a great solution because its still backlit LCD.
How do you know? They haven't even made one yet.
Because it's supposed to be a tablet PC style device, or a scaled up iPhone/iPod touch type device, thus would be a backlight LCD/OLED device and not a eInk or ePaper style device.
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Old December 7 2009, 11:26 PM   #28
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Did you get one in the end Bob? If not, take a wee look in Borders. I saw they had some e-reader reductions amongst the melee that currently is their shop floor.
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Old December 7 2009, 11:58 PM   #29
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Did you get one in the end Bob? If not, take a wee look in Borders. I saw they had some e-reader reductions amongst the melee that currently is their shop floor.
There's no Borders near by, closest one is in York I think.

After looking around I figured a Kindle would be the easiest choice and ordered one yesterday, but after reading up on a lot of different readers I've cancelled it, decided to wait for either prices to come down or better devices to come out.
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Old December 8 2009, 12:05 AM   #30
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I haven't tried it yet but, they say the Sony touchscreen eBook is more like page turning a page. I still don't get the big deal about the eInk and ePaper. I never have a problem reading from a computer screen.
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