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E Readers

Nick_Hilton 13 575 2 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2013 6:36PM
I am trying to choose a basic e reader for my girlfreinds birthday.
I think either a Kindle or Jobo what are peoples thoughts and the range of books for each ?
Or is there a better cheaper one that supports the most amount of books?

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camay 11 139 3 England
20 Apr 2013 6:51PM
I have a Kobo Touch, I like it, I bought it because I can buy books from lots of sources, but it can be a bit hit and miss turning pages. Worse, a few weeks ago before going on holiday I decided to add some books, the software was upgraded and the Reader froze. The suggestions to reset it have failed, it will have to go back and it is out of warranty. Googling the problem has found others in the same situation. But I still don't like Amazon having a monopoly on what I can read.
StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
20 Apr 2013 7:18PM
I have a Kobo Glo, and it is the best by far that I've used, and I've had 5 others including Sony, and Kindle. The built-in light is the absolute answer. Camay, you should have no problem resetting your Kobo touch. Press a pin in the tiny reset hole and wait till it goes through its procedure. I'd buy the Kobo Glo over and over again as a pure ereader. I use Calibre as my organiser on the PC and it recognises the Kobo readers, so I just transfer books from there.

PS: the first thing I did in the setup was disable wifi, it saves battery life, and no advertising.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
20 Apr 2013 7:39PM
Kindle Paperwhite. Basically a book reader. Battery life is amazing. I got a cheap leather case to go with it that switches it on and off when you close the cover. Mine was bought for me as a present and I'm well pleased with it.
KenTaylor Plus
13 3.1k 2 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2013 7:45PM
Kindle paperwhite unless you want to step up to Kobo
Big Bri 17 16.3k United Kingdom
20 Apr 2013 8:08PM
I have a Kindle keyboard and a Kindle Paperwhite (that I bought for the Mrs, but she prefers the one with the keyboard).
I love the Paperwhite. If you only want it for reading, it's so much better than a tablet (lighter, easier to read, far better battery usage).

I suggest before buying one you actually get your hands on a few to see which you prefer.
Nick_Hilton 13 575 2 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2013 8:25PM
thanks for all the advice
StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
20 Apr 2013 10:35PM
Wow! That new Kobo Aura looks like it might be my next reader, in a couple years.Wink
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
22 Apr 2013 2:05AM
My having acquired a Nexus 7 tablet I was pointed, by Denny, towards an Android app called Cool Reader which is a highly customisable bit of software. In particular you can select a background and turn down the screen brightness (I have mine set at just 6%) to a degree which comes pretty close to looking like e-ink. But is useful in dimmer light - I guess like the new Kindle Paperwhite. Cool Reader's text-to-speech facility is noticeably superior to that of the Kindle: nice when I want rest my eyes for a short while.

Not 100% sure about reading on a tablet, as yet, but it's promising. The glossy screen of the tablet, as opposed to the matte one of the Kindle, is the only drawback and is the only thing which makes me hesitate to suggest you don't bother with a dedicated ebook reader; but it may be a matter of getting used to the screen and - for reading after dark - it is not a problem at all: in fact the gentle backlight is a plus point.

It's certainly nice to be able to break off from reading and, without changing device, check my email, catch up on the news, post on EPZ (Grin) and go back to reading the ebook.

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