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Old 18.01.2011, 16:28
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Re: What eBook Reader to buy?

This hasn't been bumped in awhile, so thought I'd share my experience...

Wanted a small reader that would fit in an oversized pocket. Didn't need 3G but wanted wi-fi. Wanted mostly for PDFs and reference manuals with occasional book/newspaper/magazine purchases. Backlighting was considered a "nice to have".

Went with the simplest Kindle (graphite, 6"). Ordered from Amazon U.S. beginning of December and was okay with the 2011 delivery. It shipped from the U.S. on January 13th and arrived on my doorstep the afternoon of the 17th, via Nevada, Louisville, Koeln and Meyrin.

Paid with U.S. credit card and cost breakdown was:

Subtotal of Items: $139.00
Shipping & Handling: $20.98
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Import Fees Deposit $12.16
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Total for this Order: $172.14

The process was extremely painless and I'm delighted with the device. eInk seems much better than last time I handled one. PDF navigation seems difficult when zoomed but may improve as I practice/learn. Only time I've experienced a bit of lag is when flipping between graphically heavy pages (e.g. magazine covers.) Again, very impressed thus far.
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Old 11.02.2011, 11:54
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Re: What eBook Reader to buy?

Two weeks on and I've ordered a 2nd Kindle: the missus wouldn't leave mine alone...

Webbrowser and PDF reading are somewhat clunky, but usable when laptop/smartphone aren't close to hand. Book reading is fantastic. My better half is delighted with being able to position the cursor at the beginning of a word and have that word's dictionary entry appear at the bottom of the screen.

Battery life is decent, though not as amazing as I'd expected (still measured in days, though.) Turning wireless off when unneeded obviously makes a huge difference.

[Forgot to mention: same price and delivery was unbelievable. Left U.S. evening of Feb 8th, delivered in Lausanne before 10:30am on 10th.]

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Old 11.02.2011, 12:09
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Re: What eBook Reader to buy?

I absolutely love my Kindle 3 and use it every day, but I'm now starting to wonder whether I should have got the Kindle DX instead (larger screen)
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Old 11.02.2011, 12:50
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Re: What eBook Reader to buy?

Yes, you should have. My DX just arrived a week ago, couldn't be happier. I'm a fast reader and the screen of the original was a tad too small for my liking.
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I absolutely love my Kindle 3 and use it every day, but I'm now starting to wonder whether I should have got the Kindle DX instead (larger screen)
I'm a big fan of buying *precisely* to match requirements. Considered the DX for the bigger screen... but then it would be too big (Kindle 3 easily fits in the side pocket of a jacket or sportcoat.) I can tote it around the office or take it to a cafe without actually carrying anything in my hands.

I only miss the big screen when looking at a diagram or illustration in a PDF... reading text: no problem. I also wanted something cheap enough that if we misplace one, spill a coffee on it, or it flips out of my pocket and under a tire I won't care. At over 2.5 times the price, the DX doesn't fit my requirements... so basically, what's most important to you?
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Old 19.02.2011, 12:29
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Re: What eBook Reader to buy?

I just saw that Payot (bookstore in Romandie) was selling the booken Cybook opus / Orizon.

Did someone test it ?
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Old 19.02.2011, 13:12
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Re: What eBook Reader to buy?

I haven't got one, but I'm inclined to go for the DX mainly for reading A4 PDFs. However I specialize in procrastination so it will be a while yet.

PS: I wasn't sure should I spell specialize with an "s" or a "z". So Google gave me 45 million results for z and 12 million for s...so I went for z. Is that a valid approach?
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Re: What eBook Reader to buy?

Reviving an old thread- I do quite a bit of reading.

And this clever-clogs friend of mine got herself a kindle. So of course, firstly being dead set against this idea, and loving the old fashion paper, I then tried it. It was funky! AND it fit in my sexy new slimmed down handbag!!!

So, I went into Oriel Fuessli to buy one, I couldn't find one.
So I went into Talia, and they had their own version!

So now I'm all confused.

Any updates on why you chose that ebook?
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Old 27.06.2012, 23:58
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Re: What eBook Reader to buy?

I can really recommend Kindle Touch 3G. I love, love, love it. I was all against e-readers, in the name of tradition of course, but I am converted now.
You can get it from amazon.de or from digitec.ch, but first read the reviews on amazon.com to make up your mind.
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Old 28.06.2012, 00:09
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Re: What eBook Reader to buy?

I've got a Sony. Wanted to avoid being tied to Amazon and able to use libraries. Very happy with it.
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Re: What eBook Reader to buy?

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I've got a Sony. Wanted to avoid being tied to Amazon and able to use libraries. Very happy with it.
Did you get the PRS-T1? Im still really happy with mine despite the odd page turning bug, and there's some great user support at mobileread forums. http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=100
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Old 01.07.2012, 20:43
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Re: What eBook Reader to buy?

Thanks for the views on the Kindle DX. I have hundreds of nerdy pdfs to read. So the DX looks perfect, specially with my fading vision . Despite that I've been procrastinating since it appeared... The only feature (apart from the price) which bothers me is that silly keyboard. What's it good for? They could offer a more compact version,as they've done for the baby Kindle.
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Old 01.07.2012, 21:54
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I've got a Sony. Wanted to avoid being tied to Amazon and able to use libraries. Very happy with it.
I am not sure if this would have helped in your situation, but I use a program called Calibre with my Kindle which can convert all sorts of file types to Kindle readable format, so you could still buy a Kindle but not simply rely on Amazon.

I have no idea if anyone else here is using it?
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Re: What eBook Reader to buy?

OK, so what's changed since the last posts here?

I'm currently in urgent need of a replacement for my kindle, which got trodden on this morning (thanks, J) and now has half a readable screen. It'll go into the junk cupboard along with the two original kindle 3Gs that suffered a similar fate. Unlike them, this was a wanton act of vandalism, so I don't have concerns about its robustness, and would be happy to have another the same, but just wanting to update myself with new options.

J has a Touch model, which frankly I don't think is worthwhile, but the Paperwhite I've not really seen very much. So, a couple of questions:
1. Does the backlit screen reduce battery life a lot, or just a little?
2. On the 3G model, is internet access included like it was on the original Kindle 3G or do you need a separate SIM card and 3G ISP?
3. Is the browser on the Paperwhite the same as on the standard model, or would it actually be usable for basic web browsing?
4. Is the screen really much clearer, such that my slightly poor eyesight might be able to manage in a smaller font?

And in more general terms - are any of the competitor products up to the job yet? I'd prefer to stick with the Mobi format, so we can share books more easily, but converting to anther one isn't much of an issue. And I don't really do much buying from Amazon, so a non-linked device isn't such a bad thing per se.

Any thoughts please, and quick, as I need to replace it before my hols starting a week from today

Edit: And one important question - is there anywhere that I can just walk into and buy a Kindle? I've seen this in UK airport shops, but Inter-Discount don't do them, and it makes me think they're only available direct from Amazon. Is that the case, and also true in France and Germany?
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Re: What eBook Reader to buy?

My son purchased a Kindle Paperwhite at my request from Digitec in Zurich. It took some time to arrive as they were out of stock. As I'm a layman to things electronic (as we know them today) I try to keep things simple.

I've now had it for 6 months and I must say it's easy to use but needs a bit of getting used to. I don't have a mains charger but have to plug it into my PC which is a bit of a nuisance and means that when I'm on holiday I can't recharge it. With regular use - say 90 mins per day, the battery lasts about ten days.

The back lighting is ideal and is easy to adjust, I read in bed in the dark now and feel it's better for my eyes than reading under a bedlight. There are many books available which are free as the copyright has ended. My niece was here from England in spring and (successfully we thought) transferred some of her books to my Kindle but now, almost everytime I want to open one of her books, I get a refusal and am told to delete it as it doesn't belong to my account!

My only real complaint is that the instructions for use are in book form in the Kindle and this doesn't suit me.
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Old 04.07.2013, 13:26
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Re: What eBook Reader to buy?

I have the iPad mini. Love it, but it suffers with glare issues if using in the sun.
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Old 04.07.2013, 13:34
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My son purchased a Kindle Paperwhite at my request from Digitec in Zurich. It took some time to arrive as they were out of stock.

The back lighting is ideal and is easy to adjust, I read in bed in the dark now and feel it's better for my eyes than reading under a bedlight. There are many books available which are free as the copyright has ended. My niece was here from England in spring and (successfully we thought) transferred some of her books to my Kindle but now, almost everytime I want to open one of her books, I get a refusal and am told to delete it as it doesn't belong to my account!

My only real complaint is that the instructions for use are in book form in the Kindle and this doesn't suit me.
Thanks for the info - good to know at least that digitec can supply them. I have two comments on your issues: 1. It should be possible to convert all the books you copied, possibly via a different format, into .mobi files which will allow you to read them. Download the freeware program 'Calibre' to do so. 2. Instructions for use? What's that about then?

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I have the iPad mini. Love it, but it suffers with glare issues if using in the sun.
And a max 10-hour battery life, allegedly. So not really in competition with dedicated e-books at all. My kindle gets charged every few weeks, and that's even with the built-in reading light in the case I have for it.

Anyway, we already have an iPad, and at a pinch my Galaxy S2 works well enough with the kindle app as well. but then you need to be constantly recharging, which is something I'd rather avoid, especially as we're off on a 2-week sailing trip next week...
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Re: What eBook Reader to buy?

I've used a paperwhite since Christmas (had the one with the keyboard at the bottom before that).

Was a bit hesitant when I first got it (battery, touch screen etc), but now I love it. The battery doesn't last as long, but using it for at least an hour a day (usually 2) and having it on standby all the rest of the time, I still only need to charge it every three weeks, give or take. Having said that I don't really use the inbuilt light. Yes, I have used it, and it is fine (had no issues with eye strain), but I prefer to use a bedside light.

Browser is much more useful on this than the original setup and could be used easily for quick lookups (although obviously not as good as an ipad etc).

Only two (minor) things which have niggled me (although not even close to putting me off):

1. I am still getting used to the sensitivity of the touchscreen - when curled up in bed and the covers touch it the page changes and I get a bit lost, also if you have fat fingers and like to hold the kindle on the side of the device you might accidentally flick forward or back if your thumb strays onto the screen edge

2. I find it hard to navigate through my books when I have 100s on there. There is a search function, and the most recently viewed books appear first, but swiping through page after page of books when you just want to browse your titles is a bit of a pain.
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Re: What eBook Reader to buy?

oh, and yes, the screen is clearer, but probably not enough so that it would change your regular font preference
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Old 04.07.2013, 14:34
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Re: What eBook Reader to buy?

If you can tear yourself away from the Amazon camp the Kobo glo is pretty good (one family member has it and loves it). Supports epub so you can use libraries. Battery life seems pretty good as well.
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