Do you own an e-book reader?

Yes
41% (885 votes)
No
59% (1253 votes)
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HW *AND* SW

sledge's picture

I own a nook and use Calibre to manage 20GB of ebooks.
The nook is updated regularly but not as often as Calibre which is a truly beautiful work of coding art.

iPad

S Daniel's picture

As of today, I can say that I own an ebook reader. The iBook and Kindle apps got installed within minutes of returning home.

Nook For the Win

iamhewhoisnot's picture

I was convinced I needed a Kindle because I'm all about Amazon, so I went to best buy to buy one, and they were all sold out, so I bought the Nook instead (which I secretly wanted but refused to admit it) because I didn't want to drive 10 miles to the next Best Buy. I started downloading books and I have to say I don't regret the purchase. I think it was Providence that they were out of the Kindle. I liked Amazon so much because they were so open when it came to their mp3 and video store but they went total propitiatory with their Kindle, not even supporting the standard eBook format. I could understand having their own format, but what's the use of being locked into a store. With my nook I can buy from multiple sources, and even borrow eBooks from the public Library for free. The color navigation screen is great, unlike the cluttered Kindle keyboard. They even released a new software update the day after I bought it, making the page turn 50% faster. It feels like your reading a real book, it's lite, sexier, and has so many great features I could go on forever, but everyone has their own opinion and mine is just that, an opinion. I suggest buy the Nook first, if you don't like it take it back for the Kindle.
Oh yeah if you have problem with your nook, there is always a B&N you can drive to, with Amazon, it's all in the Cloud...

jetBook Lite

Anonymous's picture

I have a jetBook Lite--no frills, just does what it's supposed to and lets me read a variety of different formats.

I have an OYO Ebook

OYOuser's picture

I have an OYO Ebook reader.
Still have to get used to reading on the small page - but it's fun.
It's running on linux, console access and running own software on it is possible.
A bit too slow - but not bad for 139 Euro with 6" E-Ink, touchscreen, wifi ....

I have an original Kindle,

Anonymous's picture

I have an original Kindle, given to me as a gift. It's cool, but I'd never buy (any) e-reader for myself, unless it allowed for actual (end-user) rights management.

Cruz Reader

ranti's picture

I got myself the Cruz Reader from Velocity Micro. I also installed the reader apps from Kindle, Nook, and FBReader so I got variety of apps to choose from depending where I get my book.

Performance

Scribe63's picture

What is the performance like on the Cruz, for reading PDFs and viewing videos.
Read a lot of reviews about it being very slow and sluggish.

bolshy yarbles

Anonymous's picture

bolshy yarbles

I have an Onyx book60, which

RhianG's picture

I have an Onyx book60, which was perhaps the wrong one to buy, it claimed to be open source but isn't quite. I am now getting an Oyo as it seems to suit my needs better and is really cheap atm.

Several options...

Chris Browne's picture

"Library management" has been getting more and more interesting lately...

1. On my desktop, I'm using Calibre to manage books.

2. I have an Android-based mobile phone (HTC G1, as it happens), and read on it using FBReader. Screen size isn't great, so I have a specialized device...

3. I also "sync" books onto a Kobo, which works nicely alongside Calibre, and has decent battery life, and a *way* bigger screen than the mobile phone.

As Android-based devices get bigger and better screens, the specialized eReader devices may get less viable, however there is still some room for the separation as the "eInk" devices (such as Kobo) have hugely better battery life than the power-hungry Android tablets and phones.

Another Kindle

smotsie's picture

The price was the decider for me. My Kindle is a splendid piece of kit, but I suspect I would have been equally pleased with any of them. Only problem so far is I had a gift voucher for Waterstones who don't do MobiPocket format or anything else a Kindle can read, so I am limited (if a limit it is) to books from Amazon, free-ebooks.net, and a number of other suppliers. I love that it is wifi enabled and appears as a simple mass storage device on my Linux laptop. The screen of my Android phone is good, but too small to make reading a novel comfortable. (Ok, a geeky IT book really ;-) )

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Smotsie
Dad.husband.linux-loving-geek.radio-presenter.eco-geek

Ebook reader

David Neeley's picture

We have the Bookeen Opus--critical for us because it has both a Russian menu selection and support for Cyrillic books and the .fb2 format ebooks that are the most popular here in Ukraine. (I'm an American expat living here and my Ukrainian wife is a native Russian speaker).

We use the Calibre ebook reader to reformat any files that need it, although the Opus reads nearly everything anyway.

add option

cga's picture

Hi I think you should add an answer or two. Like:

i really want to buy one, but i don't really need it for now.

or

i think that real books , in paper, are hard to die. i prefer them.

Anyway, i would have chose the first one. And my favorite model so far is PocketBookPro 603: http://pocketbookprobook.com/ by these folks: http://www.pocketbookreader.com/

Pandigital Novel (white version)

Anonymous's picture

Full color backlit display, B&N integration for new books, wireless, web, and around a $100 courtesy of a discount coupon at BB&B. Wife bought it and loves it. I've played with it and found it to be quite nice. Android-based too.

http://www.pandigital.net/search.asp?Mode=Product&TypeID=43&ProductID=392

Sony prs-650. I love the

Anne-on-a-moose's picture

Sony prs-650.

I love the metal body, touchscreen, format support, and, well, it runs linux so I expect there to be community supported "updates" like custom fonts etc.

E book reader

Seshadri Dhanakoti's picture

I use kindle.

Sony PRS-350. Great little

JonHurst's picture

Sony PRS-350. Great little device, and I got it on special offer for £130.

I use it in combination with www.feedbooks.com to read their vast library of public domain books. The advantage of feedbooks is that you can download a "custom pdf" (i.e. specific screen size and font), which is the only way to get a book with halfway acceptable typography. The PRS-350's implementation of epub does not, unfortunately, support hyphenation, and also tends to screw up spacing around italics. Hopefully this may be resolved with a firmware update in the future.

Bookeen

M_Ordinateur's picture

I have got a Bookeen Orizon, the new e-book with Wi-Fi support and a browser, a touch screen... http://bookeen.com/en/cybook/?id=2

friends got me a Nook

Anonymous's picture

The Nook is pretty nice. I have the B&W one. Can't bring myself to read books on a PC. If I owned a iPad I would use that. My eyesight is too bad to use Kindle or Nook app on iPod Touch.

Sony Reader

John H's picture

The quality of the Sony is head and shoulders above the cheap plastic of Kindle and others like it.

I also agree with Stuarts comments about the Sony Reader.

What I'm really looking forward to is the Notion Ink Adam with its Pixel Qi screen. That's going to be my go everywhere tablet, e-book reader, etc.

Sony Ebook Reader

Stuart's picture

Sony Ebook Reader - it supports Adobe PDF (with poor navigation control) and the excellent and open Epub standard. Any text can easily be converted into an Epub book, there are many already available and the standard supports DRM for publishers who insist on it.

PDF support is undermined by poor navigation - it is not possible to scroll from one page to another without resetting the zoom, and impossible to read the text without zooming in, so reading a book means zoom in, zoom out, change page, zoom in, etc ... Any PDFs written or converted for the Reader screen resolution (i.e. big text) are fine.

thinkpad x200

jefurii's picture

My Thinkpad x200 with FBReader, Evince, and Firefox makes a great ebook reader :P I can adjust the brightness, change the font sizes, and use the Compiz Negative plugin to get white-on-black if my eyes get tired. The x200 is small, light, and sits comfortably on my stomach as I lay on the couch. I've read whole novels on it--right now I'm in the middle of Christopher McKitterick's "Transcendence". Plus it's got a bunch of technical ebooks (mostly O'Reilly), manpages, and a bunch of reading material in /usr/share/doc. The Kindle and other readers definitely have their place, but I'm trying to do the Kevin Kelly Amish hacker thing and be judicious with my gadget acquisition.

I hope you're enjoying it,

Chris McKitterick's picture

I hope you're enjoying it, jefurii!

Amazon Kindle

Dave Woodward's picture

Had this for about 8 weeks, and is much more convenient to carry around and read.

I did consider a couple of other ereaders, i.e. Sony, Samsung, they had similar specs, but where twice the price.

Also find that the Amazon EBooks tend to be much cheaper than the epub variety

Amazon Kindle

rkirkpat's picture

I tried reading ebooks on laptops and other LCD screens, which is fine for reference books and short articles. For actually reading books and long articles, I prefer paper. Yet paper is heavy and difficult to take on a vacation to get caught up on. I bought a Kindle3 for its e-Ink screen after trying out a co-workers Kindle3 with PDFs and MOBI files. The screen is excellent for reading and the device is light enough I can hold for extended periods. I did not buy it to buy books from Amazon, instead I load it with PDFs of datasheets, slides, tutorials, and articles from the web, plus MOBI versions of O'Reilly books I have purchased. While the Kindle is my primary reading device, I don't want my books locked to it. I selected the Kindle for weight, size, eInk display, and flexibility of book formats supported. I just wish it would support EPUBs, not everyone provides MOBIs for eBooks.

I own a Bebook Mini for

Konrad's picture

I own a Bebook Mini for nearly a year by now, right before the e-reader rage started and kind of flattened out. I probably would have waited for one of the newer models if I'd known they were coming, since the Mini hasn't got a fantastic refresh rate and the firmware (any, really) isn't always as reliable.

But I definitely prefer a dedicated device with no background light, that handles the sun light effortlessly. I do have an extensive digital catalog of books, stories etc. If you don't have one, or don't plan to buy a lot of ebooks, you don't really need one.

As for ereaders I'd prefer - right now, to wait until screens get more flexible. And hope someone will make a reader that supports multiple formats (EPUB, HTML, PDF,...).

e-ink addict

Ovidiu's picture

Since I got my Sony PRS-505, I can't read anything more than 2-3 pages on a LCD. Next device will probably be something larger, maybe a Kindle DX...

HW or SW ?

Anonymous's picture

I have been reading ebooks on my Palm for many years. if by ebook reader you mean SW ebook reader, the answer is yes. If you mean a dedicated HW device, the answer is no.

Why another device?

Salvadesswaran Srinivasan's picture

I have a smartphone that runs Android. FBReader and ThinkFree Office are enough to handle all formats of books, and of course there's a Kindle app. I usually decrease brightness to the lowest, and saved myself the hassle of buying an dedicated e-book reader device. I might buy a Kindle sometime soon, of my long lost reading habit really kicks off.

Me too

Anonymous's picture

I have Galaxy Tab that Runs FBReader, Nook and Kindle Apps, plus more (if needed).

As Android Tabs get better and cheaper, Nook and Kindle will have less reason for existing. IMHO ;-)

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