I'd maybe ask on /lit/ if that board wasn't deader than dead, but what's the deal with e-book readers? Are they worth it nowadays and do you own any? Should I just go for Kindle and call it a day considering Paperwhite is almost double the price where I live?
I have the Sony reader (PR-1 or something like that, the first, most basic one). Works great. It's not something you're looking to replace each year like a phone. As long as this shit can show letters to me I'm sticking with it.
Fuck capitalism btw
Nook is a nice alternative if you actually live in the US, but I'd really recommend just getting Kindle everywhere else.
Make sure it's at least touchscreen generation one and you're good to go. Also, Paperwhite is overrated as fuck. Amazon is basically charging you extra for their proprietary Carta e-ink and the ability to read in the dark. You know, if you're one of those people who read their books in PITCH FUCKING BLACKNESS for extra immersion.
I'm just waiting on color ink since I read copious amount of mango. I used the Nook HD+, but mine had a few problems with the touchscreen, eventually not recognizing my inputs at all. After that shitfest, I went with a chinese tablet with a high res display for $150. I think it's the Cube i6.
Custom fonts / font sizes, being able to use the 3g to browse sites other than amazon and wikipedia.
Being able to display things in different formats.
SFTP/ssh into the device,
Need I say more ? It's basically a low power linux machine with a java frontend.
I would go for the Nook Glolight or whatever it's called. Backlit, 4gb which is plenty of space, and you can find them for under 50 dollars refurbished on eBay and probably other places as well. Mine works great, highly recommended. Takes ePub and mobi which are the primary formats I use, and of course, PDF.
I prefer hard books but I have a kobo H2O that I like. It is clear and page turns are quick 5 of 6 times and it is waterproof. I never use kobo store but you can add ttf font families easily provided correct names.
kobo aura (non-hd) or kobo glo hd.
kindles don't support epub, so a little bit annoying having to convert books.
but at the end of the day, pretty much any reader you get will work.
just don't expect to use it for anything other than books.
>tfw I read epubs, converted pdfs (via k2pdfopt) and manga (with Tachiyomi) on my Icarus E653.
Comfiest shit ever.
- 1024 x 758 pearl screen with illumination
- Android 4.2.
- some Rockshit CPU
- enough RAM to never hang
Installed F-Droid and Nova launcher. Removed the chinacrapps which were included by default.
I set up a cock.li address for K-9 mail and send the files to the ebook reader from my phone or laptop.
I love my Kindle Keyboard, it's currently waiting on a replacement screen. I don't like the paperwhite, only textbooks are actually white.
>he actually buys books from the actual store
>get a Kindle
>literally nothing SF or fantasy to read
Is there a single book from those genres that had come in recent years and was actually worth reading? It's like I always just end up digging through shit I already read.
You can convert any type of ebook format into any other format with Calibre, so in the end it doesn't matter what device you get. That said, you might as well get the model that will support the majority of your files out of the box:
If you plan on finding the majority of your books online or by pirating, get a Kobo because it supports epub and PDF and a bunch of other stuff (most books you'll find online come in these formats). Some Kobo models have microSD slots too which is nice if you'd rather side-load and never have to bother plugging the device into your computer.
If you plan on actually paying for books and making an account with a store, just get a Kindle. Amazon is by far the best walled garden out of all the walled gardens when it comes to books.
I assume you have read the ggod stuff like Heinlein already?
Mistborn series for Fantasy.
Old Man's War, Lost Fleet (Jack Campbell, there is one of those shitty kindle store only books of the same name), Culture Series(Iain M. Banks) for SF.
All are series, but the are good.
How is the support for PDFs on most of these? If I get one I want it to review books and papers and shit on it... Is that possible?
(e.g., does something like this: http://spars05.irisa.fr/ACTES/TS1-3.pdf render correctly?)
I didn't really care for Mistborn, doesn't feel fleshed out and the characters seem disconnected.
I loved some of Sanderson's other stuff though, Stormlight, Warbreaker, Elantris. The Reckoners was okish.
Malazan series is relatively recent in a sense it began in 1999 which is modern as fuck as far as fantasy classics go. Keep in mind it goes balls to the walls from the first book and doesn't ease you in at all, which has put off a lot of readers.
I guess I'm a bit behind the news on this format since I haven't bought an ebook from Amazon in the past year but a quick google search seems to indicate that kf8 is the same thing as azw3 which I'm pretty sure is supported?
I've only used Kobo devices but when it comes to any e-ink screen, basically what you have to keep in mind is that the screen needs to re-render every time you zoom in, move the page around, etc. so it's a bit clunky but definitely not bad. It's worth it for the sake of not having to read off of an LCD screen.
Actually I just remember kf8/azw3 usually have DRM, so you need this plugin:
to deal with them in Calibre. Been so long since I've dealt with those files I forgot I had that plugin installed.
My paperwhite has shit battery life. Barely a week. A book or two at most.
My old Sony rarely needed a dedicated charge cycle because it was able to pull enough charge from plugging it in to transfer books.
I read a lot. If I'm waiting for a bus at a shitty stop and not much lighting, or if I'm reading at night as a passeger in a car, it's nice to have paperwhite. Too bad I can't afford it, still got the basic no touch and no light model.