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Subject: confused on e-readers - brands
Date Posted: 6/18/2014 8:21 AM ET
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I guess I need to start with that I DO NOT want a Kindle.

Personal reasons, so please don't tell me how great they are, I get that from my daughter enough that I am ready to smack her on the side of her head.


 

Okay, Sony went out of business in selling e-readers in the U.S.  I am thinking of getting a new one and am totally confused on what brands are out there that isn't going to go kaput in the next few years.

Since the only other brand I know of is Nook, what are others and who can be trusted?

My son keeps telling me I need to get a tablet, but not sure about it, he says it can be used as an e-reader, but I know very little about them.  Telling my age here,  laugh

Date Posted: 6/18/2014 8:50 AM ET
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Tablet can be used as ereaders, they tend to not be as easy on the eyes because they're backlit.  An e-ink ereader is very easy on the eyes.

You need to decide do you just want an ereader or do you want one that you can surf the web on as well?  I admit, I have both.  I have a Nook HD and an older Sony e-ink machine.  I love the Nook for ease of downloading new stuff from B&N.  Just turn on the Wifi and there it is.  The Sony I have to load ebooks off the computer onto it but it's eink so much easier to read on for long periods of time.

Kobo makes some great eink machines.  Someday, my Sony will die and I'll probably replace it with a Kobo.

Date Posted: 6/18/2014 9:06 AM ET
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I am thinking of getting a new one and am totally confused on what brands are out there that isn't going to go kaput in the next few years.

I'm assuming you mean the eInk devices, where there's no color. 

I don't think there are any eInk that are safe from disappearing except for the Kindle. There weren't a ton of them out in the US to start with, so there's a limited choice.

I have some Sony's, a Kindle and the Kobo Aura. I had a Nook and a few others. As you've said, Sony is out of the market, and the Nook is iffy. I like the Kobo, but I don't know how well they're doing. Here's a list of the ones out for review in 2014. Here. And you can see that there's not that many. 

There's really no way to tell who's going to be around for very long, but have to say I'd put my money on a Kindle before Kobo, Even though I like the Kobo better.

My son keeps telling me I need to get a tablet, but not sure about it, he says it can be used as an e-reader, but I know very little about them.  

Tablets are basically just colored computer screens that have a small computer inside. They've tended to be more popular because people can do various things with them, including read. So you can have one tablet that can download and hold a ton of books, as well as the programs from the various ebook retailers that allow you to read books from their store on them. Or download a program that will let you borrow library books, or read books you put on them yourself. 

I use an Ipad Mini with Retina, and use a program called Marvin to read epub books on. I also have the IBooks, Kindle, Nook and Kobo programs on them to read books I get from their book stores. Here.  Comparing an Ipad and Ipad mini with an open book.

If you list the things you are looking for in a reader, we might be able to point you to a good one. But there's no telling what will be around in a few years. 

 

Date Posted: 6/18/2014 10:54 AM ET
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The Sony that I had was I think the Daily Touch (Edition ?)900 , but not sure anymore.  the size measured around 5 by 7 or 8 I think.  Fit good inside my purse, lightweight and easy to hold.  Not the pocket size one.  I bought it several years ago, not the first touch, a later one and I loved it.  Lost it a couple years ago (went into withdrawal, not fun  wink). 

My Sony had quite a bit of storage and a slot to put in a disk or whatever it is called to store beside on the e-reader itself.  I had a drawing feature, note taking and probably a few other things.  Could hook up to the Sony store to buy books, but not the internet.  Loved it for the e-ink, but didn't like the slight glare and couldn't read it at night without a light.   

I am wanting something a bit more versatile, but a little concerned about the computer background.  I'd be in heaven if I could find my Sony and have the tablet.  Crossing my fingers I will find it when we go through some boxes we set aside full of stuff in the closet and forgot about.  Way past time to clean it out. 

Will check out the links given here.  Thanks for the help

 

Date Posted: 6/18/2014 1:10 PM ET
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I hope you do find your Sony, but be aware that the battery may be past reviving if it's been drained for too long. The batteries are only good for a few years of life anyway. You can try to replace them, some places used to sell kits, but my experiment that direction didn't go very well. The new battery only lasted 3 months.

The Kobo Aura, has a microSD card slot, but has 4Gig online storage. Here A nice screen and just had a firmware update. The specs are Here. 

It supports...

eBooks: EPUB, PDF, and MOBI
Images: JPEG, GIF, PNG, and TIFF
Text: TXT, HTML, XHTML, and RTF
Comic Books: CBZ and CBR
Supports ePub and Adobe DRM. Read books borrowed from your public library

It's not offered very many places, so I bought mine from the Kobo on-line store. They're in Canada so it may take an extra few days to arrive. Looks like they're running about $139 now for the Aura.

The others are Here. and range in price.

I connect it to Calibre just fine, I think there's a plug-in for it, and load my books up from there. I don't know how easy the desktop program is.

Date Posted: 6/18/2014 7:39 PM ET
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You can pick up another Sony on ebay.

Date Posted: 6/19/2014 9:23 PM ET
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Better yet, get a refurbished Sony PRS T2 from Tiger Direct! $29.97 + $5 shipping. Mine arrived today! I like it, it's better than the T1 I had previously. (Better than ebay, I mean).

Kobos are definitely my favorite eink readers.



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