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Subject: Do you have an E-Reader?
Date Posted: 4/21/2010 4:42 PM ET
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I am really considering buying an E-Reader.  Right now my choice seems to be the Aluratek LIBRE eBook Reader PRO.  It's only $160 and it includes an MP3 player.  This is the reason why I'm leaning towards the Libre, since I don't have an MP3 player.  The reason why I am considering buying this E-reader is that my library recently joined library2goThere I can check out ebooks and audio books.  They have a great selection.

So, here's what I would like feedback on:

Does anyone have a Libre and what is your opinion about it?

If you have an e-reader with a 5" screen, do you find it sufficient (it is actually only about a half inch smaller than the text on a paperback).

Would it be worth the extra $100 to get a 6" Sony reader?

If you read Acrobat formatted books on your e-reader, does it work well.  I have read that Acrobat ebooks have a problem with flowing the text properly.

Any feedback on any e-reader (other than the Kindle) will be greatly appreciated.  I will not consider buying a Kindle as long as they have their proprietary format that is not available through the library.

Thanks.

Date Posted: 4/21/2010 5:04 PM ET
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I have the Sony psr505 - I think this one's been discontinued. I download pdf and  yes I've noticed the formatting kinda weird and the spacing and paragraphs off sometimes. I'm not sure what other format would work with it and I"ve been basically too lazy to check into it. At the time I was debating the sony or kindle and the kindle seemed to be set for amazon and new release type books and I was basically wanting to download erotic romance from ellora's cave and the like. I don't like where the buttons are on the sony..wish they were moved just 1/2 inch or so 'the other way' and I do have to e nlarge the print..mine has small, med, and large..the ebook I just finished I had on 'large'..med would have worked but not way I could read the small..haven't been able to read the small print on any of the ebooks I have.

also the Sony has been working ok with the overdrive system at my library but I have a mp3 I use for audiobooks from there. sounds like you know what you want your ereader to do so you're ahead of the game there!

Date Posted: 4/21/2010 5:19 PM ET
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I too have the Sony 505, and I love it.  A word of caution on using your reader as an MP3 player - is that you have to consider battery life.  Listening is going to use up the battery much, much faster than reading. 

In my case, I have an iPod, and I use it in situations where I don't read - like driving or walking the dogs. 

Date Posted: 4/21/2010 6:23 PM ET
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Kate, the ereader I have, Jetbook Lite, is identical to the one you are interested in, I think! The screen size is great!  You should check out the forums at mobile read to see what users say about these readers. I've had my JBL about 2 months now and its great! If you compare the Alluratek and the Kindle side by side, the actual screen size is the same!  I think PDFs work fine on it, there is a review from 3 days ago where a guy said it does. (There is also a great conversion program, called Calibre, which is free, that you can use to convert your pdfs etc to the file format you prefer).

Good luck with your decision, have fun with your research! I don't regret not getting the more expensive readers. Mine was $130!

Date Posted: 4/21/2010 6:31 PM ET
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Kate, also I want to say, I don't use my ereader for mainstream type books that are available everywhere. I am not paying more than $5 for an ebook, usually I pay less!  I read shorter stories, or small publisher stories, stories that haven't been available or are too expensive in print. I have a few mainstream type books but they were free. I buy books when they go on sale at fictionwise and allromanceebooks. I don't buy the latest best seller. So, evaluate your reading habits also. I read a lot of naughty stories and there are hundreds of them available for $3 or so each.

Date Posted: 4/21/2010 7:27 PM ET
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I have the Sony Pocket edition.  I don't find the smaller screen size at all.  You can read PDF files on it.  They do not format as well.  I like them better when I used Calibre to convert them to EPUB format.  The formatting on some ebooks still comes out wonky but, like Anne, I'm buying ebooks that are from smaller publishing houses.  If they are available in print, they are very expensive and hard to find.

I really hesitate to pay even $5 for an ebook.  Heck, there are tons of free ones available!  I'm not into bestsellers, I wait for ebook sales too and shop around to find good prices.  With Calibre, I can convert from any format to a readable format on my Sony.

I got mine last November/December at Target.  $199 with a $20 Target giftcard free with purchase.  Last time I walked by the display at Target, they were $180.  I saw them in the OfficeMax ad this week at $199 with a free cover with purchase which is a $30 value.  I really liked that I could try out the reader at Target before I bought it.

Date Posted: 4/21/2010 7:41 PM ET
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ok where the heck are ya'll finding the $3 smut?! I've been goingo to the earth day freebie..well almost all I missed a few I think..but others I've gone to ellora's cave and also to the sony store for the free classics.

Date Posted: 4/21/2010 10:08 PM ET
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Allromanceebooks.com, they have a bunch of free smut and cheap smut!

BN.com has some great prices on ebooks.  I had to convert their format to EPUB to get it on my Sony reader but it worked.

Date Posted: 4/22/2010 5:10 PM ET
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Date Posted: 4/24/2010 11:24 AM ET
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Look at this!!!

Jetbook Lite

Date Posted: 4/24/2010 12:07 PM ET
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Last night I was working on my new Gateway notebook computer (it's 10" wide) and I started thinking that it might work quite well as an "e-reader".  So, I plugged it in next to my recliner and propped it on a pillow (to keep the heat away from my body) and read a short story I had downloaded.  It worked great.  I was quite comfortable reading on my laptop.  The only downside to using it as an e-reader is that it only has 3 hours of battery life so that limits where I can use it to read a book.  But, in the meantime, I will be using it to read downloaded materials here at home while I'm sitting in my recliner!

 

Date Posted: 4/24/2010 2:00 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/9/2010 4:34 PM ET
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I broke down and bought the Nook today.  yes    Happy Mother's Day to me!  LOL

Date Posted: 5/9/2010 5:53 PM ET
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I read e-books on my iPod Touch (I read the Count of Monte Cristo there...a book with 1000+ pgs.) I also have the Kindle app so I've been able to buy some e-books on Amazon. Like some of you, there's no way I'll pay more than $5 for an ebook.

Don't know if this deal is still available but The Cheapskate was advertising an the Soney Reader Pocket Ed. for $160, shipped.

Date Posted: 5/10/2010 11:33 AM ET
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If anyone here has a Nook, PM me.  I have a question.

Date Posted: 5/10/2010 11:41 AM ET
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D.G.  you know there is an app for B & N, and another for AllRomance?  I have those 2 plus the Kindle app on my iphone.  I go to whichever site is the cheapest to buy my books.  Found that B & N has most of the books I want, but Amazon has a few.  Most books are more expensive on AllRomance, but I get the freeebies :-)  I usually only buy from AllRomance if books aren't available on the other 2.

Date Posted: 5/10/2010 6:10 PM ET
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Sherri, how do you like the Nook? I have been want an e-reader really bad and am planning on asking my hubby for one as a gift for my birthday in August but I'm torn between Kindle 2 and Nook. Everybody seems to love Kindle 2 but I have issues with Amazon because of  the past crap they pulled on many authors and such so I was thinking getting a Nook instead but I been hearing some bad things about the nook so I want a opinion from somebody who owns one.

Date Posted: 5/10/2010 7:30 PM ET
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I decided against the Kindle because I didn't want to be tied to Amazon for ebooks.  Plus, I didn't need the ability to instantly shop and download ebooks.  Too much of a temptation.

I think the Nook would be cool if you lived near a B&N.  You can read stuff free in the store for an hour.  Plus, I like the lending idea.  Not that I've seen many reports that that feature acutally works.  It would be cool if you had a friend with the same taste in books though.  I'd be interested in hearing about the Nook from someone that owns one too.

Date Posted: 5/11/2010 9:36 AM ET
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Marjana so far I really really like it.  I'm also anti-Amazon so the Kindle was never even a consideration.  I had previously tried the Sony ereader and had alot of trouble with it.  I got the Nook, charged it up (about 3 hours) and it was ready to go.  I downloaded book with no problem.  I uploaded my own books with no problem.  I've read and deleted books with no problem.  So far, its been effortless.

Date Posted: 5/11/2010 12:32 PM ET
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I'm also anti-Amazon so the Kindle was never even a consideration. 

I really don't understand why people buy the Kindle since it is so limited as to what can run on it.  It's way too proprietary for my tastes.  I have a great library with access to many e-books, but none come in the Kindle format.  I asked someone at the library why that is and was told that Amazon charges too much money for access to their books in their format.  I would rather buy a Sony or one of the other e-readers that don't try to lock you into one proprietary format.

Date Posted: 5/11/2010 12:32 PM ET
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I love my nook!

Date Posted: 5/11/2010 12:37 PM ET
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I would rather buy a Sony or one of the other e-readers that don't try to lock you into one proprietary format.

I believe its going to be the future of ebooks that proprietary formats will kill the Kindle or other devices that limit themselves.  Its kind of like a car.  Would you buy a car you couldn't drive out of state?

Date Posted: 5/11/2010 12:37 PM ET
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Everybody seems to love Kindle 2 but I have issues with Amazon because of  the past crap they pulled on many authors and such so I was thinking getting a Nook instead but I been hearing some bad things about the nook so I want a opinion from somebody who owns one.

Before you by a Nook, you might want to read the reviews here:  http://www.e-reader-reviews.com/

I was blown away as to how many e-readers there are out there now.  And many are in the $150 range which seems to be a much more reasonable price than $250+.

Date Posted: 5/11/2010 12:40 PM ET
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Sherri, I heard that bookmark does work..is that true? Also, I heard the nook freezes a lot too..has the nook froze on you yet?

Cindy, I'm glad you like the nook but can you tell if you had any problem with it?

Also, have guys seen the new e-reader that borders are going to sell starting next month? here is the link:http://www.borders.com/online/store/MediaView_koboereaderfaq

it looks good plus is way cheaper than sony, nook, or kindle.

Date Posted: 5/11/2010 12:42 PM ET
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WOW Kate...thanks for link. That site really has information on so many e-readers

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