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Subject: Questions about E-Readers for a Newbie?
Date Posted: 11/12/2011 3:13 PM ET
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Hello Everyone!

I'm brand new to the e-reader world. I've researched different brands (Kindle, Nook. Sony, Kobe) and still have some questions.

Here are features I would love to have on an e-reader:

1. One that can open documents in Rich Text Format files. (RTF) I received e-mail documents of manuscripts from a publishing house to read and edit. I would love to be able to open up these RTF files on an e-reader. (Would love to relax reading on couch instead of sitting at desk computer!)

2. Is there is an ereader feature where I can edit the document on the screen? (comments in the margins, highlighting words on the document itself, etc.)

3. I know some e-readers have audio for audio books and mp3 music. I assume there is an audio headset jack on the e-reader? Can I open up two files (book and music) simultaneously so I can read a book while listening to my favorite music tunes in the background.

4. I love the dictionary feature on e-readers. I like editing documents and researching information. Any special feature for these? Storage files?

5. Would love to add foreign language dictionaries too.

Okay, I think that's enough questions for now! I would greatly appreciate any suggestions you have!

Tara :)   (aka "The Confused E-reader")

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Date Posted: 11/12/2011 4:48 PM ET
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i dont know the answer to most of these, but you might try mobileread.com

Some folks say they are authors & may have tried some of the stuff you are mentioning.  I dont have the impression that e-readers would be very good at making any changes to the document.

I do know that the mp3 playing on kindle was for listening to music while reading at first, but could do audiobooks too.  The kindle does actually have speakers (& I have used it for text to speech) and a headphone jack.  Personally I dont listen to music while reading and I dont want to listen to audio books on the kindle cause it is too big.  an mp3 player is a much better size for that.  You might like the text to speech for editing, but the robot voice & mispronounciations might be too distracting.  -- not all readers in the new kindle line have all these features.

 



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Date Posted: 11/12/2011 5:01 PM ET
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I have a Sony Touch.  You can put music on it.  No speakers but it has a headphone spot.  It has some songs pre-loaded and you can put your own music on it.  I don't own any digital music though so I haven't tried that out at all.  I think you're able to listen as you're reading.

Date Posted: 11/12/2011 5:43 PM ET
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1. One that can open documents in Rich Text Format files. (RTF) I received e-mail documents of manuscripts from a publishing house to read and edit. I would love to be able to open up these RTF files on an e-reader. (Would love to relax reading on couch instead of sitting at desk computer!)

2. Is there is an ereader feature where I can edit the document on the screen? (comments in the margins, highlighting words on the document itself, etc.)

This sounds more like a tablet type of reader that you need, not an eInk machine.

You're not really looking for a reader so much as a document processor. I don't know right off of any that take RTF files and edit. Some will let you take notes, but if I understand it all correctly the notes are kept as seperate documents from the actual text. You're not really changing anything on most eInk screens. (I don't use my eInk devices to take notes or edit, so my experience is limited.) The eInk devices I know of are made to display text, and not edit it.

Tablet devices on the other hand are more computer like, and you'll want to check out what applications are for sale for those machines. I have an Ipad and with the program App called "Pages" I can import Doc files, make changes to it as I'm reading it, and then save the doc file by emailing it to myself. For other tablets, you'll want to look at their app stores and look for those progams that will allow document processing. Not reading apps.

3. I know some e-readers have audio for audio books and mp3 music. I assume there is an audio headset jack on the e-reader? Can I open up two files (book and music) simultaneously so I can read a book while listening to my favorite music tunes in the background.

The Kindle I had did, don't know about the new ones, but you should be able to pull up their spec pages to see. The Nook Touch I have doesn't have an earphone jack, but my Sony T1 does.

4. I love the dictionary feature on e-readers. I like editing documents and researching information. Any special feature for these? Storage files?

That will vary by device. I'd look for the document processing features first, then see what they offer in way of dictionaries. I'm pretty sure the Itunes stores have dictionary apps, but don't remember the Pages app having a built in dictionary. (Although it's been a while, so maybe in a later update?)

MobileRead has a forum for those who need help chosing the right device. Here.

Sometimes browing their forums will answer questions I didn't even know I had. smiley

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 11/12/2011 11:59 PM ET
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1. One that can open documents in Rich Text Format files. (RTF) I received e-mail documents of manuscripts from a publishing house to read and edit. I would love to be able to open up these RTF files on an e-reader. (Would love to relax reading on couch instead of sitting at desk computer!)

I know for sure that the Sony models can open RTFs.  I load that format to mine all of the time.

2. Is there is an ereader feature where I can edit the document on the screen? (comments in the margins, highlighting words on the document itself, etc.)

Many of the newer readers have the ability to highlight and make notes; however, I don't think they have the ability to translate those into a computer format.

3. I know some e-readers have audio for audio books and mp3 music. I assume there is an audio headset jack on the e-reader? Can I open up two files (book and music) simultaneously so I can read a book while listening to my favorite music tunes in the background.

Varies from model to model.  I do know that audio uses quite a bit of battery, though.

4. I love the dictionary feature on e-readers. I like editing documents and researching information. Any special feature for these? Storage files?

Most e-readers have onboard dictionaries, but what you are describing here sounds more like you're looking for an encyclopedia?

5. Would love to add foreign language dictionaries too.

The availability of foreign language dictionaries varies from model to model.