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Discussion in 'Literature' started by Dngrsone, Nov 9, 2020.

  1. Dngrsone

    Dngrsone Android Expert
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    I am currently reading my ebooks on a Samsung Galaxy Tab A using the Pocketbook app.

    It's okay, but I am seriously considering getting an e-ink reader, hoping it will be easier on my eyes, particularly for night reading.

    I don't want to get a Kindle for myriad reasons, and though I was seriously looking at a Kobo (Aura perhaps), I'm now wondering if a Pocketbook Touch Lux 5 or a Boox (though the Nova 3 is twice the prics of the Touch Lux 5).

    Anyone have one of these?
     



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  2. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    Have you tried FBreader on your Tab? You can make all kinds of adjustments to your reading experience. No relation to Facebook BTW.
     
  3. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    what about the nook ereader? barnes and noble still sells it, when i worked there, they were pretty decent.
     
  4. dontpanicbobby

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    I haven't had a dedicated EReader yet but reading fantasy on a scroll background is kind of cool.

    I spelled FBreader wrong. It's FBReader.
    No relation to Facebook.
     
  5. NightAngel79

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    Why not a Kindle? You can get a Paperwhite (best thing on the planet) then use Calibre to convert existing books and not buy from Amazon at all.
     
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  6. dontpanicbobby

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  7. NightAngel79

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    yes
     
  8. dontpanicbobby

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    With purple ink?
    Not that I could read it like that but just saying.
     
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  9. Dngrsone

    Dngrsone Android Expert
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    Pocketbook does parchment; and purple, though I wouldn't recommend... but it only has one predefined custom format and I'd like to have two-- the aforementioned parchment for day reading and a black background/non-white text for night mode. At any rate, I'm thinking e-ink would still be better on my eyes than a backlit LCD regardless of text color/temp

    Because it's Amazon-- the epitome of excessive Capitalism; a monopolistic walled garden that uses any and all data they can get on you for not only their own nefarious purposes but also for sale to anyone who has money. They also reserve the right to reach into any Kindle and copy, alter or remove any information installed, which has been done in the past, is likely happening now and will probably continue to happen in the future.

    Call me crazy, but I like to have a little more control over media I purchase. I like to have backups. I neither need nor want someone looking over my shoulder to see what I choose to read, unless I expressly invite such scrutiny.

    I considered Nook, but their offerings aren't on par with other brands, and to be honest the Nook doesn't appear to have much of a future. There is also some of the same big-brother issues as Amazon, and for that reason I am also kind of leery about Kobo
     
  10. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    To which I say "good luck with that": I have a Kindle, and the WiFi has been turned on precisely once, to activate the device, and never since. Amazon don't know what I have on it, don't know how much time I spend reading anything, and have no access to it to remove stuff. Like NA said, I get ebooks from a range of different sources, convert them using Calibre and then upload from my laptop to the Kindle. In effect it's just a display device with no connection to Amazon's store, and what they would like is of no importance.

    Now that said, whether this is an option may depend on the laws where you live. Most commercial ebook stores (not just Amazon) use DRM. Where I am it's legal to remove this from ebooks for your own personal use, e.g. to allow you to read them with the device or software you choose, provided you don't redistribute them. Hence I can buy an ebook from anywhere and read it on the Kindle (after DRM removal and format conversion, which is a one-click operation). But if you are in a place where the law allows no remedy against vendor locks on ebooks then you may be forced to first ask where you plan to buy ebooks from rather than which device you prefer. Of course if you only download from DRM-free sources then there is no problem, you can use any device you want to read them.
     
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  11. dontpanicbobby

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    You can get Unzipped Epub/Nook content from baen.com. Do you like Science Fiction & Fantasy titles? Try their free library.
    R.I.P James Patrick Baen.
     
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  12. bcrichster

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    I use ReadEra.apk on my phones and tablets, has soooooo many options, it's nutz. Might be worth looking into vs buying yet another device.. Lol
     
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  13. Dngrsone

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    I got a Pocketbook Touch 3 HD for Christmas, and I like it.

    The backlighting can be set fairly warm and I can dial it down to almost nothing when reading at night.

    It is slow AF reacting to inputs though, compared to the tablet, but for just reading, that is fairly acceptable.
     
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