Ebook Readers?

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  1. LandSurveyor

    LandSurveyor LandSurveyor

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    It may be too soon yet, but I wonder it Brighthand will consider a forum section devoted to ebook readers? I wouldn't buy one just yet but the potentional is there.

    It occurred to me just today how much I enjoyed my old Palm IIIc for ebooks even despite its limitations (lo-res screen, playing card-sized "pages" and battery life) and I thought to myself that if Palm were to apply the same kind of thinking that brought the PDA into being in the first place, they might make a killer ebook reader.

    Just a thought,

    Mark
     
  2. DragonHunter

    DragonHunter Bow, bow, bow, bow

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    Perhaps. Personally, I've been surprised at the success of the Kindle. Why would I by a dedicated e-book reader? My iPod Touch makes a very nice reader...and so much more.

    But, I can see where the mods might add a section for such devices....
     
  3. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    <playing devil's advocate, or something similar..> sometimes I read and listen to tunes -- I can do that on my TX; is there an iPod Touch app for that? <sorry, DH, I'm weak and unable to resist temptation>
     
  4. Mi An

    Mi An Untethered

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    BH covers ereaders in the news already. A sub-forum for ereaders makes sense. Maybe just a general one though. There's such a thing as too much forum splintering (device specific, OS specific, carrier specific, tons of overlap).

    I wouldn't buy them because 1) I don't want to pay extra for a screen tech that limits me more than cheaper screen techs 2) the major options tend to ship with carrier data radios -- meaning the up front price is further inflated because you are paying for a lifetime of 3g data for downloading books.

    OTOH, if the right ereader came along (nook + pixelqi LCD for main screen, wifi only), I'd be all over it. I'd still use my TP2 to read on the go, but I'd use a dedicated reader at home, at the bookstore, at the park etc. I guess I'm more likely to end up with a 5-7" smart tablet that I can install ereaderware on from multiple stores.
     
  5. LandSurveyor

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    Truth be told, I still use my Axim for ebooks, tunes, etc. but its battery life is abyssmally short and my older eyes (just got my first pair of bifocals) could use a larger font.

    Also, such a device could easily add PDA functions in an unobtrusive manner. Might be a sneaky backdoor way to resurrect the PDA.
     
  6. Hook

    Hook Professional Daydreamer

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    There is, by the way, a very good dedicated ebook reader forum at Mobileread.com. That's not saying we couldn't also have a forum here, but they do a pretty complete job there.
     
  7. DragonHunter

    DragonHunter Bow, bow, bow, bow

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    Um...yeah..... can listen to music in the background and read in Stanza, Pocket Bible, Olivetree....

    The Touch "multitasks" as much as the TX ever did. :p
     
  8. Varjak

    Varjak Mobile Deity

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    I talked to my BinL about this. He has the DX and although he wouldn't say this before, he agreed that it's more of a pain than it's worth. It's relatively heavy and he's always afraid he's going to break it. He reads quite a lot (I'm not sure how he does that, given that he has 2 kids and a very time-consuming job). He likes that it holds a lot of books and has long battery life; but even using it on the subway is cumbersome he says.
     
  9. questionfear

    questionfear Google'd.

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    The DX is BIG, though. My Kindle is the size of a hardcover book, and weighs a bit less.

    I am a pretty avid reader, and the major selling points on ebook readers for me:
    -Battery life
    -Ability to carry many, many books with me.
    -Pricing is more favorable, especially for new releases.

    For me, I'd rather keep my phone separate. If I read on my phone I get distracted by every buzz and beep, but if I read on my Kindle I can turn off the constant distractions.
     
  10. Ed Hardy

    Ed Hardy TabletPCReview Editor Staff Member

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    It's something I've been considering.

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