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MLDaeni
12-16-2009, 08:11 AM
Hi all,

I think seriously of buying a Pocketbook 301. I previously
owned a Sony PRS600, but I returned it after a few days
because of the reflections and low contrast due to the
touch screen.

I know that 302 is coming with wireless and
touch screen, but I learned to fear the fuzzy feel of touch
screens :-/ and a larger size (8" and more) is maybe too bulky
for daily travel. That leave me with the "ideal" size of 6"
and it seems that PB301 is a good contender in this category.

I assume, according to the witnesses in this forum that the
screen is clear and the contrast is good.

However, I have a few questions concerning the PDF viewers:
- Can they autocrop margins? To me, this means to match automatically
the text width match the screen width, in both portrait and
landscape mode.
- Can they zoom to arbitrary level and keep the zoom between pages
(persistent zoom)?
- Are the PDF viewers stable enough (no crash) with complex layout
documents with math, tables and graphics?

I read some good things about the PDF viewer, including the above
and also the ability to view two column text one column at a time
(can someone confirm this?), but the discussion was about PB360.
Can someone confirm this for PB301? They are similar devices, but
not identical, so I wanted to check before buying.

Also, one last question: for someone in Europe, what is the best
place to buy? Will http://www.my-ebook-reader.de shop to France?
Everything is in German there!

Thanks everybody!

aakira
12-16-2009, 09:41 AM
Hi MLDaeni,

regarding to you last question (I can't answer the other ones because my 360 ist still on his way to me):


Also, one last question: for someone in Europe, what is the best
place to buy? Will http://www.my-ebook-reader.de shop to France?
Everything is in German there!

Thanks everybody!

Yes, they will ship to france. Shipment will cost you 15,-: http://www.my-ebook-reader.de/epages/62330792.sf/de_DE/?ObjectPath=/Shops/62330792/Categories/CustomerInformation

MLDaeni
12-16-2009, 10:04 AM
Hi MLDaeni,

regarding to you last question (I can't answer the other ones because my 360 ist still on his way to me):

Yes, they will ship to france. Shipment will cost you 15,-: http://www.my-ebook-reader.de/epages/62330792.sf/de_DE/?ObjectPath=/Shops/62330792/Categories/CustomerInformation

Thanks aakira, that's really good news. If only they had an English version of the site!

Dulin's Books
12-16-2009, 03:25 PM
The PDF viewer on the PB 301 is the same as that on the PB 360.

So yes it has Fit to width in Landscape and Portrait, Persistent Zoom- which means if you're using fit to width you may have to change it when you change between landscape and portrait. And single column reading of course where you finish at the bottom of the first column and it moves to the top of the next

These screenshots show tables, math and graphics. I wouldnt call the PDFs overly complex bu these will show you fixed to width in portrait and landscape as well as single column reading

MLDaeni
12-16-2009, 05:59 PM
Hi Dulin,

The autocrop seems to work really well. For those scanned PDF of Dejavu files I suppose that the zoom is the road to larger fonts. Can you confirm the zoom is persistent from one page to the next?
Thanks!

Dulin's Books
12-16-2009, 06:39 PM
Yes persistent zoom from one page to the next for the entire pdf and it remembers when you turn it off/exit the pdf so you don't have to fiddle with it again later.

-charlie

MLDaeni
12-17-2009, 07:07 PM
So here it is: I ordered the PB301 from my-ebook-reader.de (closest to where
I live). I would like to thank everybody who answered my questions and this
forum in general: your comments really helped me decide.