View Full Version : I love my PocketBook 360! (a review)


batgirl
03-03-2010, 09:44 PM
When I finally decided to take the e-reader plunge, I came to MobileRead to do much of my research. The reviews, excitement, and help provided in the PocketBook thread led me to choose a PB360, and I couldn't be happier. I thought I'd share my experiences for those that follow.

When I started looking for an e-reader, I didn't think I'd want a 5" e-ink screen. It seemed too small. It's not. The compact size, the light weight, and the ability to hold the PB360 in one hand are all big, big plusses for me. I always carry at least one book with me, but I'm usually reading two at the same time - one fiction and one nonfiction. I had to get a bigger purse just to be sure I could carry a hardcover book with me at all times. Now my load is much lighter and I don't have to decide if I want to go with fiction or nonfiction for the day when I leave the house.

I'm always reading on the go--waiting in lines, on public transportation, etc. I read when I eat. The PB360 is perfect for this as I only need one hand to operate it. The ability to change screen orientation is awesome. I remember the first day I was eating breakfast holding the PB360 in my left hand frustrated because I was unable to reach the buttons to turn the pages. :smack: It took me a few too many seconds to realize I could flip the screen orientation. :thumbsup: The PB360 truly works great whether you are left-or right-handed.

I haven't used FBreader. I've been stuck using ADE because I borrow all my e-books from my library. As I understand it all the customization of the the reading experience can't be done in ADE. One small pet peeve. I'm rarely returned to the exact same spot I left off. Because page 156 can go on for a few pages on the reader, it always takes me to the beginning of pg 156. Not terrible. My spot is always close enough.

One big pet peeve. :( The PB360 will not mount on my Powerbook G4 running Tiger. (I hear there is a fix being worked out?)

Finally, before I got my PB360 I was unsure about the experience of reading off of a screen and not holding a physical book in my hands. Fact is while I'm reading I don't notice that I'm reading from an e-reader versus a physical book. As for the experience of holding a physical book in my hands I do not miss it at all and actually prefer the PB360. Right now, one of the books I'm reading is a heavy hardcover and after a month of not toting a big book around it is a PITA.

Oops, I almost forgot. I love the hardshell cover and how it locks onto the back!

I highly recommend the PB360 for anyone looking for a great little e-reader. To the people at PocketBook :thanks:

Yar-PocketBooker
03-03-2010, 11:37 PM
Thanks for nice little review!!! I put a link to it on www.PocketBookReaer.com)))

banjobama
03-04-2010, 12:03 AM
PocketBooks do look nice. It's cool this one rotates the pages all the way. I almost wish I had known about them before I bought a Sony! That 302 is calling me.

poshm
03-04-2010, 04:09 AM
Great review! The PB360 is the perfect device when you're on the move. I keep mine in my bag ready for travelling in the car (as a passenger, not driver obviously!) for reading in cafes, on the bus/train and waiting for appointments. And I love the fact you can eat and read with ease.

aceflor
03-04-2010, 05:44 AM
Great review! The PB360 is the perfect device when you're on the move. I keep mine in my bag ready for travelling in the car (as a passenger, not driver obviously!) for reading in cafes, on the bus/train and waiting for appointments. And I love the fact you can eat and read with ease.

@poshm: You have to work in advertising:

"PB 360. Eat and Read at Ease !!!"

:2thumbsup

IndecisiveMe
03-04-2010, 07:40 AM
I'm so glad you like it! I'm waiting [not so] patiently for mine to arrive in a few days :)

Katelyn
03-04-2010, 08:30 AM
For even easier reading, I carry a collapsible book stand. It's great when you want to read while having breakfast at your favorite cafe :)

This isn't the one I use but it gives you an idea of what you can find. I got mine at Michael's Arts & Craft store. I'm the envy of my friends who have to hold their readers when we get together over a meal.

http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx89/KatelynMac/Bookholder_I.jpg

poshm
03-04-2010, 08:47 AM
For even easier reading, I carry a collapsible book stand. It's great when you want to read while having breakfast at your favorite cafe :)

This isn't the one I use but it gives you an idea of what you can find. I got mine at Michael's Arts & Craft store. I'm the envy of my friends who have to hold their readers when we get together over a meal.

http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx89/KatelynMac/Bookholder_I.jpg

Love the idea but I'd seriously need a remote control with that - I was taught to speed read at uni and I get through pages very fast so need my thumb permanently on the page turn button.

Nothing better than eating and Reading except perhaps eating, Reading and having a bath which tops everything!

anabelee
03-04-2010, 01:06 PM
Nothing better than eating and Reading except perhaps eating, Reading and having a bath which tops everything!

Totally agree...
and surely soon I'll tell you if I love pb360 too!!

Fia
03-05-2010, 07:39 AM
Love the idea but I'd seriously need a remote control with that - I was taught to speed read at uni and I get through pages very fast so need my thumb permanently on the page turn button.

Nothing better than eating and Reading except perhaps eating, Reading and having a bath which tops everything!

I have not found any numbers on the update time when turning pages - but I guess that it's not annoyingly slow if yo, as a speed reader, like your PB360

_paul_
03-10-2010, 05:49 AM
PocketBook customers support in UK:
http://www.greenreader.co.uk/

Roger108
03-21-2010, 01:55 PM
[QUOTE=batgirl;815105]


One big pet peeve. :( The PB360 will not mount on my Powerbook G4 running Tiger. (I hear there is a fix being worked out?)

Hi Batgirl,
I just upgraded from Tiger to Leopard 10.5 on my Powerbook G4 and voila, the 360 mounts.

Still, I'd rather being using Tiger on my Powerbook, so I hope PocketBook comes up with a fix. Leopard is not ideal for a Powerbook.

jonsbjons
03-30-2010, 07:54 AM
Nothing better than eating and Reading except perhaps eating, Reading and having a bath which tops everything!

By the way. Reading in the bathroom - the peak of bliss. But if devays was also waterproof!

zilyal
03-30-2010, 10:09 AM
By the way. Reading in the bathroom - the peak of bliss. But if devays was also waterproof!

All you need is a ziploc bag (or two) and the reader is ready for the tub...

jonsbjons
03-31-2010, 08:10 AM
All you need is a ziploc bag (or two) and the reader is ready for the tub...

You'll laugh - never seen on sale. Can you show a picture?

jonsbjons
03-31-2010, 08:23 AM
I love the hardshell cover and how it locks onto the back!

I highly recommend the PB360 for anyone looking for a great little e-reader. To the people at PocketBook :thanks:

A great, easy device! Magnet back - just gorgeous!

kacir
03-31-2010, 08:28 AM
You'll laugh - never seen on sale. Can you show a picture?

Ziploc is a brand. They sell plastic bag that has something like a "zipper" at the top, so it can be closed.
A picture is here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ziplock.jpg

a "ziploc" bag does not have to be manufactured by a Ziploc company, just like "cleanex" tissue paper does not have to be manufactured by Cleanex company or a "xerox" machine can mean in common speech any copying machine.

You can get any plastic bag that can be hermetically sealed.
I have purchased heavy duty bag for holding touristic maps made from clear thick PVC that has hermetical seal at one edge.

jonsbjons
04-01-2010, 07:20 AM
You can get any plastic bag that can be hermetically sealed.
I have purchased heavy duty bag for holding touristic maps made from clear thick PVC that has hermetical seal at one edge.


It is unusual, but I'll try:) Thanks!

Roger108
04-02-2010, 11:20 AM
Love the idea but I'd seriously need a remote control with that - I was taught to speed read at uni and I get through pages very fast so need my thumb permanently on the page turn button.

Nothing better than eating and Reading except perhaps eating, Reading and having a bath which tops everything!

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A wise man once clued me to the fact that eating should be done without music or reading or TV, etc. Otherwise you end up not digesting your food well. Similarly, reading and music at the same time divides the mind and gradually weakens mind-body coordination. Multitasking is fine for a computer, but not so good for a human being. It's the cause of many physical and mental problems and accidents as well.

fjtorres
04-02-2010, 07:55 PM
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A wise man once clued me to the fact that eating should be done without music or reading or TV, etc. Otherwise you end up not digesting your food well. Similarly, reading and music at the same time divides the mind and gradually weakens mind-body coordination. Multitasking is fine for a computer, but not so good for a human being. It's the cause of many physical and mental problems and accidents as well.

Yes and no.
Yes, it *has* been proven that multitasking hurts focus.
http://news.stanford.edu/news/2009/august24/multitask-research-study-082409.html

No, listening to the right kind of music shouldn't be an issue. Think: "white noise". I have long done most of my recreational reading to the tune of classical or light jazz/world music instrumentals and it helps me focus on the reading by blocking off external distraction. There is a difference between music you listen to and "mood-setting" music.

jonsbjons
04-06-2010, 10:44 AM
For even easier reading, I carry a collapsible book stand. It's great when you want to read while having breakfast at your favorite cafe :)

This isn't the one I use but it gives you an idea of what you can find. I got mine at Michael's Arts & Craft store. I'm the envy of my friends who have to hold their readers when we get together over a meal.

:2thumbsup The same :)

http://s06.radikal.ru/i179/1004/cb/5a4d04eeb5cb.jpg (http://www.radikal.ru)