View Full Version : How many different ebook readers have you used?

03-24-2010, 10:56 AM
I am just curious to find out how many readers most people have used. I wonder who wins the prize for 'most devices owned or used.' Here is my tally:

Sony Clie (too much glare and some battery issues; replaced with the m125)
Palm m125 (a great little device! Got a lot of use out of it for book reading)
eBookwise (had its day with me, then I moved on to a lighter, smaller Sony)
Sony 505 (great device; replaced by the Kindle since I wanted TTS and dictionary)
iPod Touch (still have it, still use it but not often for reading anymore)
Amazon Kindle (my current device)
Astak Reader (borrowed from a friend for review purposes)
Pocketbook 360 (anticipating this in the mail any day now to review for Teleread)

So...that's eight. Nine if you count my Alphasmart Dana, which I got intending to read on it, found unsuitable for reading due to the glare and still own to use for other purposes. And ten if you count a desktop computer---I don't prefer to read on those, but if I have a break at work I will sometimes access a chapter or two from a book in my Kobo library since I can access that on-line. I realize not everyone will read off a computer screen though and it is not my preference.

So, lifetime, we'll say ten devices. The ones in current use are the Kindle (most often), the computer (sometimes) and the iPod Touch (rarely). We'll see what happens when the PB arrives :)

03-24-2010, 11:14 AM
Just the three I own:

Sony 505 which was my first purchase. It has a BookArmor case so it is my travelling reader. It will go on vacation with me. Like it very much, although the page turn buttons bother my right thumb somewhat.

Sony 700 which was my second purchase. Bought it off Craigslist on a whim and used it twice. Loved the light and larger fonts but could not master the page turn sweep and was forced to use the page turn button. It lives in a drawer.

Kindle 2 which was my third purchase and my favorite device. Love the larger screen fonts and the page turn button.

03-24-2010, 01:46 PM
Desktop PC (from Pentium 3 through Core2Quad)
Tablet PC (Fujitsu 3400)
Laptop PC (Dell 1505)
Netbook PC (Dell Mini 12)
Dell Axim x51v
Apple iPod Touch
Sony PRS-500
Bookeen Cybook Gen3
Netronix EB-100
Kindle 2

03-24-2010, 02:24 PM
PC(Desktop and laptop)
Hanvon N516w/OI
Delstar Open(returned after two days)

I was shocked that i love my little Hanvon far more than the expensive 900. I'm almost ready to sell the 900 because I haven't touched it in weeks.

03-24-2010, 04:37 PM
Desktop PC (work related PDFs and manga)
Laptop PC (work related PDFs and manga, tried Amazon Kindle for PC)
Nokia E90 Communicator
Nokia e71x
Nokia N900 (current phone)
Irex Iliad
Irex DR1000 (PDFs almost exclusively now)
5" Astak EZReader Pocket Pro (non PDF, non work related reading)

On my desktop and laptop I read PDFs related to work and manga, since the manga doesn't do as well on the readers. I also have Kindle for PC on my laptop so I could test it.

I started reading ebooks on my phone and have gone through several. I liked the Iliad and then got the DR1000 for PDFs, and then the PocketPro for general reading. I still use the DR1000 for PDFs as it does a great job displaying the full size. I now use the PocketPro for all my personal reading pretty much exclusively. The DR1000 was nice as I got a lot of text before a page turn, but it's big and a pain to carry around.

03-24-2010, 04:57 PM
Sony 505
Kindle ( original )

03-24-2010, 04:58 PM
Sony Librie
Palm T5 (only one book...)
Irex Iliad
(will buy iPad)


03-24-2010, 05:11 PM
I only ever used the desktop PC and PRS-600. :)

03-24-2010, 05:37 PM
Franklin ebookman: my first reader, liked it, but wanted colour

So, I got a:

Fujitsu Siemens Loox 600: a PDA, colour, 200x320 screen, but it had a small problem with the backlight not turning on when it should (you had to turn on the light and hold the device under that light to turn on the backlight) and the battery was getting old (it was second hand), which gave me a good reason to buy a new one, a:

Fujitsu Siemens Loox 720: again a PDA, colour, transflective TFT, 480x640 screen. It's still an awesome device, I still use it for reading. Perfectly readable in sunlight (with the backlight turned off) and a very high resolution for the screensize. But, I wanted a larger screen (just for the fun of it), so I bought a:

JoinTech JE100: 7" screen, and if it had a transflective screen, it would have been perfect. But you can't read it in daylight, unless I turn on the backlight to max. And that's annoying because I mainly read in the dark (at night). So, I had another excuse to buy me a third reader, a:

BeBook Mini: which I use during daytime reading and when my other devices are empty (e-ink does have the advantage of longer battery life). But I hate to use it in bed, because I don't like bedlights...

But, wherever I go, my three readers go with me. Though, the PDa now has become more PDA than ereader, since I bought the JE100, and espcially since I also bought the Mini. But it's an easy way to read three books at the same time.

03-24-2010, 08:19 PM
Not many really, just 2 kinds of devices in different versions..

Basically a Kindle 1, Kindle 2, Kinle DX, iPod touch and iPhone.
Looking forward to trying out the iPad!

03-24-2010, 08:32 PM
Excluding computers -

Palm PDA
Another Palm PDA
Sony 500
Sony 505
Kindle 1
Sony 700
iPod Touch

Soon... iPad

03-24-2010, 09:17 PM
- Desktop PC
- Sony Clie T-415C (Palm OS)
- HP Ipaq 1920 (actually, two of them)
- Dell Axim X50v (still on my second of these, and have a third "spare" I bought cheaply on eBay)
- iPhone 3G

The Axim is still my main reader (with uBook and Freda, I don't need anything else). The screen is smaller compared to a dedicated reader and (Oh no!) is backlit, but is so crisp and clear, and fits in my pocket perfectly. Running WM6.1, I have a 16GB SDHC card and 4GB CF card plugged into it, and carry every single ebook I've ever bought or downloaded on it, with space for gigs of music and video files left over.

Heh, I still keep an eye on eBay for more spare, cheap X50v/X51v's. Just in case, y'know. :D

03-24-2010, 10:12 PM
My mother just phoned to tell me that I have a VERY LARGE package at her house. I guess my Pocketbook has arrived :) I thought I had given them my home address but I guess I didn't. I often use my mom's address for such things since she is in a secure building and packages can be left with the front desk staff. So, on Friday when I go for dinner, I will get it :)

03-24-2010, 10:32 PM
My mother just phoned to tell me that I have a VERY LARGE package at her house. I guess my Pocketbook has arrived :)

Are you sure it isn't a refrigerator??

03-24-2010, 10:41 PM
My ...

The LCD era (1999-2008)

Cassiopeia E-10 (black on green screen, those were them days ...)
HP Jornada 525 (and soon afterwards)
HP Jornada 565 (yeah, had too much money those days ...)
Rocket eBook (the one true classic)
Acer n310 (beautiful screen)

The eInk era (2008-present)

Cybook Gen3
Cybook Opus
Pocketbook 360 (for a preview test on MR)
Kindle 2 (being the one I seriously use nowadays)
iPhone 3G

Waiting for the holographic era with walkable text in 3D ...

Are you sure it isn't a refrigerator??

Even those have displays these days. And at least you won't have to walk to get a drink or snack while reading. :p

03-24-2010, 10:50 PM
Are you sure it isn't a refrigerator??

My poor surprised mother never knows what's coming. In my p-book days, I once joined a book swap and forgot to tell her about it. I get a phone call one day from her asking me if there is something going on that she should know about, because all of a sudden she started getting tons of packages from me from all sorts of strange people...

03-24-2010, 11:01 PM
Just the Sony 505 for me.
A local library has several Kindle 2's, but the backlog wait was close to 2 months last time I checked. I don't care THAT much :-)

03-24-2010, 11:18 PM
Even those have displays these days. And at least you won't have to walk to get a drink or snack while reading. :p

Holy Carp, you're right!

I wonder if you can download library books on it?

03-24-2010, 11:22 PM
Never liked reading on a desktop PC so I won't count that.

1. 2 Sony Clié
2. 2 Palm T|X (Both the Sonys and the Palms were pretty darn fragile)
3. Kindle 1 (now my Mom's)
4. Irex Iliad (wasted potential)
5. Cybook Gen3 (my daughter uses it)
6. iPod Touch
7. Samsung Q1 tablet PC (weight, battery life are the big negatives)
8. Kindle 2
9. MacBook Pro (not a bad experience)
10. Kindle DX (love the screen size, too bad PDF implementation is primitive)
11. HTC Imagio (for reading in small chunks on the go)
12. Foxit eSlick (a huge disappointment but I haven't had the time to update the firmware so maybe it's a little bit better)
13. Entourage Edge (I really like this reader, it renders both PDF and ePub superbly with great annotation capabilities. Plus, I love having the LCD side to use for other tasks.)

Yes, I'm a gadget addict.

03-25-2010, 12:05 AM
Netbook (just for reference type books like free cookbooks)
Kindle 1 (primarily to share books with my mom and the Amazon store)
Jetbook (inexpensive basic reader, don't like the battery life)
Sony PRS-505 (still my reader of choice)

Those are the ones I've bought. I have also played with the iPhone, Kindle 2, Nook and the various Sony readers either in the stores or belonging to friends.

03-25-2010, 07:40 AM
After computer, which I don't really count, let me see:

iPaq 3950
Palm T|X (replaced the screen once, now it needs another)
Sony 505 (main reader though it's seen less use in the last couple of weeks while I've been playing on my new Droid.)
Moto Droid (always with me so I read on it fairly often)

I've also done a very little reading on my Nokia 6126 and my LG Neon but while the screens worked (not well but they worked) the available software made it a chore.

Sydney's Mom
03-25-2010, 12:03 PM
Are you sure it isn't a refrigerator??


Mr. Goodbar
03-25-2010, 12:20 PM
HP 100LX/200LX
Apple Newton - 3 of total
Various Palm devices
Various Pocket PC's
Sony 500
Sony 505
Kindle 1
Kindle DX
iRex DR800SG
Google Nexus One

Yes, I do have a gadget problem :)

03-25-2010, 12:27 PM

Desktop PC
Dell Axim51 PDA
Cybook Gen 3
Irex iLiad
iPod Touch
Hanlin V3
Sony Reader 505
Irex DR1000s
Kindle 2
PocketBook 360

03-25-2010, 01:09 PM
I've been reading a few ebooks on PC's for the last few years but as far as actual ereaders:
* Sony 505 - Red
* Kindle 2 - wanted access to all the freebies that are put out for the Kindle. It has many nice features but I prefer the Sony.
* Astak Pocket Pro - Just got caught up in the excitement when it was first released. A nice little reader but I prefer the Sony.
* Another Sony 505 - Silver - was having trouble with the first one and felt I needed a spare because it was my favorite to use and they were no longer in production.
* Sony 300 - Rose - it's just so cute
* Sony 600 - wanted to try it out in case the 505's broke and I couldn't replace them
* Another Sony 505 - Blue - I wasn't crazy about the 600 and thought I should get another spare 505
* Another Sony 505 - Red - I really didn't like the blue color and the red one just makes me happy to use because it's so beautiful.
* eBookwise 1150 - bought one for my Dad for Christmas when they were $89 and figured I needed to have one because I'm tech support for him. I really like this reader but really wish it would accept epub and SD cards. It's perfect for reading in bed but the format flexibility and book capacity is a definite drawback.
* Ipod Touch - I didn't buy this as a reader but now use Stanza on it and Calibre to load books. I love the Touch, it fits in my pocket and is really handy to use when I just have a few minutes to read. If I'd known how nice it was I'd have skipped the Kindle 2 and got a Touch initially.
* Delstar OpenBook - I wanted something that had epub to use for reading in bed. This one is going back ASAP.

So, 11 reader devices since May 2009. I realize this is ridiculous. The Delstar is being returned and I definitely plan to sell the blue Sony 505 and the Sony 600 and possibly the Kindle and Pocket Pro. Overall my favorite reader is a Sony 505. I am really starting to want an Ipad though. If Stanza will work on a bigger scale like it does for the Touch I would really want one of these for reading in bed as even with a book light I have trouble with an e-ink reader. I'm going to wait until I read some good reviews on this site though, no matter how cool it is.

03-25-2010, 01:13 PM
So, 11 reader devices since May 2009. I realize this is ridiculous. The Delstar is being returned and I definitely plan to sell the blue Sony 505 and the Sony 600 and possibly the Kindle and Pocket Pro. Overall my favorite reader is a Sony 505. I am really starting to want an Ipad though. If Stanza will work on a bigger scale like it does for the Touch I would really want one of these for reading in bed as even with a book light I have trouble with an e-ink reader. I'm going to wait until I read some good reviews on this site though, no matter how cool it is.
Yees... perhaps it is a tad much much - but I bet it's been fun :D I've sold off those e-readers I didn't use. If two are too alike in functionality, I just ended up using only one of them anyway.

03-25-2010, 01:16 PM
1. Desktop PC / laptop (still use it for reading manga, news)
2. Sony Clie TH55
3. Nokia E63
4. Onyx Boox 60

03-25-2010, 01:46 PM
PC(Destop and Laptop)
Ebookman 911
My first cellphone. Got some reading done but screen was really to small for comfortable reading.
Sony PRS 600 which is my favorite
And an attempt to use my television as a large screen book reader somewhere along the line. Really did not work out. fonts came out to big, blocky, and chunky to read for extended periods of time.

03-25-2010, 01:57 PM
So far I've read on

Nook (Only at the store)
Sony 300 (At store)
Sony 600 (At store, mine will be here shortly)
Sony PSP (which got me hooked on ebooks)
Toshiba NB205 Netbook (glare is what made me really want a reader)
Kindle DX at a friends hosue

03-25-2010, 01:59 PM
I've started with Palm Pilots/Sony Clies in ca. 1997:
3 x Palm Pilot, 2 x Sony Clie.
Then I switched to Pocket PCs:
2 x Compaq, 3 x HP.
Then I've got BlackBerrys:
4 x BlackBerry.
In 2007, I switched to dedicated readers:
I've got 15 so far.

Plus: I've had 9 private Notebooks since 1996 and 4 private Desktop PCs.
And since 2008 1 x iMac and 1 x Mac mini.

So, in total it's about 50 gadgets, capable of reading eBooks since 1995.

EDIT: Totally forgot about iPone and iPod touch. And 5 Sony PSPs and 3 Nintendo DS.

Ben Thornton
03-25-2010, 02:31 PM
I've had lots of gadgets on which one could read over the years, but they never suited me for anything of any size. I used Psions for reference material, and read "Huckleberry Finn" on a Nintendo DS (as an experiment, really), but my PRS-900 is the first device that has actually replaced paper for most of my reading. Now, I wouldn't use paper if I could get away with it - certainly for text-based stuff like novels.

So, lots of devices that could be ebook readers, but only one which actually performs that role for me.

03-25-2010, 02:34 PM
Desktop PC (gone ages ago and forgotten)
Desktop Mac
iPhone and again iPhone 3GS
Kindle 1, Kindle 2
MacBook and MacBook Pro
I await the iPad

03-25-2010, 07:07 PM
EZ Reader Basic - This is the device I normally use the most, but it's currently on loan to my mom (trying to get her hooked :D )
Laptop PC - The first device I used for reading, normally not used for that much anymore, but in use right now in place of the EZ Reader.
iPod Touch - Normally I just use this when I'm running errands and want to have something light to carry for the odd few minutes of reading while waiting, but like the laptop it's getting a little more use than usual right now.
Kindle 2 - Just briefly when a friend and I were comparing devices.

My hope is to get my mom hooked enough that I can justify giving her my EZ Reader Basic and replacing it with a Pocket Pro!

03-26-2010, 01:20 AM
Dell Axim X50v
PocketBook 301 - just love it!

03-26-2010, 12:15 PM
Counting only devices used as dedicated readers, I've had:

Dell Axim v30
Sony PRS-500 (x2 -- one each for my wife and for me)
Sony PRS-700

My wife is now reading on an iPod Touch—and is very happy with it—but I didn't count it because it's certainly not used as a dedicated reader.


03-26-2010, 12:54 PM
Ok let see how this goes

1. Psion 3
2. Palm Pilot
3. Palm IIIx
4. Palm trio
5. Palm trio color
6. Jornada
7. Sone Clie NZ90
8. Psion 5mx
9. IPaq travel companion
10 Sony 500
11 Ipod Touch

12 IPad

I would like to see Nate the Great's list. If I remember right it should double mine.

03-26-2010, 01:08 PM
Sony Clie SL-10 (hi res but poor contrast LCD)
Sony Clie SJ-20 (excellent mono LCD)
Sony Clie Sj-30 (excellent colour LCD, but not as good as the SJ-20 in sunlight)
Nokia 6630
CyBook Gen3
Sony PRS-505
Kindle 2
iPod Touch

The Clies were good, SJ20 was probably the best. The Nokia has too small a screen. The iPod Touch I haven't give a proper trial.

CyBook was good, but fragile. Sony is good, but heavy. Kindle is good, but bulky - currently my main reader.

But ePubs are the future. The formatting can be so much better than with Mobipocket.

So I'm on the lookout for something that does really good ePubs, with a better display and form factor than the Kindle.

The Mirasol and Electrovista displays look very interesting, especially the high resolution of the Mirasol. All I have to do is wait for it to be in production in a machine I like.

03-26-2010, 01:47 PM
my one and only is the Irex DR800SG. My wife is getting tired of hearing how much I love it. lol

Fat Abe
03-27-2010, 08:12 AM
The usual suspects- Sony's newest readers, iPod, Kindle 2, and iPad (on order), but the reader I would really like to set up is a laptop connected to a 50 inch widescreen LCD or LED display via an HDMI port, with the whole shebang controlled through a wireless keyboard. This would be used in the bedroom, where I would normally watch a DVD movie. Reading is more fun now, with so many download options. I guess the word is convergence. Thanks to many board members who have posted obscure and not-so obscure ebooks on the web. Without their effort, books would not be experiencing a renaissance of renewed interest. Long live books, and sorry for being late to the party (i.e., in adopting ebook readers).

03-27-2010, 12:18 PM

1) eBookwise, purchased in 2005. My first ebook reader, bought after I read a review of it at AAR. I loved the backlit screen the most, because it was convenient for reading on long car rides. Died last summer for no reason I could ever determine--overuse, probably.

2) Sony 505, purchased in 2007. I bought this because I liked the idea of e-Ink. I liked having many more books at my disposal compared to the eBookwise. I didn't like some of the antics I've been experiencing with the machine over the last several months--spontaneous reboots which only got worse. However, I unexpectedly stumbled over the solution to the problem by converting all of my ebooks to ePub instead of lrf. Now the machine's working great *knock on wood* and hasn't rebooted itself in almost two months. And with the LightWedge cover, I can take it with me on long car trips, too.

3) Sony 600. I bought this when I started having problems with the 505, but despite my initial liking of the device, I haven't been using it much. After more thorough use, I don't like where the page turn buttons are...come to think of it, I don't like the page turn buttons, period. I might sell this device soon.

4) Kindle 2. I bought this in November when the refurbished US-only models were available for $189, and if Amazon ever gets off their behinds and allows for the creation of folders, this might become my favorite device.

5) iPhone. I bought this about a month ago, and I thought I'd hate reading on it--tiny print, constant page turns. To my surprise, it's not as bad as I thought, and it'll come in handy if I ever do decide to just go with the Kindle because of the screen.

6) Desktop PC. Urgh. Back when I only had the eBookwise, I couldn't get a book to convert to that format. I was forced to read the book on my PC, and I hated having to sit in my computer chair all day.

03-29-2010, 08:09 AM
Just the 1 .....

If anyone wants to GIVE me another .....

For Scientific Testing purposes you understand :cool:


03-29-2010, 02:51 PM
I only ever used the desktop PC and PRS-600. :)

Same here.