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Old 12-06-2007, 06:54 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by zelda_pinwheel View Post
I just discovered these forums and have been learning a lot in the past few days, thanks to all of you.

I've wanted an ebook reader for quite some time, mainly for all the gutenberg texts which i have enthusiastically saved on my computer but cannot bear to read on the screen (i spend all day staring at the screen for work and that is enough, and also i really like to read in bed but my pc is not very cuddly). Now i am ready to buy one and i have been doing my research... But some enlightened opinions would be appreciated.

I am very tempted by the Cybook Gen3 but it is a big investment so i am thinking of starting out with an eBookwise 1150 first, to make sure i like using a device for reading. Then I can buy a Gen3 later.

I have found a new eb-1150, but i also saw a used RCA eBook REB 1100.

my questions are :

1. are there any big differences in features / quality between the reb 1100 and the eb-1150 ? i have not found much reference to the 1100.

2. apparently i cannot change the battery in these devices, this is why i am more tempted to get a new one, however the used ones are much cheaper !! is it worth it ? is battery life a problem in used devices ? even if i do get a Gen3 later, there are many features on the eb-1150 which seem nice to me (touchscreen for taking notes, dictionary, ergonomy --reviews have said it is very well-designed) so i don't want to buy a device which will only be useable a few months.

3. since i would like to get a Gen3 later on if all goes well (e-ink looks nice ! and easy on the eyes... my eyes are tired after a long day of staring at my computer), i think that if i do buy any books for the reader (you never know) i should buy them in mobi format (for my future Gen3) and then convert them for the eb-1150, is this difficult ?

thanks in advance for any advice ! hopefully i will buy my device this week...
Yes, the firmware and capabilities of the the 1100 and 1150 are quite different. They will not read the same books. the 1100 read rb files while the 1150 read imp files. The 1150 is newer and there is more material available in that format including quite a bit at mobileread. People who have used both units say that like the font support of the 1100. It is only black/white, no grays with the 1150 supports 16 gray levels. The battery seems to last a long time. It is not difficult to convert some mobi files, not DRM. If you buy multi-format books from Fictionwise you can just download another format later.

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