The wrong is so far not with us, but with the technology.
My conclusion: I would certainly buy another PB reader similar to the 301+ as soon as it hits the US market (being careful not to fall into another "Kindle" trap - the cheaper Kindle Touch was cheap for a reason, it's much much inferior for serious readers than the Kindle 3).
I hope Pocketbook won't make the new model a nicely packaged toy - chasing the competition.
Whatever I took for granted in the PB 301+ (multiple formats, scaling, landscape mode with its own scaling, customizable fonts, ergonomics) lacks in the competition.
- EZ reader: pros: fonts selection, scaling, landscape, reads multiple formats
cons: small screen, buggy software, not much development.
- Kindle Touch: pros: ergonomical, scaling
cons: bad resolution, no landscape, scaling is not remembered for the next page!
- Kindle 3: pros: ergonomical, scaling, landscape, good resolution, selectable fonts (normal, condensed, sans - at least that)
cons: scaling too rough - 100, 150, 200%
- iriver Story HD: pros: good resolution, multiple formats, landscape
cons: landscape scaling absent, portrait scaling very small.
No font selection (even condensed or sans can't be selected)
What spoils the good resolution in my view: the screen is a little darker in the background.
Firmware updates don't make much sense: a year ago people were complaining about the lack of zoom in the landscape mode, and the recent (October) firmware still did not address the problem.
OK, I don't want to hijack this thread - the conclusion that I made after this accidental crash course in e-readers: I would buy a Pocketbook model again, if they keep making devices for a serious reader.