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Old 10-04-2012, 04:51 AM   #1
Matriarch
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Help choosing a dedicated "Public Domain" e-reader?

Hi all, first-time poster, and I've been lurking for a few weeks now.

I'm thinking about getting a second e-reader, or changing e-readers altogether. I currently use a non-touch Kindle 4, and I'm extremely happy with it, but for one issue: I'm the sort of person who wants to carry their entire e-book library on their device (it's the same reason that I can't abide an iPod shuffle - too much music!), and since learning about Project Gutenberg only recently, I've managed to develop a calibre library that's just way too large for my Kindle!

I live in Australia, and the "main" contenders (at least in my area) are the Amazon, Kobo and Sony. To my knowledge, both Kobo and Sony design their e-readers with expandable storage, right? So I'm trying to decide between the Kobo Touch or the Sony PRS-T2. (I don't need any of the bells and whistles of the Kobo Glo etc - all I need is a sturdy reader with expandable storage.) So if you'd be able to help me decide where to settle my mammoth collection, I'd really appreciate it.

* How do the collection / shelving capabilities of the T2 and Touch compare with each other, and how do they compare with the Kindle 4?

* How responsive are the page turns, really, with extended use? I've tried out both devices in-store and found that there were a lot of dead touches with the Kobo, but that may have been because they're heavily-used demo units.

* How does the firmware compare for general usability?

* Do I absolutely have to install Kobo Desktop / ADE onto my desktop to use each device, keeping in mind that the devices are for side-loading public domain books only? I'd prefer to work exclusively with calibre.

Thank you for any and all input.
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