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Old 04-12-2010, 01:57 PM   #29
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Device: PocketBook 360, before it was Sony Reader, cassiopeia A-20
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Originally Posted by Kameli View Post
Is there some difference between them in actual reading experience? Is one better to read, change pages faster or something? After all 99% of time with reader I would use to actually read so reading experience is the most important thing.
Hardware
- Both use the same hardware manufactured by the same company.
- PocketBook 360 has plastic lid that can be snapped to the front of the device - to protect display during transport, or to the back of the device - so you can put it away safely during reading.
- Some people complain that two big page turning butons on PocketBook 360 are rather stiff and loud when clicking. (see last (**) point) I personally, as a PocketBook 360 owner, do not find this a problem, but you should be informed.

Software
- Pocket Book 360 has wider configuration options. It will appeal to somebody who likes to set all possible options to his exact tastes.
- Cybook Opus is simpler, better suited for somebody who is uncomfortable with computers.
- I do not know if I would recommend PocketBook 360 to somebody that can "get lost" in too many features (*) (for such an user Sony Reader PRS-300 or Kindle or the new Kobo reader might be the perfect device)

Reading.
- it is said that Cybook Opus has the best e-pub viewer.
- on the other hand, many users (including me) read e-pubs on PocketBook in FBReader application. You can configure, tune, tweak and tinker with every aspect of book display(**). You can set font (even use other than ttf files), set size (with the step 1 point), set margins, justification, hyphenation, line distance, switch off status line, you can override any e-pub formatting to your taste.


(*) - somebody that can not learn of how to send / read an SMS message using his own mobile phone, somebody that can not insert a new name and number to the list of contacts on his mobile phone, even if you show him / her patiently how to do that at least 30 times. There are MANY such people. (Hi mum! )

(**) - this is only for DRM-free books
(**) - you have to install third-party version of FBReader to get all the configuration options
(**) - as a bonus you get option to turn the page just by tilting the reader - without clicking buttons
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