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Old 02-25-2011, 08:20 AM   #1
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Dear friends,

Thanks to a post here and your advice I got myself a PB IQ 701 which I love - so thanks a lot for that! However, I also got a second ereader, one in which I placed great hopes, but ended up finding a mix of good and bad: the JetBook mini. And since, to make things worse, the 'support' at Ectaco is nothing short of Kafkaesque, I would appeal for your expertise once more.

I wanted a small ereader which I could read in the sunlight and in brightly lit rooms. I did not need a large or color screen, but I did hope for a crisp, high contrast screen which would 'feel' as book-like as possible (The JB mini's screen is very nice, but it is also way too dark, not white like a page, but a weird kind of gold in color.). I want neither wifi nor any other capabilities other than book reading. The one thing which I loved with the JB mini is that it runs on AAA batteries. I would like to get a unit which would have either a long-lived battery inside or which would run on regular batteries I could get in a store.

After my disappointment with the JB mini I suppose that I need to get a unit with either e-paper or e-ink (I don't really understand the difference). But what I don't want is ghosting or a noticeable amount of flicker on page turns.

Furthermore, I don't want any DRM capabilities, and I don't need many built-in formats: the ones I use most are, in order, epub, fb2 and txt.

Lastly, and this does matter a lot to me, I want to by a decent to good quality product from a company which does stand behind its units and which cares about its customers.

Is there such an ebook reader out there? Should I go for e-ink or e-paper? Which is the highest, most book-like, quality of screen?

Thanks in advance,

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Old 02-25-2011, 08:24 AM   #2
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My Aluratek Libra Pro can do all that with the exception of the fb2 format and its one of the smallest on the market, it eink and is great for reading a high lighting environments -does not do well in low lighting environments. It does have DRM reading abilities however if you are reading txt and epub that is not really an issue.
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:51 AM   #3
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You're already a Pocketbook customer. Check out their 5in Pocketbook 360. Most of its owners seem quite happy about it. (Me too) It supports your listed formats. Plus it comes with a snap-on cover that works very well. It easily fits in coat of front pants pockets as its exactly the size of a CD jewel case.

If FB2 support isn't critical, you could try the Sony 350.
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Dear jbcohen and fjtorres,

Yes, these are two models which I am seriously considering now. It seems that the PocketBook 360 has a better screen technology than the Aluratek Libra Pro and a user-changeable battery. Since my first experience with the PocketBook company and products is excellent, I am leaning towards the PocketBook 360, but I am still looking at other options and opinions.

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Old 02-25-2011, 09:48 AM   #5
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Sony or Pocketbook are your best bet.
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The PRS-350 has the latest Pearl e-ink screen. I think you'll find it fits your requirements quite well. I love mine!
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:09 AM   #7
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How would the PRS-350 compare to the PocketBook 360 in terms of screen? (sorry, I don't know anything about e-ink)
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If they boith have an e-ink screen, the Sony 350 will be nicer because it is the latest and greatest e-ink screen, the Pearl screen.
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Do you have a smart phone such as a blackberry, iphone or android based phone. My reader of choice is a blackberry costs me $0 since the phone itself belongs to my employer. I can perform a stunt that most readers can't on their dedicated readers - I can read Kindle books and Barns and Noble books on the same device. You try that with a pocket book or a Kindle or a Nook.
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Do you have a smart phone such as a blackberry, iphone or android based phone.
I have both a Nokia Internet Tablet running Maemo OS2008 and a Nokia Nuron 5230. But now I am looking for a dedicated ebook reader to use outdoors in the sun.

BTW - I decided for the PB360. First, I am very happy with PocketBooks' quality, second it has a better screen than the Aluratek Libra Pro and, last, its cheaper than the Sony.

Thanks a lot guys, you rock!
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Good choice The PB360 is definitely a fun little reader and you can have endless entertainment customizing fonts, etc.
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