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Old 01-02-2013, 02:54 AM   #1
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Buying my first ebook reader

So I've finally decided to get an ebook reader, now the question is which..

I'll be reading a lot of text based books and I am on a tight budget so an eink reader is the obvious choice(also its superb battery life is a strong point). Out of 10 books I read one or two might be PDFs. So any eink device which has some pdf viewing capabilities should be fine. I am leaning towards Kindle PW(it also has lighting feature). By the way can calibre render text based PDFs into mobi/epub?

Also, I live in India so I will get it shipped from a friend of mine from the US. Would that cause any problems? While registering the device or anything else?

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Old 01-02-2013, 03:26 AM   #2
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Yes, the Kindle PW would be a good choice (with the usual warnings that PDF is not an eBook format, etc etc etc). No problems with buying in the US and using in India.
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Sony T2 uses pdf and epub as formats. Calibre can convert almost any format to a different format.
Only problem you will have is drm, you cannot convert a drm locked book and the kindle does not read epub or pdf files
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:10 AM   #4
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Wrong - the Kindle does support PDF. But no 6" device will display PDFs well. Text-only PDFs, though, can be converted reasonably well to either ePub or Mobi formats.
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:02 AM   #5
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Thanks for the quick reply guys!
Ideally I would like to buy a high resolution 10" tab like Nexus 10 for reading(PDFs) but at the moment I dont have the money to buy it. And anyways I need a dedicated e-ink device for epubs/mobi. As for reading graphic based PDFs on 6" eink goes, I'll have to be a bit patient(panning, zooming and potrait mode) but thats compromise I guess.
And I would've selected PRS-T1 for the PDF capabilities but no backlight. I plan to read a lot in the night and the lamp case design looks cumbersome.
Just to make it clear, I don't have to set any account with Amazon to make the device work, right? Because I'll be opening the box in India.
Also, do you guys get a 'low memory warning' when you open a graphic based big PDF file?
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:38 AM   #6
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There are advantages to registering the Kindle with Amazon, and there's absolutely no problem in having an "amazon.com" account if you're in India. But you don't have to do so, no, although I would recommend it.
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Pdf's are readable on e-ink but it's not really recommended at least not by me, I'd say the Sony devices do the best job but a small tablet would do a much better one.
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Thanks HarryT, I do have one. @Teknikal, I think buying a small tab for Pdf's wouldn't solve the problem. I'd still have to zoom and pan. It'd just be a lot smoother. I prefer the mega battery life of eink over a small tab.
Another little question, is there a different case available for the Kindle PW? $40 case for a $120 device is a bit grand! Is something available with similar quality, build and functionality for somewhere around $20?
Links would be much appreciated!

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Old 01-02-2013, 09:55 AM   #9
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Also, does anyone know when the next Nook eink with light is going to be released?
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:03 PM   #10
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Another little question, is there a different case available for the Kindle PW? $40 case for a $120 device is a bit grand! Is something available with similar quality, build and functionality for somewhere around $20?
There's a thread in the Kindle section of the forum about alternatives with a link in the very first post for a case on ebay at $12. People seem pretty happy with them (though they are clearly not as good quality as the official cases), here's a link to a post from that thread showing some photos of one that someone bought.

Thread - Slim Paperwhite case alternative
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If you are interested in viewing pdfs in a small e-reader device, take a look at the Onyx Boox forum: I have an Onyx Boox i62HD, and the online store "ereader store" provides a firmware very intended to read pdfs. I read a lot of scientific papers and I'm happy with it. It has a "paper mode" wich makes easier reading two (or more) columns documments with less panning.

They reader comes with case and charger.
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Also, does anyone know when the next Nook eink with light is going to be released?
Like a Nook Glow 2? I don't know if there's a plan for that. The Nook Glow isn't that old.

If your choice is lit Nook vs. lit Kindle, then I think you should choose between what's available now. Is the B&N store able to be used in India? I would choose one where you can access an online store. The Amazon store has a lot of free/cheap books available. Or are you never planning to use a store? It seems like at least having the option available would be helpful as far as flexibility goes.
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If your choice is lit Nook vs. lit Kindle, then I think you should choose between what's available now. Is the B&N store able to be used in India?
No, it can't be.
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