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View Poll Results: What Is Most Important To You In A Reader?
Price? 7 6.42%
Design Features 58 53.21%
Flexibility 12 11.01%
Size/Weight 20 18.35%
Battery Life 12 11.01%
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:15 AM   #16
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How about ability to display the book (ePub of course) the way it was designed? Nothing more irritating than seeing your hard work displayed incorrectly because the reader doesn't follow the specs - well I guess not being able to see anything at all because of stability/reliability/battery issues would trump that....
That's not a "feature" of a reader that's its definition. If a knife doesn't cut, it isn't a knife.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:33 AM   #17
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I'm going to ignore the poll and just write better main software stability I find it pretty amazing that the big guys like Sony, Nook, Kobo can't make a completely 100% stable reader I'll just say while crashes are pretty rare they do happen now and again and they just shouldn't.

Before I got my first e ink reader I'd never heard of anything as simple as an epub reader crashing ever and I'd read tons of them on PC's and even my iPod.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:37 AM   #18
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When I bought my first ereader the deciding factor was the availability of books I wanted to read. I live in Mexico and read books in English for pleasure.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:43 AM   #19
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The poll was far too limiting for me to vote as well. Like Xanthe's reply, I have many features I need, and a lot I don't care about. But there's not just one item that's the main priority for me.

Good design and size/weight is a must. Touch screen is a must for me; a few physical buttons are nice, but not necessary. Wide selection of fonts, font sizes, and a way to darken the text. Epub format. Good battery life is a must, but I think every e-ink screen reader will do fine there. My preference is a 5" reader for portability. Ability to see the time while reading (PRS+ has definitely spoiled me). At this point for me to purchase a new reader, front lighting would be a necessity.

Things I don't care about at all but if they're included, wouldn't necessarily be a deal breaker: SD card, audio, wifi (wifi being one that might be a deal breaker, I really don't want the battery drain or the "tracking" that goes along with accessing the internet, and yes, I know you can turn it off in most instances).

Price is always a consideration, but I'd be willing to pay more for a reader that does everything I want and does it well.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:29 PM   #20
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:30 PM   #21
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That's not a "feature" of a reader that's its definition. If a knife doesn't cut, it isn't a knife.
I don't think there's a single eReader currently available that implements ePub 2 or ePub 3 correctly and in full.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:03 PM   #22
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I picked price. All the others are good things but if it's too expensive for me to afford they won't do me a bit of good.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:54 PM   #23
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I picked price. All the others are good things but if it's too expensive for me to afford they won't do me a bit of good.
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:47 PM   #24
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It's so hard to choose! Price does factor into it for me, as I'd rather put my money into books than the reader, but I like something that feels good in my hands too. If you're spending a lot of time holding it, it has to be comfortable. And of course the screen and the ability to change font size are important, but I think I'd be reasonably happy with any e-ink reader as far as that goes.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:09 PM   #25
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I don't think there's a single eReader currently available that implements ePub 2 or ePub 3 correctly and in full.
Not by the spec, no.
Not a one.
At least Apple is honest enough to admit ibooks are not epub.
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Somebody's got to advocate size/weight. For me, to date nothing beats the Sony X50 line for sleekness, with the 5" size perfect for my purse and the 7" size for reading at home. Six-inch readers serve neither purpose ideally.
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I voted for design features. Stability, reliability and freedom of choice regarding bookstores are also important factors for me.
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Well, I was given my first Kindle, so that kinda took the decision out of my hands, but a combination of things has kept me with it: Amazon's excellent customer service, B&N's horrible customer service, the kindle features, the price, the ecosystem... it all conspired together. Any one without the others wouldn't be enough.
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I don't think there's a single eReader currently available that implements ePub 2 or ePub 3 correctly and in full.
Sad but true.
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The screen - specifically, the blackness of the text. That's why I stick with the jetBook Lite.

But that's assuming things like reliability. If the thing can't be counted on working, what good is any other aspect of it?
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