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Old 10-23-2013, 07:54 PM   #31
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My feeling is that the Kobo Aura is the first kobo in a while to have hardware problems.
Just received Kobo Aura as gift. It was purchased at Chapters who assured us that they would exchange it if there were any hardware issues. Mine has no light leakage. The issue with patterns on the screen on mine is minimial. The pattern is like slanted scratches but it extends less than 1 in from the top, is extremely faint and is only visible at all in full sunlight with the screen tilted at an angle I would never use for reading.
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:12 PM   #33
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:00 PM   #34
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The one thing I've yet to see in any E-reader is acceptable battery life. The same can be said for tablets. All of the manufacturers are focused on making slimmer and lighter gadgets -- which means you get stuck with a tablet that has eight hours of battery life.... or an e-reader that claims to have the best battery life at two-months (cool!) -- but is based on only 1/2 hour a day of use (NOT even remotely cool!).

I still can't believe that one -- calling thirty hours "two months based on 1/2 hour a day" is about the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard -- It has just a bit over one day of battery life, not two damn months. That's like saying a car that gets 30 mpg on the highway gets 300 mpg based on being towed 90% of the time.

If someone can make an e-reader that could do two simple things, I would be delighted: 1) support epub, and 2) have a REAL two month battery life (at least), i.e: 2x30x24=1,440 hours.

And really, why should this be so damned impossible? Consider first that an e-paper display doesn't consume any power when not being updated -- a simple reader based around a microcontroller and an SD card with physical page turn buttons wouldn't need to consume power until a button is pressed, then it would update the display and shut off again.

Then there's the issue of battery size and weight: the Kobo Mini weighs less than five ounces and is 0.4" thick. You're average hard cover book weighs about two pounds. If the mini had to be bulked up to a couple inches thick and a pound or two in weight to provide the kind of battery life that I want, that's perfectly fine with me.
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:46 AM   #35
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The one thing I've yet to see in any E-reader is acceptable battery life. The same can be said for tablets. All of the manufacturers are focused on making slimmer and lighter gadgets -- which means you get stuck with a tablet that has eight hours of battery life.... or an e-reader that claims to have the best battery life at two-months (cool!) -- but is based on only 1/2 hour a day of use (NOT even remotely cool!).

I still can't believe that one -- calling thirty hours "two months based on 1/2 hour a day" is about the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard -- It has just a bit over one day of battery life, not two damn months. That's like saying a car that gets 30 mpg on the highway gets 300 mpg based on being towed 90% of the time.

If someone can make an e-reader that could do two simple things, I would be delighted: 1) support epub, and 2) have a REAL two month battery life (at least), i.e: 2x30x24=1,440 hours.

And really, why should this be so damned impossible? Consider first that an e-paper display doesn't consume any power when not being updated -- a simple reader based around a microcontroller and an SD card with physical page turn buttons wouldn't need to consume power until a button is pressed, then it would update the display and shut off again.

Then there's the issue of battery size and weight: the Kobo Mini weighs less than five ounces and is 0.4" thick. You're average hard cover book weighs about two pounds. If the mini had to be bulked up to a couple inches thick and a pound or two in weight to provide the kind of battery life that I want, that's perfectly fine with me.
It's nice that that's fine with you, but there are a lot of us out there who are reading ebooks partly or completely because we _can't_ handle those hardcovers, or even trade paperbacks. The light weight is a key accessibility feature. For others, it's a portability feature.

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and postulate that the vast, vast majority of readers of ebooks are going to have access to power for their ereader before it conks out. If you are a long-distance hiker, how about grabbing a lightweight solar USB charger, or a Kindle with a solar cover?
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Old 10-25-2013, 02:23 AM   #36
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I would love to have the best of both the Touch and the Paperwhite:

Frontlit display from Paperwhite, upgraded hardware, etc. but keep the physical home button, plus the ability to flip through chapters with a downward swipe. They removed that in the Paperwhite, and last I heard did not add it back. Also, keep the 4GB memory, which I find to be enough, but 2GB is sounds a little TOO cramped!

I also want decent collections management, perhaps they can hire ixtab as a developer for that, and ESPECIALLY the ability to manage those from calibre! While I'm at it, I wish you could view your archived items in collections inside the cloud tab, and a general overhaul to the whole Amazon system of organizing your books. We need to be able to tag an change the metadata -- annoying authors sometimes give titles like:
Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, Book One) (Artemis Fowl (Quality))
Annihilation: R.A. Salvatore Presents The War of the Spider Queen, Book V (R.A Salvatore Presents the War of the Spider Queen)
So You Want to Be a Wizard (digest): Young Wizards, Book One: 1 (Young Wizards Series)
A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Four (Martin, George Rr)

which is just plain wrong.

I want to be able to see the page number directly while I read a book (now that they have had real page numbers for quite some time...) although I hear that may be part of the PW2? In which case it will probably make its way down to us Touch owners anyway, in the Goodreads update.
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Old 10-25-2013, 03:36 AM   #37
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I'm gonna go out on a limb here and postulate that the vast, vast majority of readers of ebooks are going to have access to power for their ereader before it conks out. If you are a long-distance hiker, how about grabbing a lightweight solar USB charger, or a Kindle with a solar cover?
Or a charger like this one which will recharge your reader from AA batteries.
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Old 10-25-2013, 05:12 AM   #38
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Frontlit display from Paperwhite, upgraded hardware, etc. but keep the physical home button, plus the ability to flip through chapters with a downward swipe. They removed that in the Paperwhite, and last I heard did not add it back.
The PW2 has an excellent new method of rapidly flipping though a book by dragging a slider.
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The PW2 has an excellent new method of rapidly flipping though a book by dragging a slider.
I heard about that, yeah. How does it compare to flipping through chapters à la Touch? It sounds like it's more time-consuming to use.
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Old 10-26-2013, 03:50 AM   #41
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I heard about that, yeah. How does it compare to flipping through chapters à la Touch? It sounds like it's more time-consuming to use.
No, it's much quicker to use, because it lets you go to any page in the book with equal facility, rather than only moving a chapter at a time. It's just like flipping through a paper book.
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This looks like it could be pretty good.
http://www.the-digital-reader.com/20...t-android-4-0/

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http://www.the-digital-reader.com/20...t-android-4-0/

6.8" screen, Android 4.0, 4GB storage, microSD...

About as good as current tech allows.
If it takes 64GB cards I might forget I don't need a new reader and go for it.
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http://www.the-digital-reader.com/20...t-android-4-0/

6.8" screen, Android 4.0, 4GB storage, microSD...
Because of the exchange rate the T68 is going to be rather expensive for what it is.
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