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Old 11-19-2009, 09:34 PM   #1
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Large PDF ebook reader, should I wait or should I go for kindle dx ?

Hey guys,

I am a fan of ebook, I have discarded paper books for a year now.

I have owned a bebook (which fell and broke, although it was firmly set in its padded leather cover), so I got a Cybook Gen3 to replace it. I use it every day while commuting to work.

I also have an iliad book edition (so no wifi).

Primary use, read books (any format, anyway calibre will rule them all) that I get on the web.

Secondary use, read large size pdf (magazines or Role Playing Games).

I do not care about wifi, and I do not care about touchscreen (I never use it on my iliad, but you cannot get an iliad without a touchscreen anyway). The DX would mostly be used at home. I have also no interest in amazon online purchase services.

I have checked what is available now (the kindle dx) and what should be available in the near future (hanlin v9, QUE reader/plastik logic, sony daily edition and iliad 800).

The later two are of no interest to me. Sony looks too small and I am not that convinced by the Iliad...

So living in Switzerland, (no way to get the dx from amazon, since they do not deliver it), I found an online shop that can send it to me for about 577$ .
I will have to add more or less 7.6% tax + various customs tax (total 10-15%). So let's say I can get the kindle for 700$ (cheaper than what I paid for the iliad by the way).

Is it worth it for my planned use ?
Should I wait for something else ?

I have concerns about DX issues (mostly that the screen is fragile, and the rotating screen too sensitive). I am not bothered by the lacking of comprehensive sorting for books, I upload them one by one anyway...

What do you think ?

I know that a lot of new reader should arrive early in 2010, but most of them have touchscreen, for which I have not interest at all, and should the DX fit the bill, why wait ? Unless a price cut can be foreseen (due to probable heavy competition).

Any feedback is appreciated !

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Old 11-19-2009, 11:42 PM   #2
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I traded in my K2 to get a DX because I wanted to be able to put my Role Playing books on it, and most Role Playing books are currently available in pdf. I like it, and have had good luck with most books that I have loaded on it. Occasionally, I have had a few newer release pdfs fail to display all of their graphics, but all in all I have found it to be quite useful.

Also, since I got it right before GenCon in early August, there have only been a few places that I have not carried it along with me. I got an M-Edge leather cover for it and carry it in a smaller, netbook sized messenger bag that is padded for carrying a computer. So far I have had no problems with durability. I take care with it and pay attention to what I am doing while handling it, but so far no issues!
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:41 AM   #3
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thanks for the feedback, that is reassuring :-)
currently I am using the iliad for pdf, but some pdfs still appear too small (even after I cropped them), so DX looks like a good idea !
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:47 AM   #4
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The KDX has demonstrated that a 9.7" EInk screen is big enough for letter/A4 PDFs. However, it has the poorest support for PDF features imaginable. Amazon essentially stopped working on it as soon as they could get a PDF to show up on the screen.

There are probably going to be half a dozen ~10" EInk devices announced at CES in January. If you want something now, then the Kindle DX may be the only option at a reasonable price and it does display PDFs well, but it is going to look very second rate by next spring.
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:48 AM   #5
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thanks for the advice, I still think as functionality goes the kindle dx will suffice (I am not interested in touchscreen or wifi), but waiting will give me more options, and maybe a price drop in the kindle (who knows how amazon will react).
the only sure thing is that I am gonna sell my iliad !
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but waiting will give me more options, and maybe a price drop in the kindle
Also, Amazon will be selling the Kindle DX internationally next year - although they have not said exactly when.
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Old 12-01-2009, 02:55 AM   #7
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See my post on thread 'eBook Reader PDF Capabilities' (11/30) regarding the Aluratek Libre eBook Reader.
Maybe the screen would be too small for you, but the text flows perfectly and can be resized as you need.
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Just a heads up, I put a large PDF file (300+ pages) on my DX and discovered a bug in the Go To Page feature. Whenever I would enter a page number, it would reboot the Kindle. I've reported it and Amazon responded that they were working on it (this has been several months ago, I haven't tested lately).

I haven't had the problem with smaller PDF files - just the very large ones.
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