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Old 04-13-2010, 07:31 AM   #16
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A leftfield reason to power down: so that what you're reading isn't on display to the world.

Seems that cheesy romance novels are a huge sleeper hit for publishers, and the thinking is that people want to read them, but don't want to be seen reading them.
Speaking for my Sony 505, the screen blanks when you put it into standby anyway.

As for the cheesy romance novels, they're not exactly a sleeper - they've been at 50%+ of all mass market fiction sales for years if not decades.
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:32 AM   #17
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Of the devices I have personal knowledge of, rather more do NOT have a good standby life, than do.

The following devices have a decent battery life in standby mode:

Sony PRS-500/505
Amazon Kindle
Hanlin V3/V5 and clones (BeBook, Aztak, etc)

While the following devices do NOT have a good standby battery life (a week or less):

iRex iLiad, DR1000, DR800
Bookeen CyBook, Opus
Sony PRS-600
BeBook Neo/Onyx Book 60
B&N nook
Pocketbook 360
To add to the list...
I've turned of my Sony PRS-900 maybe once or twice in the last 2 months, whenever I am done reading or walking away from it for more than a minute or two I put it in standby mode. I have to recharge my battery about every 2 weeks.
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:51 AM   #18
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I turn off my Sony PRS 505 because if I don't, I find strange things on the screen when I come back to it. (By strange I mean -- not what I expect to see. Like, a different page, or back in the book catalog instead of my last read page, stuff like that.)

I think I'm inadvertantly pushing buttons through the cover (I have the light wedge) and the best way to prevent that is to turn it off.
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:50 PM   #19
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I turn off my Sony PRS 505 because if I don't, I find strange things on the screen when I come back to it. (By strange I mean -- not what I expect to see. Like, a different page, or back in the book catalog instead of my last read page, stuff like that.)

I think I'm inadvertantly pushing buttons through the cover (I have the light wedge) and the best way to prevent that is to turn it off.
That's why I also put mine in stand by when I'm carrying it - even from one room to another. I changed books accidentally once (at the end of a chapter), and didn't realize it for a paragraph or two
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:55 PM   #20
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I turn off my Sony PRS 505 because if I don't, I find strange things on the screen when I come back to it. (By strange I mean -- not what I expect to see. Like, a different page, or back in the book catalog instead of my last read page, stuff like that.)

I think I'm inadvertantly pushing buttons through the cover (I have the light wedge) and the best way to prevent that is to turn it off.
Why don't you simply slide the power switch? This, as you know, puts it into standby mode. It does NOT turn it off.
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Why don't you simply slide the power switch? This, as you know, puts it into standby mode. It does NOT turn it off.
That is what I do -- I think of that as "off" -- and I'm trying to explain why I turn it off and what happens when I don't.
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Old 04-13-2010, 01:23 PM   #22
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This thread is discussing the very fundamental difference between putting a device into "standby" and turning it off, so it is a fairly important distinction to make .

The so-called "power switch" on the 505 does nothing other than to blank the screen and lock most of the buttons. In order to shut it down, you have to use the menu and select "Shutdown".
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Not true with all devices. Many devices have a battery life of a few days in "standby" mode, but will, of course, last much longer when turned off.
Fair enough, I only own a Kindle and the Sony PRS-505 was the only other I looked into when researching the decision as I wanted a reader from a major company with a big e-book store attached.

So I never read up much on the other random e-ink devices. So thanks for the clarification.
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Old 04-13-2010, 02:12 PM   #24
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Have you looked into library book borrowing? If you have access in Canada, you will be able to read best sellers for free with some Readers.

I haven't played with scripts for removing pesky DRM yet. I'm not very tech savy, and don't live close to family members who are.

I only read plain pdf's from feedbooks using their custom template. I mainly use ePub and lrf.

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I know that the Toronto library system, and I'm pretty sure that the Vancouver library, offer the option of taking out e-books. There are probably other library systems in Canada that offer it as well, so it might be something to take into consideration before purchasing.
I do know that Ottawa public library does have ebooks to borrow (not sure on the selection) and I do know the Kobo should be able to read those files no problem. The jetbook lite seems to not be able to read them (although apparently firmware coming out to change that, but who knows). hmmmmm more to think about since I would really like to be able to read the library ebooks
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Old 04-14-2010, 07:19 AM   #25
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I turn it OFF instead of on standby if I don't think I'm gonna read anymore that day.
I installed PRS+ on it and made the RIGHT center button OFF button when reading a book. Kept it SIMPLE and battery lasts months!
It takes about 40 seconds to start up , so I'm not doing the OFF if there is chance of me reading more that day.
Without PRS+ it was a PAIN to turn it OFF because I had to go through 3 menu pages to find it. Now it's EASY and find I use the OFF more often.
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On the later models of the Sony Reader, sliding and holding the power switch for a few seconds does a shutdown, which makes it considerably more convenient.
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Old 04-14-2010, 11:24 AM   #27
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Even on my PRS-900 I don't ever fully shut down, despite the convenience. Battery life is well over a week for me with the wireless connection switched off. I sleep it for the same reason noted, not wanting to come back to a different page or book than I left. The 900's Home button is taller than the others so the cover tends to press it if I carry it around while "on."
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While the following devices do NOT have a good standby battery life (a week or less):

iRex iLiad, DR1000, DR800

FYI, the iLiad and DR1000 don't have a standby mode.

The DR800's standby mode usually lasts for at least 2 weeks.
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