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Old 11-02-2010, 11:48 AM   #1
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Cool What eReader should I buy?

I'm thinking about getting an eReader. I'd prefer one on the lower end of the price range. What's important to me is the ability to read PDFs, and books from places other than the website (booksonboard etc.). A good selection of books is also important - I read a lot of obscure-ish sci fi fantasy. I'd also like to be able to organize at least a bit. I'm thinking of the Kobo but I'm also tempted by the Kindle.

Plus I'm in Canada, so I need something readily available there, which is why I thought the Kobo, though if something else is really better, I'm willing to import. Unfortunately, only some of Amazon's library is available to Canadian IP addresses, so that's a big drawback for me, since it excludes a lot of new releases I want to read.

I am a student, and I do plan to try to read PDF papers and some academic stuff. I know that eReaders are not the best for this. That said, the kind of papers I read don't have a whole lot of important figures and such, and I usually read straight through without taking notes or skipping around. I know Amazon has a better selection of medical textbooks, too.

I'm mildly computer literate and I don't mind working a little bit to convert file formats as long as it's not super complicated or involved.

Anyone have any insight/personal experience on which ones I should look at?

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Old 11-02-2010, 11:56 AM   #2
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Checked the PRS-650 ?
650 has a lot good points mentioned in several reviews.
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I don't think you are going to find a good e-reader on the low end that handles PDF's well. Pretty much everyone has compalined about the PDF usability on the Kindle and Nook. The SOny's are suppose to be good but are not on the low end side of things.
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All Amazon books are not available for the Kindle though. You should check if the medical books you seek are available in their format. Otherwise, the PRS-650 seems better for PDF books, although 6" devices are not optimal for this format. Bigger ones (9") are more suitable, but are a lot more expensive too.
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Old 11-02-2010, 02:43 PM   #6
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All Amazon books are not available for the Kindle though. You should check if the medical books you seek are available in their format. Otherwise, the PRS-650 seems better for PDF books, although 6" devices are not optimal for this format. Bigger ones (9") are more suitable, but are a lot more expensive too.
They do have good med books in kindle format, but I think I could probably also get them in ePub or another format.
If I give up on the PDF thing and I just want a low end reader that I can get a good selection of sci-fi/fantasy for in canada, is Kobo or Kindle better?
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Do a search for the books that you are interested in at the stores of the e-readers you are thinking of buying. Keep in mind that the Nook and Kobo can read books from multiple stores.

I have a feeling that you will find that Amazon has the best selection. I say this because I have seen posts by more then a few Nook users who have bought a Kindle in order to get books that are available at Amazon and no where else.

But the easiest way for you to decide based on book availablity is to go to each store and see what they have.
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Amazon has a good selection, but a lot of the books I want are only available in the US D: I'm going to look some more before I decide.
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If you get ePub books, you cannot read them on the Kindle. You could use the PRS-650, because as a student you might want to take notes on the books.
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If you get ePub books, you cannot read them on the Kindle. You could use the PRS-650, because as a student you might want to take notes on the books.
I'm definitely considering the 650, now that everyone has mentioned it.
Can I not convert ePub stuff to Kindle with Calibre?
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I'm definitely considering the 650, now that everyone has mentioned it.
Can I not convert ePub stuff to Kindle with Calibre?
If it is not DRMed you can convert it in Calibre. If it has DRM then you first have to strip the DRM.

Personally, I would not buy an e-reader without at least WiFi. The ability to connect to the web and download books where ever you want is something that I would not give up.
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How hard is it to strip DRM?
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I have nver done it myself so I have no clue. Try a google search to get more info.
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