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Old 12-26-2010, 02:20 PM   #1
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a question about a couple "less popular" ereaders

Hey again everyone. So my christmas didn't go quite as planned...but I'm still getting an ereader (yay). but I am curious as to what people think of aluteks "the book" or the pandigital ereader. Are they decent or would I just be wasting my time/money with these? thanks for your help
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Old 12-26-2010, 04:59 PM   #2
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Hi Davet,

as far as I know none of them is a proper e-reader. Anything decent has e-ink technologie which means it loads the text up once and won't load it up constantly like TFT or computer screens do. This is why an e-reader does not strain your eyes.

Sometimes it just pays to fork out that extra Dollar.

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Old 12-26-2010, 05:17 PM   #3
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Ask yourself.

Do you want to read, or do you want your device to be a multipurpose?

If reading is your main function, (like me!) stick with the dedicated ebook readers. Preferably in e-ink.

If you live in the US, Amazon will give you 30 days to try it , and if it doesn't meet your needs, return it paying only shipping charges.

Bet if you try it, you won't want to return it......$139 is a very reasonable price.
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Old 12-26-2010, 06:17 PM   #4
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Hey again everyone. So my christmas didn't go quite as planned...but I'm still getting an ereader (yay). but I am curious as to what people think of aluteks "the book" or the pandigital ereader. Are they decent or would I just be wasting my time/money with these? thanks for your help
It depends. Do you know your way around computers? If not, stick with a nook. But if you don't mind a little more hands-on and poking around to choose an ereader sync tool, then I highly recommend the Aluratek Libre Pro. I just picked one up at Staples for $99 and it compares favorably with my wife's nook.
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Old 12-27-2010, 01:02 AM   #5
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Totally anecdotal but my friend just got a Augen "The Book" for christmas and hates the thing. She intends to return the device asap. Meanwhile I got a Sony PSR-650 and adore it, couldnt be happier.
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Old 12-27-2010, 02:12 PM   #6
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I have the pandigital novel and a pocketbook 302. For reading, I much prefer the 302. It weighs about 1/2 as much as the novel and has a much longer battery life. Your preference for eink over lcd might be important too. When I read on the novel I get a little more tired at the end of the day. Some people don't experience this. But at $125 (after rebates) the novel is a good backup reader for when my wife borrows my 302 or I forgot to charge the batteries. The novel is also a decent android tablet if you root it and update the firmware.
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Old 12-27-2010, 03:51 PM   #7
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There is a big difference between backlight LCD screens like the Pandigital and reflective LCD screens like the Libre Pro. I bought the Aluratek Libre Pro for my mother and the Jetbook Lite for myself. They are both very easy to read on, IMO. I am 100 actual pages (not screen pages) into a novel on the JBL and I find it at least as easy as reading on a paper book, if not easier. These are no frills machines: no 3g, no wireless, no web browser. Easy to use with Calibre, especially the JBL. I purchased my first epub book for the JBL the other day and it was a breeze transferring it to the ereader using Adobe Digital Editions.
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Old 12-27-2010, 07:42 PM   #8
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I'll add another testimonial for the Jetbook Lite and its TFT display. I got mine just before Christmas and I've already read three short novels and a few short stories on it. That amounts to several hours of reading (I'm 57 and use reading glasses even with the font size boosted up) and no eyestrain to report. I read in the same chair with the same lamp that I use for reading conventional books.
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December issue of Consumer Reports (before Nook Color, and Sony's new models) -- scores based on readability, ease of navigation, flexibility, etc.).

Amazon Kindle (3G model score 72; WiFi 68)
Nook (3G score 56, WiFi 53)
enTourage eDGe – 54
Pandigital Novel – 50
BeBook Neo – 50
Spring Design Alex – 49
Aluratek Libre eBook – 46
ViewSonic VEB620 – 44
Kobo eReader – 40
Augen The Book – 40 ‘
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