Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > E-Book General > General Discussions

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-12-2011, 02:04 AM   #1
DoubleHelix
Junior Member
DoubleHelix began at the beginning.
 
Posts: 2
Karma: 10
Join Date: Aug 2011
Device: none
Best eReader for writing?

I do a lot of bicycle touring and backpacking. Most of my trips last more than a week.

I am looking at getting an eReader that I could take with me.

Main needs:
1) Battery life greater than a week
2) Supports writing (I really dont like the keyboard on the Kindle 3, the Bluetooth capabilities of the nook seem promising though I dont know if it is fast enough to accommodate making documents or if there is even an app for it).
3) Preferably <$300

If it needs to be rooted to accomplish this that is fine, I have an android phone which I have rooted and installed custom roms and recoveries.

Thanks for the help,
Devin
DoubleHelix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2011, 02:26 AM   #2
Elfwreck
Grand Sorcerer
Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Elfwreck's Avatar
 
Posts: 5,140
Karma: 24387938
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: SF Bay Area, California, USA
Device: Clié; PRS-505; EZR Pocket Pro, PRS-600, Kobo Mini
You're out of luck; only e-ink has that kind of battery life, and the e-ink readers don't support writing at any useful level.

However, you could look into a solar-powered USB charger for Nook color or other tablet-style reader.
Elfwreck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2011, 03:25 AM   #3
applepie
Enthusiast
applepie can teach chickens to fly.applepie can teach chickens to fly.applepie can teach chickens to fly.applepie can teach chickens to fly.applepie can teach chickens to fly.applepie can teach chickens to fly.applepie can teach chickens to fly.applepie can teach chickens to fly.applepie can teach chickens to fly.applepie can teach chickens to fly.applepie can teach chickens to fly.
 
applepie's Avatar
 
Posts: 28
Karma: 3866
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: USA
Device: Nook, Kindle
Nook or Kindle. They don't Support writing. You can make notes, highlight the text though.
I like Nook more because Kindle looks kinda cheap. I have Nook and am absolutely happy with it. I normally charge it once/week. I read a lot, about 5-6 books every week.
applepie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2011, 04:13 AM   #4
charmian
Addict
charmian ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.charmian ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.charmian ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.charmian ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.charmian ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.charmian ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.charmian ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.charmian ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.charmian ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.charmian ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.charmian ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 381
Karma: 1813892
Join Date: Feb 2009
Device: Kindle 3, Kindle PW2
I heard they had to do a lot of hacking to turn on the Bluetooth chip in the Nook Color. Not sure if they managed to do it with Nook Simple Touch Reader.
charmian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2011, 05:54 AM   #5
luqmaninbmore
Da'i
luqmaninbmore ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.luqmaninbmore ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.luqmaninbmore ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.luqmaninbmore ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.luqmaninbmore ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.luqmaninbmore ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.luqmaninbmore ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.luqmaninbmore ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.luqmaninbmore ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.luqmaninbmore ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.luqmaninbmore ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
luqmaninbmore's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,143
Karma: 1217499
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Baltimore
Device: Toshiba Thrive, Kobo Touch, Kindle 1, Aluratek Libre, T-Mobile Comet
The sony readers and kobo touch have basic sketch programs that can be used to jot down notes.
luqmaninbmore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2011, 06:06 AM   #6
Eisengoth
Independent Author
Eisengoth can successfully navigate the Paris bus system.Eisengoth can successfully navigate the Paris bus system.Eisengoth can successfully navigate the Paris bus system.Eisengoth can successfully navigate the Paris bus system.Eisengoth can successfully navigate the Paris bus system.Eisengoth can successfully navigate the Paris bus system.Eisengoth can successfully navigate the Paris bus system.Eisengoth can successfully navigate the Paris bus system.Eisengoth can successfully navigate the Paris bus system.Eisengoth can successfully navigate the Paris bus system.Eisengoth can successfully navigate the Paris bus system.
 
Eisengoth's Avatar
 
Posts: 47
Karma: 36836
Join Date: Aug 2011
Device: Sony PRS-505
Quote:
Originally Posted by DoubleHelix View Post
I do a lot of bicycle touring and backpacking. Most of my trips last more than a week.

I am looking at getting an eReader that I could take with me.

Main needs:
1) Battery life greater than a week
2) Supports writing (I really dont like the keyboard on the Kindle 3, the Bluetooth capabilities of the nook seem promising though I dont know if it is fast enough to accommodate making documents or if there is even an app for it).
3) Preferably <$300

If it needs to be rooted to accomplish this that is fine, I have an android phone which I have rooted and installed custom roms and recoveries.

Thanks for the help,
Devin
Honestly, it sounds to me like you're looking for a rooted NookColor that you could install some kind of word processing app on. You're not going to get that kind of battery life out of it, though... you'd need some kind of mobile charger. I saw the suggestion of a solar-powered one up above... maybe that would solve the battery issue?

I don't believe that any of the other readers, particularly the e-Ink ones have the composition features, though they have the battery life.

Good luck - hope you find something useful!
Eisengoth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2011, 08:55 AM   #7
VydorScope
Wizard
VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
VydorScope's Avatar
 
Posts: 3,394
Karma: 35207650
Join Date: Jun 2011
Device: Kindle Fire HD 7
Yeah... I agree pretty much you will need a tablet. I suggest the Asus Transformer over the nook color though because...

1) You do not need to root it
2) It has an optional keyboard with second battery in it that doubles as a case
3) It comes with Polaris Office which does a good job of creating/editing MS Word Docs.


BUT it does not fit your price point. The only option in your price range that is close is the Nook Color running CM7 or other Android ROM then getting Polaris office from the market for it.

Now if you just want reduce your needs to a reader... Kindle or NookTouch would be much better due to huge battery life.
VydorScope is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2011, 12:22 PM   #8
HarryT
eBook Enthusiast
HarryT ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.HarryT ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.HarryT ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.HarryT ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.HarryT ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.HarryT ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.HarryT ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.HarryT ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.HarryT ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.HarryT ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.HarryT ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
HarryT's Avatar
 
Posts: 65,452
Karma: 43770933
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: UK
Device: Kindle Voyage, iPad Mini, iPhone 4, MS Surface Pro, N7
Quote:
Originally Posted by applepie View Post
Nook or Kindle. They don't Support writing. You can make notes, highlight the text though.
I like Nook more because Kindle looks kinda cheap. I have Nook and am absolutely happy with it. I normally charge it once/week. I read a lot, about 5-6 books every week.
There are a number of "notepad"-type apps available for the Kindle. I don't know how well they work.
HarryT is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2011, 12:42 PM   #9
Dulin's Books
Wizard
Dulin's Books ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Dulin's Books ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Dulin's Books ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Dulin's Books ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Dulin's Books ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Dulin's Books ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Dulin's Books ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Dulin's Books ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Dulin's Books ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Dulin's Books ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Dulin's Books ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 2,755
Karma: 12637788
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Portland, OR
Device: Boox PB360 etc etc etc
what kind of writing do you intend to do?

Boox 60/Bebook Neo and Pocket Book 603 have Wacom pen input. If you are just jotting notes about where you are etc they would be fine. I haven't tried anything longer than the grocery list

I have 3 brand new in the box Boox 60s that are then end of a batch from a month ago that im thinking of putting up on sale at a price below $200 just to move them out while waiting on the next batch..
Dulin's Books is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2011, 12:58 PM   #10
CommonReader
Fanatic
CommonReader ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CommonReader ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CommonReader ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CommonReader ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CommonReader ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CommonReader ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CommonReader ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CommonReader ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CommonReader ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CommonReader ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CommonReader ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 528
Karma: 2530000
Join Date: Dec 2010
Device: Sony PRS-T3, PRS-650, Vaio Tap 11, iPad Mini
How about taking an ebook reader and a (gasp) paper notebook?
CommonReader is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2011, 01:22 PM   #11
Jack Tingle
Punctuation Fetishist
Jack Tingle ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Jack Tingle ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Jack Tingle ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Jack Tingle ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Jack Tingle ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Jack Tingle ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Jack Tingle ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Jack Tingle ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Jack Tingle ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Jack Tingle ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Jack Tingle ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Jack Tingle's Avatar
 
Posts: 553
Karma: 1030920
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: The Bluest Commonwealth In East America
Device: Kindle PW, Nexus 7 (2013), Galaxy Player 5 (YP-G70C)
An alternative is a WM5/6 PDA (a Dell or an HP) with several batteries (they're replaceable) and a means of charging the flat batteries. The only defect with that scheme is sunlight readability. If you have to have sunlight readability, I'm afraid you can't get there from here in a simple package.

Regards,
Jack Tingle
Jack Tingle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2011, 02:14 PM   #12
j.p.s
Guru
j.p.s ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.j.p.s ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.j.p.s ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.j.p.s ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.j.p.s ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.j.p.s ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.j.p.s ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.j.p.s ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.j.p.s ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.j.p.s ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.j.p.s ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 813
Karma: 4474728
Join Date: Apr 2011
Device: pb360
I doubt that solar charging would be practical on a bicycle trip.

If you have or are willing to get a dynohub, Busch & Müller have a dynohub powered charger that can be set to provide a wide variety of voltages and currents. The e-werk also has an option to connect its own rechargable battery which will continue to recharge your device while the bicycle is not in motion and provide additional voltage smoothing while the bicycle is in motion. The battery can be removed and used to recharge and/or power devices at night. The e-werk is not cheap, but it is compact and should be water tight and reliable

http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/ewerk.asp

Schmidt, Shimano, and Sanyo all make good dynohubs. There is a wide range of price and performance. Part of the performance is drag. None have high drag, so it is up to you how much to pay to reduce drag, reduce maintenance, etc.

I don't have direct experience with the e-werk, but Peter White does not sell junk. I do have a Schmidt dynohub that has been in daily use for over 12 years and I have been very happy with.

BTW, there are now some very good dynohub powered LED bicycle headlights with shaped beams available now. They put out plenty of light and put it on the road where it belongs.
j.p.s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2011, 02:34 PM   #13
Billi
Wizard
Billi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Billi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Billi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Billi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Billi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Billi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Billi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Billi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Billi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Billi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Billi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Billi's Avatar
 
Posts: 3,277
Karma: 13547747
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Berlin
Device: Cybook, iRex, PB, Onyx
My advice would be:

- take Dulin's offer, Bebook Neo or Pocketbook 603 or
- buy a 5" device like Cybook Opus or Pocketbook 360(+) or Sony350 and a paper notebook.
Billi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2011, 02:39 PM   #14
Penforhire
Wizard
Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 2,120
Karma: 7067396
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Southern California
Device: Kindle PW, PRS-650, iPhone 4, iPad 4
As Dulin asked, what sort of writing? For example, a travelogue might be better accomplished with a smartphone to just record voice notes (transcribe later) and photos.
Penforhire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2011, 02:53 PM   #15
VydorScope
Wizard
VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.VydorScope ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
VydorScope's Avatar
 
Posts: 3,394
Karma: 35207650
Join Date: Jun 2011
Device: Kindle Fire HD 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by CommonReader View Post
How about ... a (gasp) paper notebook?

Do they still make those?
VydorScope is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anyone writing an ereader for the playbook? rheostaticsfan Alternative Devices 4 05-14-2011 12:32 PM
Kno ereader starts shipping today – Huge thumps as monster ereader hits doorsteps wannabee News 63 01-04-2011 01:49 PM
Unutterably Silly eReader-Spotting / eReader in Film und Fernsehen beachwanderer Lounge 1 04-29-2010 05:26 PM
eReader (pdb) purchased ebooks on B&N eReader on iPhone? bthoven Reading and Management 5 12-23-2009 07:52 AM
Fictionwise eReader Sale & eReader for Blackberry beta AnemicOak Deals, Freebies, and Resources (No Self-Promotion) 6 03-23-2009 04:08 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:05 PM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.