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Old 07-05-2011, 07:41 AM   #1
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poll: What is the ONE thing that if an ereader has you absolutely will not buy it?

For me (non-techie privacy enthusiast)...

The killer is a combination of
1) must use a computer to download books, and
2) must use a credit card to get credits to spend.

Either of these alone is bad enough, but the combination means I won't consider buying it.

Kindle: good and maybe now in Canada good
Kobo: good and good
Nook: ?
Sony: bad and bad (live and learn, eh?)
ipad: bad (it is a computer) and bad?

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Old 07-05-2011, 07:49 AM   #2
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For a dedicated ereader, less than 3 weeks of advertised battery life. I know my battery will never last what it advertises for (since I'll use it more often than their calculations) so I want a big buffer between charges.

Annoying (for me) software. I want things as simple as possible.

Yeah, that's 2 things rather than 1 but they go kinda hand in hand. It can last 5 years without needing a charge but if the software frustrates me I wont buy it. It can also have my ideal software but if the battery only lasts a week I'll pass.
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Old 07-05-2011, 07:55 AM   #3
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Touchscreen-only paging.
Just. Say. No.
I might (slightly) consider a device with attrocius paging button ergonomics but I will never even consider a device without it.
(At least, not until MS perfects their eyeball-tracking interface. )
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:13 AM   #4
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Same as fjtorres. Touchscreen-only paging.
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:33 AM   #5
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If the ereader has/had an operating system dependency. Like a reasonable percentage of computer owners I DO NOT have a Windows or Mac, so requiring one of those to perform updates wipes that ereader off my list (think Sony, think Kobo with the first firmware update).
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:12 AM   #6
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LCD screen. I already look at my computer screen too many hours in the day.

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Old 07-05-2011, 09:13 AM   #7
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:16 AM   #8
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Physical keyboard is a killer for me -- I feel like it's a waste of space for my needs.

Lackluster PDF support is also an issue... about half my library is PDFs.
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:35 AM   #9
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Too many bells and whistles. I like things to be simple and stay simple.
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:45 AM   #10
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:57 AM   #11
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A device that isn't mostly screen, i.e., using part of the device for a keypad/keyboard
A device that won't let me easily read library downloads, which are approx. 90% of all the books I read.

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Old 07-05-2011, 10:15 AM   #12
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If it is proprietary and REQUIRES you to buy from THEIR store ONLY, I won't touch it. I don't like being forced to do things other people's way.


After thought: No SD card slot is definitely a killer for me.

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Old 07-05-2011, 10:16 AM   #13
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1. A backlit LCD screen.
2. No collections support

As long as it's e-ink and handles collections in some way other than listing based on date, author or title, I'm happy with it.
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:17 AM   #14
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If it is proprietary and REQUIRES you to buy from THEIR store ONLY, I won't touch it.
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:17 AM   #15
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Touchscreen-only paging++

Having to jump through hoops to buy one in my country.
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