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Old 07-15-2012, 06:44 PM   #1
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E-Book Reader for Reading Programming Books in CHM and PDF Format

Hi,

I'm still undecide which E-Book Reader to buy. At the moment it should be able to read this specific CHM book:

http://www.mql5.com/files/docs/mql5.chm

Later I'll be reading similar books in PDF and CHM format. It should be able to handle code fields and links well enough. I'd also like to hear any personal experiences of those who have been using or are using Ebook-Reader for reading programming books. In general is it in your opinion comfortable enough to replace paper, laptop, etc.

I've been pondering between these devices at the moment:

ONYX BOOX i62HD BLACK SOFT TOUCH

ONYX BOOX M92 WHITE PEARL
Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight

Which of them you think is the best, or maybe there are other good candidates?

Thank you very much for your help!

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Old 07-15-2012, 06:46 PM   #2
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For PDF reading I strongly recommend a tablet.
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Old 07-15-2012, 06:50 PM   #3
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Thanks for your opinion, duly noted. I know tablet is an option as well, but I'd really like to avoid the lcd, because E-Ink is so much more like reading from paper and thus better for eyes.
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I don't have experience with programming books, but I would strongly recommend only using a 9.7" or larger screen with PDFs, based on my personal experiences using pdfs with 6" ereaders.

I recommend visiting the Onyx Boox subforum here on mobileread to get more information on the M92.
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I've been reading programming books (CHM & PDF) on a Pocketbook 302 6" reader. It's not painful but almost is (at times). I switched to a 9.7" tablet (Le Pan II) which helps with diagrams and code but the reading experience is still not optimum. I've recently ordered a Pocketbook 912 off of ebay since Pocketbook is no longer selling the 912 in the U.S. Either that or the Boox M92 would probably do you well. I think you could probably convert your chm files to another format (mobi or epub) and read them on a Kindle DX but I don't consider that an optimum solution.

My reader arrives at the end of the week. I'll try to post if I get a chance to test it.
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:33 PM   #6
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Thanks guys for your help. Based on what I've read so far I'm now considering tablet instead of E-reader because tablets have higher performance and are more versatile. The only negative thing is the LCD-screen which is not that good when reading for long times. I'm looking at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 at the moment. It's quite a jump from my original plan, but why not to get a bit better device right away The Pocketbook 912 seems to fill my demands well too. I'll look into it too.
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:22 PM   #7
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I'm now at a crossroad I will choose from these two:

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

I'm completely lost with tablet CPU and GPU performance. Does anyone know if there is a large difference between the CPU performance of these two devices?

Really hard decision to make
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FWIW, I think you'll be unhappy with the size of these two. If I were looking for a tablet and weren't concerned about the operating system (e.g. Android or iPad) I would probably look at a used iPad. You'll get pretty good performance, a 10" tablet with a 4:3 aspect ratio. That's probably best for reading PDFs. I got the Le Pan II largely because I have an Android phone and another 7" Android tablet.
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I agree about the 4:3 ratio.

If you are merely concerned about reading PDFs, I would say that you don't even need a Tegra 3. I would say the main attraction of TF Infinity is the high res screen. However I'd say Jim McLaren is correct and you had might as well get an iPad 3 since you're prepared to spend that much anyhow.
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My husband has the Samsung galaxy tab 7 and it's a great device, but not for reading PDFs. The screen is too small. If you can afford it, the iPad 3gen is brilliant for this purpose with the high retina screen, combined with iAnnotate or PDF Expert for PDF reading and annotation.
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Based on all the answers here I'm currently still partly undecided Hmm gotta be patient. I've now been looking at the up-coming Windows 8 tablets. Of particular interest is the Asus Transformer Book. Too bad it won't be released anytime soon I think it is a safe bet when it comes to reading CHMs and PDFs Anyway waiting is boring so I went ahead and ordered the ASUS TF700KL. Too bad it too will take some time to arrive (mid August in Finland). The TF700 is handy as it has 3g/4g built in so I'll be using it more on the road. Based on the stats it should be a very nice experience to use it for reading.
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Based on all the answers here I'm currently still partly undecided Hmm gotta be patient. I've now been looking at the up-coming Windows 8 tablets. Of particular interest is the Asus Transformer Book. Too bad it won't be released anytime soon I think it is a safe bet when it comes to reading CHMs and PDFs Anyway waiting is boring so I went ahead and ordered the ASUS TF700KL. Too bad it too will take some time to arrive (mid August in Finland). The TF700 is handy as it has 3g/4g built in so I'll be using it more on the road. Based on the stats it should be a very nice experience to use it for reading.
I have an iPad 3 and a Kindle DX 9.7". I much prefer the Kindle for reading PDFs, far easier on the eyes. Even with the HiRes screen on the iPad it will give me eyestrain after a couple of hours.
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I have an iPad 3 and a Kindle DX 9.7". I much prefer the Kindle for reading PDFs, far easier on the eyes. Even with the HiRes screen on the iPad it will give me eyestrain after a couple of hours.
Yes, I would really love to have an E-Ink display, but the problem is that at the moment it would seem that there is no device available that is capable of handling the needs I have e.g. colored text, CHM files, high performance, etc. The optimal device would be E-ink with tablet capabilities, which I'm afraid won't be possible at the moment
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