|01-23-2013, 05:54 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2013
Device: Kobo Aura HD
Gathering Thoughts on High-End eReader Requirements
So, I've been reading around through these forums for a bit. I thought I'd gather up all the requirements for what people are potentially looking for in a High-End eReader.
I'm purposely excluding LCD/LED/AMOLED tablets since there's a huge variety of those to choose from for those whose eyes have no problems reading on tablets.
The list so far:
Documents Requiring High-End Features
Not every document below will have these requirements, but these are some of the types that can be painful on a smaller or less-powerful eReader.
Current High-End eReader Options
Existence of Cutting-Edge Hardware
Question for Industry Insiders
On a final note, does anyone on these forums work in the eReader industry? While I'm sure there are cost related issues with getting all the features above, I'd be curious to hear more details about what else could be keeping a really high-end eReader from making it to market.
Please feel free to add to the discussion.
|01-23-2013, 11:58 AM||#2|
Join Date: Feb 2009
Device: Kobo Glo HD
What I would like ...
* High DPI
* Larger screen size (maybe 8 inch). I would have to try some different sizes
* Touch screen
* page turn buttons
* Good reading software that allows you a lot of customization (Font, size, line spacing, margins, paragraph indents, paragraph spacing, ...). If I can run something thru Calibre to alter its appearance, I should be able to do it on the reader
* Software with options: show book title while reading, show page numbers, ...
* front lighting
* good navigation within a book
* EPub, txt, and rtf support
In general, I want something that is maximized for fiction reading. Since this is a high-end device, I want everything on it to be high-end (processor, screen quality, light quality, software, ...)
Although Android would be nice, if I have to download several reading apps to get a desirable reading experience, it is a fail.
|01-24-2013, 11:56 AM||#3|
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Southern California
Device: Kindle Voyage
You left off durability (can you drop it or pack it without breaking the screen) and battery life (if less than 20+ hours it might as well be a full-function color tablet).
Touch interface and built-in lighting aren't debatable for me. A high-end reader must have them now. I would prefer to also have some page turn buttons along with touch but not a huge deal (for me).
|02-11-2013, 10:01 AM||#4|
Join Date: Feb 2013
Device: kindle paperwhite
Your debatable requirements are really optional. If to use the device only for reading books, this is really not so required (from my point of view). If to use it broader, like email, surfing net, etc., yes, touch screen is very convenient.
|02-11-2013, 05:24 PM||#5|
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Connecticut (USA)
Device: EzReader, Sony 650, Kindle 5, Onyx i62HD, Kobo Aura HD
I would like it to allow a folders view
|03-03-2013, 12:21 PM||#7|
Join Date: Jun 2011
Device: Kindle Paperwhite 2nd Gen
I have no desire for my ereader to do anything other than read. Therefore, Android OS isn't a requirement. I would like to see a sleight increase in screen size to 7 inches. I highly value the portability of my Kindle and don't want that to change. A higher resolution eink screen would be nice. A built in light is also a needed feature. Wifi connectivity is also needed, as I want to be able to get books when I'm away from my computer.
|03-03-2013, 01:09 PM||#8|
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: North Yorkshire, UK
Device: Sony PRS-650, Nexus 4, HP Touchpad, Nexus 7.
But for documents formatted for A4 or Letter, or with lots of diagrams and images, we still need a really top notch large size reader, and from experience with even high resolution tablets, a 10" class device is the minimum. That 9.7" display sounds fine.
I'd agree that Android OS is a debatable rather than necessary requirement. As long as the reader can handle the ebook formats and pdfs then additional apps are at best a 'nice to have' and at worse a complication and distraction.
I'd add that it needs good image handling so that you can seamlessly bring images and tables up 'full screen'.
I'd also like to see the ability to switch between books without exiting and reloading them - call it fast switching - or even a way to split the screen to look at two documents at once.
And, of course, as light as possible and reasonably priced.
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