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Old 08-30-2012, 11:00 PM   #1
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Which eINK reader is the best at handling PDF files (ie, textbooks)?

Without realizing it, I seem to have acquired quite a few eINK readers. I've been using my HP Touchpad (with Android installed) to read textbook PDF files but find that my eyes get tired.

I'd like an eINK reader for reading only. I don't care about annotations, highlights, etc. It would be great if it was easy to jump around and navigate throughout the file without issues. I own the following devices:

Kindle 3G keyboard
Kobo Touch
Nook Simple Touch (not rooted, but planning on it)
Sony Reader PRS-650

I've only attempted to read PDF's on the Sony (a couple of years ago) and the experience was bad enough that I haven't bothered trying again. Are the other devices in my possession any better at handling PDF's? Maybe the Nook with Android installed and the right app could be the best option? Or should I bite the bullet and buy the Kindle DX for the huge screen?
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:40 AM   #2
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Try "Duokan - the alternative Kindle OS - in English".

For me, it transforms the .pdf reading experience.

Duokan is Chinese soft ware so see flip's & search for Duokan Quidle FAQ (what a weird spelling).
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:41 AM   #3
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Duokan - the alternative Kindle OS

Try "Duokan - the alternative Kindle OS - in English".

For me, it transforms the .pdf reading experience.

Duokan is Chinese soft ware so see flip's duokan site & also search for Duokan Quidle FAQ (what a weird spelling).
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:10 AM   #4
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I too want a eink reader for PDFs. From what I have read, the Kindle DX is the best one on the market. I am waiting for a model with a larger screen than the DX.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:37 AM   #5
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Sadly, you will have to wait a long time.

As far as I know, there have been no announcements of a larger than 9.7 e-ink device for sale.

In fact, there is a veritable dearth of 9.7 devices. Basically, you have the 3 year old Kindle DX, then there is Pocketbook 9xx series and Onyx M92, oh and the dismal Jetbook Color.

I suppose you can order 12 inch developer kit from eINK but it must cost at least a few thousand bucks.

http://www.eink.com/concept_showcase_12inch_reader.html
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:21 AM   #6
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Maybe one day there will be a 10.7 " reader with a plastic logic color display. Maybe..
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:38 AM   #7
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I'm quite happy reading technical PDF on Jetbook Color
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:39 AM   #8
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For textbooks, get an iPad. No eink reader is going to be satisfactory.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:55 AM   #9
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:17 PM   #10
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Jetbook Color and PDF docs

I purchased a Jetbook Color specifically for reading PDF documents. The firmware updates have made quite an improvement in the product. I have noticed that some of the images don't appear on the screen though. For example look here. The cover shows up on my computer using Acrobat reader, and using Foxit reader, but is absent using Jetbook Color. Various other images, but not all, are also missing.

I am very interested in knowing why this is the case, and if other users have had the same issue.

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Old 09-10-2012, 08:17 AM   #11
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My 2009 6" iriver Story is good enough: I simply change to landscape view and voilá.

That said, PDF is the lamest thing ever. The fact that you got used to read previews of printed documents on your PC screen doesn't change the fact that fixed layout at this age doesn't cut it for dynamic electronic screens.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:50 AM   #12
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I have a 650 and while it's PDF capabilities are good for eink, it's not a good enough screen size for PDF. No 6" eink screen is good enough no matter how good the software.
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:30 PM   #13
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For textbooks, get an iPad. No eink reader is going to be satisfactory.
Absolutely agree. I bought my iPad just for PDFs, after surveing the eBook market, and I haven't looked back.
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Agreed. An LCD tablet is the way to go for reading PDFs.
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... For example look here...
I tried it on my unit: It's the first PDF which I experienced this problem. Can you contact the support posting your PDF's link, please?
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