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Old 06-17-2013, 02:19 PM   #166
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This was starting to sound like a great gift for my "sister-in-law" but the tech nerd in me can't get passed the 5 book limit and Facebook thing. the proprietary rendering and Bluetooth I can live with since I'll be the one probably loading it all the time, but I can only bend so far
It's $70. For that much, just get her a basic Kindle or Nook. You can get a used on cheaper than $70 any day of the week on eBay / Craiglist in the US.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:55 AM   #167
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It's $70. For that much, just get her a basic Kindle or Nook. You can get a used on cheaper than $70 any day of the week on eBay / Craiglist in the US.
It only sounded good as a gift for her cause it was $13....i don't like her $70 worth
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:43 PM   #168
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It only sounded good as a gift for her cause it was $13....i don't like her $70 worth
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:03 AM   #169
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Meh, just get a Kobo Mini for 40 bucks instead. If 20 bucks makes that much of a difference for anyone looking for an ereader they probably have other things to worry about than buying a cheap ereader.
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:29 AM   #170
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I started implementing an application for sending any PDF to the txtr Beagle (and deleting books, etc)
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:20 AM   #171
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No, but if you know the protocol, maybe you can shed some light on what it's actually sending to the reader. Raw bitmaps (i.e. is the device really as stupid as they make it out to be)? Or something more advanced like JPEG/PNG/PDF/...?
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:03 PM   #172
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No, but if you know the protocol, maybe you can shed some light on what it's actually sending to the reader. Raw bitmaps (i.e. is the device really as stupid as they make it out to be)? Or something more advanced like JPEG/PNG/PDF/...?
yes, they are raw 4 bit bitmaps (sent in gzipped form), and the device IS that stupid
nevertheless it works, it will be good as a recipe book for my girlfriend

you can find more details about the format here
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:02 PM   #173
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That's cool. Card slot is a huge surprise. I'm still glad I didn't get one of these though, even when they were offered for "cheap" (30€ or what was it at the end? with Kobo Mini and other readers offered at the same time at that price point). They're sold out now, and I'd be surprised if they offered another batch of these things...
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:15 PM   #174
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That's cool. Card slot is a huge surprise. I'm still glad I didn't get one of these though, even when they were offered for "cheap" (30€ or what was it at the end? with Kobo Mini and other readers offered at the same time at that price point). They're sold out now, and I'd be surprised if they offered another batch of these things...
20€ last that I know.
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:58 PM   #175
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20€ last that I know.
yes, i paid 20 EUR for it, including delivery with DHL
the other small, "real" e-book readers (like Kobo mini, Pyrus mini) were twices as much (if you were able to go to certain shops, I've seen the Pyrus for something like 45 EUR in Kaufland).
For 20 EUR it's cool if you can use for for some specialized task, for everyday reading i wouldn't recommend it
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Old 01-30-2015, 02:36 AM   #176
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I started implementing an application for sending any PDF to the txtr Beagle (and deleting books, etc)
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did you geht this application finished? I'm looking for a solution to send ebooks to the txtr without the txtr cloud.

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Old 01-30-2015, 02:45 AM   #177
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I remember a few yrs back people were debating if a company like Amazon might one day offer ereaders for free to those who want one with the idea that they might spend $ buying books from Amazon so that while they wouldn't make $ on the reader itself they would make the funds back on the books sold. I could see that happening one day. eventually the tech. will become so common place that the cost will drop down even further than it already has. DVD players did the same thing. You can get one now for about $24.00 or so and they were reasonably expensive when they first came out.
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:06 AM   #178
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I remember a few yrs back people were debating if a company like Amazon might one day offer ereaders for free to those who want one with the idea that they might spend $ buying books from Amazon so that while they wouldn't make $ on the reader itself they would make the funds back on the books sold. I could see that happening one day. eventually the tech. will become so common place that the cost will drop down even further than it already has. DVD players did the same thing. You can get one now for about $24.00 or so and they were reasonably expensive when they first came out.
Well, when you look at it in context, they already are giving away free readers: the Kindle (and Kobo and whatever) reading apps. For people with tablets and smartphones the apps give them an ereader for free. Especially for casual readers who can't justify even a $13 ereader.

(And in Amazon's case, the apps enjoy more or less feature parity with the dedicated hardware and even a few advantages.)
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Old 01-30-2015, 02:08 PM   #179
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Old 01-30-2015, 02:32 PM   #180
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