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Old 11-07-2012, 08:40 AM   #1
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Red face cheap e-ink reader for reading PDF ebooks?

Hi,

As I'm not in the U.S. the selection of ebook readers I can choose from is as follows:

-Amazon Kindle 5 ad-supported
-Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch (I've tried this one in a store - was OK, little bit worried about not being able to change font size and text reflowing while reading a sample PDF)
-Sony PRS-T1
-Sony PRS-T2

My budget is unlimited. I'm willing to pay more if there's something in an ebook reader that I absolutely need. Read: I'll pay more for a Sony PRS-T1/2 for the openness, if worth it.

My requirements:

-Must have a memory card slot or some other way of getting content onto it
-Must have good (read: I'd prefer if I could change e.g. font size) PDF support
-Must have an e ink screen

My reading will be limited to plain text inside PDF (fiction mostly - no academic papers). Also, I will only be reading at home, so touchscreens are fine, though I have nothing against regular ones.

Any recommendations?


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Old 11-07-2012, 09:33 AM   #2
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I believe text based PDF support is best on the Sonys.

But why use PDF as your format? It's probably the worst choice for what you say you want.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:07 PM   #3
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You cannot change font size of pdf which doesn't re-flow!!

sony definitely provides better pdf support as its got pinch zoom option and landscape mode. Pinch zooming is a savior but Landscape mode will only end up shrinking the text. This is what I experienced. But if your pdf re-flows then you will be able to play with it just like an epub file.

I gathered all my notes in word and then converted them into pdf and my T2 is handling them awesomely because they can re-flow.

If you are talking about reading fiction novels then why are you choosing pdf and not epub?

Anyway, sony will be a better choice for you but do not keep high hopes with it. And, I would suggest you to watch pdf experience reviews of T1/T2 before taking decision. :
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You cannot change font size of pdf which doesn't re-flow!!
The Sony will reflow the text from text-based PDFs and allow you to adjust the font, but you lose most of the PDF formatting.
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The Sony will reflow the text from text-based PDFs and allow you to adjust the font, but you lose most of the PDF formatting.

I had a PDF book and I wasn't able to change its font using font option.
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