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Old 12-16-2012, 04:03 AM   #1
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eReader for college

Going to college and looking for a ereader that I can purchase textbooks on. Its for community college classes (for now). Also would be awesome to sideload books onto.

Already have a kindle fire but looking for eink reader as they dont allow for tablet distractions like games and apps.

Thinking of paperwhite or glowlight but dont know which has a greater selecton of textbooks
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:52 AM   #2
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Textbooks, like one for science or math, would be better on a tablet than an eink reader. A tablet would have a larger screen, easier to take notes, etc.

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Old 12-16-2012, 11:39 AM   #3
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Yep, the problem with eInk readers is that they usually have rather small displays, which are perfectly fine for reading but not quite adequate for textbooks and such. I don't know about how the Kobo works, but while the Kindle does support PDFs (which I'm guessing is an ideal format for textbooks), you'll have to scroll through a single page because it won't fit entirely on the screen all at once, and this is inefficient. Some other ereaders like the Nook try to adjust the layout so that you don't have to scroll when reading a page, but the result is that it looks very odd.

Also, more obviously, eInk readers such as the Paperwhite and Kobo Glo cannot display colors, which is a huge downside considering how many of them you have in a textbook.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:41 AM   #4
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IA with ucfgrad93. For textbooks, I don't think 6 inch screen of an e-ink reader is good for a textbook, especially one where you have to highlight and take notes. It's too small.
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:22 PM   #5
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Stick with your pen and paper since E-Readers just aren't fast and comfortable enough to make quick notes, go all the way back from the current page to another page to look up something that's just beeing referred to, etc. You'll get frustrated trying to keep up with your lecturer.

But if you are looking for a device you can simply read your textbooks on while on train, bus etc. I was quite happy with my PRS-350 and will now give the PocketBook Touch a try.
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:32 PM   #6
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Going to college and looking for a ereader that I can purchase textbooks on. Its for community college classes (for now). Also would be awesome to sideload books onto.

Already have a kindle fire but looking for eink reader as they dont allow for tablet distractions like games and apps.

Thinking of paperwhite or glowlight but dont know which has a greater selecton of textbooks
If it is for your textbooks, I'd check with the college to make sure the books are available as ebooks as well as that you get the most appropriate eReader or (as others indicate) tablet. Otherwise you may be wasting your money.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:10 PM   #7
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rule out textbooks for now

okay so lets rule out textbooks at this point. I can use kindle fire or another tablet with android if i must.

best ereader (with or without light) that supports sideloading. I don't plan to extensively use the included marketplaces (kindle, b&n, kobo store, etc) I have a rather large collection in calibre and want something i can easily sideload books onto without rooting/hacking. though it isn't a big problem if i have to.

i'm leaning towards the glowlight as it has a microsd card slot. (also helps i can get a employee discount at bestbuy)
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With those requirements, a Kobo Glo would be good: good frontlight, micro SD card, takes just about any format, sideloading from calibre works well (well I think so, but I might be biased), reasonably configurable, shop can be ignored but is OK to use.

From what I've seen, I think people prefer the Kobo Glo over the equivalent Nook. From the people around with both a Paperwhite and a Glo, it seems to be fairly even which is preferred.
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:33 AM   #9
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With those requirements, a Kobo Glo would be good: good frontlight, micro SD card, takes just about any format, sideloading from calibre works well (well I think so, but I might be biased), reasonably configurable, shop can be ignored but is OK to use.

From what I've seen, I think people prefer the Kobo Glo over the equivalent Nook. From the people around with both a Paperwhite and a Glo, it seems to be fairly even which is preferred.
thats cool. i was a little saddend that it didnt have mobi support. not a dealbreaker since calibre can convert them. just have to find a us retailer that sells them

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Old 12-17-2012, 01:42 AM   #10
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tats cool. i was a little saddend that it didnt have mobi support. not a dealbreaker since calibre can convert them. just have to find a us retailer that sells them
It does support mobi but for some reason it isn't listed in the specs. The support isn't perfect so I always convert mobi to epub.
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okay so lets rule out textbooks at this point. I can use kindle fire or another tablet with android if i must.

best ereader (with or without light) that supports sideloading. I don't plan to extensively use the included marketplaces (kindle, b&n, kobo store, etc) I have a rather large collection in calibre and want something i can easily sideload books onto without rooting/hacking. though it isn't a big problem if i have to.

i'm leaning towards the glowlight as it has a microsd card slot. (also helps i can get a employee discount at bestbuy)
So sounds like the requirements are not what was originally stated --- college text books --- but more for your personal use.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:35 PM   #12
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yeah i had originally intended to use it for textbooks but the general consensus is that a erader will not be as good as a tablet for them. so i decided to shift to personal use.

i'm pretty much decided on the glowlight as staples has it for 30% off
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yeah i had originally intended to use it for textbooks but the general consensus is that a erader will not be as good as a tablet for them. so i decided to shift to personal use.

i'm pretty much decided on the glowlight as staples has it for 30% off
Cool! Congrats! Keep us posted, keep in touch!
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:39 PM   #14
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so walked into bestbuy last night and picked up the nookglow for
119.99-30.00=89.99,
they were running some promo to get an additional 10 dollars off if you apply for a bestbuy card. did that and price dropped to 79.99.
had a 20 dollar rewardzone cert so price dropped to 59.99, used a giftcard with about 8 dollars on it, and paid about 55 dollars cash.

good deal, haven't played around with it much
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