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Old 03-04-2013, 06:06 AM   #1
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Tolino Shine - a new HD 6", front lit, reader with Android from Germany

A few days ago Nate at the digital reader reported a new e-ink reader from a group of German publishers and a Deutsche Telecom.

It has a front-lit 6 inch HD screen (just like Kindle Paperwhite) with infra red touch, an SD card slot, runs on Android and reads epubs natively. It sells for 99Eur including VAT.

There is discussion at the German speaking part of the Mobileread here. They have even discussed posting on the English-speaking forum, but nobody has bothered so far. Sigh (JUST like they used to do with PocketBook readers).

I think that this is pretty exciting new reader.
It has many features that Kindle Paperwhite lacks and sells here in Europe for a very good price.

Specification is here:
http://www.tolino.de/tolino-shine/spezifikationen/

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Old 03-04-2013, 07:05 AM   #2
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Thanks for the tip. Here's a short hands-on from Youtube in German http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn7GluijFgk for 99 euros http://www.thalia.de/shop/tolino-shi...elId=34474473/ it looks like a good deal.
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:38 PM   #3
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Wow, do they want to geht the prize for the ugliest e-Reader?
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:48 PM   #4
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Wow, do they want to geht the prize for the ugliest e-Reader?
Agreed. That thing fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:07 PM   #5
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:13 PM   #6
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Wow, do they want to geht the prize for the ugliest e-Reader?
Well...I suppose they could make it a round button, and have it come in white or black and make it a little shiny...maybe that would make people happy.

My issue with it is that it is an e-ink. Even though the battery life is great (I have 2 PWs) it is just too slow to transition between pages and select different functions, and it's not in color. I travel frequently and can't afford the space to carry a device with only a single purpose. I much prefer a device like an ipad (although I kinda detest the whole apple thing) running a great ereader app (like Marvin).

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Does anyone know if it supports folders? Any guess on shipping charges to the USA
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If it had Bletooth and support for a keyboard I'd be all over it.
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When I mean ugly, I mean that it looks like a Kindle Keyboard where somebody has forgotten the keyboard and they used the space then to position a single button right in the middle of it :-)

Other than that, a Paperwhite for 99 EUR - not bad, but possibly also not good enough.
It is a joint venture product from German bookselling chains to counter Amazon's offering.

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When I mean ugly, I mean that it looks like a Kindle Keyboard where somebody has forgotten the keyboard and they used the space then to position a single button right in the middle of it :-)

Other than that, a Paperwhite for 99 EUR - not bad, but possibly also not good enough.
It is a joint venture product from German bookselling chains to counter Amazon's offering.

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Does anyone know if it supports folders? Any guess on shipping charges to the USA
I doubt it. These are the only reading features they advertise on tolino.de:
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  • Search within ebook
  • Intuitive page navigation
  • Revolutionary hyphenation (wish Kindle had hyphenation)
  • E-Ink optimized fonts
  • Individual font sizes
  • Integrated Web-Browser
As per the comments on the German thread, there is no dictionary integration and no folder support.

Also, the price will go from 99 to 119 on May 1. That's $155 at the current exchange rate.

ETA: Ugliness continued, see their accessories.

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When I mean ugly, I mean that it looks like a Kindle Keyboard where somebody has forgotten the keyboard and they used the space then to position a single button right in the middle of it :-)
It looks just like the majority of mobile devices to me.
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I doubt it. These are the only reading features they advertise on tolino.de:

As per the comments on the German thread, there is no dictionary integration and no folder support.

Also, the price will go from 99 to 119 on May 1. That's $155 at the current exchange rate.

ETA: Ugliness continued, see their accessories.
Not *entirely* correct, here's a more comprehensive list of accessories:
http://www.buecher.de/go/search_sear...h_quicksearch/
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^ Haha, I was actually just looking at the very ugly case.


BTW, the link johnnyb shared adds the following feature:
PDF2text (turns text in PDFs into reflowable text)

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