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Old 08-13-2013, 05:03 AM   #1
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I was wondering if you could let me know what eReaders do not need to be activated with the vendor in order to be used. Thank you.
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:40 AM   #2
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Sony T1, T2, Onyx Firefly, and there are a lot of older models like the Jetbook, Aluratek, Astak. Those are the ones I know of first hand.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:00 AM   #3
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You don't have to register a Kindle to use it. You do have to register it if you want to use the WiFi or catagories (folders). There are people who simply buy the Kindle and side load books to their little hearts content.

I don't know for certain but I would guess that the same is true for any of the major e-readers. Certain features might not be available but that you basic ereader works just fine with sideloaded content. Someone with a Nook, Kobo, and SOny will have to chime in to confirm this.
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:24 PM   #4
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The battery on the Nooks (at least the Simple Touch and Glowlight versions) drains almost overnight if you don't register. Registration doesn't require anything more than an email address, though, if you just want to side-load stuff. I believe you can even use a bogus email address for it. But, still, I'd guess that unless you have other reasons to prefer it, it's probably not the best choice if you don't want to register.
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:43 AM   #5
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I'm not entirely sure, but fairly, that the Kobo Glo didn't require registration. The Pyrus mini didn't need registration (has no wifi anyway!), and the Bookeen Cybook Odyssey HD Frontlight (such a mouthful) also didn't ask to be registered (not even when I browsed the associated bookstore).
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:38 AM   #6
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kobo glo won't let you do anything until you register, but there is a workaround.
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Old 08-14-2013, 06:19 AM   #7
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Perhaps the OP could explain the reason for the requirement for "no registration". We'd be in a better position to suggest solutions if we understood what the concerns about registration are.
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Old 08-14-2013, 06:31 AM   #8
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kobo glo won't let you do anything until you register, but there is a workaround.
Hmm, I honestly don't recall it asking, but I think I quickly redeemed the 90% discount coupon, which may have taken care of the registration.

The Bookeen definitely didn't need registration. Only got it this week, so the memory is fresh. It's actually a lovely device, though the bezel is larger than I expected with a 6" device, but the buttons are superb and capacitive touchscreen feels more responsive -- and the lowest front light setting is dimmer than the Glo's 1%. I will eventually get around to writing a mini review.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:00 AM   #9
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The Bookeen definitely didn't need registration.
No, it's generally only devices associated with a bookstore that do.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:15 AM   #10
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No, it's generally only devices associated with a bookstore that do.
The Bookeen came from Thalia (German media chain) and their store is installed on the device (they sell it as the reader for the store). It didn't ask me to register, though, and I could even browse the store without having to log in.

From previous threads I recall that unless you buy the device directly from Bookeen, it seems to be always linked to a regional store. I've been able to do anything with it without it wanting to be registered or asking personal information: sideloading, adding books via MicroSD, wifi to check for firmware updates. Definitely happy with how independent the device works. The only time I notice that it has a store installed is when I'm in the main menu and there's an option to visit it.

The only thing it asked for is the WEP key for the router, but even setting up wifi was optional and it didn't prompt for it until I went to turn it on manually.
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Old 08-17-2013, 03:08 AM   #11
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Thank you for all your replies. Now, I was wondering about the following. My ideal eReader would be a properly front-lit K4NT with buttons and dictionary look-up when reading PDF documents. Would you say that the Bookeen Odyssey Frontlight is the closest to this? Thank you for your interest.
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... what eReaders do not need to be activated with the vendor in order to be used. Thank you.
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No 6" e-ink reader is going to be very good with PDF files, which are normally sized for an A4 or 8.5 x 11 page size. There is a lot of panning and zooming required to read them on a smaller e-ink reader. Get a tablet like an iPad instead if that's what you want to read.
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You don't have to register a Kindle to use it. You do have to register it if you want to use the WiFi or catagories (folders). There are people who simply buy the Kindle and side load books to their little hearts content.
Do you have to jailbreak Kindle first before you can use it to side load non DRM contents without having to register?

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