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Old 01-17-2014, 04:45 PM   #1
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Question There are so many e readers, which one should I get!

Hello,

I have a specific requirement and I can't figure out which one would be best to purchase

I do like to download ebooks (shh!) and would like an e reader (preferably a paper style one but i don't know if those read anything other than .epub or .mobi and they have to be bought) that can properly read downloaded files (.lit, .epub, .mobi and more).

Would anyone know of the best e reader that can read all downloaded ebooks? I am using an iphone right now but its so small and I read a lot so I would love to invest in a good black and white paper e reader, but I do not think those read multiple formats. Would it have to be another electronic one? Do the paper styled ones only allow purchased books?

I would love any knowledge that you have

Thanks
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Old 01-17-2014, 05:16 PM   #2
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Welcome to MobileRead

I get my eBooks from various sources similar to you and I've used various eReaders
Nook (now sold) epub (the wife's) and Nexus 7
We also recently purchased an iPad for my wife

Of all these devices I use the Nexus 7 for all my eBooks, I like ot be able to do what I want without restrictions and find the Nexus 7 is the most flexible

On the Nexus I have the Aldiko eReader app, FBReader, Mantano Reader Premium, Moon+ Reader Pro and Kindle

The new model Nexus 7 has an excellent screen, my Nexus is last years and still ideal as an eReader

I definitely recommend the Nexus or similar tablet as an unrestricted eReader despite more frequent recharging requirement

Hope this will help your decision process
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well, a I have a Kindle Paperwhite and I can't recommend it enough. a fine eInk reader that can be read under the sun or even at total darkness. Yes, it reads downloaded books in .mobi format. You can send them to the machine in a variety of ways, like USB, email or even downloading from within its builtin web browser.
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Old 01-17-2014, 06:20 PM   #4
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I would also recommend a Nexus 7 or some such device for your needs. As for the .lit format, that is a proprietary Microsoft format, and the only supported software that I know will read it comes from Microsoft (Windows only at this point).
If you have a lot of books, be aware that the Nexus 7 does not have an sdcard slot. That is one reason I went with the Nook HD instead of the Nexus.

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Old 01-17-2014, 06:34 PM   #5
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All ebooks can be read on any device you wish to read them on (assuming there is no DRM, or you remove it). All it takes is downloading calibre to convert them.

All e-ink readers allow you to sideload books -- although beware, recent Nooks only give you a tiny bit of memory for that!
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:35 PM   #6
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My personal preference is for e-readers that have an e-ink screen, a touch screen (much easier to look a word up in the dictionary), and are lit. I love my Nook Glowlight, but eschwartz is right that only a quarter (I think) of the memory is available for sideloaded books. But I also love my Kindle Paperwhite, and Amazon has much better customer service than Barnes and Noble anyway.
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Old 01-17-2014, 11:13 PM   #7
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Thanks so much for all the replies, will definitely look into the ones suggested
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