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Old 03-20-2014, 10:33 AM   #1
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How many of us upgrade our readers because of new technology

Versus upgrading because your older one broke down, a forced upgrade?

I have never upgraded, thus far because of new technology. My first one was stolen, the screen of my second cracked, the directional keys of my third broke down and I was no longer able to do anything on it, the on/off button on my fourth broke and I was no longer able to turn it off/on and my fifth is almost a year and a half old and its doing quite well.
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:57 AM   #2
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I like the flexibility of an open Android OS, so I grabbed a couple of Nook STs while they were cheap. I might be tempted to buy another reader if I can root it and it has a good front-light. Oh yeah, and it has to be reasonably priced. I won't spend big bucks on tech since my new 650 died after 14 months.
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:11 AM   #3
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I have, but it has been more about my reading habits changing and upgrading the technology to suit.
I started off with the original nook. I know everyone hates on the color screen, but I really liked flicking through the covers. I was at home a lot so low battery wasn't a huge problem for me at the time. When I started working again, the low battery became an issue and so I upgraded to the ST. I was happy with that for over 2 years.
After my son was born, I started reading a lot more at night and booklights were just not doing it for me. I ended up going with the kobo glo.

I don't really see upgrading anytime soon. MAYBE if they ever come out with a color eink screen, but even then I'd be iffy on it.
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:33 AM   #4
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Run'em till they drop

Faster is nice, but just about every new (dedicated reader) device has included a 'we know better' presentation feature that can't be fully disabled

Then there is the cost reduction feature, sold as an Improvement.
Eliminate those expensive/problematic buttons (switches) and further push 'Touch only' by eliminating other features (like any kind of audio on the K4NT. If my Astak can play a MP3 with only 10 selection keys and a slow ARM, the NT sure should).

Tablets are great for Manuals and charts, but they are heavy and have poor battery life. I see no need to use mine for the typical 'Great American Novel'
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:26 PM   #5
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Yes, I often upgrade due to new technology. I have never broken a reader or tablet. Both my main current reading devices - iPad Retina Mini and Kindle PW2 - were bought because of technological improvements.
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Old 03-20-2014, 12:35 PM   #6
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I have within the past few months but only because of bargains lol. I bought a Nook ST with Glowlight because I had wanted a lit ereader and Best Buy had a nice sale ($60), and got a vanilla Nook ST for my wife during the same sale ($40). I upgraded my Kindle Keyboard to one of the newer Kindle basics because Amazon had a one day sale on them a few weeks ago ($50). My Kindle Keyboard still works fine however and will be kept as backup.

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Old 03-20-2014, 01:16 PM   #7
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I have upgraded quite a bit, but unless something new and whizbang pops up, I'll probably stick with the units I have for the next few years.
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Old 03-20-2014, 01:58 PM   #8
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I've upgraded before but I'm trying to get into the habit of not replacing simply because newer tech is out.
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Old 03-20-2014, 02:16 PM   #9
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Ebook readers are pretty straightforward (for me) -- I don't need the latest technology to read text -- so I have only upgraded once, to replace a reader with a worn out battery.

I could have bought an after-market battery and replaced it myself, but decided to take advantage of the second-to-latest model closeout and bought a newer model to replace it. (Sony T1 when the T2s were just coming out.) However, I wanted the wi-fi and brighter screen, so with that in mind, perhaps I did upgrade for technology and not because I *had* to.

My other readers were in addition to and, except for the one that was a gift, were not intended to be readers at all. I just started using them that way.
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Old 03-20-2014, 02:31 PM   #10
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The last upgrades were downgrades to me. Much less memory and no page turn buttons in return for a light I would have no use for. No thanks. For each of my tech upgrades I expect more memory not less.
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Old 03-20-2014, 02:54 PM   #11
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I'm a bugger for upgrading but hopefully now I've finally got my iPad mini retina I'm going to stay static for a while. I've promised to sit on my hands for at least a year
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Old 03-20-2014, 02:59 PM   #12
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My favourite reader is my PRS 350. It's not the fanciest, but it's easy to carry with me anywhere and it does the job. I've run around trying to pick up a few extras just in case something happens. The big issue for me is that I'm a dinosaur that loves the LRF format and I don't like EPUB. Everything gets converted to LRF and when the last of my PRS series machines dies, I just might die along with it..
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Old 03-20-2014, 03:29 PM   #13
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I upgraded my first reader a Sony Pocket 300 to The Sony Pocket 350 because of how may more books it could hold and the touch screen.

I haven't changed since then and I've had it since Nov. 2010. I just ordered a new battery for it. It's only lasting a few days at a time now.

I do want a kindle PW for the night time reading capabilities.
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Old 03-20-2014, 03:59 PM   #14
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How many of us upgrade our readers because of new technology

I got my first reader, a Kindle Keyboard 3G (formerly known as the Kindle 3 3G), when they were first available in my country -- mid-late 2010. That old girl's about to hit the four-year mark and she's still going strong. While I love the new (although it's not so new any more) frontlighting screen technology, as long as my lighted case (also hitting the four-year mark!) continues to work, I don't see myself upgrading to a Paperwhite just yet. Obsolescence and breakdowns are my motivators.
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Old 03-20-2014, 04:27 PM   #15
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My favourite reader is my PRS 350. It's not the fanciest, but it's easy to carry with me anywhere and it does the job. I've run around trying to pick up a few extras just in case something happens. The big issue for me is that I'm a dinosaur that loves the LRF format and I don't like EPUB. Everything gets converted to LRF and when the last of my PRS series machines dies, I just might die along with it..
What advantages does LRF have?
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