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Old 06-29-2008, 10:51 AM   #1
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Ok, hello from me to all of you.

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I joined because I like joining things.

Also I am seriously considering an ebook reader and I normally regret buying a compromise so my current favourite is the irex iLiad edition 2 ebook reader.

Other than price anyone got any reasons why I would not buy one and any other options that are better?

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Old 06-29-2008, 11:04 AM   #2
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Ah -- you see -- there's the rub. There are very few members of this forum who own more than one device and are prepared to give you an objective evaluation. Rather, you find people with particular preferences which are reflected in the device which they bought.

Now, me for example ... I own a Kindle from Amazon. Since I live in the USA, the device came closest to meeting my own requirements. I bought an eBook reader for recreational reading, therefore I didn't need the larger screen size or PDF-display capabilities of the iLiad. I am unwilling to try and use a single device for all purposes, so I could be happy with a device that doesn't even have Internet capability -- I own a computer for that -- and therefore the Sony was a good second choice for me. What won me over was the fact that Amazon has publicly committed to get the most current release content available as quickly as possible and at a low purchase price. And there you have it.

The best device for one user isn't the best for another so it's very good that there are choices.
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Greetings, peterbbb. Enjoy the forum! Read what Elsi said, she is right on. Everyone here is very helpful and they will offer their best opinion based on their experience with their devices.
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Old 06-29-2008, 11:14 AM   #4
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OK Peter ... I was intrigued by your avatar, so I searched and found the Manyana Education on the Internet. I enjoyed looking at the site, but I did not understand the word "inset" in this context. Please explain.
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Old 06-29-2008, 11:15 AM   #5
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Thanks for quick replies

Thanks for the comments. Yes, I realise that folk have what they have and reviews are not what I want.

I just wondered if anyone had thought there was a better reader than the iLiad if cost was not the issue.

I have come to the conclusion that it does all I need it to and more but I am just being a little cautious before I part with the cash.
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Old 06-29-2008, 11:18 AM   #6
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INSET is IN SErvice Training.

It is the generic name for the training that schools provide for their staff.

I offer schools and individuals a range of training and development programmes. Such as data management, leadership, etc. As on my under development website.
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INSET is IN SErvice Training.
I had decided that it referred to in-service training from the context, but just didn't see the derivation of the "inset" term. I am from a family of teachers. At the time I was born, both parents were teaching school, though my mother resigned shortly afterward and went into accounting and data processing. My father taught mathematics in the high school. The year that I was seven, he took a summer job at a bank and decided to stay at the bank instead of going back to teaching. My degree is in elementary education and my husband's degree is in industrial education. I taught school for one year and then went back to university to get a master's degree in software engineering. Hubby started a graduate program in education, but abandoned it when he got a job installing and servicing mainframe computers. (This was 10 years or so before the first PCs came out!) Our daughter has earned her degree in mathematics education and has completed her first year of teaching. During the summer, she is tutoring at Sylvan.

A hobby is following education technology and trends. I'm intrigued with curriculum development -- particularly integrated programs for the secondary student.
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Old 06-29-2008, 11:56 AM   #8
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Things tend to go well with teachers on board...

There seem to be two versions of the iLiad. One with one without wireless.

I am hoping that it will be possible, in the future to use the iLiad as a kind of tablet PC and access the internet with it using a web browser. I also very much like the idea of downloading my daily newspaper and reading that in the train.

Just told my wife who asked "What are you buying now?" that I was spending "lots". So I guess its ok to go ahead and do so.
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Other than price anyone got any reasons why I would not buy one and any other options that are better?
Welcome Peter. I think that apart from the price what would make me personally hesitate are the battery (you'll find a LOT of posts around this issue) and of course the vulnerability of the larger screen.
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Old 06-29-2008, 01:50 PM   #10
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Had not considered the larger screen and its vulnerability.

Get a carry case????

15 hours battery seems ok. Is it enough to read a book a week? Is it that longer battery life devices seem to be better but that charging the device up is not really a hassle? Or...
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Also I am seriously considering an ebook reader and I normally regret buying a compromise so my current favourite is the irex iLiad edition 2 ebook reader.

Other than price anyone got any reasons why I would not buy one and any other options that are better?
Talk to HarryT about the illiad... he used to have one and doesn't give it high marks. Of course, you use case for the reader will much affect the decisions. I think by this end of year holiday season there are going to be at least 1/2 dozen of good choices.

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Old 06-29-2008, 02:38 PM   #12
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Will do. Harry T where are you?
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Hi peterbbb and welcome to the Forum. I've got a Sony 505 and like it a lot. Very good battery life. Go to the 'Which One Should I buy' Forum for lots of advice and facts about all teh eBook readers. It's here http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=123
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