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Old 07-28-2008, 05:46 AM   #1
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I'm interested mainly in pdf's, which one then ?

Hi
I'm looking to buy an eBook reader these days but I have two problems.
1) The budget
2) I want to be able to read pdf's (mainly from ebooks, nothing too fancy) without too many problems.

I think that my two option (due to my budget) are the Sony PRS 500 and the eBookwise. Which one would you recommend ?

Thanks

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Old 07-28-2008, 07:16 AM   #2
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None of the above.
The problem with pdf is that they're fixed in dimensions.
For a really good reading experience I must suggest the iLiad tha has a double video.
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Old 07-28-2008, 09:32 AM   #3
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...are the Sony PRS 500 and the eBookwise. Which one would you recommend ?
Asus eee,
any tablet pc,
any seconhand notebook.

Support for pdf files on ALL readers is pathetic.
There is NO WAY of how to squeeze a complicated layout of pdf file formatted for A4 or Letter page on a 6" screen.

Go ahead.
Print out any of your pdf files on paper 90 x 120mm using a good dot matrix printer (cca 170DPI).
Is it readable?
I do not think so ;-)
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Old 07-28-2008, 12:14 PM   #4
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With the Pdf option of reflowing text, and the “budget” thing… I can just advise one: The Sony but the 505 version (not the 500).

Also read the posts about the late firmware upgrade in the Sony forum. You will be able to make a more accurate decision then.

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Old 07-28-2008, 12:29 PM   #5
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I'll second the Sony Recommandation with a Caveat.
The 505's new firmware has helped a lot with diplaying pure tect PDF's, but It is probaly not going to work that well for Complex diagrams, etc.

However after saying that, and if you are will ing to accep some of the compromise (look around the sony Sub Forum), it is probably the best experience you will get for that size and price.

If you want the ability to refer to more technical books, with complex drawing and equations, or you want the ability mark up the text, the Illiad would probably offer a better, experience, but at the cost of size, price and battery life.

There are some new readers coming to the market in the next 6 months, so youmay want to consider waiting for those.

The Best advice I can give is that browse around the forum, look at the other posts, and you should probably find a ton of great advice.
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:37 AM   #6
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First of all, thanks for all the help !!!

The thing is that most of the pdf's I'll use are just text with no graphics and no diagrams.
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eisho--

If that's the case the Sony 505 with the new firmware could work quite nicely for you--and it costs quite a bit less than the iLiad.

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Old 07-29-2008, 10:07 PM   #8
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Hanlin V3 is very powerful in formats/languages, including PDFS, and it has the highest
performance-price ratio. I have compared the devices of each model, V3 is my final choice!
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But did you compare the 505 to the V3 before the new firmware update or after?
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