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Old 11-30-2008, 10:13 PM   #1
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New to ebook readers

I've been exploring buying a reader and have narrowed by choices mainly to Kindle and Cybook. I'm interested in hearing what and why other forum members recommend. I'm open to other suggestions is there is something clearly better than these two. Thanks
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:50 PM   #2
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That's kind of an open ended question, so I will answer your question with more questions.

Where do you live?
What do you plan on reading?
What features are most important to you?
How did you narrow it down between those two devices (and what are your concerns about each)?

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Old 11-30-2008, 11:13 PM   #3
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I live in the US. I will primarily be reading general literature (new release novels most commonly). Looking for convenience and ease of use.
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Old 11-30-2008, 11:41 PM   #4
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I live in the US. I will primarily be reading general literature (new release novels most commonly). Looking for convenience and ease of use.
I don't know anything about the Cybook (primarily looked at Sony and the Kindle).

I chose the Kindle for the reasons you speak of...availability of most new releases for $9.99, ability to download samples, and the ease of Whispernet. Things like being able to download mobi books from other sources (including my public library) were just icing on the cake.

I love mine so much that I bought one for my mother (who is not computer savvy).
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Old 11-30-2008, 11:56 PM   #5
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Great. Thanks a lot.
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Old 12-01-2008, 01:33 AM   #6
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Looking for convenience and ease of use.
Certainly the Kindle is the right device for you.

However, order now and you are in for a pretty long wait.

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Old 12-01-2008, 01:42 AM   #7
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Sony PRS is good if you scan/create your own documents,or if you're happy with some great older works that are copyright free (Belong to public domain).

Otherwise the sony library sells a little less books than Amazon,for a little more $$

I still don't think more than $10 for an ebook is justified.
I mean, a lot of printing cost, and paper cost of a 15-25$ book can be eliminated.
download costs are comparable to a company's internal shipping and handling costs.
A bookstore all of a sudden can run on 30-50% less personnel too!
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Old 12-01-2008, 04:04 AM   #8
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I have a CyBook and am extremely happy with it. Its chief benefit is that it supports MobiPocket, which gives you access to lots of different bookstores and a wide selection of books.
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Old 12-01-2008, 05:36 AM   #9
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Sony PRS is good if you scan/create your own documents,or if you're happy with some great older works that are copyright free (Belong to public domain).

Otherwise the sony library sells a little less books than Amazon,for a little more $$

I still don't think more than $10 for an ebook is justified.
I mean, a lot of printing cost, and paper cost of a 15-25$ book can be eliminated.
download costs are comparable to a company's internal shipping and handling costs.
A bookstore all of a sudden can run on 30-50% less personnel too!
sorry little off topic,

i agree wholeheartedly with this, we all aught to get to gether and lobby the book sellers to reduce the costs,

im in the uk and waterstones (sonys partner with the prs-505) is very expensive for instance

brisngr - chris paolini is
£13.59 for the ebook
£8.49 for the hardback

which is rediculous, however they do have cheaper ebooks, none of which are cheaper than the usual paperback.

im in the middle of deciding on my own reader, i would get myself a kindle if i was in the US.
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:24 AM   #10
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If you don't want to wait until after Christmas for the Kindle, then I suggest either the Cybook (try Books on Board) or perhaps the EZ Reader which is a Hanlin V3 shipped from the US. Both the Cybook and the EZ Reader will read DRMed MOBI ebooks. The Cybook has better support for MOBI than the EZ Reader, but both are "good enough". The bare bones Cybook is cheaper, but you need a case which comes bundled with the EZ Reader. If you buy an EZ Reader, someone needs to be home to accept the shipment (check with BoB about their shipping policy).
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Sony PRS is good if you scan/create your own documents,or if you're happy with some great older works that are copyright free (Belong to public domain).

Otherwise the sony library sells a little less books than Amazon,for a little more $$

I still don't think more than $10 for an ebook is justified.
I mean, a lot of printing cost, and paper cost of a 15-25$ book can be eliminated.
download costs are comparable to a company's internal shipping and handling costs.
A bookstore all of a sudden can run on 30-50% less personnel too!
While I would vote for the Kindle if inexpensive new releases are important, one tic I'd put in the Sony column is library (public, not Sony Connect library) books. If I'm not mistaken the latest firmware on the 505 (not the 500) supports the DRM-ed PDF used by public libraries. On my local public library's Overdrive Ebook service, there are a lot more titles in DRM-ed PDF than in Mobipocket and it seems many new books are being added only as PDF. I wonder if that's because .mobi DRM has been cracked. Still, I don't find many of the current titles I want available through my library, so I'm glad I have my Kindle. I buy a lot more than I borrow.
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