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Old 11-26-2009, 06:24 PM   #1
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I have decided that I will be reading on my netbook for awhile; at least until things are decided in the ebook world. Why I can read books from kindle, barnes and noble, sony and MSreader etc. All have programs that will run on my netbook.

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Old 11-26-2009, 08:30 PM   #2
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I'm doing the same for now, Chuck. I still want something with a tablet form factor, though.
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Well that's still nice. personal preference i should say.

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Old 11-26-2009, 11:27 PM   #4
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I've seriously considered buying a netbook to use as an ebook reader. It would be nice to have a big display, plus be able to read any format without restrictions. The main thing holding me back is the screen technology; I want to be able to read in daylight, which is rather difficult with a transmissive LCD. Right now I'm waiting to see if and when some manufacturer will incorporate a Pixel Qi screen into one of their netbooks.
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Old 11-26-2009, 11:36 PM   #5
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Well that's still nice. personal preference i should say.
Oh, definitely personal preference. I know LOTS of people who won't read on an LCD. It doesn't bother me, but some people it does. Just all depends on what works for you. I do love the ability to read any format though, with very little to no conversions. That's the biggest attraction to reading on a netbook, in my opinion.
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I'm doing the same for now, Chuck. I still want something with a tablet form factor, though.
Ask and ye shall receive - the Touch Book:
http://www.alwaysinnovating.com/home/index.htm

Specs:
  • 9.7" x 7" x 1.3" for around 3 lbs (with keyboard)
  • ARM Texas Instruments OMAP3 chip
  • 1024x600 8.9'' screen
  • Storage: 8GB SD card
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth
  • 3-dimensional accelerometer
  • Speakers, micro and headphone
  • 8 USB 2.0 (4 internal, 4 external)
  • 10 hours of battery life

Price is $299 tablet only or $399 with keyboard. Sounds like they are backlogged though and are not immediately shipping.
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Old 11-26-2009, 11:54 PM   #7
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Ask and ye shall receive - the Touch Book:
http://www.alwaysinnovating.com/home/index.htm


Specs:
  • 9.7" x 7" x 1.3" for around 3 lbs (with keyboard)
  • ARM Texas Instruments OMAP3 chip
  • 1024x600 8.9'' screen
  • Storage: 8GB SD card
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth
  • 3-dimensional accelerometer
  • Speakers, micro and headphone
  • 8 USB 2.0 (4 internal, 4 external)
  • 10 hours of battery life
Price is $299 tablet only or $399 with keyboard. Sounds like they are backlogged though and are not immediately shipping.
LOL, thanks, Mike. Yeah, I already checked this out. I should have said in my post that not only do I want a tablet form factor, I want Windows and some serious hardware. Yep, I'm picky .

For example: My netbook has Windows 7, a 250 gig HD, and 2 gigs of RAM. If I could find a tablet with those specs for the same price I got the netbook, I'd be delirously happy. However, what I'm finding is they all either have small SS drives, (nothing wrong with SSD's they just don't have the room I want), or the ones with the specs I do want are hideously expensive. The Archos 9 came closest, but I decided to wait til next year when *maybe* there are a few more devices like that on the market and we know more about them.
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Old 11-27-2009, 12:06 AM   #8
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Yeah, if battery life isn't a serious concern, netbooks and tablets are much better choices for most people, especially if they plan to read and use a variety of documents.
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Old 11-27-2009, 03:10 AM   #9
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Yeah, if battery life isn't a serious concern, netbooks and tablets are much better choices for most people, especially if they plan to read and use a variety of documents.
Hm, I'd guess most who went with a reader, did so because of the screen technology, not because of battery life.
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Old 11-27-2009, 03:16 AM   #10
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Hm, I'd guess most who went with a reader, did so because of the screen technology, not because of battery life.
How do you hold a netbook to read comfortably? A tablet might work, if it is very light and doesn't get hot. Two very big "if's".
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Old 11-27-2009, 04:13 AM   #11
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Hm, I'd guess most who went with a reader, did so because of the screen technology, not because of battery life.
Battery life was a factor for me. Though some netbooks now can run for up to 10 hours, which is quite adequate.
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Old 11-27-2009, 09:13 AM   #12
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Hm, I'd guess most who went with a reader, did so because of the screen technology, not because of battery life.
For me it's a combination of three factors: screen clarify, light weight, and long battery life. Battery life is definitely a factor: anyone who, as I did, bought the original 1st generation CyBook, which would, if you were lucky, give you 90 minutes of usage between charges, I'm sure will testify to that.
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Old 11-27-2009, 12:28 PM   #13
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The screen I have is an LED screen and it does very well in the bright sunlight. Not as good as a eink but good.
I am with you on LCD screens that would not work at all.
And yes it is a personal choice and I am not saying everyone should do the same.
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LED screen? What device is that? I've not seen an LED screen in, it must be at least 20 years!
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LED screen? What device is that? I've not seen an LED screen in, it must be at least 20 years!
Yeah, what netbook?

I have an Acer Aspire and don't care for it for reading ebooks any more than reading them on my desktop. I want to hold the book, like a book and be able to hold in one hand and change pages, while in bed, walking curled up on a couch or chair, I want to throw it in my backpack and not have to worry about bringing a charger along etc. etc. etc.

Edit: I think he means this:
http://www1.ap.dell.com/au/en/home/n...s=audhs1&s=dhs

Says it has an LED display.

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