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Old 06-01-2009, 07:54 PM   #1
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Ebook reader for an 8-year-old?

Hi All,

My daughter used to use my iPAQ PDA phone to read some of the free ebooks available. We'd load it up for her to take on trips, etc. Well, her little sister took it in the bathtub and essentially killed it. I've wondered about replacing it with a less expensive reader so that she can continue to read her many ebooks on it, but I'm unsure which falls into that category. I have the EZReader and absolutely love it. In fact, I can't imagine my life without it! With all the software and file converters out there, I'm not very worried about the inability to convert books to an appropriate format.

Anyway, we live in US, so is there a "cheap" book reader that she'd be able to use?

Thanks!
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:01 PM   #2
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How much are you comfortable spending? New or used? E-Ink or LCD?
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The Jetbook can be had for less than $200 at Fry's. You might also want to consider a used Sony or Kindle.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:18 PM   #4
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The Ebookwise has a lot fans here at MobileRead. I see some very low prices for used devices on eBay.
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Great ideas.. I don't know why, but I didn't even think to check ebay for something used. I'm thinking backlit (non e-ink) is probably better. Anything more sturdy. I worry that the e-ink devices are a bit fragile. I have heard of the Ebookwise, but didn't know anyone who has had one. I'd like to spend less than $100 if possible... I'll do some research.
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A new eBookwise 1150 can be purchased for $135.00 with 64MB of internal memory. You can ask any questions you may have of the experts in the eBookwise forum here at MobileRead.
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Great ideas.. I don't know why, but I didn't even think to check ebay for something used. I'm thinking backlit (non e-ink) is probably better. Anything more sturdy. I worry that the e-ink devices are a bit fragile. I have heard of the Ebookwise, but didn't know anyone who has had one. I'd like to spend less than $100 if possible... I'll do some research.
Get another IPAQ. You can pick an old used one up for pretty cheap on eBay. You can load ebook reader software to it...it handles PDF, eReader, and Mobipocket files really well.
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A new eBookwise 1150 can be purchased for $135.00 with 64MB of internal memory. You can ask any questions you may have of the experts in the eBookwise forum here at MobileRead.
And with a little tweaking you can download LIT files from Fictionwise.

I have the ebw1150 and an 8 year old. The two go together very nicely! The ebw is very sturdy and easy for her to hold (although, she likes to prop it on a pillow ).
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Great ideas.. I don't know why, but I didn't even think to check ebay for something used. I'm thinking backlit (non e-ink) is probably better. Anything more sturdy. I worry that the e-ink devices are a bit fragile. I have heard of the Ebookwise, but didn't know anyone who has had one. I'd like to spend less than $100 if possible... I'll do some research.
eBookman can be the option (price - $79.95):
http://www.ectaco.com/E-BookMan-900/
http://www.franklin.com/ebookman/
I had one several years ago and it can be used to read books in prc format.
This unit is pretty old but price is less than $100
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A second-hand Sony Clie would work well. Available cheaply on eBay, with a 320x320 TFT screen.

SJ-20, SJ-22 or SJ-30 would be my choice (latter two colour).

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My daughter used to use my iPAQ PDA phone to read some of the free ebooks available. We'd load it up for her to take on trips, etc. Well, her little sister took it in the bathtub and essentially killed it. I've wondered about replacing it with a less expensive reader so that she can continue to read her many ebooks on it, but I'm unsure which falls into that category.
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Great ideas.. I don't know why, but I didn't even think to check ebay for something used. I'm thinking backlit (non e-ink) is probably better. Anything more sturdy. I worry that the e-ink devices are a bit fragile. I have heard of the Ebookwise, but didn't know anyone who has had one. I'd like to spend less than $100 if possible... I'll do some research.
get any old pda that runs mobi pocket (anything with palm os) I got a http://www.amazon.com/Sony-PEG-SJ22-.../dp/B00008L3HI for 25 bucks on ebay for my GF, but then I got her a prs 505,

it makes a great reader. if you want it, ill sell it to you for 20 shipped (pay via paypal). just send me pm

its black and white, lasts for hours and hours, uses mobi pocket, and the backlight can be turned on and off.
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I second (third?) the recommendation for a used Clié. My daughter borrowed mine, on and off, for about three years, since she was ten. Her younger sister has used it some, but is less interested in the books. Both were happy reading on the small screen, and liked the option of having a few games available.

Older daughter is now thirteen, and I'm getting her a Jetbook as her 8th grade graduation present. I don't think I'd get one for a child as young as 8, or even 10, if money is a real concern; I'm not sure a child that young could understand the fragility of the device. This is even though they both have hand-held Nintendo DS things of some sort--those are fairly sturdy when closed, and my younger daughter (who is ten) is prone to leaving hers on the edge of the table where it sometimes gets bumped to the floor.
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Old 06-02-2009, 06:44 PM   #13
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These are excellent suggestions!! I didn't even think to go with another PDA. I spent $350 on my IPAQ, so ruled that out as too expensive. Thanks for the offer to purchase yours, Andybaby, I think I'll take you up on that. Thanks!!
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