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Old 08-08-2009, 11:32 AM   #1
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Hi,

I have been watching these forums for a while and finally thought it was the right time to post my question.

I am a techie and use a lot of technical ebooks and white papers/research papers. I'd read some fiction but that is mainly during the commute or travelling. It's really hard to concentrate sometimes if i use my laptop for the same and hence i decided to look for an ebook reader. I do travel occasionally (about once a month) and lugging around a laptop isn't really convenient.

I'm mainly looking for a reader that serves me in 2 ways: during my commute to work/travel + looking at references ..

So far, it's mainly between Kindle 2 and Sony PRS600 .. I thought about Kindle DX and it's a bit of a reach with my budget ..

I am looking to buy an e-book reader with the budget of about 300$.

I currently have a lot of material in pdf format and would be buying e-book versions of technical references/programming manuals / books (viz. tech bibles that are like 5 pounds each) ..

The confusion is about how good the pdf's get rendered on a kindle 2 vs. sony reader .. I'd have my iphone along all the time so web content is not really an issue ..

Last but not the most glaring need: Reading Manga / scanned comics I have from back in the day ..

I could buy the Sony reader @ Best Buy for around 270 after discounts later this month or get a Kindle 2 this monday with the 15% cashback from Bing.com (via eBay) ...

So the final prices might be:
Sony PRS600 ~ $270
Kindle 2 ~ $250
Kindle DX ~ $ 415

Which one should i buy ?
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Old 08-09-2009, 06:43 AM   #2
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As soon as you have PDF material that is made specifically for A4 (or letter) format, any 6" might be too small. Especially if the PDF doesn't have reflowing of text. I think you'll be dissapointed with any device in that regard. A collegue of mine had the same, mostly references guids and such. He ordered an Iliad (8") and a BeBook (a hanlin clone, 6"). He liked the Iliad, and found the BeBook too small. In the end, he sent them both back, as the Ilias just was too expensive.
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Yeah, what Sweetpea said. The 6" e-ink devices are best for general fiction. PDF files render too small on the small screen, and reflow (on the Sony) messes up the page layout. These e-ink devices are best for reading text, not manga/comics, tech books, or other graphics-heavy content that were formatted for larger pages.
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