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Old 12-28-2009, 12:39 PM   #1
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Elonex 511EB - £129 at Waterstones

The Elonex 511EB is now being sold at Waterstones for £129.

http://www.waterstones.com/waterston...ducts/7364563/

This seems to be a re-badged WISEreader N520.

If I was buying another ereader at the moment, this would be high on my list because of the very low (for the UK) price. Especially when you consider that repairing my old CyBook Gen 3 would cost around £120.
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Old 12-28-2009, 07:20 PM   #2
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Quick question from the US - is that with VAT?
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Old 12-28-2009, 07:28 PM   #3
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Ugh. I was supposed to hear when this was ready Ill have to ring up Elonex...
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Old 12-29-2009, 04:46 AM   #4
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Yes. 15% at the moment. In the UK, when selling to consumers, rather than businesses, companies are required to include VAT in the advertised prices.
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:35 AM   #5
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I picked one of these up yesterday - I've written a fairly comprehensive review at http://shkspr.mobi/blog/index.php/20...m-waterstones/.

It's a cheap and cheerful device - a few bugs, but nothing show-stopping. I reckon it's a steal for £130.
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:44 AM   #6
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I picked one of these up yesterday - I've written a fairly comprehensive review at http://shkspr.mobi/blog/index.php/20...m-waterstones/.

It's a cheap and cheerful device - a few bugs, but nothing show-stopping. I reckon it's a steal for £130.
Excellent review thank you. I won't be buying one as I have enough ebook reading devices right now but it is certainly a very good price for the UK market.
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Old 12-29-2009, 06:03 AM   #7
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I reckon its a rip off! ... but only compared to the sony 300 at £9 more from whsmiths.

A much nicer device for the money IMO


oh here is the deal http://www.whsmith.co.uk/CatalogAndS...ookreader.aspx
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I reckon its a rip off! ... but only compared to the sony 300 at £9 more from whsmiths.

A much nicer device for the money IMO


oh here is the deal http://www.whsmith.co.uk/CatalogAndS...ookreader.aspx
Depends which way you look at it but this has extra features which the prs-300 does not have being just a basic "no frills" reader. So I think for the added functionality, it is a very good price and worth consideration.
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Depends which way you look at it but this has extra features which the prs-300 does not have being just a basic "no frills" reader. So I think for the added functionality, it is a very good price and worth consideration.
only extra feature i see is mp3 playback?

and has no sorting by author etc amnd cheaper build quality than the sony.

I think the have realised its poorer quality and are trying to shift them out.
but compertition is always good.
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only extra feature i see is mp3 playback?

and has no sorting by author etc amnd cheaper build quality than the sony.

I think the have realised its poorer quality and are trying to shift them out.
but compertition is always good.
Text-to-speech, note-taking, memo-recorder (microphone inbuilt) and music player are the other features as far as I'm aware.

And yes competition is good, will hopefully start to bring prices down across the board
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Old 12-29-2009, 09:08 AM   #11
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only extra feature i see is mp3 playback?

and has no sorting by author etc amnd cheaper build quality than the sony.

I think the have realised its poorer quality and are trying to shift them out.
but compertition is always good.
It will sort by name, size and date. But it recognises directories, so if you have used something like Calibre to sort your authors, you should be fine.

As for build quality - it's 195 grammes or plastic - what do you expect? :-) It's slightly flexible but the construction seems solid to me.

As others have mentioned, TTS, 32GB card support, memo recorder and QWERTY - not to be sniffed at.

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It will sort by name, size and date. But it recognises directories, so if you have used something like Calibre to sort your authors, you should be fine.

As for build quality - it's 195 grammes or plastic - what do you expect? :-) It's slightly flexible but the construction seems solid to me.

As others have mentioned, TTS, 32GB card support, memo recorder and QWERTY - not to be sniffed at.

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I just think for the price and for a device to read books on that for just £9 more the sony 300 is a better device, better buid quality, design (page turns on left side only is very silly imo).

thats it really.
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:47 AM   #14
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I'm really tempted by this, I have the Cool-er reader already and really like it but thinking of getting either a Sony PRS300 or this (want a 5" device). Can't be doing with Kindle and the DRM etc, I like my ebooks from WHSmith etc.

The PRS300 is very tempting, I will check this out tonight at Lakeside and see if I can get a hands on side by side with the sony, and i'll take my Cooler for comparision.

(Cooler is in the flea market for trade if anyones interested)
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I highkly recomend the 300, have played with and owned coolER 505 and 300.

I LOVE the 300 especially at the offer price linked above.
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