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Old 03-01-2010, 09:28 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm hoping you guys can help me pick out the right reader for me. I'm an avid reader but I have a neuromuscular disease that's progressive and it's getting harder and harder to hold open and turn pages of a book. I've been a fan of ebooks ever since my library got them several years ago, and since finding out about bookshare.org (an ebook service for those with print disabilities) I finally decided to buy a reader.
Unfortunately, like with any other electronic device I've ever bought in my life, trying to find one I can use is going to be challenging. Navigation is a big worry for me because a lot of times buttons are too hard for me to push. If they're easy like a keyboard or TV remote I can usually push them. Touchscreens work well but I have found out that not all touch screens are created equal for me. I use my nail to use a touchscreen which unfortunately doesn't work on an iphone-type screen. Button or navigation placement is the next biggest concern. I have very little hand/arm movement, so I can't cover a lot of surface area. I don't mind having someone turn it on for me or helping me get back to main menu, but the main functions I would like to be able to do on my own. Those are the main issues, although I would prefer to have eink and be able to read pdfs, texts/html, and books from the library.
Any advice or suggestions you have would be most appreciated!
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Old 03-02-2010, 02:17 AM   #2
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The BeBook Mini/Astak PocketPro/Hanlin v5 have a nice scrollwheel on the side that is very light to use. You don't need to use any force to use it, just brush your finger alongside the edge.

The other device that you might want to look at is the Sony 600. It has a touchscreen that also allows the use of a stylus (beside a finger, so a nail should work as well) and that should work for you. This is a 6" device.

(Nate has a nice video on his blog on the difference between capacitive and resistive screens: http://www.natesebooknews.com/2010/0...h-screen-tech/)
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Old 03-02-2010, 03:29 AM   #3
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It could be useful to watch Youtube videos. You can see how different devices are handled and decide which one you could manage better
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