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Old 03-05-2010, 02:42 PM   #1
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Looking for recommendation

I've had an ebook for almost 10 years now, first a Rocket eBook then the eBookwise 1150 which I still use, I had a PRS-700 briefly, and now I currently own a Nook. Overall I like the Nook but it has a couple of issues that keep me from loving it and have me still looking for the 'perfect' ebook.

The bulk of what I read is stories downloaded from the Net which means most of them are RTF or HTML files. I do read books purchased from eBookwise/Fictionwise and Barnes & Noble but, if necessary, I'll use the Nook to read them. I do use Calibre so I can convert the RTF and HTML files to EPub but I'd rather not have to go that extra step.

Here are my Must Haves:
1. Upgradeable Memory - 4gb is my absolute minimum
2. Must be able to organize files/stories/books into folders/categories/collections - this is my biggest issue with the Nook, and the one thing I liked about the PRS-700.
3. Side-button page turns - this was my biggest issue with the PRS-700, well aside from the fact that it died after a month. The PRS-700 with the buttons on the bottom and the hard square edges was actually painful for me to hold after 15-20 minutes. Nook has the side buttons but they're reversed - the back button is on top and the forward is on the bottom. This annoys me but is livable.
4. Must read at least 3 of the following formats: RTF, HTML, EPub, and PDF. LIT would be great too but not a necessity. This is my 2nd big issue with the Nook - having to convert about 2,000 RTF/HTML files to EPub is a pain, especially since the RTF files don't like to convert properly so they have to be converted to HTML first then to EPub.
5. Long Battery Life - this is subjective, I know, but I get about 4 days to a week out of the 1150 and the Nook depending on how much reading I do.

Things I'd like but aren't deal-breakers:
-6" Screen - this was going to be a must-have but then I realized the 1150 is only a 5" and it doesn't bother me.
-Touchscreen - I'd really like this but if it comes down to it I can do without
-More than 3 font sizes and in a sans serif font like Arial or Verdana would be nice
-Backlight/integrated light - pretty much a pipe dream with current e-ink technology and the side-lights in the PRS-700 were horribly uneven but I can dream.

That's about it. Thanks.

Beth
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Old 03-06-2010, 12:39 PM   #2
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check out the PocketBook 360, couple of forums up form the bookwise 1150 forum.

Im in sort of the same postition as you, currently using a 1150 and considering upgrading.

The 360 looks like a wonderfull little device and is very very tempting.
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Thanks. I'm debating now between the 360 and the 302. Based on video reviews that seem to show a lack of sensitivity in the Touchscreen along with the glare I'm leaning more and more towards the 360.
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