|04-08-2010, 06:29 PM||#1|
Sir Penguin of Edinburgh
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: DC Metro area
Device: Shake a stick plus 1
Wiley launches new e-reader comparison site
cross posted from The Digital Reader
From the press release:
It doesn’t cover devices that don’t exist.
Most so called comparison sites will include reviews of devices like the Polymer Vision Readius (which was never released to market). Or, take the Astri MyID. I am one of 2 people in the world who have actually held the device and written about it. You’d be surprised at the number of sites who have posted a “review” based on my short piece.
Wiley Ereader Resource
|04-08-2010, 06:55 PM||#2|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: SF Bay Area, California, USA
Device: Clié; PRS-505; EZR Pocket Pro, PRS-600, Kobo Mini
Looks like the Astak readers aren't covered? Nor are the Jetbook & Libre. iPad + big-name e-ink only. And the iPad is included, but not the iPhone or various PDAs that have been used as ebook readers for years.
Its "what are you looking for in a reader?" feature is... troublesome. I checked 5" screen & under $350, and got 5 results, only 1 of which (Sony Pocket) has a 5" screen. When I removed under $350, I got another handful of results.
Maybe they're sorting it as 5"-or-more screen. But I don't want "or more;" I tolerate, rather than prefer, my current 6" screen and wouldn't want anything larger. I'd love a smaller than 5" screen if it came with long battery life.
|04-08-2010, 07:19 PM||#3|
Join Date: Nov 2009
Device: Kobo Glo, Kobo Aura HD, Kindle Wifi, Nexus 7 (2013), Samsung Tab 10.1
One (critical) feature not selectable: integrated dictionary.
|04-08-2010, 08:10 PM||#4|
Join Date: Dec 2007
Device: Sony PRS-350, Astak PocketPro, iPhone, Asus eee Pad Transformer
Too many missing readers to be considered anywhere near to being comprehensive.
|04-09-2010, 02:47 AM||#5|
Join Date: Jan 2010
Device: Aluratek Libre, Sony 350/T1,Pandigital, eBM 911, Nook HD/HD+, Fire HDX
Nice idea, but relatively useless if they don't include the full gamut of ereaders out there.
With Amazon, B&N, and Sony owning 6 of the readers in their list already, any choice is going to emphasize them.
Just like when antivirus software is reviewed and they only include the 5 "best" brands, Norton and McAfee automatically get two of them, whether or not in that particular year their product is any good.
|04-09-2010, 09:10 AM||#6|
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Durham, NC
Device: Every Kindle Ever Made & To Be Made + Kobo Aura + Nexus7.2!
|04-10-2010, 06:18 AM||#7|
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Spaniard in Sweden
Device: Cybook Orizon, Kobo Aura
|04-10-2010, 12:35 PM||#8|
Join Date: Feb 2010
Device: bq Cervantes Touch Light
I've learnt curious things about my Pocketbook 360 in a certain review site, very well positioned in Google. The PB360 doesn't read ePub(!), it doesn't have a dictionary (!!) and it's too bulky for its screen (!!!!!!!), also 3 stars out of five for it. Meanwhile, the Kindle got 5 stars. Don't get me wrong, I'm not denying the quality of Kindle, but review sites ALWAYS have a bias for a big company in particular and for big players in general.
Gradually from here on!
It reminds me a lot of Spanish videogame magazines. I remember one which never gave a Playstation game less than 80 out of 100, even if the text review bashed it like hell: it came as no surprise that the same publishers won the deal for the official Playstation 2 magazine.
The biggest magazine, called Hobby Consolas, is dubbed Sony Consolas, for the reasons you can guess. And their sister PC game magazine, the biggest of its kind in Spain as well, had a passionate love story with Electronic Arts games, to the point of giving completely crappy games a sweet punctuation. Does anyone remember Command & Conquer: Renegade?, a run-of-the-mill shooter loosely based in the futuristic Command and Conquer universe? Well, it got a 98.
Meanwhile, a quite independent start-up magazine that my brother and I bought loyally every month did fail. While it was cheap, it was mainly a PC game magazine which didn't have a demo CD to play the reviewed games... Of course, if you're giving serious but stern criticism every month, companies take notice.
Ah, the good old times
Last edited by Logseman; 04-10-2010 at 12:37 PM.
|04-10-2010, 04:14 PM||#9|
Join Date: Oct 2008
Device: Nexus 7, jetBook-Lite, jetBook mini, Toshiba Thrive, JETBOOK COLOR
NewEgg has e-book reader comparison page. You can compare up to 5 ebook readers here:
|04-11-2010, 05:34 AM||#10|
Join Date: Jan 2010
Device: Kindle, E.Edge (sold), Irex Iliad (retired)
Flawed comparison. Skiff is there but where's Plastic Logics Que Reader and Notion Inks Adam tablet? Wiley's done a poor job.
Last edited by thinkpad; 04-11-2010 at 05:56 AM.
|04-11-2010, 06:23 AM||#11|
Chocolate Grasshopper ...
Join Date: Mar 2008
Device: Cybook Gen3 , Pocketbook 302 (Black) , Nexus 10: wife has PW
Interesting, there seems to be no option on format...
|04-11-2010, 04:57 PM||#12|
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Device: Sony Reader PRS-650, Nexus 7
Meh. It says the Sony Touch is only chargeable via USB. And it says YES next to "wireless" on the chart even though in the text review it says wireless isn't available (which it isn't).
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