|04-24-2010, 04:19 PM||#1|
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Geardiary: Jetbook Lite Ebook Reader Review
Nice review Posted on 23 April 2010:
The overall reading experience is excellent. While there’s no difference in readability between the Jetbook Lite’s LCD and an eInk screen like the Kindle’s, there is a faster refresh rate. Fonts are smooth and scrolling (in PDFs) renders without any hiccups. While at first the JBL feels a bit over-engineered, with buttons and options everywhere, it all comes together well. There’s little touches, like screen rotation. The JBL remembers if a book was rotated or not, and saves that setting for the next time you start reading it. What’s great about this “sandboxed” approach is that you can set up each book according to how it’s comfortable to read, without having to readjust every time.
A word on the digital rights management support in the Jetbook Lite. Currently, it supports the eReader DRM for PDB files. Anything in the “secure ereader” format from Fictionwise or eReader works, as do any PDB files from Barnes and Noble. The trick is to download a sample before you buy; if the book ends in PDB, you’re good to go, and if it ends in ePUB it won’t open on the Jetbook Lite. A bit confusing, but it works. Ectaco says they plan to update the JBL to support Adobe Digital Editions, which will allow it to read books from stores like Sony and Kobo, as well as Overdrive public library books.
Would I recommend the Jetbook Lite? Yes, with some minor reservations. If you’re looking for something with the breadth and depth of a major bookstore (like B&N or Amazon), you’re better off waiting for the Adobe Digital Editions update, solely for the broader mainstream book options. On the other hand, if you’re looking for an inexpensive reader, don’t mind the lack of wireless, and are comfortable searching multiple sources for your ebooks, the Jetbook Lite is an excellent deal. It lists for $149.99, but if you are patient and monitor sites like Newegg.com, you can often find it for $99.99-$129.99! At that price, for these features, it’s practically a no-brainer! Especially for a reader small enough to fit into a large jacket pocket!
Last edited by Kris777; 04-24-2010 at 04:23 PM.
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