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Old 06-30-2010, 09:16 AM   #1
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(Lack of) Options for a Large-Format e-Reader

Like many of you, I have a lot of PDFs to read. I've been trying to wait it out until the release of the Asus DR900, the Plastic Logic Que, the Skiff, or any other large-format e-reader, but trying to make do by reading long tomes on an LCD display has been causing eye strain and headaches.

Unfortunately, the iRex DR800SG is nigh impossible to acquire now. The only option available at this moment is the Kindle DX, which is too expensive for a model which will most likely be obsolete by the end of the year. I'm also worried that I will seriously regret getting a DX if the Asus DR900 does actually come out at a lower price in August. But the alternative is to read almost nothing, aside from a few new physical books, for an indefinite number of months.

Does anyone in a similar situation have a plan?
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:30 AM   #2
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Since large e-readers seem to be retreating, I'd guess your best option is to wait for Asus' device (though Asus' relative silence about the matter is a bit disquieting) or for Pocketbook to release their 901 model, which should be priced much lower than Kindle DX. Que and Skiff Reader can be counted as casualties (indefinite delay in the first case, the hardware not having been bought with the company in the second).
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The PRS 900. Not perfect, but probably the best option.
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Yea, there doesn't seem to be many options for large eReaders. QUE and Skiff would have been nice additions, but it didn't turn out that way unfortunately. Kindle is a nice device, but maybe too pricey. I support vxf's suggestion for the PRS900 as well.
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Like many of you, I have a lot of PDFs to read. I've been trying to wait it out until the release of the Asus DR900, the Plastic Logic Que, the Skiff, or any other large-format e-reader, but trying to make do by reading long tomes on an LCD display has been causing eye strain and headaches.

Unfortunately, the iRex DR800SG is nigh impossible to acquire now. The only option available at this moment is the Kindle DX, which is too expensive for a model which will most likely be obsolete by the end of the year. I'm also worried that I will seriously regret getting a DX if the Asus DR900 does actually come out at a lower price in August. But the alternative is to read almost nothing, aside from a few new physical books, for an indefinite number of months.

Does anyone in a similar situation have a plan?
It feels like dedicated large format readers have seen their day. I think the ipad (which i use now) is the answer
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There are some tricks out there for making PDFs more readable on the smaller, reasonably priced, devices. I describe the methods that have worked well for me in this blog post.

Still, it sucks that the larger ones are either so prohibitively expensive or impossible to acquire!
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Old 06-30-2010, 07:45 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input, guys.
I do like the design and the interface of the PRS-900, but the slightly decreased clarity is sure to bug me. :\

Assuming I can get enough good results with those tricks, the nook could come into contention as well.
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Thanks for the input, guys.
I do like the design and the interface of the PRS-900, but the slightly decreased clarity is sure to bug me. :\

Assuming I can get enough good results with those tricks, the nook could come into contention as well.
A good reading light seems to solve most of the contrast and glare issues for the PRS-900. Clarity has not really been an issue... I assume you mean something akin to sharpness...

But far from me recommending the device. It's pricey and it does have plenty of downsides - slow at times (when ti comes to annotations), clunky software, stupidly limited zoom...

Yet, at the moment, I still think it's the best option for PDFs, especially if you want to take annotations.

I have learned to live with it...

But I am curious about the forthcoming Eee Tablet:

http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/31/a...ablet-preview/

and downright salivating over the Eee Pad (which will not replace a dedicated e-reader amongst my gadgets, but it's still a cool toy and certainly a better option than the Ipad for professional use - well, at least, my kind of professional use):

http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/31/a...p121-hands-on/
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A good reading light seems to solve most of the contrast and glare issues for the PRS-900. Clarity has not really been an issue... I assume you mean something akin to sharpness...

But far from me recommending the device. It's pricey and it does have plenty of downsides - slow at times (when ti comes to annotations), clunky software, stupidly limited zoom...

Yet, at the moment, I still think it's the best option for PDFs, especially if you want to take annotations.

I have learned to live with it...

But I am curious about the forthcoming Eee Tablet:

http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/31/a...ablet-preview/

and downright salivating over the Eee Pad (which will not replace a dedicated e-reader amongst my gadgets, but it's still a cool toy and certainly a better option than the Ipad for professional use - well, at least, my kind of professional use):

http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/31/a...p121-hands-on/
I hear you. The EEE Pad looks really promising. Definitely more of what I'm looking for than an iPad, although I love the iPad as well. I've been pretty satisfied with the Asus EEE series lately, so we'll have to see if the Pad lives up to expectations
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:58 AM   #10
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I have been waiting for large screen readers, too. I'm currently keeping an eye on new-comer Innoversal. I was informed by e-mail from them that both of their new products would roll out in the first half of September. The Lattice first, followed closely by the Papyrus.

http://www.innoversal.com.tw/en-us/p...s/default.aspx

The Lattice is my first choice as it will be 10" and PixelQi. If it turns out to be too expensive for me, the Papyrus, with it's 8" screen, sounds like an acceptable alternative size. Unless, of course, one of the biggies (Asus, Pocketbook, Hanlin, etc.) show up first ... but I'm not holding my breath. As you can tell, I'm only interested in an open device ... open in the sense that it isn't locked into a proprietary format system or storefront.

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Old 07-02-2010, 04:01 PM   #11
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Old 07-03-2010, 04:08 AM   #12
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