Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > E-Book Readers > Which one should I buy?

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-06-2007, 08:14 AM   #1
drahnreb
Member
drahnreb began at the beginning.
 
drahnreb's Avatar
 
Posts: 16
Karma: 10
Join Date: Dec 2006
No E-Bookreader for Germany?

Hi,

why don´t offer a lot of the e-book-manufacturer their readers in Germany?

Germany is the countra of Gutenberg. Printed books are good, but e-books with eInk reader are better.

Are the customer not loger the kings?

Regards

Bernhard
drahnreb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2007, 03:07 PM   #2
joblack
Wizard
joblack ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.joblack ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.joblack ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.joblack ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.joblack ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.joblack ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.joblack ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.joblack ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.joblack ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.joblack ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.joblack ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 1,256
Karma: 1418786
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Somewhere on earth
Device: Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle DX, JBC, Onyx M92
Germany is always behind in technology stuff .. .like mp3 .. invented in Germany ..but the Americans got the money out of it.
joblack is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Enthusiast
Old 03-19-2007, 04:31 PM   #3
RWood
Technogeezer
RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.RWood ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
RWood's Avatar
 
Posts: 7,233
Karma: 1596436
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Virginia, USA
Device: Sony PRS-500
Quote:
Originally Posted by joblack
Germany is always behind in technology stuff .. .like mp3 .. invented in Germany ..but the Americans got the money out of it.
MP3 technology was a venture between the German firm that claims the rights and Bell Labs in the US. Bell Labs was owned by AT&T and then became part of Lucent which was just purchased by a French firm.
RWood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2007, 04:33 AM   #4
Alexander Turcic
Fully Converged
Alexander Turcic ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Alexander Turcic ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Alexander Turcic ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Alexander Turcic ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Alexander Turcic ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Alexander Turcic ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Alexander Turcic ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Alexander Turcic ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Alexander Turcic ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Alexander Turcic ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Alexander Turcic ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Alexander Turcic's Avatar
 
Posts: 17,094
Karma: 10000048
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Switzerland
Device: Sony PRS-650 / Nexus 7 / Kindle PW
Ahh but we agree that MP3 was developed inside German labs. Check out this Wiki entry for the history of MP3 (Karlheinz Brandenburg led the Fraunhofer team; initially he worked for Bell).

Back to the original question... the modern e-book devices are all based on E Ink technology, which was "discovered" by a MIT MediaLab spin-off, E Ink, and partly funded and supported by Dutch Phillips (in 2000, they provided the backplanes) and also Sony (first major customer at a time when E Ink was almost dead). Today, iRex = Philips spin-off, so if you look at it from this perspective, the development of E Ink devices even today is mostly in the hands of the original people supporting E Ink. And, as usual with anything in technology, we also have the Chinese derivatives.
Alexander Turcic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2007, 04:53 PM   #5
k2r
Zealot
k2r doesn't litterk2r doesn't litter
 
Posts: 124
Karma: 177
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Bochum, Germany
Device: MP2K, iLiad
Quote:
Originally Posted by drahnreb
why don´t offer a lot of the e-book-manufacturer their readers in Germany?
I don't know about the other devices, but I had no problems ordering my iLiad from Germany. They even seem to be shipped from within Germany.
k2r is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2007, 01:50 PM   #6
mrbonheur
Member
mrbonheur began at the beginning.
 
Posts: 14
Karma: 10
Join Date: May 2006
So if I do not err, the only E-Book-Reader that is available in Europe is the Iliad? I would be more interested in the STAReBOOK, Sony or Hanlin reader given the reviews. I need to be patient, I guess.
mrbonheur is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2007, 06:45 PM   #7
wallcraft
reader
wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.wallcraft ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
wallcraft's Avatar
 
Posts: 6,979
Karma: 5183568
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Mississippi, USA
Device: Kindle 3 and Fire
The iLiad is more expensive (than other E-Ink readers) and has battery issues. That said, FBReader (which supports a wide range of reflowable non-DRMed formats) is now available for the iLiad, and MobiPocket Reader (for DRMed books) is coming soon.

There is supposed to be a new iLiad "in the 2nd quarter", with a true 15 hour battery life (via a larger battery). I don't know why anyone would buy the original iLiad today with a newer version so close (although there may be few differences other than the battery). I have been following with interest the Iliad Forum, and I will probably buy the new version when it comes out. It will be my third Linux handheld (the other two are a Nokia 770 and a Pepper Pad 3), and one reason I like the iLiad (in the abstract) is that it is a true Linux internet-ready device. The implementation could have been better, but you can't beat something with nothing and there are no true competitors today. With FBReader and MobiPocket it probably will be the best "price no object" e-book reader available.
wallcraft is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2007, 06:23 PM   #8
mrbonheur
Member
mrbonheur began at the beginning.
 
Posts: 14
Karma: 10
Join Date: May 2006
Quote:
Originally Posted by wallcraft
The iLiad is more expensive (than other E-Ink readers) and has battery issues. That said, FBReader (which supports a wide range of reflowable non-DRMed formats) is now available for the iLiad, and MobiPocket Reader (for DRMed books) is coming soon.

There is supposed to be a new iLiad "in the 2nd quarter", with a true 15 hour battery life (via a larger battery). I don't know why anyone would buy the original iLiad today with a newer version so close (although there may be few differences other than the battery). I have been following with interest the Iliad Forum, and I will probably buy the new version when it comes out. It will be my third Linux handheld (the other two are a Nokia 770 and a Pepper Pad 3), and one reason I like the iLiad (in the abstract) is that it is a true Linux internet-ready device. The implementation could have been better, but you can't beat something with nothing and there are no true competitors today. With FBReader and MobiPocket it probably will be the best "price no object" e-book reader available.
Hey,

given that I'm a Linux-user as well, I got some information on this and I think that Hanlin Reader will be Linux-ready as well, no FB-Reader though.
mrbonheur is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How do I reset my bookreader? masa Sony Reader 14 10-22-2010 01:47 AM
Wishful thinking: the perfect tablet and e-bookreader Cavelion News 8 02-03-2010 04:30 PM
Bookreader bookmaker program and vista Aprilbeginnings Sony Reader 12 02-18-2008 03:13 PM
New Smartphone / bookreader HarryT Alternative Devices 19 10-18-2007 02:51 AM
Anouncement Hanlin V9 (DIN A4 E-Bookreader) drahnreb HanLin eBook 14 08-16-2007 11:25 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:31 PM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.