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Old 07-31-2010, 01:18 PM   #16
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A "Psion 3" in (now I've looked in up on Wikipedia) 1991.

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Mine was a Psion 3a (1993). I loved that machine. I did Inspection Reports out in the field, read test files, kept track of my bank accounts, calendar, etc. I spent way to much on it and the 3c and 3mx, but looking back they were worth it. I don't know about you, but I was looked at as a weirdo, but now everyone has some kind of pocket device.

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Old 07-31-2010, 02:12 PM   #19
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My first readers, purchased about the same time, were a palmpilot and a RocketBook with memory upgrade. The RocketBook was an excellent reader; battery life about 10 hours, easily readable screen, decent PC interface with dock (you could display on the rocketbook's screen while plugged in to the PC), and very nice ergonomic design with a good leather case- no cheaping out there. For html, it was exfellent.

I actually still use my rocketbook on occasion. And it's snappy- page turns faster han my Kindle DX. I would still be using this one today if it handled the modern formats. This is the reader that I measure all others against.
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Old 07-31-2010, 02:12 PM   #20
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Old 07-31-2010, 02:20 PM   #21
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Old 07-31-2010, 02:21 PM   #22
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Obviously, my computer but only recently did it become practical for me when I started using calibre a few months ago and found its built in reader worked well when reading from my 32" TV screen. It made reading in bed much more comfortable. When I move into a travel trailer in a year or two, I'll be able to read on both the bedroom and living/dining room TVs. A wireless mouse works well for a "remote."

I had been holding off on buying a reader until prices and functionality met up with each other. The vast majority of my e-Books are (and will be) PDFs made by scanning my Dead Tree Books. Since I have so many to scan, and will have more because used DTBs are both less expensive and are DRM free, it is not practical for me to run the scans through OCR, then edit them for the ubiqitous errors. That means any reader I use will need to be able to zoom on the image of each page to fill the width of the screen and then scroll down the page. When the older Mentor went on sale at Newegg for less than 50% of the normal price, I ordered it. I love it for "normal" e-books (the 6" screen is addicting) but it isn't practical for all but the smallest of my PDF books since it has no zoom. I almost sent it back but decided to hang onto it to see if any firmware upgrades further down the pike will make it more versatile. It also came with a very nice real leather case and also has a user changeable battery.

While other readers touted the ability to zoom in on images, the Jetbook Lite looked especially attractive because it uses AA batteries instead of the usual proprietary Li-Ion batteries. I carry a slew of Sanyo Eneloops with me for my devices, especially my cameras so the ability to replace batteries in the field instead of being tethered to a source of power for the charger was also attractive. Turns out the JBL was much better suited for reading my PDFs since it has a Fit Width function which maximizes the usable real estate on its 5" screen (which feels tiny since I'm spoiled by the 6" Mentor). Scrolling down the page takes a bit of getting used to but I adapted. It is a compromise over a reader equal in size to the original page. A larger reader would be more readable but a 5" or 6" depending on design) will fit in my purse. The JBL didn't come with a case and the one that is available is overpriced (around $45 plus shipping) and is just a sleeve. I do not wish to fool around with pulling a reader out of a sleeve to be able to use it. Another poster on these forums came up with a clever way to modify the case to make it easier to use but for that amount of money and effort, I'll resurrect my rusty leatherworking skills and make a really nice one (tooled and double laced) someday (I'll wait until after the end of year Holiday season to make sure something better hasn't come down the pike).The JBL does not feel as well built as the Mentor but time will tell as to how well it will hold up. A case will go a long way toward protecting it from breakage as will keeping it in my purse when I'm not using it.

I have a netbook but it's too bulky and is too limited in battery life to use for a portable reader.
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Old 07-31-2010, 02:35 PM   #23
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Old 07-31-2010, 02:41 PM   #24
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Old 07-31-2010, 02:57 PM   #25
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I've edited for 20+ years on computer, but I didn't start reading books for leisure on computer till I got my first laptop. I tried reading books on PC before that, but didn't enjoy sitting at a desk for hours of leisure. I started wishing for tablets then, lol.
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Old 07-31-2010, 03:03 PM   #26
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Mine was a Psion 3a (1993). I loved that machine. I did Inspection Reports out in the field, read test files, kept track of my bank accounts, calendar, etc. I spent way to much on it and the 3c and 3mx, but looking back they were worth it. I don't know about you, but I was looked at as a weirdo, but now everyone has some kind of pocket device.

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Absolutely. I had an S3, S3a, and an S5. Excellent machines, especially the 5. Then I "jumped ship" and went over to Windows CE devices, then Pocket PCs. I think I owned pretty much every model of HP iPaq for many years. I only stopped using those when I got my first eInk device, the Sony PRS-500, which cost me something like £400 to buy from the US.
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Old 07-31-2010, 03:18 PM   #28
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