This is my first post on this forum and I'm kinda going to just try and post as much of my concerns as possible so that y'all can help address them.
I'm a major tech dummy
...as in I'm completely lost when it comes to understanding technical aspects of tech stuff. I'm interested in getting an
e-book reader but there seems to be so much information out there that I'm at a complete loss as to what I should go with. I need a reader that will handle PDF documents comfortably since I read a lot of fiction that is in PDF format. I keep finding the term DRM free ??? or DRM again ??? I don't get what that's all about...
What I'm really sure about is that I don't want anything from Sony...so that's one brand that's out of the game...I'm from Canada and I believe that pretty much excludes the Kindle as well (Although I just saw today that Amazon Canada is now shipping Kindle units to Canada...don't know what that's all about)...but suppose I did get a Kindle unit...here's my question to you...I buy all my ebooks from Fictionwise, Bookstrand, Loose Id, Changeling Press, EC and various other smal publishers; does that mean that if I had a Kindle I wouldn't be able to transfer my .pdf files into the reader? Does Amazon have access to my books even though I didn't purchase them from their store? or is it even possible to load the Kindle with non-Kindle books? aargh!!! so freakin' confusing!
I read about several different devices, from all the various forum discussions as well as researching online...there were two products that really caught my eye since they seem to be supporting PDF documents pretty well. The Foxit eSlick and the Astak Pocket Pro EZ reader; however, I've also read that the Foxit has piss poor customer support and is already struggling to provide good feedback in regards to any issues that may be arising with the units. On the other hand, Astak seems to be doing really well with customer support. The Cybook Opus was another one mentioned...but apparently it has a major habit of freezing which is a total No-No in my book.
I need some feedback on what to do...or what to look at...please bear in mind that I do have a macbook so when you're giving advice about changing formats on the PDF...I'll need really detailed information. Although, I really would prefer not to have to deal with re-formatting all my books since I have over a thousand and growing ebook library.
I also don't want to have to pay an arm and a leg for the device. So there you go...I apologize for the excessive length of the post but I really need the help.
Thanks so very much.
I look forward to hearing from all of you.