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Old 05-01-2024, 10:42 AM   #1
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Device: Kobo Aura H2O
waterproof, color and KOReader

I am searching for an ereader mainly for reading epubs, but also the occasional pdf (and maybe audiobook).
  • waterproof - i want to read in the bathtub (my kobo aura h2o was great for that)
  • color - i ocasionally want to read pdfs with graphics
  • KOReader compatible - also for pdfs (that worked well on the kobo aura h2o)
  • no forced account - i only want to sideload
  • physical buttons - also helps with reading in the bathtub

I have found two devices: "Kobo Libra Colour" and "Pocketbook Era Color". Are there others that would fit? And which would you prefer?

For the Era Color an advantage seems to be the speaker (for audiobooks); for the Libra Colour the option to use a stylus (for annotations in pdfs, i did not see that option for the Era).

The only thing I would consider an account for would be the pocket app to download news articles. Does this work well for everyday use? (Seems to only be available for kobo.)

Since these readers can process audio, can they play "slow videos" with audio? I am thinking of videos that just show a picture every few seconds, basically like powerpoints.
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Old 05-16-2024, 09:05 AM   #2
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The waterproof and physical button requirements means that you've pretty much already found the only two possible choices to the best of my knowledge.

Pocket is a bit hit or miss on Kobo, but it does work (not with a Firefox account however). Since you mentioned KOReader, you can also switch to Wallabag from Pocket which is supported on there (I'm not affiliated with either KOReader or Wallabag but it's what I use daily) however I would try it a bit first before committing since the Wallabag integration might not be for everyone.

For color PDFs, just be aware that e-ink colors look a bit washed out, similar to what you'd find on newspaper cartoon prints if that makes sense. Still amazing, but a factor to consider.

I don't think you'll be able to play videos well, for that you will either need one of those Android readers from various PRC companies such as Onyx Boox (none of which are waterproof AFAIK) which support high refresh rates or invest in a reflective LCD tablet. Non-Android eink readers are pretty bad for web-browsing in general, if not lacking the feature altogether.

Ultimately it will come down to whether you prefer listening on speaker or with bluetooth headphones.

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