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Old 11-29-2010, 07:24 PM   #1
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Most versatile inexpensive eReader or tablet

Hello, been looking at eReaders and Android Tablets for a few days in an attempt to find an inexpensive but decent one for a gift. All I've managed to do is confuse myself thoroughly.

Not looking for anything too fancy, unfortunately price is a key point, trying to stay under $150. I started looking at ereaders exclusively, then realized the android tablet market offered things like 7" screens, color, and the ability to have apps for similar or lower prices to ereaders with 5" not color screens.

Main things I need is a decent ebook reader, obviously. Most of my library is in epub, txt, lit, pdb or pdf. I use Calibre though, so most conversion isn't a big deal. I'd love to find something that could handle cbr/cbz decently, I've read that they convert to mobi alright, so I guess mobi would be a plus.

So I guess any tips as to the cheapest device that works alright would be appreciated. I'm currently leaning somewhat towards the $100 Maylong M-150, but am trying to do some more comparisons.

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Old 11-29-2010, 08:32 PM   #2
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Old 11-29-2010, 09:34 PM   #3
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Thanks, don't think I've looked at that one much yet, I'll check it out. It seems like there's a lot of stuff right around $100 right now, so I started there.
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Pandigital Novel is another good solution. You can get it from Kohl's when they do their monthly 30% off coupon and then you'll get it for less than $100. You can very, very easily put a normal android os on it and use a number of different ereader apps.
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Nice! I've liked the look of the Novel, but didn't think it was as versatile for the price. Good to know about switching the OS, I'll have to keep an eye out for that 30% off coupon.
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:44 PM   #7
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Looks like I waited too long on the Pandigital. Almost ordered from Kohls, but could only come up with a 20% off coupon code. This morning they are no longer available there. Bummer. Have to keep looking for a deal.

------update------

Signed up for Bed Bath Beyond email list, received 20% off in-store coupon. Picked up Pandigital Novel for $135 after coupon, plus they have a $20 mail-in rebate going. So $115, not terrible.

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