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Old 10-17-2018, 12:35 AM   #1
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Best eReader for reading scanned PDFs and note-taking?

In college I read a lot of not so well scanned PDFs, so I figure a >9 inch reader might be necessary.

I was thinking about the boyue likebook note, but I read somewhere that the note-taking isn't good at all, at least compared to other readers like the onyx boox note or the sony. Annotating PDFs and taking notes are two of the main reasons I'm thinking of getting a larger screen, otherwise I could just use a 7.8 reader in portrait mode.

I know I could just use a tablet instead, but I read papers all day long. Being able to use e-ink would make it a lot less tiring to my eyes. I'm also on a bit of a budget, and I would prefer to pay less than 500 dollars, but if no device under that price range is good enough for what I want (which is honestly, fairly simple) then I could pay more.

Hardware wise, I don't care if it can browse the web well or not, or if it has speakers or headphone jacks. Frontlight isn't necessary either. SD-card would be nice though. I need the specs to be good enough to read PDFs and highlight/take notes, but I don't care if it can run facebook lite or not.
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Old 10-17-2018, 06:39 AM   #2
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I own a Likebook Note but don't use any of it's note taking features.

Unless you try it out yourself you most likely won't be able to know it it fits your purpose.

I'd rather suggest to get an Onyx Boox Note instead because it is much better supported software wise than Boyue's offers.
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Old 10-17-2018, 01:30 PM   #3
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Sadly the truth is that no current model of e-ink device handles PDFs in a way comparable to an iPad or android tablet.

The only device with a large enough screen that doesn't cost more than 500 dollars is the Boox Note S, but its resolution will make it a poor choice for scanned PDFs. Your only options are the DPT series from Sony which lack a lot of features and are probably not worth the price, the Remarkable tablet, and indeed the Boox Note. The Remarkable is probably your best bet since it is designed with the exact purpose you had in mind, but its software is also quite limited otherwise, and it is expensive.

As orebmur mentioned the Likebook note is limited in terms of software compared to the Boox Note. The major difference is that Likebook has Android 4.4.2 which prevents the installation of numerous useful apps (this hinges on your own reading preferences, so you ought to check which reading apps you find indispensable) whereas the Boox Note has Android 6, much better software and a small curated store of e-ink optimized apps IIRC. Note (heh) that there are different iterations. The Note plus is the same device but with a flush glass screen and a grey metallic back, and the lite which lacks stylus support but is otherwise identical and less expensive.
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:53 PM   #5
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Shopping on ebay may get a you 'NON-USA' BOOX reader. They seem only to be sold outside of the usa. I found 9.7 inch reader just the right size for me with pdf's.
Still tweeking it to get generic epubs to look real books.
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Note plus is the only option if you can't afford the max2. Anything smaller or cheaper won't work with scanned PDFs. Personally I have one and love it and reading PDFs scanned is no problem.
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