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Old 06-13-2018, 01:22 PM   #1
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Something with buttons that works well with Calibre

Good Afternoon Mobileread!
I'm looking for something to replace my Kindle Voyage. I really wanted to like it, and I was a big fan of the page-turning buttons, but it's just waaaay too clunky about sideloading books and managing large collections. The qualities I'm looking for are:
  • eink screen
  • On the smaller side (ie closer to 6 inches than 7 or 8)
  • Able to sync well with calibre, preferably with the ability of organize books into collections/folders/something. This is where Kindle has been the most frustrating to me.
  • Physical page-turning buttons of some kind. Having to swipe at a touchscreen just takes me right out of what I'm reading.
  • Good battery life

Do you wonderful people know of any readers that would check those boxes? I realize some of my preferences are not exactly what's 'hot' right now and that I may have to compromise, but I'd like to find something with as many of those features as possible. I am willing to tinker/jailbreak if it'll get reliable results.
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Old 06-13-2018, 02:40 PM   #2
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This one ticks all the boxes https://youtu.be/IahmopAdtSs?t=62

And it has TTS, tinted frontlight, and microSD.
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:29 PM   #3
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I've had a few Pocketbook devices. They all worked well with Calibre and had physical buttons. But they always seemed slower at page turns than the other readers I've had, and I eventually ended up abandoning them. I sold (for a loss) two of them to help fund the next best thing, and have only kept the one I did because it has TTS and that might be useful someday. I probably ought to dig it out and give it a top off.
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:44 PM   #4
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Sony ereaders fit most of that. They can be had secondhand but battery life varies. If you can find a T2 or T3 and are willing to take a chance, those are great ereaders. Not the newest and fastest out there but still my favorites of all the ereaders I own.
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I don't know about older Pocketbooks, but the InkPad 3 has instant page turns. No delay of any kind.

The Touch HD 2 does seem to tick all the boxes. Pocketbook's software supports all sorts of collections, you can view them based on tags, authors, series, and shelves.
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Forget Sony Readers. They are just too slow and the software is too old. Plus, no front light and low resolution.
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