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Old 06-26-2019, 10:14 AM   #1
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Is there no e-reader smaller than the paperwhite?

One thing I really like with e-readers is the ability to bring it everywhere.

I have had a couple of Kindles, from the 3G Kindle, via Paperwhite and Oasis (first-gen). When I cracked the screen of the Oasis I deliberately did not get the 'new Oasis' as I find it too big, but instead the latest Paperwhite, which is still larger than the Oasis-1.

While I wouldn't mind a larger device for reading at home, I would also really like a small device for reading on the hoof. The Kobo Mini filled this niche, but it's been discontinued for quite a while.

Is there anything else that fits this use-case?
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Old 06-26-2019, 10:26 AM   #2
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While I wouldn't mind a larger device for reading at home, I would also really like a small device for reading on the hoof. The Kobo Mini filled this niche, but it's been discontinued for quite a while.

Is there anything else that fits this use-case?
There are no current 5" ereaders like the Kobo mini. There is at least one Android mobile phone that has two screens, one of them an E-Ink screen. But you lose the long battery life benefit, of course.
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Old 06-26-2019, 10:33 AM   #4
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Old 06-26-2019, 09:59 PM   #5
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I also use my cell phone away from home for reading. Recently I began experimenting with reading with it even at home. I think I'm on the 7th book read entirely on my cell phone.

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Is there anything else that fits this use-case?
A jacket with bigger pockets. I can fit an 8" tablet - complete with cover - in my internal pocket. Kobo Mini almost gets lost in that pocket.
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Maybe not screen size but maybe overall dimensions. My Onyx Poke is much smaller and lighter then my PW2.

Edit. Dunno why my message text is so small all of a sudden.
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I love the comparison table, but unless I'm blind (likely), that particular table talks about weight and resolution, but not about physical size. I did some quick google for sizes of a couple 6" and 5" ones. I know 5" ones (new) aren't available, but pretty sure one can still find them on resale sites.

Sorry for the poor formatting, but that's in millimeters, length/width/depth, weight in grams, and then resolution. Looks like 6" ones are comparable. but if you want the smallest, and don't mind a 5" screen vs. 6"; maybe try to find a Kobo Mini on the 2nd hand market.

kobo clara hd 159.6x110x8.3 166 1072x1448
Paperwhite 4 167x116x8.2 182 1072x1448
PocketBook Touch HD 3 161.3x108x8 155 1072x1448

5" screens, no longer made
Kobo Mini 133x102x10 134 600x800
Sony PRS-350 145x104.4x8.3 155 600x800

Personally, I can fit the Clara HD in a pocket just fine. The paperwhite 4 dimensions don't appear to be that much bigger... but if your pocket(s) are just that tiny bit too snug by 6 mm, then maybe you would want a kobo clara hd.

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I love the comparison table, but unless I'm blind (likely), that particular table talks about weight and resolution, but not about physical size. I did some quick google for sizes of a couple 6" and 5" ones. I know 5" ones (new) aren't available, but pretty sure one can still find them on resale sites.

Sorry for the poor formatting, but that's in millimeters, length/width/depth, weight in grams, and then resolution. Looks like 6" ones are comparable. but if you want the smallest, and don't mind a 5" screen vs. 6"; maybe try to find a Kobo Mini on the 2nd hand market.

kobo clara hd 159.6x110x8.3 204 1072x1448
Paperwhite 4 167x116x8.2 182 1072x1448
PocketBook Touch HD 3 161.3x108x8 155 1072x1448

5" screens, no longer made
Kobo Mini 133x102x10 134 600x800
Sony PRS-350 145x104.4x8.3 155 600x800

Personally, I can fit the Clara HD in a pocket just fine. The paperwhite 4 dimensions don't appear to be that much bigger... but if your pocket(s) are just that tiny bit too snug by 6 mm, then maybe you would want a kobo clara hd.
The weight of the Clara HD is 166, according to the Kobo specs/site.
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A jacket with bigger pockets. I can fit an 8" tablet - complete with cover - in my internal pocket. Kobo Mini almost gets lost in that pocket.
Heh, or a bigger purse, or get a backpack. I worked at a university where a backpack was required attire and it's the only way to go as far as I'm concerned.

I won't compromise on screen size and carry my 8" reader with me in my backpack.
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It looks like Tekstor had a Pyrus Mini for a while, that was a pretty basic, but functional 4.3" e-reader. But that's also defunct by now.
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