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Old 10-13-2020, 03:05 PM   #16
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I dug mine out from the crawlspace last year and to my surprise it still powered on. I did have to order a mini USB cable to charge it though but otherwise, it's still a very usable reader despite having no touch screen. There was an update Sony put out years ago that allowed them to read epubs and improved text clarity.

Ended up giving it away to a friend as I already have a Kindle and a Kobo. It made me realize that e-readers almost never become obsolete. At the end of the day, it's just a a device for displaying black text on a white background. The rest is just bells and whistles.
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Old 10-13-2020, 03:12 PM   #17
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I dug mine out from the crawlspace last year and to my surprise it still powered on. I did have to order a mini USB cable to charge it though but otherwise, it's still a very usable reader despite having no touch screen. There was an update Sony put out years ago that allowed them to read epubs and improved text clarity.

Ended up giving it away to a friend as I already have a Kindle and a Kobo. It made me realize that e-readers almost never become obsolete. At the end of the day, it's just a a device for displaying black text on a white background. The rest is just bells and whistles.
Actually, they do become obsolete. Kindle's that cannot handle KF8 are obsolete. All Sony Readers except the T3 are obsolete because they do not support a new enough RMSDK that has hyphenation. Only the T3 has an RMSDK that supports hyphenation.

While is may not be the hardware, the software can make the Reader obsolete.
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The use of Calibre and conversion of files can keep devices in use as long as you happy to do so.
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I didn't say you could not use them. Just that they are obsolete. The reading experience with some of these old Readers is not all that good. For example, the K1 & K2. You cannot embed fonts in Mobi. You cannot use side loaded fonts. The fonts that are part of the firmware do not have enough weight. Mobi has no hyphenation. So overall, not a good reading experience.

Sony (505) LRF with simulated italics is not good unless you embed fonts. Left justified ePub is not all that good.
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Then go get your ideal Reader. It exists. You want a Kobo Libra H2O or a Kobo Forma with both buttons and a touch screen.
Or a Kindle Oasis. I go about 80/20 to maybe 87/13 touch/buttons but I really like having both options.
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