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Old 11-16-2020, 07:44 AM   #1
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My first e-book reader

Hello everyone, I'm searching for my first e-book reader.

I decided to buy one some days ago, since I don't read as much as I want, and I'm sure I would boost my reading activity with an e-book reader.

I don't have a "classic scenario" of use, also due to the fact these are uncertain times (right now I spend 99,9% of the time at home, but I bet in the future the things will change, not only for the pandemic stuff), but I guess I don't need something extremely portable but extremely big neither.

I don't need waterproof, and I don't need OverDrive support (living in Italy &#127829.
I like to have (the illusion of?) control on my devices; just as an example, I run custom ROMs on my Android device and I have Win-Linux dual boot on my laptop. So I read about that Calibre stuff with plugins and stuff and I'm liking it


So, I'd like to stay low with the budget (I actually thought e-book readers would cost less that what I saw), and after some research maybe the Kobo Clara HD could fit my needs, especially with some black friday deal since right now is around 130€.
What do you think? Are there better alternatives for a price ~80/100€?

Thank you so much for all the information in the forum!
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Old 11-16-2020, 08:20 AM   #2
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The Kobo Clara HD is a very good choice. If you want one with a 7" screen, a Kobo Libra H2O is also a very good choice.
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Old 11-17-2020, 10:00 PM   #3
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So, I'd like to stay low with the budget (I actually thought e-book readers would cost less that what I saw), and after some research maybe the Kobo Clara HD could fit my needs, especially with some black friday deal since right now is around 130€.
What do you think? Are there better alternatives for a price ~80/100€?
A Pocketbook reader might be a good choice. If you don't need a touch screen, the Basic Lux 2 at 88€ from Amazon Italy would work. Amazon also has the Basic 4 for about 81€, but that one has no built-in light. Or, for more you can get the Touch Lux 5 for 133€. This has touch and front light, plus the "warm" screen feature (like the Kobo Clara). But these PocketBooks are 212ppi instead of 300ppi (like the Clara). TechInn will ship to Italy but, I'm guessing, after adding in shipping and customs it would be more expensive (their price is 112€ for the Touch Lux 5). At the TL5's cost of 133€ the Clara would probably be a better deal, especially if there is going to be "black friday" sale.

Amazon...
https://www.amazon.it/s?k=pocketbook...f=nb_sb_noss_1

TechInn...
https://www.techinn.com/#fq=-id_tien...o)+asc&start=0

PocketBook's Italian site...
https://pocketbook.it/it-it/catalog

The Kobo has more features. But for reading only, I like the simplicity of the Pocketbooks. Also the ability to buy (or borrow) ePubs from anywhere with ADE built-in on the device is a huge plus for me (I use Linux, so ADE is not available on my computer).

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Old 11-20-2020, 06:57 AM   #4
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Why would anyone want to buy a Reader without a touch screen? That's just ludicrous.
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Why would anyone want to buy a Reader without a touch screen? That's just ludicrous.
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I've owned a few Readers without touch screens.
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Old 11-20-2020, 07:40 AM   #6
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I've owned a few Readers without touch screens.
I have as well. But that was before there were Readers with touch screens. The first one I owned was the Sony Reader PRS-650 with IR touch.

But these days, it doesn't make sense to buy a Reader without a touch screen.

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Old 11-20-2020, 07:45 AM   #7
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I have as well. But that was before there were Readers with touch screens. The first one I owned was the Sony Reader PRS-650 with IR touch.
So you were being ludicrous until you bought the 650?

Maybe price is a factor? Maybe it is disability related? I recall posts in the Kindle forum saying people still like/want a Kindle Keyboard.

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If you ONLY read, then touch isn't important. But if you use the dictionary, web links, search, highlights and annotations more than once a book, you need touch.

I like the Libra and Sony PRS350 because they have touch and page turn buttons.
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If you ONLY read, then touch isn't important. But if you use the dictionary, web links, search, highlights and annotations more than once a book, you need touch.

I like the Libra and Sony PRS350 because they have touch and page turn buttons.
After having used button only and touch screen, I will disagree that touch is unimportant. I prefer touch for changing the page more then I ever did buttons.

Also, if you have problems pushing buttons, then the touch screen will be much easier to use.

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Old 11-20-2020, 06:24 PM   #10
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I wonder if persistent failure to grasp that not every person's usage needs are the same as one's own counts as a disability?

I went from touch only (3 iterations of PW, Clara, Aura H2O2) to a Libra, and absolutely LOVE the page turns buttons. For my situation, and my specific impairment, the buttons are MUCH easier to use than the touch screen. As Quoth said, touch is still necessary for annotations, dictionary lookups, etc, but having the page turn buttons has reduced the amount of times I need to touch the screen by more than half. This means that my dominant hand, the only one more or (increasingly) less fully functional can both hold the device and turn the pages. This makes it a much better choice for me, and it may well be for others. I lack the pathology required to believe and insist that what is best for me is best for everyone.

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Why would anyone want to buy a Reader without a touch screen? That's just ludicrous.
I like my PocketBook PB615 quite a bit. For reading why do you need a touch screen if you've got page turn buttons? (At least for novels, technical publications, with lots of footnotes, might be a different story.)
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After having used button only and touch screen, I will disagree that touch is unimportant. I prefer touch for changing the page more then I ever did buttons.

Also, if you have problems pushing buttons, then the touch screen will be much easier to use.
On readers where I have both a touchscreen and buttons, I almost always use the buttons for page turning. I just like them better. To each their own.
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Buttons are always in the wrong place.
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If I want buttons, there is only one solution for me: Bluetooth remote control.
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