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View Poll Results: Your preferred style of eReader
Square (Forma, Oasis, etc) 21 19.63%
Oblong (Clara, Nook, Pocketbook, etc) 59 55.14%
Don't care 28 26.17%
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Old 03-12-2022, 11:30 AM   #1
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Question eReader shape - which do you prefer?

Square, oblong, don't care.

This is motivated entirely by idle curiosity but I would love to hear what you think.

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Old 03-12-2022, 12:12 PM   #2
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I would really like an affordable eink in 9:10 format (could display a full standard paperback 'page' , just as the print version did.)
My standard view (font, line spacing) is already the same except it is missing the last bunch of lines.
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Old 03-12-2022, 12:37 PM   #3
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Square, absolutely. Perfect for me. Could never feel comfortable with the oblong shape.
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Old 03-12-2022, 03:15 PM   #4
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strange, I was expecting it to be about symmetry.
My 1st ereader is the Kobo Libra H2O, and I believe the ergonomics of it are great.
Honestly have on opinion about the general shape of the screen.
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Old 03-12-2022, 03:27 PM   #5
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I had to vote "don't care" since dodecagonal was not offered as option.
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Old 03-12-2022, 03:48 PM   #6
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I had to vote "don't care" since dodecagonal was not offered as option.
Just ask for circular and be done with it. But at least you didn't ask for triangular.
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Old 03-12-2022, 07:15 PM   #7
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As long as I can read on it, I don't care what shape it is. How about Hexoctahedral?
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As long as I can read on it, I don't care what shape it is. How about Hexoctahedral?
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Although I said dodecagonal, my initial choice was dodecahedronal - the perfect shape for a truly random alea jacta est "next read" pick
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Old 03-12-2022, 10:52 PM   #9
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I put "don't care", but now on consideration I think I like the square shape better.

Though I would be happy with the oblong shape if it had asymmetrical sides (one side having a bigger "lip") so that you could easily hold the device one-handed without holding from the bottom. I love holding my Libra from the side, one handed, and the square design helps greatly with that.
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Old 03-14-2022, 01:27 PM   #10
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I prefer oblong, as my Paperwhite can just fit into a back pocket. If it were any wider, I couldn't do that.
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If I didn't have the Libra 2, I would have voted rectangle. But after using the Libra 2, I'm OK with either shape.

What I might not like is rectangle with the wider side for buttons.
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This seems to me pretty much a question about whether you like physical page turn buttons or not. The only reader that I’ve had that approximated ‘square’ was a Nook Simple Touch. That said, I don’t want page turn buttons and prefer a narrower form factor.
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This seems to me pretty much a question about whether you like physical page turn buttons or not. The only reader that I’ve had that approximated ‘square’ was a Nook Simple Touch. That said, I don’t want page turn buttons and prefer a narrower form factor.
When I am reading, the shape doesn't matter. The buttons I could do without. That would mean the wide edge would not be wide. I would prefer the same narrow bezel on all sides.
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Doh! I really don't care. But I fat-fingered the poll on my tablet and it voted oblong.
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Depends on size. There is some sort of great width, after meeting that requirement I would prefer the screen increase being on it becoming taller.

Forma is very nice I think.
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