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e-book reader wars

First I was waiting for the iPad. It's compelling but heavier than I want in an e-book reader. But after carrying one around for a week I now feel like I'm missing something when I don't have an e-book reader to pull out of my bag when I am waiting for something.*

Then I was getting ready to buy a kobo from Borders because [personal profile] piranha said it was pretty good, and it was only $150, which was cheaper than any other e-book reader I'd seen.

Now Barnes & Noble's nook is $150 and comes with Wi-Fi. On the other hand, its apps look less appealing than the i[Thing] apps.

Speaking of i[Thing]s, the iPhone 4 has a much higher resolution screen. I don't want an iPhone but maybe the higher resolution screen will come to the iPod Touch before too long.


*Come to think of it, a book might serve this purpose.

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firecat
Jun. 24th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
I didn't know you could loan books with a nook. Cool!
ckd
Jun. 24th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
If you can hold out for a little while longer, the iPod touch updates (to match the June iPhone in general speed/hardware, though without phone/camera/etc) have historically been in September.
firecat
Jun. 24th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think I will try to hold out until the Giftmas season product announcements kick in.
mamatiger
Jun. 24th, 2010 09:40 am (UTC)
I keep looking at those things, but I'm not sure I want to spend the money. However! My Droid Incredible has an ebook app, and I read Cory Doctorow's "I, Robot" on it. So that will tide me over until the price wars drive the costs down nice and low...

(Hope your kitty gets well soon!)
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mamatiger
Jun. 24th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
Hm, let me look. The one I have now is called "Aldiko" and only does the .pub files. It connects to its own version of an e-book store though, where you can download all the available free books.
firecat
Jun. 24th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Yay! (Thanks!)
kitrona
Jun. 25th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
I don't know if you know offhand, but what's the situation with DRMs for the Nook and the kobo? Like, can you read unlocked or un-DRMed books on either or both? And what formats does it support?

I'm looking for a replacement for my iPAQ... it's small and kind of annoying in that it won't read all formats easily. For instance, with a PDF, I have to continually scroll the screen horizontally, which doesn't work very well.
kitrona
Jun. 25th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
Never mind, I just did my own research (gasp!). :) Looks like the nook has more file formats it accepts by a whopping one, but I guess I can get a program to convert the ebooks I have. (All 5000+? Not at the same time, of course.)
firecat
Jun. 25th, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
5000! Wow. I have about 100. (But I'm not including the knitting patterns...)
kitrona
Jun. 25th, 2010 07:16 am (UTC)
I get them from a sharing community and various torrents (shhh!) :P
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