Advise me on E Readers ....

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  1. Hog Rider

    Hog Rider The Professor

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    I have needed to do a lot of research lately, and one of the great resources I have been using is Google Books. The thing is, I hate reading the books on my laptop. So I am considering a E. Reader tablet of some kind. So what are your suggestions. It needs to have some ruggedness to it, it is being used in a shop environment. And must be able to be loaded with Google book PDF files.

    Thanks in advance for your help !
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  2. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    AFAIK any Kindle will accept PDFs. I'm not sure that any of them are rugged. You'd have to buy a protective jacket. The screens aren't fragile, but I think they will scratch if you're not careful.

    I have an older Kindle and I love it more than reading paper books. That e-ink thing is the bomb. I see no reason why you shouldn't buy the least expensive Kindle, if books are your priority.
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  3. fallingoff

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    buy a kindle.
    pls correct me if i'm wrong.
    but this is how I understand it.
    you can download any eBooks on kindle
    you cannot down load amazon books on to other brands of eBooks.
    also when you buy a eBook take it out into the sun see how much it reflects back into your eyes.
    most people read more when they are on vacation.
    you are outside a lot reading.
    I've upgraded to a kindle with the backlight.
    works well.
    before I needed a light to read it.
    annoyed the boss/wife.
    cheers
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  4. Hog Rider

    Hog Rider The Professor

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    2 votes Kindle ..... :lurk
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  5. Jonnylotto

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    Nook HD+

    It's the only one that accepts everyone's reader software as long as they have a version for android, and, the shopping is not restricted like with iPads.

    Mine replaced my Sony Ereader, added my wifes kindle books, + google play books and the Nook Store. Use it with Calibre and every format of source material can be used.
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    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    And the screen is :eek1 :clap I use one to show my portfolio to clients
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  7. eric1514

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    Get a Kindle, not a tablet. Big difference as far as readability and eye strain.

    A Kindle wants to see a .mobi file, not a PDF or an epub. Get a copy of Calibre for free and you can convert what ever you have into a Kindle-readable (.mobi) file.

    Eric
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  9. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    My Kindle accepts PDF files. :dunno AFAIK they all do now.
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    Amazon says my new paperwhite is on track for delivery tomorrow:1drink
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    I had a Kindle for a couple of years. I came to disliked the Amazon ecosystem that came with the Kindle. The thing would turn on the Wi-fi on it's own to download the latest ads and offers.

    I upgraded to a Nook HD when the price dropped recently.

    The Nook is much easier on my eyes and displays magazines in color.

    What ever you get, buy a cover for it and download Calibre to manage your e-books and such.
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    The nook screens are pretty much the best you'll find for reading, the HD+ in my opinion has one of the best screens period for quality if not resolution (though it is 1920x1200). The downside is in the battery life, the HD+ lasts a long time but the E-Ink ones will last for a crazy amount of time.
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  13. Hog Rider

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    I will ask you tomorrow ! I have been seeing ads on TV this weekend and found it very interesting. It looks like it will work for what I need if I can load the old texts that I have on .Pdf files. The big advantage is that I do not need to carry around a 1807 page reference book that was printed in 1903. And that is just one of my books that I need for my work. They are all in the 1000 page range and over 100 years old. That will allow me to use my bike instead of a car or truck when I go out on the road.
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    like my paper white
    welcome to a brave new world.
    cheers
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    You're right. I never actually tried it. I thought it wouldn't so I converted the file to a .mobi, but a quick reread of the manual says it should. Mine's an old Kindle keyboard.

    Eric
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  17. Hog Rider

    Hog Rider The Professor

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    The new Paper White is looking to be what I need to fill my needs. I assume that you use the wifi to transfer files to the unit ? Any issues moving files from a Mac to a Paper white ?
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