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Old 26-01-2014, 23:58
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Unfortunately while it may visually look like eInk it doesn't result in the benefits that eInk because the screen is still backlit so is more prone to cause eye strain still and most importantly it shines light directly into the eyes which reduces the brains production of melatonin and impacts sleep.
I have never had any eye strain or sleeping problem when using a tablet as an ebook reader. In any event, most reader apps also have a night-time option anyway with a dark background and light text.

All the other devices and books are interchangeable with everyone else except Amazon. If Amazon wanted to they could easily have Kindle play ePub with DRM and allow others to read Amazon books, they don't do this because they want people to be tied into Kindle and Amazon books.
...i.e. they're monopolistic scumbags as well as vile tax avoiding scumbags. Therefore, I refuse to buy a Kindle of any sort from them and I haven't bought any ebooks from them either.
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Old 27-01-2014, 10:28
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As you said when they have a certain number who have made the swicth they will force it.
then I will certainly go if I have not gone before. Ok I know that I could have a different Amazon account just for Lovefilm, but I don't really want another account and I don't want to join my accounts.

It was the worse thing Amazon taking over lovefilm, this is what I mean when I say amazon is sticking their feet into everything.

And they won't make it streaming only right now but physical rentals are falling and they are clearly getting ready for when its no longer financially viable. They have already started that with the removal of prepaid accounts which allows them to pull the service with a months notice and the price increase seems to have been an attempt to keep that part profitable for them for a bit longer as at this point there will still be people on prepaid accounts (mine runs out next month for example)
The price for mine have not gone up, I pay 4.07 at the moment, but the true price for my package is 4.89. I have no idea why they kept mine at the price it is, but then I only have two disks a month.
I have noticed that the choice of packages have gone down and that they have got rid of games, I know that because of a few people who used to use them for games was not impressed and now they have cancelled their accounts as it offers them nothing.

If i changed my package, then I would pay the higher price.

The problem with streaming is that you can't get everything on streaming due to rights and that crap, but you are pretty sure that it will be available from them on DVd/Blue-ray.

If they stopped doing disks, then will certainly not be anything to keep me there as I use Netflix for streaming, which in my opinion is a better service.




If they are all off you should only be getting items you are subscribed to. I believe there's somewhere to manage these in the account settings



Maybe not but with their revenue figures Ratuken aren't some minor company that your supporting.



Even the single books are the same. 4.91 on Kobo and 2.99 on Amazon. It actually seems none of the ePub stores are really willing to be competitive on price as the pricing is generally fairly standard across them and that consistently. Which is a shame as in many ways the trick people into buying the devices with their cheaper priced hardware and then gauge them on content. Its not like many of the ePub sellers don't have Amazons buying power so it seems more greed.
you also forget that the publishers got a lot of power and they are the ones that fix the prices to a certain extent. Maybe they think Amazon is the better service and they will sell more, which is why they allow Amazon to sell them cheaper.

No one is tricked into buying anything, you can have a look on their websites and see the costs of books, if people can't be bothered to do that, then that is their problem.
i did know that some books on Kobo would be more expensive than amazon. i wanted a ereade, but there was no way i was going to buy a kindle.
And again I've said all through the thread that the Kobo is a decent bit of hardware, if that was solely your argument for having one then that would be fine. I've only had an issue with your additional reasons you have put forward
Oh well, not my problem.
I don't like following the crowd anyway, I try to be a bit different, well other people went for Intel, i went for AMD, people went for Samsung, for phones and tablets, I went for the Nexus, people go for kindle, I go for Kobo.
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Old 27-01-2014, 10:50
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My first 'ebook reader' was a RocketBook. Good times. Thanks to my job, I own too many ebook readers. I currently have: Sony PRS-505, Kindle DX, Kindle Keyboard with 3G, two Kindle Paperwhites (1gen Wifi and 2nd gen 3G), Libre Pro and Onyx Boox (Black Pearl edition). The only model I didn't ever own is a Jetbook.

All have own strengths and weaknesses. Some can't handle PDFs well, some are utterly unreadable when outdoors, some have over-sensitive buttons, a couple of unresponsive or sluggish touch screens, etc. On the other hand, they excel in other areas.

The best ebook reader is the one that ticks most requirements on your list.

Do you like reading at bed time? Go for the one that has a back-light. There are some covers with lights attached, but it's usually battery-operated or relies on power directly from an ebook reader.

Do you like to download a book whenever you like or wherever you are? Go for the one with Wifi if you're in an area of decent Wifi hotspots or 3G (free in Kindle's case) if not.

Do you have loads of reading materials in PDF format (common with scholar works, scripts, magazines and so on)? Go for the one that handles PDF format best.

Do you like audiobooks? Go for the one with text-to-speech function or can accept audiobooks.

Think about what you want or need from an ebook reader. It'll be easier to choose once you know.
Good points here too - I am reading in bed person so the light on the e-reader is essential, I also read in the day on my lunch break if I can also.

I think as others have also said about the hold / weight of the e-reader too I'll pop into a shop to get an idea of that too.

I was worried that there would be massive difference between each e-reader but it seems that they are much of a likeness. Just a case of finding the right one for me now

thanks for all your input guys and gals.
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Old 27-01-2014, 12:57
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Good points here too - I am reading in bed person so the light on the e-reader is essential, I also read in the day on my lunch break if I can also.
I've never quite understood that. How did people cope reading in bed when books didn't come with a built-in light source?
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Old 27-01-2014, 13:13
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I've never quite understood that. How did people cope reading in bed when books didn't come with a built-in light source?
I thought exactly the same, but the light on the 2nd gen Kindle Paperwhite is pretty good, screen is lighted homogenously and does not cause my eyes any strain. It's just a convenience that you can read with an external light off, but I quite like that.
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:37
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I've never quite understood that. How did people cope reading in bed when books didn't come with a built-in light source?
I think it's possibly aimed at not keeping other people awake because you have the light on.

I had the basic Kindle until I cracked the screen so Amazon offered me a discounted first gen Paperwhite and I absolutely love it.

I do have the Kindle app on my tablet too but my side loaded books aren't recognised so I don't use my tablet as often for reading.
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Old 03-02-2014, 11:09
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I've got one of the first generation e-ink Kindle with the keyboard on the front and love using it outside due to non sun glare. However, PDF files are a nightmare and totally unreadable. I also have the new Nexus 7 with several e-readers installed - MoonReader Pro being my favourite due to customised themes and also the ability to read PDF files. I use this most often at night because of the light, but still prefer my Kindle for daytime use and longer battery life.
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Old 04-02-2014, 18:16
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If I am reading this right, it looks like many an Adobe Digital Rights based device reaches 'End of Life' in June.

http://www.the-digital-reader.com/20...xisting-users/

I could be wrong.
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Old 04-02-2014, 18:52
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If they go through with it, being tied to Amazon won't be such a bad thing after all. One can get a new ereader, their life span is a couple of years only, but the problem might be with the shops that would need to upgrade their infrastructure = buy everything from Adobe again.
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Old 04-02-2014, 19:07
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If they go through with it, being tied to Amazon won't be such a bad thing after all. One can get a new ereader, their life span is a couple of years only, but the problem might be with the shops that would need to upgrade their infrastructure = buy everything from Adobe again.
Assuming existing readers become problematic, who wants to risk buying an Adobe powered dedicated e-reader device again?

It sounds plain stupid so maybe new rights management software will interface with and support existing devices.
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Old 04-02-2014, 20:45
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If they have any common sense they will make it possible in Digital Editions to re-encode the DRM to the old one. But this shows what happens when a firm is not motivated to keep the things running smoothly. Amazon still supports Kindle 1, because they know if they play nice the customers will be loyal.
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