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September 4th, 2006, 06:10 PM
Susan, Can you tell me what all types of eBook readers there are? It is hard to make decisions because I can't find all of them. I am sure I am not the only one! :shifty:

So tell us ..oh mighty one!

Linda L Lattimer
September 7th, 2006, 10:59 PM
That is a great question, Karenne, I, too, am dumbfounded when it comes to choosing any of those. Every time I need my last boss's address, she will say I told you that you need a pda, like I know all that stuff too. I am just now getting use to my laptop.


September 11th, 2006, 11:44 PM
*waves* Hi all, Its late for me so I will have to go in to more depth tomorrow. However, as a quick overview there are several types of ebook readers. I prefer PDA's for reasons I will go into more depth with tomorrow, mainly because they are multi function and easy to use for the most part. Some people prefer dedicated ebook readers, as many of them have a larger screen, usually about the size of a mass market paperback. (Dedicated readers are devices that only do one thing, read ebooks, and usually only in one particular format.) Tomorrow I will provide you guys with some links to different types of readers and some more detailed info on the pros and cons of some of them.... so stay tuned!
Have a good night!

September 12th, 2006, 07:14 AM
Great! I can't wait Susan!

September 18th, 2006, 12:44 AM
Ok sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Here are a few links that may help with learning about ebook readers. As I stated before, I prefer PDA's but that's because most of them are multi function. They will allow you to play games, take notes, keep addesses and phone numbers, keep track of your calendar, store directions to places, and many other functions However, some dedicated ebook readers (devices that only read ebooks) have larger screens. Check out these links and I will post some more info here soon.









I can see from some of these sites that they can still look a bit intimidating. Stay tuned for some more information but please post any specific questions you have and I will try to find the answer.

Susan the ebook device Queen (I cant be the empress of the planet java as that is Karens title *grins*)

HeartFelt Promos
February 6th, 2007, 07:15 PM
Coming soon!!!
Libris eBook Reader
The Libris eBook reader is coming soon to a Java enabled mobile phone near you.
If you own a phone with Java and enjoy reading, why not give Libris a try (http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/TryLibris.aspx)? You carry your cell phone with you where ever you go - with Libris your phone is now also your library.
Read any time, anywhere. Waiting in line at the supermarket checkout? Pull out your phone and start reading! Waiting in the doctor's office or on the commuter train? Turn boring delays into relaxing reading!

HeartFelt Promos
February 6th, 2007, 07:22 PM
Franklin EBM-911 eBookMan (Translucent Graphite)

16 MB handheld multimedia reader and content player with large, backlit display
Download and read thousands of electronic books or documents, or listen to audio books
Listen to your favorite music in MP3 format
Write notes in your own handwriting, and record messages in your own voice
Keep track of your important contacts, dates, and appointments

HeartFelt Promos
February 6th, 2007, 07:23 PM
Toshiba e335 Pocket PC

Lightweight, thin Pocket PC with 64 MB RAM and 32 MB ROM and 300 MHz XScale processor
Secure Digital memory card slot for transferring and storing music, picture and more
240 x 320 pixel, 3.5-inch TFT LCD screen displays more than 65,000 colors
Features the Pocket PC 2002 operating system, with improved handwriting recognition and versions of Pocket Outlook, Word, and Excel
What's in the box: Toshiba e335, USB cradle, AC adapter, Stylus, Soft slip case, Quick-start card, User manual, Warranty card

HeartFelt Promos
February 6th, 2007, 07:26 PM
Palm Z22 Handheld

Cool, affordable handheld with 32 MB of flash memory and bright color screen
Perfect replacement for your messy paper daily organizer
Weighing in at just over 3 ounces, this lightweight organizer is about the size of a deck of cards
Easily connect and synchronize with data stored on your computer; view digital photos
Palm Desktop Software for Windows and Mac

HeartFelt Promos
February 6th, 2007, 07:30 PM
Compaq iPAQ 3955 Color Pocket PC

3.78-inch, low-power, 16-bit color TFT LCD with white backlight, 240x320 resolution
400 MHz Intel X-Scale processor, 64 MB SDRAM
Secure Digital Card expansion slot
Play MP3 music or audio programs from the Web, and record and play back voice or meeting notes
What's in the box: H3955, docking cradle, lithium-polymer rechargeable battery, touch-sensitive display, soft keyboard, character recognition, handwriting recognition, inking, voice recorder, software

HeartFelt Promos
February 6th, 2007, 07:31 PM
RCA eBook Reader (REB1200)

eBook digital reader with expansion slot
8 MB standard memory, expandable to 128MB
56 Kbps modem included
Color LCD display
Rechargable Li-Ion battery; includes stylus, power adapter, phone cord, and more

February 6th, 2007, 10:44 PM
Karen, Here's some information about a new technological breakthrough that could revolutionize ebook reading . Plastic Logic is still working on this new flexible display technology but videos and images can be found here:


More detailed text information can be found at the following link:


Their web site states:

Plastic Logic is building the first commercial manufacturing facility targeted at flexible active-matrix display modules for ‘take anywhere, read anywhere’ electronic reader products. It will utilise Plastic Logic’s unique process to fabricate active-matrix backplanes on plastic substrates which, when combined with an electronic-paper frontplane material, will be used to create display modules that are thin light and robust. This will enable a digital reading experience that is much closer to paper than any other technology.

Plastic Logic’s research shows that consumers are very reluctant to read on laptops, phones and PDAs even in this age of pervasive digital content. Enormous amounts of paper are still carried around. However, people are making less room in their lives for the weight and bulk of paper and are becoming more sensitive to the environmental impact of printing to read.

The thinness, lightness and robustness enabled by the flexibility of Plastic Logic’s displays will, at last, enable electronic reader products that are as comfortable and natural to read as paper whether at the beach, in a train or relaxing on the sofa at home. Wireless connectivity will allow users to purchase and download a book or pick up the latest edition of a newspaper wherever and whenever they desire. The battery will last for thousands of pages allowing the charger to be left at home.

An electronic reader built around a Plastic Logic display module can be up to three times the screen area for the equivalent weight of a typical 6” electronic reader product available today (i.e. approximately 250g). This is enabled by weight reduction in the display module and in the casing which no longer has to be engineered to be rigid to protect the glass backplane.

Plastic Logic’s printing-based process is much more easily reconfigurable than traditional amorphous silicon production lines. This allows the display form factor to be dynamically driven by consumer preference rather than by the constraints of the manufacturing line.

Plastic Logic displays will enable products that will finally make digital reading a comfortable and pleasurable experience.

This development looks to me as if it will lead to some new and exciting ways for readers to enjoy ebooks and other electronic reading material. I cannot wait until this product becomes available to the public.


May 28th, 2010, 02:32 PM
Does anyone have anything to say about the Kobo ereader? I'm thinking of buying one but I'm still undecided.

May 28th, 2010, 03:32 PM
Does anyone have anything to say about the Kobo ereader? I'm thinking of buying one but I'm still undecided.

They've just been released here in Australia and I've heard they're okay. They hold a lot more books than the one I have.

Diana Castilleja
June 9th, 2010, 11:49 AM
I recently purchased the JetBook Lite. It can be found here : http://jetbook.net/
Though I bought mine through newegg.com for a considerable discount. It reads all the formats and DRM PRC but I particularly like epub on it. I take it almost everywhere.

I highly recommend either model.

June 9th, 2010, 12:35 PM
Gee the latest technological craze. I definitely want one simply because it would be the green thing to do besides the fact that there are some authors out there who only have ebooks. But what happens if you are like me and disabled and have an extremely tight budget and it won't stretch enough to buy an ereader. The lowest price I have seen is $149.00 unless you find it on sale some where. I enter contests to win ereaders as often as I find them. Simply because that may be the only way I would get one. Unless someone out there wants to share their lottery winnings with me.


Mariella Morgan
June 9th, 2010, 12:59 PM
Borders is selling the Aluratec Pro for only $119.99. Not a wi-fi reader, but looks good.

Diana Castilleja
June 9th, 2010, 01:06 PM
The Aluratec is essentially the Jetbook with a different OS on it. It is still a good machine for the cost.

There's rumors that ereaders in general will be under a $100 by the end of summer/ this year, simply because model surplus and demand are driving them that way.

Don't lose hope Robin.