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Sony Reader, Kindle, anybody have one? Answered

Hey everyone, Sometime this year, I was considering getting either a Sony Reader or an Amazon Kindle, the primary purpose of which for me would be to have something small and compact that could hold all of my datasheets so I could read them while on the go. I was wondering if anyone owned either a Reader or a Kindle and could tell me: 1) Your opinion of the device 2) Is there anywhere I can go where I could demo such a device? 3) What process do I have to go through to upload files to the device (example: suppose I have a datasheet saved as a pdf. How do I convert it to a format usable on the Kindle/Reader?) Any input would be appreciated, thanks!

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sredmon
sredmon

9 years ago

To convert something, to a format that Kindle will use- just use calibre ebook management, it can format it to mobi.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 years ago

I believe that both can display PDFs - the downside to the Kindle is availability (it is currently not on sale in the EU, I don't know about Canada).

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 10 years ago

What a coincidence that this topic was bumped - my new Kindle just arrived in the mail.

Unfortunately, it is a Christmas present from Kitewife, and I'm not allowed to open it until the 25th...

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Re-design
Re-design

Reply 10 years ago

So, Kiteman, how do you like that Kindle?

I got one for Christmas also and really enjoy having it.  I'm about half way thru Sherlock Holmes.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

The entire collection? I really loved that series...I was so disappointed when I finished it. I lingered and lingered, and put off the last one forever, but finally finished the last one...and *there aren't any more being made!* Ah! Horrors!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 10 years ago

It's cool, I'm reading loads, like I used to before I discovered the internet.

The 3G signal is a bit hit-and-miss, which is why I've hardly posted recently.

I can heartily recommend it.

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scarabeetle101
scarabeetle101

Reply 10 years ago

just got mine from my parents - Love it! It looks and feels gorgeous, and from a first glance it looks like it might be really easy to load files to it (just a case of plugging it into the computer and dragging and dropping or emailing the files to the device)

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

Reply 10 years ago

My wife bought one too, freaking awesome, I'm on my fourth book this week.

Yes you can read pdf's, but I find it formats much better if you convert the pdf's to MOBI with Calibre.

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soldering iron
soldering iron

10 years ago

Sony ebook reader was one of the first electronic reading device on the market, and have recently been losing market share (in USA) to both Kindle ereader (from Amazon) and Nook ebook reader (from Barnes and Noble).
Kindle wireless reading device has been the number 1 best-selling product on Amazon for over 2 years. In other words, the Kindle ereader pretty much rules the US market.
The Nook reader has two screens. The larger 6" screen is for reading your ebooks and the second smaller 3.5" touch-screen is for navigation through your book and surfing the web.
There are some reviews about Sony ereader, Kindle ebook reader ,  and Nook ereader on website:
http://www.soldering-store.com/book_readers.html

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wamj
wamj

10 years ago

The best e-reader on the market is the barnes & noble nook

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Doctor What
Doctor What

11 years ago

I considered one of those, but eventually I figured out how to read ebooks on my PSP, which worked perfectly, and was just the right size. Very simple! If I were you, I would hack whatever I had first, if you know how and have a device that can.

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starwing123
starwing123

11 years ago

They are useful, but overpriced. Netbooks and Smartphones can also do the job.

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LinuxH4x0r
LinuxH4x0r

11 years ago

Personally for that price I'd get a nokia internet tablet