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Any suggestions?

  1. Dec 7, 2008 #1
    Is there a way I can read ebooks in my room? I don't have my own computer. I looked at Amazon's Kindle, but I can't put my own ebooks into it. Now what do you advice? There are too many pages to print.
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  3. Dec 7, 2008 #2
    If you could afford a Kindle, you could afford almost any sort of used laptop. Anything, even a ten-year-old system, would be able to display an ebook. Particularly if you're just talking about text or HTML books like you'd get at Project Gutenberg or Wikisource.

    (Heck, if you're talking about a plain text ebook, a twenty-year-old laptop would let you read one of those. I bought something like that - a massive sixty-pound late eighties laptop with a 286 processor - for a hundred bucks ten years ago, so by now you ought to be able to get something pretty sweet for a hundred bucks. eBay is your friend.)
  4. Dec 7, 2008 #3
    This one looks the best though its even more expensive than the Kindle...
  5. Dec 7, 2008 #4
    If cost is no object, the Plastic Logic reader which is supposed to be available some time early next year looks the coolest out of the ones I've seen and it's the size of an entire sheet of paper.
  6. Dec 7, 2008 #5
    I have some PDF stuff. For instance, I would like to read that Calculus book by G.H. Hardy, the ebook version of which was posted in the learning section. My eyes strain a lot to read on the computer.

    Cost is definitely important. I want a cheap one. What do you guys feel about this:


    I think it looks good.
  7. Dec 7, 2008 #6
    With only 64 megs of memory, that seems pretty slim to me... An iPod nano 4Gb sells for about the same price with sixty-five times as much RAM, from a top-name brand, so that does not seem like a good buy to me.

    You should spend money on something that's to your own taste, of course, but do your eyes strain reading off of a CRT screen or an LCD screen? I personally find an LCD screen like a laptop has much more comfortable to read off of than a CRT, though I know that's not true for everyone.
  8. Dec 8, 2008 #7
    I have an LCD and I can't stand it after a while. I like this E-ink stuff.

    About the iPod nano. Can I read books on it? Is it E-ink?
  9. Dec 8, 2008 #8
    No, sorry, the iPod nano is for playing music. I was just giving an example of how much RAM I think you ought to be getting in a $115 device.

    I mean, it's your money, of course, do with it what you will. I just find eBook readers to be too undeveloped a market for my tastes at the moment, it just doesn't provide the return on investment I feel I'd want. But that's easy for me to say since I have a laptop and I don't mind reading books off of it.

    If you do end up getting one that handles PDFs, check out all of the free stuff at http://books.google.com . Everything from before 1923 is free and downloadable in .pdf format. It can be pretty amazing to read some of the magazines that were being published during World War I, for example.
  10. Dec 8, 2008 #9
    One other thing I ought to say is, it looks like this Plastic Logic thing is going to shake the market up and be a major competitor to the Kindle if not blow them out of the water. So by the end of next year the Kindle and the Plastic Logic reader may be down at very reasonable prices.
  11. Dec 8, 2008 #10
    Ouch, I didn't even notice that. I have an mp3 player that's smaller than a match box with 2gb of memory that only cost about $60. Of course my PDA was fairly expensive and doesn't have even a gig of internal memory. I can expand that with an SD card though. Maybe you can do that with these things?
  12. Dec 8, 2008 #11
    The eBookwise has a memory card slot but it only mentions cards as big as 128mb. There are memory cards up to 4gb last I checked. So this ebook might not be able to read larger cards unless the company has made sure to update drivers to accept them.
  13. Feb 11, 2009 #12
    Im reviving this topic due to something I thought of and some recent updates. I got a portable DVD player. I don't watch very many movies though [I have a Zune]. Is there anyway that I could hack this DVD player to read ebooks? Or say I could somehow put my ebooks on DVDs in some sort of movie format so that I could "play" it as a movie and read?

    [ The DVD player is an INSIGNIA 8" portable DVD player. Details : http://www.sulit.com.ph/index.php/v...signia+portable+dvd+player+w/+8.5"+Lcd+screen ]
  14. Feb 13, 2009 #13
    I have a cheap device,which can store ebooks and you can read it as normal books.
  15. Feb 13, 2009 #14


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    If you have a Zune, why wouldn't you use that to read your ebooks instead? There's a (not great, but workable) program that converts various formats of eBooks into a series of JPEGs which you can then play in order:

    If you're still in the market for an eBook reader, you can get a used / refurbished Palm Z22 pretty cheap these days (you can get programs--usually free--which will read various eBook formats, including Acrobat for devices). If you can find it new (with decent battery life) I think it's $99. Not to be a shill, but it's the cheapest PALM you can get with non-volatile memory. Even though it only comes with 32 MB of non-volatile memory, you can put in an SD card ($10 for 1 GB these days?) You also get an organizer out of the deal.
  16. Feb 13, 2009 #15
    These things never get my pictures into my Zune properly. I tried adding GH Hardy's Calculus book in and I never got any of the diagrams. These JPEG files never have 'em. Isn't there any way to mod/hack that DVD player?? I am not using it at all! Its collecting dust....
  17. Feb 13, 2009 #16


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    Thems the breaks. A (proprietary) DVD player is a whole heck of a lot less hackable than a Zune. And why'd you buy a DVD player when you could've bought a cheap PDA? :tongue2: Actually, I suppose there is a way to use your DVD player to read e-books, in 3 easy steps:

    1) Sell DVD Player
    2) $$$
    3) Buy e-book reader


    1-3) Trade DVD Player for an E-Book reader.

    (Sorry, I couldn't resist)
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