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Okay. Back again for the same question - Ebook reader

  1. May 1, 2009 #1
    I've finally got the chance to get a proper ebook reader. There are so many out there in the market. Which one should I get? The Amazon kindle is not along the lines of what I'm looking for. I don't need my ebook reader to connect to the net and do all sorts of wonderful things. I'm not looking for a pet with artificial intelligence. I just want it to read ebooks. Very simple. Any suggestions?
     
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  3. May 2, 2009 #2
    Personally I'm waiting until the technology matures. I've been seeing a lot of prototypes for low-power, flexible, color e-readers with much larger displays that could be hitting stores within the year.
     
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  5. May 2, 2009 #4

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  6. May 2, 2009 #5
    Yep, get some of these thingies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Latin_dictionary.jpg" [Broken]

    Might seem kinda old fashioned to you, but amazingly they have stood the test of time. They are portable, one can enjoy them anywhere, anytime, don't make noise, their operating system will never crash, and no batteries to worry about.

    After you have read one of those things, they can be stored in a bookshelf (physical). If you keep this collecting process up those bookshelves will eventually evolve into a library. Nothing beats grabbing a good book and reading it with a glass of Scotch in a relaxed atmosphere.

    Priceless.
     
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  7. May 2, 2009 #6

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    I completely agree; but having text on a PDA / cell phone / eBook reader is so much more convenient. While you really can't read more than one book at a time, there's just something about being able to lug around thousands of books in something the size of a postage stamp (2 GB SD Card = naively 2 million pages of text).

    You don't get that same tactile sensation, or the pleasure of turning the page, and gain the annoyance of having your batteries die on you, but it is handy.
     
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  8. May 2, 2009 #7
    Well. I have my ebooks on the computer. In the same room it is in, I also have a television. So when someone is watching TV, I find it very difficult to read with all the noise. It would be very convenient to read these books in my room or when I am travelling by car. Not that it would compare to a real book, but it would be convenient not buying so many books.
     
  9. May 2, 2009 #8
    I love holding a book. I just want an e-reader for reading journal articles so I don't have to sit in front of the computer or waste tons of printer paper every time I read an article
     
  10. May 2, 2009 #9
    Yeah. I just PRINTED G.H.Hardy's book on calculus. ~465 pages!!
     
  11. May 2, 2009 #10

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    A publisher appears to own the rights to that book, priniting the enire book is illegal.
     
  12. May 2, 2009 #11
    I once printed a 500 page manual in the computer lab as well
     
  13. May 2, 2009 #12
    Oh. I'm sorry. I didn't know that. I thought it was alright since the link to the full book was posted here. Generally, PF mods delete such links if it is illegal. No such action was taken on this link, so I assumed it was okay to print it.
     
  14. May 2, 2009 #13
    Just like recording a movie from TV is illegal, but who hasn't done that? If as long as you're not selling it, no one cares
     
  15. May 2, 2009 #14

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    We have to obey copyright rules on this forum, that's the difference.
     
  16. May 2, 2009 #15

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    Where is the link to the book posted? We don't always find everything. I was just giving you a heads up that we can't discuss or condone certain activities here.
     
  17. May 2, 2009 #16
    Why do you say that's illegal?
     
  18. May 2, 2009 #17
    Format shifting a work you own for personal use is protected. See Recording Indus. Ass’n of Am. v. Diamond Multimedia Sys., Inc., 180 F.3d 1072, 1079 (9th Cir. 1999).
     
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