E-Book readers, software and tips

I definitely can stand the idea of being an Amazon customer regarding books. I imagined they had limitations, but I have no idea of what those limitations might be. Are they linked to the hardware or the software? As far as I understand I can install 3rd party software on any device, Kindle included.

What’s the difference between using an e-reader versus a normal tablet (fatiguing apart)?
I remember kindle had only monochromatic displays… is that still true? It would be a limit for scientific books.

Somewhere I read you have a kindle account included in Prime, but I checked and it seems your kindle account is separated, and costs 10 euro per month… quite a lot, given that I have no idea of the kind of catalogue included

I’m reading here and there, but some things seem given for granted and are not well specified.

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That may be technically true but it’s definitely a lot harder on Kindle.

That’s the difference. Ereaders look like bad paper, which in many ways makes them superior to just about any other screen tech. There are also devices with color now. It also means their battery life is rather significantly longer; no running out after five hours.

Basically just look at a few in stores and see how you like them compared to a regular tablet of some sort. You can always get a tablet instead. With a sufficiently high resolution they’re not bothersome. Unfortunately only the more expensive models have proper pen support.

I actually have to study the matter.

Chances are I will use the e-reader only when I want to practice english reading, and when I read scientific manuals (I have many of them in pdf), but I read thos manuals only for consult from time to time. So I have to understand if looking for a color model is worth the expense.

If I buy a non-Kindle device, can I access ebooks from any store, Amazon included, or each product is specific only for its store and obviously local PDFs?

Interesting Kindle news hit my email the other day:

We wanted to let you know that starting August 2022, you’ll no longer be able to send MOBI (.mobi, .azw) files to your Kindle library.

Compatible formats now include EPUB (.epub), which you can send to your library using your Send to Kindle email address. We’ll also be adding EPUB support to the free Kindle app for iOS and Android devices and the Send to Kindle desktop app for PC and Mac.

Nowadays I don’t even read, I listen to .epub files with an android app called TTsReader. A life changer :slight_smile: The voice is not expressive but you get used to it, give it a try.

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Might be useful while driving, but I can’t really concentrate on listening while doing anything else, not to mention if I’m just staring into space.

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I have a Kindle Fire, I got it on sale and even at regular price it’s pretty inexpensive.

It’s a pretty decent tablet and my Kindle book purchases are all on there.
The only issue is that they have their own app store (at least last time I checked, which was a while ago), and it’s not got as much stuff as the Apple and Google Play stores.

There is a way to put on the Google Play store I think, but you’re not meant to, so you’ve got to do a bunch of things to get it to work.

Those are two quite different kind of publications and searching for a e-reader that handles well both of them might imply accepting compromises.

For technical PDFs I still prefer using my tablet, which has a screen considerably bigger than my Kobo. A e-reader the size of my tablet might become impractical when I just want a lightweight device that I can hold with one hand, like a real book.

A small e-reader is definitely more portable and a good companion for when I use it outdoor, considering also that its screen is far better for reading in a sunny day.

If your PDFs contain also charts or images that require you to zoom and scroll a lot, you should also test by yourself how fast the higher end e-readers are at doing that, because e-paper has definitely a slower refresh rate than LCD screens.