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source - http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/13/amazon-kindle-oasis/

New Amazon e-reader. So it sounds like it has the same 6" eInk Carta 1080x1430 (300 ppi) as the Kindle Voyage released back in 2014. There is a new form factor. I'm not seeing much else in the way of "new" features. Curious what exactly the strategy was here especially with the higher price.

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I saw this posted the other day and I had no idea what the niche for this product was. It's asymmetrical which is neither bad nor good but it's also missing features of several other e-readers. It's not water proof/resistant it's not using a better screen, the extra battery is only if you buy and use the case for it and the price pushes it way out of the basic or mid range level that an e-reader should be targeting.

 

I do find it strange when large companies push out certain products with seemingly no strategy. It seems like they're trying to replicate the original iPhone's success or something by creating a brand new market.

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source - http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160524006209/en/Ink-Announces-Advanced-Color-ePaper-Breakthrough-Technology

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--E Ink® Holdings, "E Ink" (8069.TWO), the leading innovator of electronic ink technology in the world, today announced a breakthrough technology with its Advanced Color ePaper (ACeP), a high quality, full color reflective display.

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ACeP achieves a full color gamut, including all eight primary colors, using only colored pigments. The display utilizes a single layer of electrophoretic fluid, which is controlled using voltages compatible with commercial TFT backplanes.

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Multiple 20” displays with a resolution of 1600 X 2500 at 150 ppi have been constructed. ACeP will be on display during SID’s Display Week at E Ink’s booth (#521) at the Moscone Conference Center from Tuesday, May 24 through Thursday, May 26.

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Maybe this will trickle down in the near future? I've been wondering for a bit.

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source - https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/05/amazon-prime-reading/

 

While members of the Amazon Prime club get all kinds of benefits with their subscription, bookworms don't receive a great deal of special treatment. Sure, they can borrow one e-book for free each month and access new novels early, but the all-you-can-read Kindle Unlimited service requires a separate, $10 per month subscription of its own. That isn't changing today, but Amazon has just announced something of a light version of Unlimited called Prime Reading, which is now available to Prime subscribers in the US.

 

Prime Reading lets members access over a thousand "popular" books for free, from The Hobbit to Lonely Planet guides, as well as full issues of well-known magazines, comics and short works from the Kindle Singles catalog (including Classics). The carousel of content will rotate too, so you should find new things added to the Prime Reading list fairly often. With winter fast approaching, it's time to get your neglected e-reader recharged, the fire stoked and some free stuff downloaded.

 

Is this it? Is this the final thing that pushes me over the edge and get Amazon Prime (and a new e-reader)?

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https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/13-3-and-6-8-android-e-reader#/updates

Looks like they have added a 6.8" version.  The smaller version is $200 ships in October and is sold on indiegogo.  I'm somewhat interested in the smaller e-reader.  It may be missing nifty features like backlighting (actually I'm unsure on this) and waterproofing, but it's one of the few non-branded e-readers which gives you full android access and subsequently, access to multiple marketplaces. 

Sidenote: The e-book marketplaces seem to be a complete clown fiesta.  Amazon is certainly the biggest and they have a subscription service which allows rentals, but it's also very locked down, and everything else is scattered to the 4 winds (why does kobo have their own marketplace?).  Also I'm still finding some absolutely retarded pricing schemes where you have to pay more for the e-book format than the printed book, I still don't understand this.  The "yarr-matey" method of acquiring books is basically useless for anything that isn't incredibly popular, which only makes the screwed up marketplace even more obnoxious. 

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42 minutes ago, Malaphax said:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/13-3-and-6-8-android-e-reader#/updates

Looks like they have added a 6.8" version.  The smaller version is $200 ships in October and is sold on indiegogo.  I'm somewhat interested in the smaller e-reader.  It may be missing nifty features like backlighting (actually I'm unsure on this) and waterproofing, but it's one of the few non-branded e-readers which gives you full android access and subsequently, access to multiple marketplaces. 

Sidenote: The e-book marketplaces seem to be a complete clown fiesta.  Amazon is certainly the biggest and they have a subscription service which allows rentals, but it's also very locked down, and everything else is scattered to the 4 winds (why does kobo have their own marketplace?).  Also I'm still finding some absolutely retarded pricing schemes where you have to pay more for the e-book format than the printed book, I still don't understand this.  The "yarr-matey" method of acquiring books is basically useless for anything that isn't incredibly popular, which only makes the screwed up marketplace even more obnoxious. 

Underlined. Consider it pretty much bought. I have been on my rooted and romed nook for a loooooooong time and have wanted an android update for a longggggg time. They sell a two pack *wiggles eyebrows*

 

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I know this isn't strictly e-reader related but, it's close enough. 

Public library's have e-book rentals available, I briefly checked out one of the local library's and noticed they have a decent sized selection.  People have also mentioned that the formats from a library can vary quite a bit, and while there is often a rental time limit, it can be easily bypassed by turning off wifi or other methods. 
One solution for ebook management is calibre: https://calibre-ebook.com/
Although the UX looks like it belongs back in 1990 - it's open source and well respected.  You can also download plugins to strip DRM from e-books, and convert between file formats.

 

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6 hours ago, Malaphax said:

I know this isn't strictly e-reader related but, it's close enough. 

Public library's have e-book rentals available, I briefly checked out one of the local library's and noticed they have a decent sized selection

 

That's a good point. I had not thought of that. Save some money.

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I bought a kobo aura one.  https://us.kobobooks.com/products/kobo-aura-one

It's basically what I was looking for.  While it doesn't run truly stock android, it does allow sideloading books. 

  • The screen and device are larger than my old Nook, but I actually think the size is pretty reasonable.  I think the hardware design is top notch.
  • The backlight front light is very nice, I know that's not new tech but It's very appreciated.  I do normally read with a light on, but it helps keep an even lighting on the page, I haven't tried the "natural" effects that turn the screen orange or reading in the dark with just a front light yet but I'll try that at some point. 
  • The UI is rather nice, and there are some nice touches like showing the cover (and completion percentage) of the book you're currently reading when the device is sleeping. 
  • I still haven't setup the overdrive integration (library checkout) but I most likely need to get a library card for that to work. I haven't visited the fullerton library in over a decade for checking out books.  Although I did drop off some books for donation a while back.
    Sidenote: If the libby/overdrive integration works out well I might recommend it to my mom.

Overall I'm very happy with it so far. 

 

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New Nook coming next week:
http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com/press-release/barnes-noble-introduces-new-nook-just-time-summer/

  • $200
  • 7.8" screen
  • Waterproof
  • 8GB internal memory (non-expandable?)

Seems like a decent option.  Not sure how rootable/romable this thing will be, or if it will support side-loading books but the hardware itself sounds pretty good. 

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I'll check it out when it goes up. Price matters. Also, I will say that I kind of prefer the smaller, <7" screen size of my current ereader. I'm just reading novels. No comics or textbooks. I don't need a big screen.

1 hour ago, Malaphax said:

Not sure how rootable/romable this thing will be, or if it will support side-loading books but the hardware itself sounds pretty good. 

Almost nothing has been rootable/romable for a very long time now and only a few even run "full" Android with play-store (example).

From what I understand, the big ones, kindles, kobos, can do all kinds of side-loading of content so that's not an issue.

EDIT: I see the price in the article for just $199.99. I'll check it out. Over $200 I think it gets a little harder to justify.

 

EDIT 2: Well the support page gives images and video: https://nook.barnesandnoble.com/u/support-nook-glowlight-plus/379004439#

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I can say that e-reader pricing has gone up for several reasons but partially because they're a very niche device and sell very few units.  When I bought my Kobo Aura One is was $230 and that model isn't offered anymore, only a $270 version with 32gb onboard storage. 

I have never felt the 7.8" screen I have is too large, I'd be a bit concerned trying to read comics on it because of the size, but I have never actually tried (probably should at some point).

Side-loading is really all you need, although I understand the kindles are a bit more locked down in terms of which file types they accept.  Also I'm not sure if all kindles support things like overdrive/libby or other library rental systems, but I've tried to make use of that a few times. 

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Another option.

Likebook Mars

  1. 7.8" screen , 300 ppi
  2. cpu 8 core 1.5 GHZ processor
  3. 2GB of RAM
  4. 16GB of internal storage
  5. SD card storage
  6. Android 6.0 OS but no Google Play Services or Google Play Framework so it sounds like some side-loading is possible
  7. "front-lit" with "cool" and "warm" LEDs
  8. $240 - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KM2BDPP/

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Even though my needs are very basic, I'm doing research for a new reader as I always do.

So if I just look at the big 3 (Amazon, Kobo, Barnes) and put a filter on them of nothing below a 300ppi screen and nothing over $200 price the list I get is....

Kindle Paperwhite
6" screen @ 300 ppi
IPX8 waterproof
$140 @ 8GB - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CXG6C9W

B&N Glowlight Plus
7.8" @ 300 ppi
IPX7 waterproof
$200 @ 8GB - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nook-glow-light-plus-barnes-noble/1130954407?ean=9780594829720

B&N GlowLight 3
6" @ 300 ppi
$120 @ 8GB - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nook-glow-light-3-barnes-noble/1127329365?ean=9780594777137

Kobo clara HD
6" @ 300 ppi
$130 @ 8GB - https://us.kobobooks.com/collections/ereaders/products/kobo-clara-hd

To repeat what I said earlier, going over the $200 mark I feel like there really needs to be something compelling or different and most of the big 3 I think don't really offer that. Some of the other companies (Lifebook, Onyx) do make it a little more interesting with semi-open Android 6.0.

Likebook Mars
7.8" @ 300ppi
Android 6.0 and apparently they did add Google Pl ay
micro SD cards
Random chinese company
$240 - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KM2BDPP/

ONYX BOOX Darwin 6
6" @ 300ppi
Android 4.4 no Google Play
micro SD cards
Random chinese company
$230 - https://onyxboox.com/boox_darwin6

Research continues.

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kobo libra h2o

This is a brand new model from kobo and I will probably buy this. It's very similar to some of their other models but it's a solid combination of features for the price.

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