E-readers


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    @Kalessin How much a device can hold is primarily a factor when you're going off-grid for a while. Which is why I use Amazon to "manage" the content on the devices. Not enough room? OK, unload everything but the metadata from books that haven't been pulled up recently, and download the new one to be read.

    I'm personally against maintaining my library "in the cloud", but letting Amazon (or Google, or Apple, or whoever) manage a copy of it isn't as bad.

    FWIW, before I started sending epubs-converted-to-mobi to Amazon, I did max out book space on devices a few times. It's just SO EASY to tell Calibre, "send all of these to the device"... :)


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    @MasterLillyclaw An e-ink e-reader is much better for reading because of the lack of an led screen glow making it much easier to read for long periods of time. In addition, the battery life is much, much better than a tablet. For example, a Kindle lasts around 20 hours and have a standby battery life in terms of months. They're also usually much lighter than a tablet.


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    @SomeOldGuy Personally, I want to rely on cloud services as little as possible, and I want my books free from any services that they're bought from so that I'm not at their mercy if something goes wrong with those services. I also would much prefer to just always have all of my books on the device that I read them on so that I don't have to worry about adding or removing books based on what I'm currently planning to read. So, I strip the DRM from all of the books that I buy that aren't already DRM-free and manage my library on my computer, syncing that with my tablet.

    If you'd prefer to use a cloud solution and let the services that you buy books from store and manage your books, then do what works for you, but that's the complete opposite of what I want to be doing.


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    @Kalessin You could just load onto the cloud and keep another backup on your PC. You should have multiple backups anyways in case something happens.


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    Ipad with matte screen protector, using kybook 3 app
    I thought about getting an eink screen, but the fact that its almost the same price as ipad and lack versatility, made me settle with ipad,
    Also the typical eink reader screen size are too small imho
    Need 10 inch or more for best experience. My next ipad will be 11 inch


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    @Village-Idiot said in E-readers:

    @Kalessin You could just load onto the cloud and keep another backup on your PC. You should have multiple backups anyways in case something happens.

    I do have backups. I need those for everything else on my computer too anyway. However, I have no interest in relying on anything in the cloud if I can reasonably avoid it. And it's perfectly possible to download e-books, store them, and use them without involving the store you bought them from at any point after the download. So, that's what I do. I don't want Amazon, Kobo, etc. to be any more involved with my e-book purchases than Right Stuf is for my physical book purchases.


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    I'm using Onyx Boox Nova Pro. When I bought it, I wanted to use it for study, to read journal articles and stuff, but I found that 7.8" is still to small for that. For novels and manga though, it's great. It's not locked into any ecosystem so it's as convenient as a PC when it comes to moving files around.


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    I'm using Likebook Alita for manga and sometimes other ebooks. It has SD card so you can expand the space for 512GB if you want to. And 10.3 inch is a perfect size for reading manga.

    I'm also using Calibre. I created 2 libraries one for manga and one for all other ebooks and I'm keeping the later synced with the dropbox so I can easily use Calibre Companion app in my Likebook Alita. As for manga I transfer it directly from PC Calibre to SD card/reader because syncing manga to the cloud can be pricey (each volume is a big file).

    And for text only books I'm usually using Kobo Aura One because it's more portable than bigger Alita...


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    I use an old nook simple touch when I buy the book and the mobile app on my phone when I read in parts.


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    @eKenshi said in E-readers:

    I'm using Likebook Alita for manga and sometimes other ebooks. It has SD card so you can expand the space for 512GB if you want to. And 10.3 inch is a perfect size for reading manga.

    I'm also using Calibre. I created 2 libraries one for manga and one for all other ebooks and I'm keeping the later synced with the dropbox so I can easily use Calibre Companion app in my Likebook Alita. As for manga I transfer it directly from PC Calibre to SD card/reader because syncing manga to the cloud can be pricey (each volume is a big file).

    And for text only books I'm usually using Kobo Aura One because it's more portable than bigger Alita...

    i just run a server for Calibre have plenty of room that way 😂


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    @Kalessin said in E-readers:

    @MasterLillyclaw said in E-readers:

    I don't have an e-reader or know much about them, but would that be enough storage to use it for manga as well as LNs?

    And have all your collection on the device all the time? I doubt it. You'd have to have a fairly small collection for any e-ink reader to be able hold it. The largest I've seen is 32 GB. The size of a volume of manga varies (generally from around 100 MB to 300 MB), but it adds up. For instance, Black Cat (20 volumes) is about 2.5 GB. Ten series like that and 25 GB of space is gone. That obviously won't fit on a 16 GB device, and it wouldn't take many more series before the 32 GB device couldn't hold it (and it's even worse if the device uses some portion of its reported storage for its OS). So, I'd say that any serious manga collection cannot possibly fit on an e-ink device, though if you only have a couple of series, it would probably be fine. And of course, you can always just download the manga that you're currently reading to your device and remove it when you're done, but e-ink devices just don't have enough storage to hold a lot of manga.

    Tablets on the other hand could have as much as 128 GB or even 256 GB of internal space as well as an SD card slot for more. It's a completely different ballgame and one of the reasons that I don't use e-ink devices.

    Not exactly. My trusty Sony PRS T1 has a slot for SD Cards and you can exchange them on the fly (although it needs to rearange the data). So you could have there your LN and Manga Collection.

    Or you take a Onyx Box. It has an USB-C port with OTG so you can add any flashdrive.


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    i use e-readers. on phone i use iphone's reader for pc tho, i use bookviser but i dont prefer. i mean for free its ok but if you will pay for premium NOT WORTH.


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    For j-novel I've been using jncep to download epubs of the parts and reading them in Moon+ on my tablet. Anyone happen to know what the trick is for Moon+ to detect that you've finished a book? Sometimes when I finish, the book automatically marks off as finished, and sometimes I have to manually mark it, and I haven't figured out what's different when it does or doesn't.


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    I used to carry around a half dozen paperbacks. I never knew when I'd be in the mood for what, well, that or when I'd finish the book(s) I was working on. It got to be a pain... (yes, I can finish a light-light novel in a handful of hours if I don't get distracted

    After a Sony e-reader blew up on me (wrong usb cable, ink screen explosion internally) I graduated to reading using kindle reader on my ipad... I just couldnt return to paperbacks...

    Now I never need to worry about what to read at any given time. The only PAIN, is I need to convert to kindle format using Calibre... and the latest methodology is a downright PITA.

    Export from Calibre
    Save on Cloud
    Export to device
    export from device 'files' to kindle
    wait for it to show up.

    FAR to much work... (half those were added on the ios13 update...


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    @Thomask Why not just skip the Kindle steps for reading on your iPad and use another reader program? No need to convert and export multiple times.


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    I decided to get kobo Libra h2o. I originally wanted to get the kindle oasis but thought it was too expensive for what it gives, but then I heard about kobo libra h2o which was much cheaper and provide much of the same features. While I also have an ipad. I use that for internet but I use kobo for light novels. I also prefer the kobo libra h2o form factor


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    @Taedirk said in E-readers:

    @Thomask Why not just skip the Kindle steps for reading on your iPad and use another reader program? No need to convert and export multiple times.

    Thought about it... weird but I'm attached to the kindle reader... don't know what it is about some of the others...

    Meh, its the price I need to put up with. Thing is, before the most recent update, I didn't NEED to go through all that.


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