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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #75 on: April 14, 2013, 12:54:45 PM »
Plus, my fingers have more nerve ending information than just "solid surface" in them. They need to develop something more tactile than 'smooth glass'.

That exists (sorry, haven't visited this thread in a long time.)

http://theweek.com/article/index/222204/the-touchscreen-that-lets-you-feel-textures


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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #76 on: October 29, 2013, 10:16:36 AM »
Okay, ignoring the fact that this is a generic thread...

Amazon announced today a Kindle Matchbook program. Basic rundown: If you've bought a book from Amazon in the past, they'll be giving you a break on the cost of that book for Kindle. Prices range from $2.99, $1.99, $.99 or free. (Europeans please check your local branch of Amazon to see if the program exists and for pricing.) Only certain titles apply and yes, you need a Kindle or the Kindle program/App to read them.

In my particular case, Amazon offered me a bunch of Discworld books for about $1.99 a pop.


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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #77 on: October 29, 2013, 10:33:25 AM »
Plus, my fingers have more nerve ending information than just "solid surface" in them. They need to develop something more tactile than 'smooth glass'.

That exists (sorry, haven't visited this thread in a long time.)

http://theweek.com/article/index/222204/the-touchscreen-that-lets-you-feel-textures
This might eventually make those remote apps for stuff like a Roku box useful, so you can find the buttons without looking away from the TV screen.  But for an e-reader not sure it's necessary, swiping is just fine for page turning, I guess if you are taking notes a more tactile keyboard would be nice.

That Amazon program is interesting, but they say I don't have any...  I know I've bought a few books in the last 5 years that also had kindle editions, don't know why they are not showing up.  Guess the offer doesn't cover every book.
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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #78 on: October 29, 2013, 02:02:14 PM »
No, it only covers about 70,000 books at the moment, which is a lot but there are millions of books out there.


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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #79 on: February 19, 2015, 01:26:50 PM »
Had to come here to remember how old my Kindle was, thought it was more than 4 and a half years but I guess not.
Battery in mine is not taking a full charge any more, ordered a replacement kit from newpower99, supposed to have the tools needed to open the case, I've been burned by these types of kits before where the tool pretty much breaks as soon as you try to pry the case open, we'll see.  If I have to use something metal to open the back it's no big deal since I have my Kindle in a leather case and wouldn't feel any divots in the plastic that you always seem to get prying these things apart with screwdrivers...

Thought about ordering a new Kindle, the Voyage is almost enough of a step up to be worth upgrading, but I like my current one so will try the battery replacement kit first....


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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #80 on: February 20, 2015, 10:49:33 PM »
The kit from newpower99 had pretty good tools, the plastic pry-bar worked very well getting the back of my Kindle off.  New battery in and it charged up to full in a few hours (old one was taking many hours to get to 90% and would drop to 50% overnight with no use).


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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #81 on: December 14, 2017, 05:11:47 PM »
Got a big Amazon gift card at work so went and upgraded to a Kindle Voyage.

It's been almost 2 years since replacing the battery on my 2010 Kindle Keyboard and it's just starting to show signs of having less battery life.

Only read for about 20 minutes on the Voyage so far but like the higher resolution display.

The LEDs are automatic, don't come on in a bright room, and get dimer as the room gets darker. 


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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #82 on: February 05, 2019, 06:11:41 PM »
I suddenly got interested in ebooks again, but I'm one of those people who strongly prefer books without DRM, otherwise I'd be less inclined to read them. I have a first-generation Barnes & Noble Nook, and I encountered a problem with it in that it wouldn't show up in Finder on my Mac. I thought that it needed a software update (the Nook in question is no longer being supported by B&N vis-à-vis Software Updates), and I was so frustrated I even bought a another refurbished Nook from B&N for $90, but it turns out the problem was solved by a reboot.

Anyway, I'm interested in ebooks again because copyright is once again expiring and that means new works from Project Gutenberg! Also, there are books I have yet to read from Unbound which is like Kickstarter for books and there are some great DRM-free titles already published therein! Check it out!


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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #83 on: March 06, 2019, 08:03:46 PM »
Damn beagle decided to use my Kobo Aura HD ereader as a chew toy. Had some Amazon bucks and Amazon gift cards from Xmas, so bought a Likebook Mars. Similar specs to the Kindle Voyage as far as screen goes, but it runs Android. Have to many books in epub format to buy a Kindle.  As a Android tablet it's rather mediocre (yeah you can use it to browse the internet and can download Android apps, but e ink isnt't really the best screen to do that). As an ereader, it's a big improvement over my old Kobo.


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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #84 on: March 06, 2019, 08:21:08 PM »
I'll add that I do in fact buy a lot of ebooks off Amazon (and the Kindle app works on my Likebook), but I always rip the DRM off of them and convert them to epub. Amazon's DRM pisses me off.