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I'm saving up my cash for this.

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How much?

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Cal:

How much?

Not known yet. Hopefully under $350.

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Orthogonal replied on Fri, Mar 12 2010 11:15 PM

I almost feel guilty about this. All the great *.pdf's for free and now eBook reader's to store it on. I'll have to buy a few of the books from the store to feel better about myself Smile

I can't decide between the Nook and the Kindle. They both support pdf's, I'm just not sure what to think about all the other features...

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I can't decide, either. The Nook looks better, and has a touchscreen. However, its books are generally more expensive than Amazon's, and the Nook's software is said to be sluggish.

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There is also this little-known affordable ebook reader, the ectaco jetbook lite:

I was thinking of getting one of these, but the small 5 inch screen probably wouldn't work well with my massive collection of PDF files. They were actually selling for $115 at newegg.com a few weeks back, but I really want a larger reader. Still, I might get one if the price ever drops below $99, just to fill it up with all of the great ePub books mises.org is making available. It would be awesome to have MES and HA in a small pocket-sized device.

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I went with a Kindle DX.  The savings from the cheaper books will pay for the extra cost in the long haul.

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Mike replied on Wed, Aug 25 2010 1:51 PM

Wanted to bump this  thread...

anymore opinions on what you chose and what you like/dislike??

nook is now $149 at  best buy

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Edward replied on Thu, Aug 26 2010 4:48 AM

Nook's looking very good indeed. Anyone currently owns such a device? Doe it have the possibility of making notes on the pages?

Tried to order it but they wont ship it to europe, if it is a very good buy i'll consider sending it to a US adress and have it forwarded to europe. This is an extra 50 bucks, but it might be worth it.

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ricarpe replied on Thu, Aug 26 2010 5:57 AM

I've heard that the Kindle and Nook don't take too kindly to pdf files.  I've also heard that iPads aren't always friendly with them, either.

As much as I like them, I think the technology isn't quite there yet.  Too many "proprietary" issues. 

All I want is an "use anyfile type" reader.  I don't want to be beholden to a certain mix of file types and locked into a certain provider.

Is that too much to ask for?

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Conza88 replied on Thu, Aug 26 2010 6:09 AM

"Unfortunately, the technology (E Ink) is patented and that's slowing down the competitive process, so the devices are still pretty expensive and lousy."

 

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ricarpe:
I've heard that the Kindle and Nook don't take too kindly to pdf files.  I've also heard that iPads aren't always friendly with them, either.

Nooks handle PDFs just fine: no conversion required.  See my Nook review.

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Edward replied on Fri, Aug 27 2010 7:48 AM

Grayson, you convinced me. Just ordered myself a Nook.

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ricarpe replied on Fri, Sep 3 2010 12:15 PM

@ Grayson: I read your review.  It was quite helpful.  I think that will be the dominate item on my Christmas list to my wife.  Actually, it's really the only item that will be on my Christmas list.  Regardless, thank you.

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boniek replied on Fri, Sep 3 2010 5:22 PM

There are rumors that there may be a new nook before christmas - google nook 2.

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I'm also thinking of getting a reader for my upcoming birthday or Christmas. Though I think the Kindle operates better than the Nook (obviously, they've had a couple years to work out the kinks), my whole reason for getting one is to take advantage of the vast pdf and epub library from Mises.org and the OLL, so I'm hoping the improved Nook arrives soon.

Until then, I'm getting the hang of using Stanza on my iPod.

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Grayson, how well do charts and diagrams show up on the Nook in ePub format? Also, how easy is it to read the footnotes and then get back to the main text?

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The MES charts and diagrams are surprisingly legible, although sometimes the right-most column will be out of sight.

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I have a Kindle 2 and I endorse this topic. It's made reading Austrian texts a joy. I personally recommend a kindle over a nook if battery life is important to you that and Amazons customer service is top notch.

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Have we come to a consensus on what the best ebook reader is for Mises.org pdf files?

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Any opinions on the new Nook Color (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nookcolor/index.asp?cds2Pid=35700#productimg)? 

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filc replied on Sun, Oct 31 2010 3:36 PM

If its an LCD screen, and you have the money to spare, your better off with an IPAD. The nice thing about the kindle is the non-intrusive screen. (Eink)

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Yeah, the LCD is too much for me. I look at one all day and, instead, would rather look at e-ink when I read.

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filc replied on Sun, Oct 31 2010 3:49 PM

Thats exactly my problem, thats why I have a kindle. :/

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ricarpe replied on Thu, May 26 2011 12:58 PM

I know, I know... internet necromancy is frowned upon, but...

 

... I invested in a Nook Color yesterday.  I was able to transfer over several PDF articles and essays from various sources, and downloaded an ePub book from Mises.org to it.

What a beautiful thing it is!

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There's a new Nook. E-ink touchscreen FTW! I'm waiting to see what Amazon comes out with. Meanwhile, I'll keep reading the physical books I already own but haven't read (which is about 87.3525% of my library).

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