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    (Original post by foxo)
    They're not all challenging. If you're looking for a free, light read then I recommend The Adventures of Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn, Gulliver's Travels, Frankenstein and Dracula. Despite a few of these often being described as books for children they can all certainly be enjoyed by adults.
    I've actually got a paper copy of Huckleberry Finn but was put off starting it by my friend saying she found it a really difficult read. She's doing an English degree too so she's no stranger to more challenging texts!

    Might download some of the others and give them a go, although I have already downloaded 6 classics so I've got enough of them to get through for a while!
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    Hi, i'm aware there is already a load of threads about Kindles and I've had a read through them but i haven't found much about Kobo E-readers.

    When i was younger i loved reading and i really want to get into reading again. I am a student so i get the train to and from uni often so i am thinking that an E-reader would be helpful as i can just fit it in my handbag and obviously not have to carry around various books. I also don't really have any space to put a load of books in uni. However i do like having the actual book, it feels like i've something for my money whereas i don't know if having books on en E-reader would feel the same. A lot of the books i buy are second hand too, for like a few pennys on amazon so I would end up spending more on buying e-books. I know there are lots of free books but i'm obviously not going to be interested in all of them. What are your thoughts if you have one would you say its worth me getting one?

    Of course deciding to get one is the easy part then i have to decide which one, i've looked at the Kindles and i don't really like the look of the cheaper one and the keyboard one of quite expensive at £149 although i do like the 3G feature. The Kobo E-readers look nice, i like the quilted design on the back and the normal one is only £70 and the touch screen one is only £100. I am swayed towards the touch screen as i am so used to having other touch screen devices but someone did point out to me that i'd have finger prints all over the screen when trying to read. Some reviews i have read say the contrast on the kindle is better so the writing stand out more, has anyone tried them both and able to comment on this and the Kobo ones in general?

    Two things holding me back is the the screen refreshing and flashing black that looks really off putting and annoying? Also its obviously black and white deliberately because of the e-ink screen but to me it just looks odd, i know books are black and white but to me holding something electrical with a black and white screen seems old fashioned haha but i guess i will get used to it?

    I am planning to go into the shops and play around on the different types if i can but was hoping i could get some opinions on here first and if anyone can answer any of my questions that would be great
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    I, overall, would probably advise against getting one. You can pick up a few free classics that you know you should have read already, but apart from them I haven't found a book yet that's cheaper electronically than a second-hand copy. They do have advantages in that they are light and portable, and I quite enjoy the reading experience on mine (which is by the way a Sony touch screen).

    If you do decide to get one the Kindle is probably the best. I would recommend the cheaper one without the keyboard (mum has that one, so I'm speaking from experience here as well) since the screen contrast is slightly better than on other readers I have seen, the price is only £89 and it has wifi. I always saw the 3G as a little pointless; it's really too cumbersome for browsing the web on the go (especially if you have a smart phone). The Amazon store is also at least as good as what I have been able to find on the internet for other e readers - it has a large selection and good prices (though still more expensive than normal books) - and there are a good few free books on it too (though admittedly probably not as many as on the wider internet).

    Whether or not you get one really comes down to how much you value the portability and easiness of having an expensive e reader compared to many heavy, though much cheaper, books. This is obviously something you will have to weigh up yourself.

    As for the questions that you had regarding the e-ink display, I would think that you'll get used to it, as it does look really quite natural (especially on the Kindle as opposed to other brands) and I couldn't see that black and white bothering me. When the screen refreshes it does flash black for a very short time (like, less than half a second), and it hasn't bothered me so far as it certainly causes no more disruption than turning a page on a book would. Here I should probably say that the Kindle flashes slightly less than my Sony.

    Well, hopefully that helped and all. Good luck with your decision.
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    If you download the books illegally then an e-reader is so worth it

    If you don't then it's not
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    (Original post by 117r)

    Well, hopefully that helped and all. Good luck with your decision.
    Yea been looking at the cheaper on but don't really like the look of the buttons and the Kobo one is 20quid cheaper i do have a smartphone so i don't really need the 3G tbh, it would just be spending money for the sake of it. It would be nice to be able to sunbathe and read a book comfortably and without glare.

    Thanks for your help
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    (Original post by JordanadroJ)
    If you download the books illegally then an e-reader is so worth it

    If you don't then it's not
    and where do i do that?:P
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    (Original post by lauraaaa.xo)
    and where do i do that?:P
    The simplest way is to search on google for something like "<book name> free pdf download", or replace 'pdf' with 'mobi' or 'epub'

    Then use a program called 'Calibre' to convert them and put them on the Kindle

    Or a better way is to go on torrent websites

    You can find loads of guides to help you on google

    EDIT: Just had a look at some of the guides and found an even easier way. Search on google for ""<book name>" filetype:mobi" (with quotes around the book name). Not that I recommend breaking the law
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      Kindle Fire Kobo is a fake kindle.
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      I have a Kindle Keyboard (but bought mine before so mine is only WiFi and not 3G) and I can confirm that you don't really need 3G as long as you download all the books you want from the Kindle store before you leave your house - which is easy as the Kindle can hold so many books.

      Secondly I tried a Kobo in WHSmith and found that the touch screen was very clumsy and did not respond very well to my touch and also it took a long time for it to recognize my movement and then turn the page compared to just pressing the button to turn the page on the Kindle.

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      Kindle's are very worth it, extremely light, very easy to read and cheap as well. Also, if you have a smartphone or tablet, you can download the kindle app and all your books get synced to both the Kindle and the app.

      Also, some places (no names discussed) you can download entire libraries of Kindle books for free. For example, I may or may not have 10,000 ebook novels from most major authors on my portable HDD, which could make life alot easier

      And remember kids, piracy is bad etc etc....
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      Or you buy an Ipad and get all the features of an E-reader plus tons more.

      /thread.
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      (Original post by kidoo)
      Or you buy an Ipad and get all the features of an E-reader plus tons more.

      /thread.
      Or you buy a decent Android tab and get all the features of an iPad and Kindle, plus loads more
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      (Original post by kidoo)
      Or you buy an Ipad and get all the features of an E-reader plus tons more.

      /thread.
      Which costs around £300 more.

      I didn't like the Kobo and have had no problems with the Kindle.
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      (Original post by kidoo)
      Or you buy an Ipad and get all the features of an E-reader plus tons more.

      /thread.
      No, not "/thread" because Ipads make terrible e-readers. No e-ink, too big, less battery life. And much more expensive.
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      (Original post by kidoo)
      Or you buy an Ipad and get all the features of an E-reader plus tons more.

      /thread.
      For 4x the price, <10% battery life, worse performance in sunlight, 10x the attraction for thieves, far more fragile and no 3G interent when abroad, travelling.

      They're both for different purposes. If what you want to do is view ebooks or greyscale pdf's, well, the kindle dicks all over an iPad.

      Never used a Kobo.
      Use my K3G at work and play lots.
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      (Original post by gabjam)
      Kindle's are very worth it, extremely light, very easy to read and cheap as well. Also, if you have a smartphone or tablet, you can download the kindle app and all your books get synced to both the Kindle and the app.

      Also, some places (no names discussed) you can download entire libraries of Kindle books for free. For example, I may or may not have 10,000 ebook novels from most major authors on my portable HDD, which could make life alot easier

      And remember kids, piracy is bad etc etc....
      I'm sure this is all aboveboard.
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      (Original post by Mr. Z)
      No, not "/thread" because Ipads make terrible e-readers. No e-ink, and they're too big. And much more expensive.
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      For 4x the price, <10% battery life, worse performance in sunlight, 10x the attraction for thieves, far more fragile and no 3G interent when abroad, travelling.
      They're both for different purposes. If what you want to do is view ebooks or greyscale pdf's, well, the kindle dicks all over an iPad.
      Never used a Kobo.Use my K3G at work and play lots.

      Well your getting 20 times the capability for something not much larger than a Kindle, your already gonna spend £90 on a Kindle, you might as well pay £200 and invest in an Ipad 1 which will be far more useful.
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        I got a kindle keyboard for christmas and just finished reading the hunger games on it
        I love it! You can copy bits of text and it'll send them to your twitter for you, make notes that attach to the text as well.
        You can also go on the internet as it has wi-fi and can play mp3's on it whilst reading

        Remember though that the screen is not back-lit to make it more like a book, so although you don't get glare on them as you would with an ipad or kobo you need a light to read them in the dark but most covers come with a light now
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        (Original post by addylad)
        I'm sure this is all aboveboard.
        I have commited piracy against Henry Kissinger, but this was an act of political protest and is within my human rights to freedom of speech. :pierre:
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        (Original post by kidoo)
        Well your getting 20 times the capability for something not much larger than a Kindle, your already gonna spend £90 on a Kindle, you might as well pay £200 and invest in an Ipad 1 which will be far more useful.
        I had both an iPad 1 and a Kingle 3G, at the same time.

        It does have 20x (maybe more) the capability, but in ways that are useless to me. It is a toy... admittedly the world's best toy, but i don't find it -useful-.

        I'm now using a MacBook Air (like an Ipad, just 300g heavier, less than twice the price and 100x the capability), a Kindle (unrivalled in the greyscale world, except by paper) and iPhone (again, like an iPad, but half the price and just as capable...unless you want your porn A4 sized. i have the mac for that).

        So...for me at least, the iPad is useless. A toy (and i tried, really tried, to get along with it. Bought it office suits, wireless printing, the works - sold it after 3 months). There's nothing it does that i need - it's jack of all trades, master of none...
       
       
       
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