I bought an ebook reader with eINK display back in 2010. It was an
iRiver Story. The specs were fantastic: mp3/ogg/flac reader, stunning looks, great battery
life, about 1 week, no sync software only MASS STORAGE. I loved the specs and the design
philosophy. No synching apps, no effing iTunes, no Windows synch-tool. I felt that it gave me a lot
of freedom, just like it is supposed to.
It had an eInk screen - You know,
those displays that are really comfortable to read on and doesn't wear out your eyes,
and that you can read in bright sunshine, like on the beach.
It was a 7" device with. I thought it would revolutionize my reading, but it didn't and I'll
tell you why.
I mainly rely on PDF files for my books for various reasons. The main reason is my
university's scholarly databases provide .pdf's not reflow formats. Therefore I was so
happy when I got a device that said on the box "supports PDF". Well it DID support PDF,
but the single most important function of a PDF reader, is the ZOOM. PDFs are mostly different
from each other, and one always has to ZOOM this way or that way. Zoom to fit screen, Zoom in, Zoom
out and so on. Well this eInk device and most eInk devices others I have perused after this first purchase, has this limitation:
They only allow for 3 levels of "static zoom", there is no way to zoom it to make it useable, like
for instant fill entire screen with half the document, or 1/4 of the document. No no, it required
the user to set static "start and end points" and then provide 3 levels of zoom "some zoom, more zoom, a lot of zoom".
In the end I had to give it up actually, and leave the gorgeous device in a cabinet. I occasionally
used it to play music, which it happily did for for ever.
Conclusion: The only real way to consume books is to bite the bullet and use a proper tablet.
I might fall into the hands of the empire and use "Good Reader" and DropBox to read my PDFs on an
iPad3 this fall, or I might get the Asus Transformer and download the "Cool Reader" app. Pinching and swiping gestures ARE very useful
when reading. For the ZOOM, I'm going with a fully fledged tablet. The eInk device I bought was a huge letdown. /end rant