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Comment Re:Family Plans (Score 1) 316

I guess you could say I use Google Play -- but it's all my own music. When they first announced Google Music, I uploaded all my music to their cloud, and it's now available to play where ever I have an internet connection. They used to periodically pitch me on signing up for their paid service, but I think they've given up (or maybe I just don't notice anymore.)

If I do get new music, I buy the CD and rip it to flac. Google Play uploads it and converts it to whatever format they're using. I keep a secondary mp3 repository (converted from the flac) for my car. Those high-capacity, low profile USB drives are great.

I'm mostly done converting all my LPs to digital format. The ones that were in bad shape I bought replacement CDs, but mostly I listen to the digitized copy.

Comment Re: daily mail reporting and liberal bias (Score 1) 555

Hybrids and electric vehicles barely have any brake wear. It's not zero, but damned close. When you brake any vehicle capable of regenerative braking (electrics or hybrids) you simply use the motor as a generator and turn your forward motion to battery charge. The brake pads only make contact as you come to a stop at the very end, or if you are braking harder than the battery can accept charge.

So I call bullshit on the methodology of whoever did the study.

Comment Re:In short... (Score 1) 171

Some of us also don't care for the touchscreen either. I want to be able to handle the e-reader (shift my grip, etc.) without having to worry that a non-intended touch will cause something unexpected to happen.

It's less of an issue with a phone. What I read on a phone is constantly interactive -- I don't do long-form reading on a phone.

The Oasis has a touchscreen, and for me that's a negative. But it has a large gripping surface, and it should be possible to hold it comfortably (with little worry about brushing against the screen) and still read with a finger on the button. Just clicking 'next ... next ... next' should be below the level of conscious thought, and won't disrupt the flow. It's a one handed operation, so reading at meals, etc. is easier.

Comment Re:Excellent! (Score 1) 171

I guess I was being a little hyperbolic when I said "the only one on the planet." :-)

There used to be vendors in the US that sold Pocketbook, but that lo longer seems to be the case.

The Kindle3 was the only non-touch e-reader on the planet, and now there aren't any. But the Touch Lux 3 looks like it might be a better choice than the Oasis, once my current Kindle3s die. Does PocketBook still use the same kind of system software that the 360 had? With folders and so on?

Maybe if PocketBook notices that Amazon is copying their design, they'll figure that there is a market for the 360 again. I'd jump on that in a heartbeat.

Comment Re:sorry, amazon. (Score 1) 171

Have you ever used an e-reader?

You don't scroll pages. The text flows to fit the page. You click a button to turn the page. If you change the font size, it fills the page differently and you get more (or less) on each page. Big deal.

I'll admit that the form factor might make it less pocket friendly, I'd have to see it to be sure. It's a similar form factor to the old Pocketbook 360, and I had no trouble getting that into my pockets.

Price is a problem. This is pretty expensive. But I don't see a problem with all the telemetry you're talking about. It's trivially disabled. My current Kindle doesn't know my wifi password any more than my "smart" TV does. I don't have any DRM-laden books.

Comment Re:In short... (Score 1) 171

The sub-$100 versions *used* to be perfect. Then they got rid of the buttons.

Fortunately I saw this happening and got a couple of spares from Staples as they were closing them out. I've since broken one screen, but these should last me for several more years. At that point, if this thing is still around and still has buttons, I'd consider it.

Comment Re:Excellent! (Score 1) 171

The old PocketBook 360 worked this way, but the automatic switching wouldn't have fit his use case. He's talking about reading it sideways. I'm assuming that you can lock the orientation. The 360 allowed this, with fairly easy manual switching of the orientation. that would work for what he wants to do.

The fact is, the 360 provided the most comfortable reading experience of any e-reader I've ever used, specifically because of the asymmetric design.

Comment Re:Excellent! (Score 1) 171

I'm not a big fan of the Paperwhite for the same reason I wouldn't like the Glowlight. No physical buttons. Well, that and the glowy part. I only bought the Gen3 Kindle because it was the last e-reader on the planet that still had physical buttons. Then they got rid of those.

This is too expensive (but not that much more expensive than my PocketBook 360 back in the day) but if my existing Kindles ever die or get broken (I broke a screen on one a month or so back) then I might consider it, just on the strength of the physical buttons.

I brought my entire e-book collection over from the Sony to the PocketBook to the Kindle. It would be no problem for Calibre and me to switch to a different device. *My* format is epub. I don't care what format my devices use, as long as I can convert them over. It's just a display format, but my primary storage is under my control.

I store music as FLAC. Do I care that my car only plays MP3? Not in the least. There's a script for that.

Comment Re:Excellent! (Score 2) 171

My Kindle has epub support.

Or rather, my Calibre-equiped PC and my Kindle together have epub support.

I only ever buy non-DRM epubs. I edit them using Calibre to eliminate the right-justified margins and then convert them to Amazon's format. I've never actually gotten an ebook from Amazon, all my books are side-loaded.

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