E-Book readers evaluated

We have quite a few (6) E book readers and I thought I would share some of my observations about them. First of all, nothing has a great battery life. Most are ok. I do not have a single one that I can read all day without charging. Realize this, battery life is a direct function of the number of page turns you do. If you have the font as rather large (as I do) then it will not last as long on a charge.

    Aluratek Libre Pro:
  • The first one I bought... used for 30 bucks.
  • 5 inch screen, landscape capable...
  • Great reading in bright sun.
  • tough as nails. Standard SD card slot for up to 32 GB.
  • File formats:
  • E Book: PDF, TXT, FB2, EPUB, MOBI, PRC, RTF,
  • Graphics: BMP, JPG, GIF, and animated GIF picture,
  • Audio: MP3

Evaluation If I have to go to an auction, this is the one I take. Dusty, nasty places are no problem for this one. It does not like being sat upon in a subway booth.

    Nook 1st Edition:
  • Bought new on sale at best buy for 100 bucks.
  • 6 inch screen.
  • Good reading in bright sun.
  • No landscape mode.
  • File formats:
  • E Book: EPUB (including Non or Adobe DRM) PDB PDF
  • Graphics: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP
  • Audio: Mp3

Evaluation: You know, Nook and Kindle are fighting it out for the Ereader market and because of DRM issues I'd like to really recommend the Nook. But I can't. No landscape, a screen that is not that great and an organizational scheme on the reader that is a pain to navigate leaves it lacking. If you find one (or better yet, a Nook touch) cheap get it. Otherwise save your bucks.

  • Bought one from china for 30 bucks on Ebay. New can be found for between 70 and 100 bucks. Walmart even carried it.
  • 7 inch screen (can do color)
  • landscape capable. COLOR video & PDF. B&W reading most of the time.
  • Fine for outside reading and for low light
  • SD card slot.
    File formats:
  1. E Book: TXT, EPUB, FB2, HTML, PDB, PDF and DOC
  2. Graphics & Video: JPG, BMP, AVI, MP4, FLV, and more
  3. Audio: MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, and more\t

Evaluation: Ok, I like this one. This biggest issue I have with it come from pagination of altered font sizes. Quite simply, sometimes it is messed up. PDF resizing is problematic. Screen is very bright with good contrast. You can design you own organization system by creating folders on the SD card and them putting books in the folders. A little kludgy but it can work quite well. Like the Aluratek, if you can get one of these cheap, do it. It also comes with a good case.

    Sony Touch
  • New on ebay for about $120.. in this case, the newer model the better
  • 6 inch screen, can do landscape. low contrast (not good)
  • Outside it is ok (not great but ok) but in low light it stinks
  • SD card slot
    File formats
  1. E Book: BBeB, PDF, RTF, TXT, Word, ePub
  2. Audio: MP3

Evaluation The first E reader we had was a Sony and frankly it was not worth it. But that was in the very early days of E readers. Of all the E readers we have Sony has the best interface and organizational structure. It is very easy to find and classify books. You can take notes with either handwriting or text input. You can hi light text. As a school tool, it is great. But I cannot recommend it. You need an auxillary light to make the thing usable for actually reading for any length of time. It's a pity, because if they ever got a screen with decent contrast and light level, this would probably be my favorite.

    Kobo Glo
  • I went to a lot of trouble to get this one. Kobo sells as #1 in Europe and I wanted to see if they were smarter than the typical American customer. They are (at least in this case.)
  • On Ebay for about 95 used, $130 new regardless of where you buy. Where can you find these? Best buy, Frys, and fairly large independent bookstores (Powells Books online,) Kobo may not be able to sell it to you directly because of restrictions on importing electronic goods.
  • 6 inch screen (barely)
  • cannot go landscape in epubs, it can on pdf's
  • By far the best readable screen on the market (the Glo feature makes it very easy to read in low light.) The fonts resize easily and pagination was never a problem.
  • SD micro card slot (the one I have has been flaky reading the SD card.) I'm in contact with KOBO about this.
    File Formats:
  1. E book:
  2. Audio: none
  3. Video: none
    Asus Eee Transformer Android Tablet
  • On ebay for less than $120..
  • 10.1 inch screen, can do landscape. color with good readability
  • Outside it is great, inside better
  • SD card slot
    File formats
  1. E Book: Takes calibre and can sync with your computer calibre database.
  2. Audio: MP3