Would someone please recommend an electronic ink tablet device for reading on?
I have tried reading on traditional light-emitting screens and I find the experience unsatisfactory compared to paper. My ideal solution would be large enough in at least one dimension (portrait or landscape) to view a full page PDF without scaling or horizontal scrolling.
My hope is that someone who already has such a device can speak from personal experience. I find it very hard to trust reviews/review articles.
You should say which screen size you need. You can determine that with a normal tablet. Someone with better eyes might favor a device too small for you.
@rudolf Thanks, that's a good point for clarification.
My main goal is to be able to see the full width of a "standard PDF page" at 100% zoom (as if I had printed it out.) So I guess by that metric I'm looking for a device which is at least 8.5 inches in one (or both) dimensions.
Then you need to pick your typical page, and look at it with different sized devices. Then you will know.
> Would someone please recommend an electronic ink tablet device for reading on?
> …My ideal solution would be large enough in at least one dimension (portrait or landscape) to view a full page PDF without scaling or horizontal scrolling.
> My hope is that someone who already has such a device can speak from personal experience.
This isn't as personal a recommendation as you want, but I've heard good things about the kobo from a few people.
@kelbot, were you one of those people?
@codesections @ernakh @kelbot I tracked down this page
It seems like what you want is available but pretty pricey (>$600)
I like the Kobo's more than the other commercial alternatives but they aren't quite big enough for PDFs without zooming. The only large format eink device I have any experience with is a little bit with my wife's Remarkable. It is great for PDFs, notes, drawing and koreader can be installed for a good reading experience.
@ernakh I have eyes on remarktable II. It is a capable good looking e-ink tablet running gnu/linux. It is quite hackable. You can run your own distro on it if you like to.
@ernakh Have you considered the Kobo Forma? Mainstream device with multiple software options, good price and sounds like it’s format might suit your needs well.
@ernakh I can recommend the reMarkable2, I love reading and take notes on that thing, especially "full size" PDFs!
@ernakh I own a Kobo Forma 2 and I'm very satisfied with it. It has just the right size: not to small but not too big either. I especially like the colored backlight, that allows me to read at night without keeping me awake. The battery lasts for weeks even with daily reading (turn off the WiFi though).
@ernakh I have an old 'nook' reader that runs android 2. It's ok. It works. It's small, but it works.
I have a 'new' Pocketbook reader. It is NOT android, it runs Linux, and I prefer it.
I tend to use epub rather than pdf, so I can 're-flow' the text to fit the pages and not have to scroll. 'Calibre' will convert, and does a somewhat acceptable job in many cases. It depends on how the book was created, whether the text is in the pdf with fonts, or whether it's images.
Mine are smaller, which isn't the greatest for full pages. But great for just carrying around. Which I don't do enough of.
Neither of mine are light emitting. Oh wait, the pocketbook _is_ backlit. It's not a strong backlight, and it's optional.
If you can find one in a store to look at, I'd say take a look and see if the pocketbook line works for you.
(and here's some internals: https://www.synacktiv.com/en/publications/e-ink-maiden-bring-your-reader-to-the-reverser.html )
@ernakh I just got a remarkable so I haven't really fully formed an opinion yet, but I like it so far.
Part of why I sprung for it was how enthusiastic people are, I asked around and people who have them really love them
First impressions are that the screen size is really nice and it feels really well made
@ernakh they make a big deal about the surface and texture feeling like paper but I don't know how much that will matter to me
@ernakh This may or may not matter to you but I also like that it's basically a (slightly weird) linux machine under the hood. I actually didn't know that before getting mine and it was a pleasant surprise
Samsung Galaxy Tab A.
con: kind of heavy, but that's because of the battery.
pro: battery lasts for ages
@ernakh I have also had a great experience with Kobo devices. I currently use an Aura but it sounds like the Forma is more what you are looking for.
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