Thinking of getting an Ebook Reader, but I am concerned about the amount of tracking in Kindles. Kobo and Onyx doesn’t seem much better. Does anyone in the fediverse have an Ebook setup they’re happy with?
@oilyfish @oysmal If you can get an xo-4 touch, not only is the software more freedom-respecting than conventional COTS e-readers, but the dual mode screen is superior because you can choose between color LCD and e-ink. Commercial e-readers have yet to catch up (AFAIK) despite the tech being over 10 yrs old. http://wiki.laptop.org/go/XO-4_Touch
@oysmal @oilyfish If you can't manage to get an xo-4, then this is best info source for COTS options => https://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/EBook_Reader_Matrix
@deejoe @oysmal @oilyfish I suspect you're confusing "e-ink" (a generic synonym for electronic paper which covers reflective LCD & all other paper-like tech) with "E Ink" (a particular brand). The hyphen is significant. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_paper vs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_Ink
Not to get to prescriptive about it, just wanted to be sure no one was confused by your use of "e-ink".
e-paper typically holds an image even in a power-off state. The OLPC displays use *less* power in reflective mode by virtue of not driving the backlight, but they still need power to hold the image.
As LCDs though, they aren't as slow to update as most e-paper.
@oysmal I just never connect to the net with my kindle :) they can't track me if for them I don't exist, a bit annoying to get Norwegian books for the kindle anyway, so I buy them and transfer them over usb.
@sotolf To be honest, this sounds like what I’ll end up doing. Everything else seems like too much of a hassle. Here’s hoping we eventually get a Pinetab with an e-ink screen :)
@oysmal Downloading pdfs to your phone and reading them through a reader app sounds like a decent setup to me.
@oysmal I am using a Pocketbook Touch Lux 3. There is an integrated shop on the device (which one depends on where you bought it), but you can simply ignore it. No registration or online sync is neccessary. It works with calibre.
The only thing I am missing is the abilty to sync books via webdav/Nextcloud.
@oysmal Just a normal Android phone with a decent sized screen. FB Reader is a great book reader app, and Calibre Companion takes care of uploading the books from a laptop.
I don't have a Google account and use APKpure to update the apps.
I'm very happy with this setup.
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