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Elonex 511EB 5" ebook reader £129.00 @ waterstones

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6y, 11m agoFound 6 years, 11 months ago
Features

Heres a run-down of some of the more interesting features of the device.

* Text-to-speech. A synthetic voice will read in English, Mandarin or Cantonese. The voice can be set to male or female. Its not the best TTS Ive encountered, but its adequate.
* Memo recorder. As well as a QWERTY keyboard for you to write your own novel on, theres a built in microphone so you can record any thoughts you might have.
* Format support. The device will render TXT, HTXT(?), HTML, PDF, ePub and DOC. It admits that complex DOC and PDF may not render correctly. It has Adobe Digital Editions support should you wish to read a DRMd eBook.
* SDHC. The device comes with a 4GB microSD card and will take up to 32GB. Thats probably more books than you could read in a lifetime but leaves plenty of room for
* Music playback. MP3, WAV and WMA. It doesnt say what bitrates etc it supports. No support for OGG, which is a disappointment. The two speakers on the back are loud enough but arent going to be replacing your HiFi. The headphone socket is a standard 3.5mm jack.
# Picture support for JPG, TIFF, PNG, GIF and BMP. Obviously its only a black and white screen with 8 levels of grey. You can set one of your images to be the start-up screen.
# Security. You can set a password if youre worried about it being lost or stolen.
# The screen is 800*600 at 170dpi. The refresh rate seems a mite quicker than the more expensive screens but only a mite.
# The device shows as a mass-storage device when plugged in to a computer so theres no software to install on your Mac or PC. I did have some troubles with Linux see the bugs section.
# Theres a lock button at the top. It also has the usual array of eReader functions bookmarks, text search, remembering your last position, font size changing. It comes with two built in fonts Arial and Times.
# Lots of settings to play around with.
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#2
This looks interesting and appears to have everything you need in an e-reader and at this price many people will be able to able to try it out. HOT from me!
#3
I'm a voracious reader (have boxes of books I haven't er, unpacked since I moved here), any other good reviews of this? Is this like certain ebooks that are only locked to the paid formats (DRM?). SO tempted! No sure about prices of this Elonex but giving you a Hot vote just for bringing it to my attention!
banned#4
this seems amazingly expensive for what it is. The screen is tiny

you could have bought the much better Sony Reader PRS505 £89.97 In store at Currys a few weeks back.
#5
louiselouise;7357345
I'm a voracious reader (have boxes of books I haven't er, unpacked since I moved here), any other good reviews of this? Is this like certain ebooks that are only locked to the paid formats (DRM?). SO tempted! No sure about prices of this Elonex but giving you a Hot vote just for bringing it to my attention!


From the review this e-book looks as 'open' as they get unlike the Kindle. According to the review:

"Format support. The device will render TXT, HTXT(?), HTML, PDF, ePub and DOC. It admits that complex DOC and PDF may not render correctly. It has Adobe Digital Editions support should you wish to read a DRM’d eBook."

So it can read PDF and for DRM the popular ePub format. Have a look at these sites for the range of books available in ePub: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/browse/ebooks/4294964587/
[url]www.booksonboard.com[/url]
[url]www.fictionwise.com[/url]
http://ebooks.whsmith.co.uk/DDEA9B8E-16B8-46B3-8941-16B282FADE97/10/132/en/default.htm

One other point, you will need some sort of cover to protect the device as the screens on e-books are a little fragile. My Sony PRS-505 cam with a nice cover but this device may not. In that case it may be worth looking at the current Sony devices as they may also come with covers.

My wife also has an e-book and is a bigger reader than me so the saving in space round the house has been significant, no more books all over the place. They are also VERY handy for holidays, no more stacks of books to lug around.

Go on, you know it makes sense.
#6
csiman;7357433
this seems amazingly expensive for what it is. The screen is tiny

you could have bought the much better Sony Reader PRS505 £89.97 In store at Currys a few weeks back.


That would have been clearance as the 505 is end of life, can you still get them at that price?
banned#7
John Mason;7357570
That would have been clearance as the 505 is end of life, can you still get them at that price?

not sure.

surely 5inch screens will be really poor for reading. :?

thats not much more than a PSP and I cant imagine reading a book on that size.
#8
Every inch counts and the PRS505 is 6" :) Does the Elonex play .cbr files (I've lots of ancient scanned comics on here too)?

I've seen one of the Sony models displaying them (PRS300). I'd rather go for the Sony PRS505 if I could get my hands on one!
#9
csiman
not sure.

surely 5inch screens will be really poor for reading. :?

thats not much more than a PSP and I cant imagine reading a book on that size.


i have the prs300 - 5" screen - it's perfectly fine, roughly the size of a paperback page, except you can increase font size as and when you need to
#10
louiselouise;7357803
Every inch counts and the PRS505 is 6" :) Does the Elonex play .cbr files (I've lots of ancient scanned comics on here too)?

I've seen one of the Sony models displaying them (PRS300). I'd rather go for the Sony PRS505 if I could get my hands on one!


Looks like Argos is your best option for a 505 at £199 unless anyone knows of a better deal?
#11
Yeh, I wouldn't pay full whack for a discontinued model (kicks self for missing out on the Currys deal)! Even on ebay/amazon prices for it are silly. I'll sit tight a bit longer, I think..
#12
8% quidco = £118.68!
#13
This one looks good too, if it ever comes back in stock (with leather case and headphones, £119.99). http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/543702/hanvon-ebook-reader-wise-reader-n51

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