Elonex 511EB Ebook Reader - £49.99 *Instore* @ HMV
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Elonex 511EB Ebook Reader - £49.99 *Instore* @ HMV

£49.99
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Found 19th Feb 2011Made hot 19th Feb 2011
Hey guys,

Just thought I'd let you know that HMV are doing the Elonex 511eb ebook reader for £49.99, down from £129.99. There were 6 in the HMV on Market Street in Manchester, and 2 on display in the arndale.

Specs:
5 ’’ eInk® Screen
800 x 600 pixels
170dpi – view extra fine detail
Near 180° viewing angle
Only 190g
173 x 116 x 10mm
Rechargeable LI-ion battery
QWERTY Keyboard

Supported Formats:
TXT, HTXT, HTML, PDF, EPUB, DOC
JPG, TIF, BMP, PNG, GIF
MP3, WAV, WMA


It also comes with a 4GB micro SD card preloaded with 100 free classic ebooks.

No idea if it's nationwide but the two stores mentioned above had them so maybe it is? I bought one and I think its a great bargain, so if anyone wants to know anything I'll be willing to help =]

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Looks a very good deal - how would the eInk compare to the new Kindle - enjoy reading books on iPhone and imagine this would be an improvement on that?

Id better give the local store a ring at some point

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doobyduck

Looks a very good deal - how would the eInk compare to the new Kindle - … Looks a very good deal - how would the eInk compare to the new Kindle - enjoy reading books on iPhone and imagine this would be an improvement on that?



My partners got the kindle, I havent compared them yet but after using this one they don't seem that dissimilar, the pictures really clear, and the text is easily readable, pictures are displayed well too. Kindle might have a faster refresh rate but this one is really fast for the price, it suprisingly doesn't flicker much when changing the page unless its a large pdf.

And yeah eink is much easier on your eyes it's just like reading a normal book.
Edited by: "krato" 19th Feb 2011

does this one let you download books from Amazon? I'd seen an offer for a different make of ereader that is only £29 but the reviews were pretty lousy and some said you couldn't use it for amazon books

these things(kindle etc) seem well overpriced at 100 quid plus for a black and white display. kinda like the old nintendo gameboy.

I'm sure that after the original hype has died then so will the price, and this is the trailblazer!

I bet they are gr8 though for when the misses reads at nigh,t as the screen means no annoying light on zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz 4 me

Great price. Killed off by the Kindle, presumably.

After getting used to the Kindle's ability to download books (including free ones) from Amazon, and its ability to access the net for free anywhere in the world, you'd have to prise it off me with a crowbar, though...........:D

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linzielegs

does this one let you download books from Amazon? I'd seen an offer for a … does this one let you download books from Amazon? I'd seen an offer for a different make of ereader that is only £29 but the reviews were pretty lousy and some said you couldn't use it for amazon books



The supported formats are:

Supported Formats:
TXT, HTXT, HTML, PDF, EPUB, DOC
JPG, TIF, BMP, PNG, GIF
MP3, WAV, WMA

Amazon ebooks are proprietary format that only work on kindle (as far as I know) though you might be able to convert them to html/pdf/epub which I'm guessing wouldn't be legal as you'd have to crack the DRM.

Billy Congo

these things(kindle etc) seem well overpriced at 100 quid plus for a … these things(kindle etc) seem well overpriced at 100 quid plus for a black and white display. kinda like the old nintendo gameboy. I'm sure that after the original hype has died then so will the price, and this is the trailblazer!I bet they are gr8 though for when the misses reads at nigh,t as the screen means no annoying light on zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz 4 me



Don't expect the prices to drop much - they're a totally different technology than your old GameBoy and much more expensive to make. The odd one you see for very cheap, like this, is probably people shifting old stock. Anyway, complaining it's black and white is like complaining that a novel didn't have enough pictures. Who needs colour if you're reading a book?

Also, not sure how you reckon you can use it to read in the dark - it's just like ink on normal paper, and if you can read a normal book in the dark you've got better eyes than me!

So, if you can't download ebooks from Amazon, who can you buy them from for this device as I've not actually researched into ebook readers..

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Billy Congo

these things(kindle etc) seem well overpriced at 100 quid plus for a … these things(kindle etc) seem well overpriced at 100 quid plus for a black and white display. kinda like the old nintendo gameboy. I'm sure that after the original hype has died then so will the price, and this is the trailblazer!I bet they are gr8 though for when the misses reads at nigh,t as the screen means no annoying light on zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz 4 me




I think they are overpriced at £100+, I'd never buy one at that price. Personally I think there will always be a market for them because tablets like the iPad are near impossible to use for reading due to eye strain from the backlight etc.

Standard cheap ones with not many features (like this) will probably come down in price,but there will always be more expensive ones with new tech and new features that keep coming out at higher price...

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bio

So, if you can't download ebooks from Amazon, who can you buy them from … So, if you can't download ebooks from Amazon, who can you buy them from for this device as I've not actually researched into ebook readers..



Waterstones do an ebook service
waterstones.com/wat…87/

And lots of other websites, I haven't looked into it much as I'm just using it for course books in PDF format =]

Cheers, I did wonder as the missus may be after one is all

Billy Congo

these things(kindle etc) seem well overpriced at 100 quid plus for a … these things(kindle etc) seem well overpriced at 100 quid plus for a black and white display. kinda like the old nintendo gameboy.


Billy Congo

I bet they are gr8 though for when the misses reads at nigh,t as the … I bet they are gr8 though for when the misses reads at nigh,t as the screen means no annoying light on zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz 4 me


I think maybe you should use one, or at least look at one, before you comment.

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bio

Cheers, I did wonder as the missus may be after one is all



No probs, the kindle is a lot more feature rich but if your not too bothered about that, and just want to read a book then I wholeheartedly reccomend this one, especially at the current price!

I have one of these and it's very nice. Not as nice as a Kindle but for £50 it is definitely worth it.

krato

Amazon ebooks are proprietary format that only work on kindle (as far as … Amazon ebooks are proprietary format that only work on kindle (as far as I know) though you might be able to convert them to html/pdf/epub which I'm guessing wouldn't be legal as you'd have to crack the DRM.

Illegal yes, immoral no.

Cracking pro-piracy technology on your legally purchased media is a noble pursuit

If you install Kindle on your PC and then install this:

calibre-ebook.com/

then follow these instructions:

tinyurl.com/dek…dle

you can buy ebooks from Amazon and then transfer to the ePub supporting reader of your choice


I use it to manage all the books on my Sony PRS350

i bought my wife the kindle wifi for xmas and i think that it is great value particually when you see what people pay for Ipads etc I know it does not do as much but what it does it does very very well and that is worth a premium. The cost of th devices (liek games consoles) will become insignificant comapred to what you spend on media overs its lifetime so buy the one you want not the cheapest

wibbble

Anyway, complaining it's black and white is like complaining that a novel … Anyway, complaining it's black and white is like complaining that a novel didn't have enough pictures. Who needs colour if you're reading a book?


Would be useful for textbooks and diagrams

Calibre - e-book management is the programme you need to convert pdf, txt, kindle files to whatever format you want ... works a treat.

If you are using a kindle you can even email the formatted document to yourself. Great for converting the LEGALLY free downloads available.

not quite as cheap but you can get the 6" version for £79.99

hotukdeals.com/dea…605

Looks good with the sd card slot.
Something that is missing on the kindle.
I only bought the kindle for the 3g web browser which is limited but its free after you paid the premium for 3g.
The sony prs505 i had, has better button placement than the kindle and it does pdf better down to reflow.
Dont know if this does pdf reflow but it helps if you use pdfs a lot.
Edited by: "trott3r" 19th Feb 2011

in reality 4gb is overkill

not that i'd be complaining of course

but an average ebook is only around a megabyte or so - you'd struggle to control 4000 books.

i have a sony 300 reader which i got about 15 months ago for about £90 - one of the best bargains i've ever had in terms of how much i've used it.

this is a real bargain - it may not have kindle written on it but these readers are so useable and there is a wealth of free literature out there from aspiring authors.

skindleGui is the easiest tool for removing DRM from Kindle books apparently

It's expired by the look of it.

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presterjohn71

It's expired by the look of it.



how?

Anyone have one of these and know if PDFs look any good on it? (Am in a desperate search for one that can handle PDF files well!)

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davesherman

Anyone have one of these and know if PDFs look any good on it? (Am in a … Anyone have one of these and know if PDFs look any good on it? (Am in a desperate search for one that can handle PDF files well!)



PDF's look fine, just like they do in Adobe Reader, although it all depends on the format/type/size of the PDF like most Ebook readers and it depends how you want to use it.
You can view the PDF in the native PDF format, meaning when you zoom in to read the text you have to scroll horizontally & vertically but it keeps all formatting, pictures etc. in place and looks like it was intended to look.
Or you can turn on reflow which will deconstruct the PDF document allowing the doc to be read like a normal ebook, this way you can change the font size, line spacing etc and there is no horizontal scrolling as the text wraps to the next line instead of extending off the screen. This can mess the PDF up if it's heavily formatted with pictures and diagrams etc but if it's not then it's highly readable.

edit:
just to give you an idea I just put this on it: oldham.gov.uk/old…pdf which seems to be the most complex pdf I can find. It takes a while to load but it renders it perfect and all labels and road names are readable at a decent enough zoom level.
Edited by: "krato" 19th Feb 2011

any one know how good these are with pdf's? i got lots of tech books that came with pdf's and it be good to see how they are on a e-reader. biggest problem i got is the books are physically bigger than the screen so i think the text will be crushed or parts missing and how does it deal with line drawings?

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daytripper2k

any one know how good these are with pdf's? i got lots of tech books that … any one know how good these are with pdf's? i got lots of tech books that came with pdf's and it be good to see how they are on a e-reader. biggest problem i got is the books are physically bigger than the screen so i think the text will be crushed or parts missing and how does it deal with line drawings?



see post above yours =]

I'm using mine for PDF course books for a computing course meaning lots of diagrams, pictures, lines etc. and they seem to render fine although if you want it to fit in one column you might have difficulty, they seem to place diagrams and pictures below text in the right order but it won't be in any format similar to native... so two pictures side by side might go below/above one another if they're too big for the screen. Thats just down to the nature of PDF's I don't think there's any other way that could display PDF's differently. (don't hold me to that though)
Edited by: "krato" 19th Feb 2011

All these 'readers' who can't spell - magic!

Brilliant... thanks for the detailed reply Krato!

Besford

All these 'readers' who can't spell - magic!



Magic is easy to spell... M - A - G - I - C

Hi

I use the 700EB and it works a treat, too big for a pocket.

plays HD 1080p video great

still on offer in Asda for £75

the 500 and 700 both load pdfs without problems.

The bigger the pdf file and picture content will mean more rendering time but not an issue as a big HQ file doen't take that long and my pdf magazines look great.

stick a 16gb sd card in it and your away.....

Tom

eb700 info

hotukdeals.com/dea…e=3

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the coffee man

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The 700EB and the 511EB are completely different products and you'd buy them based on completely different uses/reasons. This is a true ebook reader, which uses eink for the display like the kindle, the 700EB is more of a multimedia tablet, not really useful for extended hours of reading due to the backlit lcd screen. Don't get me wrong the 700EB seems like a bargain at £70 but just not an alternative product for something like this.



edit:
GRRRRRRR @ stupid updates, my quotes aren't working =[
Edited by: "krato" 20th Feb 2011

Yes I agree

it's not the same but the 700EB great for pdf magazines and limited reading times.





mrsean2k

If you install Kindle on your PC and then install … If you install Kindle on your PC and then install this:http://calibre-ebook.com/then follow these instructions:http://tinyurl.com/dekindleyou can buy ebooks from Amazon and then transfer to the ePub supporting reader of your choiceI use it to manage all the books on my Sony PRS350



Thanks for this - do you know if running this procedure invalidates any warranty/guarantee?

iPads and eBook readers will eventually merge

Is a 5 inch screen big enough?

stphnstevey

iPads and eBook readers will eventually mergeIs a 5 inch screen big … iPads and eBook readers will eventually mergeIs a 5 inch screen big enough?



Not unless iPads come with a screen that can be switched to e-ink. There's no comparison between the reading experience on something like a Kindle (and this one, I imagine) and an iPad.

iPads are great for all sorts of things, but reading books just isn't one of them.
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