Tech Talk : eReaders for Patrons of Public Libraries


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These eReaders are perfect for those who like to use your public library’s digital collection via and other digital collections. The process of transferring an eBook to your eReader is quite simple. First you download an eBook to your computer, you can transfer it to a compatible portable device. Simply plug your device into your computer, look for the device icon in the left hand menu in Adobe Digital Editions, and drag the eBook title to the icon.

Adobe Digital Editions must be installed on your eReader and since Apple & Adobe are not compatiable — iPad, iTouch and iPhone users will not be able to utilize this system.  There are plethora of  Compatible eReaders including the Barnes & Noble nook, Sony ‘s Daily Edition and other devices including all four Sony Digital Readers (PRS-300, 505, 600 and 700BC), as well as the COOL-ER.

The following devices and mobile phone applications are compatible with Adobe’s open, cross-platform solution for eBooks and other digital publications. The devices support PDF and EPUB content, either unprotected or protected by Adobe® Content Server 4 software.  eBooks can be acquired by the listed devices either via wireless connection provided by the device (if available) or via a USB connection from the device to a computer running Adobe Digital Editions (the desktop application for organizing and reading eBooks). NOTE: These are in alpha order by manufacturer.

Aluratek’s Libre eBook Reader Pro

The Libre eBook Reader Pro by Aluratek. Now you can digitally store and carry around with you thousands of your favorite books — saving money, space, and the environment. Aluratek’s Libre connects to any computer with an Internet connection for easy access to the most recently published books, as well as access to free timeless classics. The Libre uses an exclusive LCD technology that approaches the look of actual paper. The long-lasting battery allows up to 24 hours of continuous use, with an auto off feature if you happen to fall asleep.

  • Supports PDF TXT, FB2, EPUB, MOBI (non-DRM only), PRC (non-DRM only)and RTF electronic book format
  • Supports BMP, JPG, GIF, animated GIF picture format
  • Includes 2GB SD Card and 100 free eBooks
  • Content search for easy navigation between books and pages
  • Bookmark and auto page turn function
  • Weight: 1.6 pounds

Priced: $135 – 154

Astak EZ Reader

The six-inch EZ Reader uses E Ink technology to provide an enjoyable reading experience that does not strain your eyes. It is thin and lightweight but has the capacity to hold thousands of books. It supports multiple file formats such as PDF, DOC, JPG, TXT, MP3, PDB, HTML, LIT, and non-DRM PRC. EZ Reader has an SD card slot to expand memory up to 4GB. Plus, it can play MP3 files while you read. It is very energy efficient so you can read up to 8,000 pages on a single charge. Use the included USB cable to transfer files to and from your computer. The package contains a protective carrying case and earbuds,

  • Read up to 8,000 pages on a single charge
  • Easy to use
  • USB port for easy transfer of ebooks
  • Weight: 1.6 pounds

Priced: $225

Astak EZ Reader Pro

The five-inch EZ Reader Pocket PRO is a lighter, smaller, and far more powerful version of the six-inch EZ Reader. The Pocket PRO can reflow any PDF document and supports SD cards up to 16GB in size. Thanks to a special high-speed Epson controller and 400MHz processor, page turns are far faster. It uses eight levels of grayscale tones for better resolution and even has text-to-speech capability. A handy scroll wheel makes page turning even smoother, while still providing the same energy-efficient, eye-pleasing E Ink technology and MP3 stereo that the EZ Reader provides. Pocket PRO also supports more than 12 formats and 20 languages. .

  • Lighter, smaller and more powerful version of the 6-Inch EZ Reader
  • Has the ability to reflow any PDF document
  • Supports SD cards up to 16 GB in size
  • Uses 8 levels of grayscale tones for better resolution
  • Weight: 1.4 pounds

Priced: $190 – $200

Astak Mentor

The six-inch Mentor uses E Ink technology so you can read even in bright light. Sleek and smooth, it enables you to easily switch between vertical or horizontal views of your eBooks, and it supports font increase by up to eight sizes. Like all of Astak’s eBook readers, Mentor supports open-format eBooks and is highly energy efficient. It supports SD cards up to 4GB, so you can store and carry as many eBooks as you like in one lightweight package. Plus it has a built-in Sudoku game. The package comes with a protective carrying case and USB cable.

  • The 6″ Mentor uses E-ink technology so you can read even under bright light conditions.
  • Sleek and smooth
  • Like all of Astak’s eBook readers, it supports open-format eBooks
  • It supports font increase by up to 8 sizes
  • Weight: 1.9 pounds

Priced: $220

Barnes and Noble Nook (editor’s pick)

Meet Barnes & Noble Nook, the new eReader that offers more than one million titles. Get bestsellers, new releases, and your favorite electronic newspapers and magazines, all delivered fast and free via 3G wireless or Wi-Fi. Browse the vast Barnes and Noble eBookstore, sample any eBook for free, and then buy it in seconds. Many bestsellers and new releases are just US$9.99. Choose an eBook using the beautiful color touchscreen, and then watch it appear instantly on the E Ink display, where text appears as crisp as a printed page. The 16-level grayscale display offers great contrast with no glare or backlight. Choose from five font sizes so you can read with ease — no reading glasses required. Plus, you can bookmark, highlight, and make notes as you go.

The bottom line: For the moment, the Wi-Fi-only version of the Barnes & Noble Nook is the best e-reader you can buy for less than $150.

  • Weight:
    • wifi only 11.6 oz
    • 3G + wifi 12.1 oz


Bookeen Cybook Gen3

Cybook Gen3 is an e-reader with a six-inch electronic ink display, 600×800, at 167dpi. It holds over 400 eBooks in only 6.1 ounces (thousands of titles with an additional SD card). The Cybook Gen3 is an ultra-light reading device based on E Ink screen technology. Its screen possesses a paper-like high contrast appearance and is readable under direct sunlight. The device offers a battery lifetime of 8,000 page flips. The Cybook Gen3 reads many file formats and offers access to a wide range of digital documents. To a host computer the Cybook Gen3 functions as a typical USB mass storage device, which allows for easily copying books from most computers without the need for special drivers. For this reason it is supported on all major operating systems, including Linux.

  • “Easy on the eyes” display thanks to the latest electronic ink technology screens.
  • 12 font sizes
  • Use the font of your choice
  • Fast, intuitive interfacee
  • Mac and PC compatible
  • Weight: 6.13 ounces

Priced: $270

Bookeen Cybook Opus

Cybook Opus is an e-reader with a five-inch electronic ink display, 600×800, at 200dpi. It holds over 1,000 eBooks in only 5.3 ounces (thousands of titles with an additional SD card). Best feature: To automatically switch from landscape to portrait view just by turning the deviceThanks to the “instant reading” feature, go from “0” to “reading” in 1 second!

  • E-Ink screen 5 (3 x 4 – 76mm x 101mm)
  • Resolution 600 x 800 – 200 dpi
  • Black & White 4 levels grey-scale
  • Daylight readable
  • Portrait and landscape mode
  • Ultra light and compact (150g/5.3 oz the lightest of the market) to read every where (even under sunlight!)
  • A full library with 1Gb memory to keep 1000 books in the palm of your hand!
  • The best reading experience with the g-sensor, E-ink screen…
  • 8000 page flips and 2 weeks without worrying about recharging the battery
  • 7 new cool colors and new features
  • Weight: 5.3 ounces

Priced:  $199

enTourage eDGe

If you are looking for a multi-use eReader/device look no further an the enTourage eDGe. This dual screen puts all eReaders and Apple products to shame. This is the first dual book: eReader, netbook, notepad and a/v all-in-one device. The enTourage eDGe ereader uses e-Ink® technology, which lets you take notes right on the book you’re reading. You can also open a blank journal to draw or handwrite notes.

The 9.7-inch screen makes reading e-books much easier than on smaller screens, reducing the number of page turns. It includes the advantages of other e-readers, with zooming capability, a glare-free screen, and the ability to read in sunlight. The 10.1-inch color touchscreen is a whole table pc, ready to play movies or MP3s, organize your books, notes, and pictures, or let you instant message your friends. You can open a virtual keyboard and type instant messages or emails.

The enTourage eDGe includes an audio recorder to capture lectures for later playback or sharing. It also has a video camera to record still images or movies as MP4s or 3GP files. You can plug in headphones or a microphone or use the built in speaker and recorder. Because the enTourage eDGe has two connected screens, you can attach links to e-books and they’ll open on the color touchscreen. This lets you turn ordinary books into interactive multimedia books. You can select some text from an e-book and search for it with Google or Wikipedia, or you can listen to a recorded lecture and take notes in a journal or on your textbook on the eReader screen.

  • Dimensions: 8.25″ x 10.75″ by 1.0″ (closed)
  • Weight: approx. 3 lbs.

Priced: $500

At this price you are better off with a netbook. This is perfect for the researcher, professional, student and educator.  Everyone else . . . just pass.

IREX Digital Reader 1000S

The IREX Digital Reader 1000S is the world’s largest electronic reader and is a powerful device for the business professional, offering great readability for large digital documents, a lightweight design, and a stylus for making handwritten notes. Thanks to the electronic paper display, reading IREX Digital Reader’s screen is as sharp and natural as reading ink on paper and nothing like the strain and glare of a computer screen. The 10.2-inch display is ideal for reading almost any digital document — even A4 or letter-size documents look great on the IREX Digital Reader. Hold an entire library in this 12.7-ounce eReader. Not only can you access thousands of newspapers, you can also browse a selection of more than 750,000 eBooks brought to you by the Barnes and Noble eBookstore. The 2GB SD card allows you to store and access thousands of these books, periodicals, and magazines.

  • Amazingly paper like 10.2 display is optimized for reading almost any digital document.
  • Print Paperless- Print all your digital docuemts directly in a readable format without using a single sheet of paper.
  • Ultra portable, sleek and lightweight designed for reading and annotating documents.
  • Easy on the environment. Offers individuals and companies to cut out the billions of pages of printed paper they produce each year
  • Portable SD memory keeps your documents and paperwork organized and at hand.

Priced $770

Onyx Boox 60

The Onyx Boox 60 is a powerful reading device with various applications. It supports primary document formats, wireless Internet connectivity, and multimedia playing. Onyx Boox 60 is a new wireless e-Reader with 6″ E-Ink Vizplex EPD Display, 16-level grayscale, touch panel with full screen area scribe with included WACOM stylus . Amazing paper-like reading experience with breakthroughs in E-ink technology and EPSON_s controller chip for brighter screen and higher contrast. Full screen scribble brings you real handwriting experience without compromising screen brightness or contrast. Wacom touch screen is installed under the e-ink screen so electronic paper display is same white as e-readers without touch screen have. Search, annotate, highlight, and input text easily. Wireless connectivity and web-browser give you Internet tablet functionality and let you download digital content from provider wherever you are.

  • 8-16 grey levels electronic paper sensor screen 6 inch with handwriting
  • 512MB inner flash memory with more then 300MB usable space quite enough for 500 ebooks.
  • EPUB, FB2, MOBI, PDF, TXT, PDB, RTF, HTM, CHM support
  • Leather case, USB cord, wall AC charger included. SD not included!
  • WiFi with preinstalled internet browser
  • Weight: 2.3 pounds

Priced: $325

Sony eReaders

The Sony Reader is a line of e-book readers manufactured by Sony. It uses an electronic paper display developed by E Ink Corporation that has 166 dpi (200 dpi in 5 inch version PRS-300) resolution, eight levels of grayscale (16 in the PRS-900 model), is viewable in direct sunlight, requires no power to maintain a static image, and is usable in portrait or landscape orientation. The reader uses an iTunes Store-like interface to purchase books from Sony Connect eBook store (currently US and Canada only). It also can display Adobe PDFs, ePub format, personal documents, blogs, RSS newsfeeds, JPEGs, and Sony’s proprietary BBeB (“BroadBand eBook”) format. The Reader can play MP3 and unencrypted AAC audio files.

The digital rights management rules of the Sony Readers allow any purchased e-book to be read on up to six devices, at least one of which must be a personal computer running Windows or Mac OS X. Although the owner cannot share purchased eBooks on others’ devices and accounts, the ability to register five Readers to a single account and share books accordingly is a possible workaround. Sony has a whole line of eReader with prices starting at $169 all the way up to $349.

PRS-700BC Reader Digital Book

Boasting an impressive six-inch touch screen display, this reader uses paper-like E Ink technology, which makes it easier to read, even in bright light. In addition to a built-in light, there’s an interactive touch screen that lets you turn pages with the slide of a finger or activate the bookmark. You can also create annotations with a virtual keyboard, highlight text with a stylus pen, search for text in your digital book, and easily adjust the font size. A faster processor gives you quicker response times when opening content or turning pages. Ideal for travelers or people who like to read while on the go, the PRS-700BC holds about 350 digital books.

Priced $259

Sony PRS-300RC Pocket Edition E-Book Reader

The Sony PRS-300RC Pocket Edition E-Book Reader lets you access up to 350 of your favorite books from anywhere. Its elegant, lightweight design is small enough to slip into a purse or jacket pocket, and features a 5″ display with E Ink® Vizplex paper-like screen technology for easy reading, even in direct sunlight. For added versatility, it supports multiple file formats including ePub and PDF, offering access to more books from more places, including The eBook Store from Sony and over one million free public domain titles from Google Books. For the ultimate in reading-portability, get the Sony PRS-300RC Pocket Edition E-Book Reader today!

Priced $169.99

Sony PRS-600RC Touch Edition E-Book Reader

The Sony PRS-600RC Touch Edition E-Book Reader allows readers to access up to 350 of their favorite books from anywhere. The intuitive touch screen display makes navigation a breeze, and lets readers turn pages with the swipe of a finger. An included stylus offers freehand highlighting and annotation. The Sony PRS-600RC Touch Edition E-Book Reader also supports multiple file formats including ePub and PDF, giving owners access to more books from more places, including The eBook Store from Sony including more than one million free public domain titles from Google Books. The Sony PRS-600RC Touch Edition E-Book Reader should appeal to avid readers who want to carry their favorite books with them, as well as those looking for more options in where they purchase, check out, and download eBooks!

Priced: $239

Sony PRS-900BCKIT Daily Edition eReader

This is the most expensive Sony eReader, but there is a reason . . . content exclusive contracts, lighter and a longer battery life. With the all new Sony PRS-900BCKIT Daily Edition e-Reader – you can download books and periodicals wirelessly. Experience the freedom to wirelessly browse, purchase and download books and periodicals from the Reader™ Store with free 3G wireless access. Measuring just 0.6″ thin8 and weighing only 12.75 ounces, the Reader Daily Edition™ also features a 7″ paper-like display and touch screen navigation. With six adjustable font levels you can be sure to read easy in either portrait or landscape format. Plus, the Sony PRS-900BCKIT Daily Edition e-Reader supports multiple formats including ePub and PDF while giving you access to over one million free public domain titles from Google Books.

The Sony PRS-900BCKIT Daily Edition e-Reader is the premier digital reader for The Wall Street Journal, allowing the added freedom of subscribing to exclusive content and daily updates.

Priced: $349

Other Mentions

The bottom line: For the moment, the Wi-Fi-only version of the Barnes & Noble Nook is the best e-reader you can buy for less than $150.

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