eReader Rant

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So today I was a bad Jazz and I spent the entire day researching and going to stores to look at eReaders because I loath reading books on my computer screen since it hurts my eyes (and I can never get comfy…) and haven’t read any more of either of the books I am currently reading. (There is still a few hours of me being awake where I can read, so can I be forgiven?).

So at first I was looking really closely at the Kindle Fire, but I quickly worked out that it thinks along the lines of ‘Stuff you Australia,’ and pretty much wont work unless you live within the US. I then spent the rest of the day researching, looking at youtube reviews and other such things on both Kobo and other Kindles. I disregarded all eReaders that dont come with a light because they were too old/small/ugly. Seriously though, don’t you think the old Kindles are ugly? I don’t like the look of the old phone style directional tool or the keyboard. I decided one with frontlighting would be best for me since the light wont be glaring up at me like backlight/my computer screen does, so it probably a good thing Kindle Fire doesn’t work here or I would have bought it without doing much more research and had serious issues with the light on my eyes.

So this selection left me with the Kobo Glo and the Kindle PaperWhite. The first thing that annoyed me about both was that they don’t have a headphone jack so don’t make noise. This was almost enough for me to give up my entire plan and just forget about everything until I had a realisation. Jazz, do your current much loved paperbacks sing to you? No… How do you listen to music while reading at the moment? With my iPod… Are you ever going to want the computer voice to read to you? Hell no! So why in the would you even need the headphone jack?!?! I tried going to look at the Kobo Glo in stores, but of course that is the one that was out of charge for all of them and I never got to test it. I couldn’t even think about testing the Kindle Paperwhite though, because Kindle still has a ‘Stuff you Australia’ mind frame and has only released like one instores. Luckily though, Amazon has started shipping to Australia. Many youtube/online reviews later I’m pretty sure I have settled for the Kindle Paperwhite. I like the idea of buying from Amazon better than using Bookworld’s ePUB format, and Amazon seems to have cheaper/wider range of books. Kindle is also greatly associated with NetGalley and that helped make up my mind. I hate the idea of getting less than 2gbs of memory and not having an option to make it bigger and this almost made me go with Kobo, but in the end I decided the lag that seemed to stand out and the less touch sensative screen was enough to annoy me. If the Kindle can fit over 1000 books on it surely its big enough for me, and if its not there is always cloud so why bother worry about it? I would like to point out here though that I am not technological savvy and thusly really don’t need something huge. I still use an old 8gb iPod nano and slide screen nokia that I only use as a phone. A phone used as a phone, what a shocker hey? Below are pictures of my phone and iPod if they were new, which they most certainly aren’t. They are much more dodgy than those pictures. Im avoiding upgrading to touch screen in both of them cause I currently hate them all and would rebuy ones like these anyday.

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The only thing left to is decide on just the wifi Kindle or the 3G… Though I think the 3G would suit me more since my house wifi gets turned off all the time because apparently it disturbs people in the house who are gamers and makes their games lag, and when I visit family there is zero internet at all, but the price difference between the wifi at $139 and the 3G at $199 is huge and im having issues coming to terms with it since all it does it show me books… But its also very pretty and I kinda need it… I dunno what are your thoughts on it? Which should I go with, wifi or 3G? Or do you think im going with the completely wrong brand? I have to wait till I get some more money before I buy it anyway so let me know your thoughts so I can think them over.

On another note I got two more Netgalley books to review today today :3

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I really need to get a move on with reading now don’t I?

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7 thoughts on “eReader Rant

  1. haha wow it seems like a big decision! I don’t know much about the kobo personally (in fact I hadn’t heard about it till just yesterday) but I’ve heard a lot of things about the kindle paperwhite. A lot of my friends in my reading group who hate e-readers seem to enjoy the paperwhite. The contrast is good and not glaringly bright. I don’t know if that’s adjustable like my kindle fire is (on mine you can adjust not only the brightness of the screen but the colors used on the books to lower/raise the contrast) but I would assume it has some adjust-ability. I don’t know much about 3G, my kindle uses a wifi, but I haven’t had a problem with it slowing down my internet – the books you download over wifi are so tiny (just a few k) that it only takes a few seconds to download. It isn’t much of a strain on the internet. Also i’d like to point out that your relatives don’t know much about the internet if they think the wifi is messing with their games. Unless they’re actually using the wifi connection itself, it shouldn’t have an impact on their lag (unless someone else is using the wifi really heavily too). I have my house wired with wifi and land lines and it doesn’t make a difference. Just to be sure I asked my tech-savy husband, and he agrees. (he’s a programmer / computer specialist / builder of all things computer-related by trade)

    • At least one person in this house is always online gaming, which is why I think they complain about the wifi being on. We all use cables because apparently wireless is dodgy and chews up the net (personally I would have thought it would be the other way around) and makes their games lag. They still get annoyed despite the cables if someone is streaming movies or something. Personally I think they are just being silly because half the time they don’t even notice when someone is doing something probably should disrupt their gaming, but I don’t pay for any of the net bills so as long as it doesn’t disrupt me too much I’ll let them have their little made up internet issues.
      And you’re married? I didn’t pick up on that. You learn something new everyday.

      • haha I don’t publicize my personal life on DA much because I’ve had some stalkers in the past (that I know occasionally still visit my DA page) and some really fanatic fans and it gets creepy when they start to know everything about me XD. I also have a 9 year old daughter that I have to protect from the weirdos. Here though it doesn’t matter so much XD

      • Wow stalkers? Really? People are so weird. I can understand being a Fan Girl about some people but the idea of stalking anyone is just beyond me. Specially you, I mean its not like you are some hardcore rocker who has a not so hidden life that the public wants to know about so stalks you hoping to get a look. If they talked you they would probably just find you sick and reading a book or working on an art piece ;)

      • haha yah you’d think so XD A few years back though I actually had someone track me down to my house and bust my windows in o.o so now i’m super cautious about the information I leak in really public places XD

      • Thats super scary… I have been woken up by someone smashing in my windows, but that wasn’t so they could hunt ME down. I can understand why you gloss over some things. I couldn’t even tell! I was beginning to think you were forming into a crazy cat lady, living alone with your cats lol

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