Ebook readers

Although I’m an almost obsessive bibliophile and love more books in their paper form, since I travel a lot, I decided to buy an ebooks‘ reader  to bring with me a number of texts, not least those made by me during my endless wanderings in the internet.

The choice fell on a product just come out of our market, the French Cybook Opus Bookeen has struck me for a number of features in order of importance for me of course, listed below:

1. Supports free-formats, first of all, epub
2. reasonable price (one of the lowest in the market)
3. E-ink display one of the most readable in its size class (5 “)
4. Small size and lightweight
5. Autonomy (in practice you can read for weeks without charge)
6. Ability to auto-rotate screen
7. Absence of buttons and various complications

I had already experienced many years ago the first electronic books in a proprietary format (lit) and their use on handheld computers under Microsoft Reader on WindowsCE, but the experience was very disappointing and the autonomy I had never allowed to complete even half of a plane trip without the batteries run out
making the device useless.

For those who use free software, and like to home-brew e-books on their own, I recommend the use of a software package for Linux that’s very efficient and allows to convert files also a bit ‘unmanageable in a very linear format as epub. This package is Calibre. Actually there is also a version for Windows and Mac, but I have not had the chance to try them.

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