More than a decade has passed. Why are they still so shit?

More than a decade has passed. Why are they still so shit?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    because nobody uses them and there is no incentive to make them better

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I dont know what youre expecting from ereaders
    theyre supposed to be more portable versions of books, and they do that perfectly
    are trying to play clash royale on them or something

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      i want them to be better than 5fps

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        why? The only tume the screen changes is flipping a page
        do you read 5 pages per second?

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Because if you are not reading narrative it's pretty natural going back and forth between pages for some consultation. Or getting back to TOC, or going to the raw index or reading the bibliography

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Lay off the dopamine

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Just buy a new panel, I can watch videos on my goyue k3
        I don't, but I tried it once and it was pretty cool

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Do you understand that those pixels on the screen are tiny balls being dragged around don't you?
        That's literally why the refresh rate is so shit and things get stuck every page turn.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        They manage 15Hz.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        why? you read at the pace of 6 pages per second or more? cause if you don't theres no justification for your "need".

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          nta (obviously) but I have mine set to do a full refresh every single page. it's still relatively fast on a recent e-ink panel (Kobo Sage, Carta 1200 I think?) and it looks great

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Seems pretty fantastic imo. Not much that I'd want to improve about them

        Are you reading fricking flip books lmao

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >muh fps when i look at static wall of text
        christ on a fricking cross... does it take some special training to get this moronic?

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          What happened to the Nook? It was a pretty common name when ereaders first came out

          [...]

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            They still exist but they aren't very relevant. B&N sourced out the software development to South Asia which caused various problems.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >sourced out the software development to South Asia
            lmao, that sounds absolutely moronic. What were they thinking?

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >

            [...]


            yes, you should def visit.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >buy a kobo sage
    >kids show up at my house
    >"do you have games on your tablet?"
    >explain that it's just for reading
    >"not even youtube? eww"
    >they never bother me again

    Ereaders are the best.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >kids show up at my house
      why

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        free games after they play doctor or make a movie, probably

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >buy a kobo sage
      based, me too

      >Why are they still so shit?
      they:
      - reads books incredibly comfortably
      - lasts a week+ on a single battery charge while reading multiple hours every day
      - cheap af
      what more can you possibly want out of it?

      >but fps, higher definition display, [...]
      buy a general purpose e-ink tablet then?
      they're more expensive and have a lower battery life, but they will run android and do whatever else you want
      but leave e-readers in peace, they're great and they don't need homosexuals like you to "improve" them so you can play your chinese gacha games on them

      >higher definition display
      idk, is really needed? my Sage has a 1440x1920 8" screen, that's pretty good already

      Is there a cheap e-reader that isn't locked down proprietary trash?

      get a used Kobo. you can find something like a Glo HD for less than 50 bucks and you can even swap the internal SD card on those older models. my Glo HD (secondary reader, I mostly use my Sage nowadays) has been upgraded from the stock 4GB to 64. and they're not locked down so you can install stuff like Koreader really easily

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Jailbroken Kindle with KOReader is miles better than the default software. I don't even want extra features, all I ask of it is to be faster. The input delay and ghosting drive me insane.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >KOReader is miles better than the default software
      only if you read pdfs
      Kindle's software is ahead of any competitor if you use their azw
      even something as simple as a visual guide of the book's length is nowhere to be seen on other software

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        most relevant texts are in pdf and converting to pdf -> epub/azw3 almost always fricks up the entire formatting

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >most relevant texts are in pdf
          only if you *need* to read
          everything you read for pleasure (aka fiction) has a properly digitalized version

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            So you're saying that these devices are useless consoomer trash, got it.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            yes

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            experience is almost similar to a real book
            >buy one $300 e-ink tablet
            >proceed to pirate $10000 worth of literature
            >consoomer
            You are too fricking moronic to be in this board.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Friend have you ever heard of pirating

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >even something as simple as a visual guide of the book's length is nowhere to be seen on other software
        koreader has a read percentage on every book you read.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What is the font in the picture?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        FS Barbo Pro

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          thanks!

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    bro my first gen sony ereader in 2010 was the shit, but the software was ass unless you jailbroke it. I think the proprietary software shit on ereaders is what keeps normies away.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I wish they were bigger and cheaper but I think they're priced for the value of the device itself and its functionality. But yeah, the tech is like $10

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Perfect for long travels.

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Why are they still so shit?
    they:
    - reads books incredibly comfortably
    - lasts a week+ on a single battery charge while reading multiple hours every day
    - cheap af
    what more can you possibly want out of it?

    >but fps, higher definition display, [...]
    buy a general purpose e-ink tablet then?
    they're more expensive and have a lower battery life, but they will run android and do whatever else you want
    but leave e-readers in peace, they're great and they don't need homosexuals like you to "improve" them so you can play your chinese gacha games on them

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Is there a cheap e-reader that isn't locked down proprietary trash?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Just buy a kindle. Plenty of free books on Kindle unlimited

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Kindle unlimited
        Just download books on libgen and convert them to .mobi using calibre.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I'm not a thief and isn't libgen Russian?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >isn't locked down proprietary trash
        >buy a Kindle
        I don't think you read the question.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Kobos aren't cheap, but you can sideload them.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      a book is created by someone, if it was open source it would just be a blank or editable shitdoc

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      you can buy a cheap kindle and jailbreak it.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    patent rights. i'm still waiting for their patent to expire so we can get better stuff

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They're fine, except for the contrast, which is way worse than with ink on paper.

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I had done, it's fricking shit, since then I bought a cheap tablet and it works wonders, twice as big, super fast, can read any format I want perfectly and the navigation through complex schemes and images is instantaneous , no reason to every buy an E-reader.

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I've got a Boox Tab X, shit is so cash

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I thought my Kindle was shit until I did two things
    >Hand over my library to Calibre, let Calibre manage it totally, it'll auto convert to the best format for your kindle. Don't do shit yourself it's not worth it
    >Factory Reset + Never connect it to the internet
    With these two things I've been able to enjoy it.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Why what changed? Is it faster?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Probably the dude bought the version with ads and every 4 pages it showed him an ad.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Ad version only shows ads on the lock screen, also, you can remove them for free.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Battery lasts way longer

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    why are you pushing these threads so hard ? unironically just read a book Black person and stop shilling , if you are not just using it for reading then its just a toy and you are looking for stupid meme features. even the Amazon whatever with wifi turned off works fine.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Paid shills for kobo. I don't know why they shill here though.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >OP is Kindle
        >Paid shills for kobo
        moron

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    there was some copyright/patent frickery that squashed progress in the area for a while

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I bought a kindle twice
    twice some Black person stole it
    Black folk don't even read

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >let's make books but worse
    what are you actually expecting to get better with this?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      t. never used e-ink in his life

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      How is it worse?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >worse
        moron

        it's LITERALLY a screen

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          if you want to be pedantic I guess it is a screen. it sure doesn't feel like one though, you'd know if you tried it

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >it's LITERALLY a screen
          and?

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous
          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            That example is very old

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            It's still perfectly applicable.
            LCD is still emissive and e-ink is still reflective.
            At most you could throw e-ink Kaleido into the mix to show that e-ink can also have color filters.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >worse
      moron

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >think e-paper is cool as frick
    >can't bring myself to buy an e-reader because I can just find used books for $5 each
    oh well

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    E-readers are just overkill tech for the relatively simple and enjoyable task of reading a book. To read a book, you just grab it, open it and read it. Trying to enhance reading is nonsensical, even buying books at the bookstore is an experience in itself and e-readers take that away. The same if you're studying, no device will make you assimilate a book's contents faster and you need the info ASAP for specific purposes you just Google it. There's not a real need for e-readers, unless you're one of those psychopathic, neurotic overachievers that measures their life in accomplished tasks per second in which case, rope.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Books are bulky and keeping a library burdensome when a microSD card fits much more. Wanting a "bookstore experience" is effeminate, like a b***h shopping for shoes, and bookstores themselves are a waste of time, fuel, travel and money.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Keeping a library
        That's something that only posers and people who read that much do. Your average reader holds a few dozens of books dear and the rest are usually lent, rebought or thrown away.
        >Wanting a "bookstore experience" is effeminate
        If bookstores trouble your mind then imagine it's a library.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      it saves space and money

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >saves space and money
        >Space
        Fair
        >Money
        Arguable. The immediacy of purchasing digital books might even ramp up the spending. Especially among data hoarders, which I'd say comprise a large chunk of the e-reader customer base.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >The immediacy of purchasing digital books might even ramp up the spending.
          Ive been an ereader user since their inception and ive bought a total of 3 ebooks.

          Everything you'd ever wish to read either exists somewhere on the internet archive or a reddit thread for free. Ive read shelves of books ive never payed a cent for

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >saves space and money
            >Space
            Fair
            >Money
            Arguable. The immediacy of purchasing digital books might even ramp up the spending. Especially among data hoarders, which I'd say comprise a large chunk of the e-reader customer base.

            Not mentioning all the PUBLIC libaries that exist in the REAL WORLD that will give you ebooks to keep FOREVER

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >purchasing digital books
          that's the neat part, you don't. just torrent them or use libgen, that's where the massive money savings come from
          I paid 279€ for my Sage when it released, and I have tens of thousands of € worth of manga and doujins on it, didn't pay for a single one

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Arguable.
          you can pirate pretty much 90% of books, the money saving potential is limitless

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I wouldn't think that the number of Kindle users that fill it up with pirated content is considerable.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Ereaders are a superior reading experiance.
      >no need for page markers
      >no worry of bending/creasing the cover/spine
      >one solid tablet in your hand you can easily pocket and hold with one hand. No need to hold the book open nor having to reposition it in your hands moving page to page
      >even the cheapest Ereaders have backlights now so you dont need a bedside lamp to read in bed.
      >hundreds of books in my pocket saves me infinite space on a bookshelf
      >i can make marginal notes and highlights without marking the text.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Also real time translation. reading books where i can instantly translate a character's dialogue is a fricking game changer it made paradise lost a book that filtered me in the past a joy to read.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I don't do any of the things you mentioned unless I'm studying something, in which case I don't need all the portability because I have a small space designed for that. I still have 80 year-old books that belonged to my grandfather that are in perfectly readable conditions.

        >The immediacy of purchasing digital books might even ramp up the spending.
        Ive been an ereader user since their inception and ive bought a total of 3 ebooks.

        Everything you'd ever wish to read either exists somewhere on the internet archive or a reddit thread for free. Ive read shelves of books ive never payed a cent for

        >purchasing digital books
        that's the neat part, you don't. just torrent them or use libgen, that's where the massive money savings come from
        I paid 279€ for my Sage when it released, and I have tens of thousands of € worth of manga and doujins on it, didn't pay for a single one

        [...]
        Not mentioning all the PUBLIC libaries that exist in the REAL WORLD that will give you ebooks to keep FOREVER

        That's just data hoarding. I too can pirate entire libraries and archives without needing an e-reader to access them. If the only goal is reading regardless, e-readers are only mildly better than any other screen and vastly inferior to books if experience comes into account.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >vastly inferior to books if experience comes into account.
          yeah opinion discarded Ereaders are literally a better reading experiance. the only drawback is they are at the end of the day something you need to charge

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            A shame Kobo didn't release a color Elipsa/Sage, either would be a nice upgrade over my Libra.

            >something you need to charge
            And it's barely a drawback since most last a week+ on a single charge.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I need a color Elipsa with page turn buttons in my life

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Boox Tab Ultra C Pro has volume buttons that can be mapped to flip pages.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >E-readers are just overkill tech for the relatively simple and enjoyable task of reading a book.
      Why would I want to fill my living space with 5000 dirty old tomes when I can accomplish the same task with a kobo and have a better experience doing it?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >5000 dirty old tomes
        Only hoarders do that. You're never gonna read that much. You're deliberately confusing reading with hoarding, just like those "musicians" that own 12 guitars, 20 keyboards and 6 drum machines, and those "producers" that store thousands of VSTs in their drives. Hoarders are much better customers than actual readers, musicians or producers so you better grease them up properly if you want them to buy your useless tech, right?. Just call them artists and intellectuals, that'll do the trick.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Only hoarders do that. You're never gonna read that much. You're deliberately confusing reading with hoarding, just like those "musicians" that own 12 guitars, 20 keyboards and 6 drum machines, and those "producers" that store thousands of VSTs in their drives.
          This sounds like weapons grade projection.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            It's literally the sign of our age. Everyone has gear and technology, no one knows what to do with it. Don't believe me? Just look around you.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            No, it's just projection. You've decided that since you don't read the books you own, everyone else must also be that way.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Backlight's handy thoughever

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I only read manga and getting them in physical form en mass is impossible if you don't live in Japan, especially new volumes that just came out. Just because they are overkill for your usecase of being a brainlet doesn't mean that's the case for everyone.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >especially new volumes that just came out.
        And magazines even more.
        Not to mention series that are released digital only.

  22. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    they are getting popular but people don't talk about it much because it just works.

  23. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    been wanting to get into ereaders for a while and might aswell hijack the thread to ask.

    i have a fairly sizeable library of epubs, about 100 books about it/dev stuff that i use as a sort of guidebook for my job. i've been reading most of them in my laptop which works well enough since i'm only using them as references, but i'd like to get into reading light novels and crafts.

    this is where i come into the entire portability aspect of things where i want to buy an ereader, carrying around my 15 inch laptop out in the open to read an entire book isn't something i'd like to do, specially in bed where i'm laying down.

    so, does anyone have a few recommendations on ereaders for this kind of use? i've read about kindles but i'm still confused whether you can actually import pirated epubs into the thing (no i'm not paying a dime to big goyim publishing house frick off), specially if i buy a brand new one. also unsure about kobos, been checking prices for them and i'm still unsure whether i should bite down the bullet and spend a chunk of my monthly salary on one.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      For Kindle you have to convert your epubs to a supported format. I think it can be done automatically using calibre.
      Kobo can natively read epubs, you just need to move your files to the sd card and Kobo should be able to open them. An additional benefit for Kobo is that you can expand their storage by replacing the sd card.
      If you're fine with a 6" reader, I think you can still grab a Kobo Clara HD relatively cheap. I bought mine on amazon for $99 last year

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >For Kindle you have to convert your epubs to a supported format.

        This is false. I can upload my epubs via email on my kindle. Amazon gives you an email @ kindle.com where you can send all your epubs and are updated automatically when synced.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          That's clearly a conversion.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            It might be.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I have the Kobo Libra 2, and if I lost it, I would buy it again. It mounts as a removable USB storage, you can put pirated books without problem.

  24. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    the point of an e reader is to enjoy the practicality of a tablet with a screen that won't damage your night vision or affect your sleep patterns with blue light.

    it does these perfectly. i only wish there was a GNU version that could download PDFs. you vill own nothing and be happy, it seems...

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >there was a GNU version that could download PDFs.
      Can't you use wget?

  25. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Another anon put it best

    The point of ebook readers is to buy a kindle for 50 dollars after some moron realises that he doesn't read

  26. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >bought kindle
    >jailbreak unavailable
    >wait
    looks like a jailbreak for my version is available now
    thanks for the reminder anon
    love these things once Amazon's storefront is ripped out and I can throw custom screensavers up

  27. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >an overly expensive device for reading things isn't improving
    >in a world with crashing financial security and literacy levels
    Gee OP, I have no idea.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >overly expensive
      It's like the same price as 3-4 books lol

  28. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I got mine about 10 years ago for my birthday. I love it, I use it nearly every day. Connecting it to the internet has never been necessary; I connect it to Calibre on my computer every now and then but that's it. I bought a little lamp so I can read at night, but other than that, I never really felt like I needed an upgrade to read e-books.
    I turn it on, I read. Simple.

    ...It would be nice if I could comfortably read PDFs with it though... I've never checked if newer devices can do it without crashing. And the drawing feature of the remarkable seems nice as well. But I use my regular tablet for that sort of stuff anyway. For simply reading mobi, I'm not sure if there's all that much to improve.

  29. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >you can read them when you're on the sun.
    this shit melts as soon as you hit 100F degrees

  30. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    they're fricking great, you meant to say
    perfect for reading, not bright as frick, can read in sun, can adjust fonts as large as you need no matter which book, cheap as frick, battery lasts,auto-off functions, I could go on

  31. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Because it's good enough for books and it's good enough for porn.

  32. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What's good e-reader for reading PDFs?
    Or is there a way to optimize PDFs to run on e-readers?
    I'm studying for surgery residency, and even PC stuggle to open a ~1 GB PDF with all the annotations.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Sometimes converting the file to epub works, as long as it's mostly just regular text

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Boox tend to have the most powerful hardware.
      You typically want a 10" or 13" reader for pdf so you don't have to take too many compromises on the displayed area. The main optimization you'd normally do is cropping margins.
      If the vectors are too hard to handle in real time you could attempt rasterizing them.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >attempt rasterizing them.
        How to do this?
        Can you do this with imagemagik?

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