Ever since e readers came out I have wanted one. Since all electronics come down in price after a while I decided to wait before getting one. This year before my birthday I made some very unsubtle hints to my husband regarding what I wanted.
He bought me a Prestigio PER3274B e reader from CNA (pity they don’t have them available to order online) and I’m delighted with it. They are very well priced coming in at almost half the cost of the cheapest Kindle. I was a little worried when I saw that it is made in China but from what I have seen so far there is no problem with quality at all.
I have a few comments positive and negative to make.
* It has a colour screen so great to download children’s picture books
* I can also download and listen to audio books
* The back light means that I don’t have to buy a light to use with it. Perfect for when I’m lying in bed getting my toddler to sleep or when my husband wants the light out and I want to continue reading. I use the lowest brightness setting.
* I can change the text size with most book formats making it easier on my over 40 eyes.
* I can load kids videos onto it and my kids can watch their favorites when away from TV
* Doubles as an mp3 player
* I can read outdoors in the shade but in direct sunlight, can’t see the screen
* You can set bookmarks but once (in the reading of 10 books so far) it seemed to loose the bookmark and when I pressed ‘load bookmark’ nothing happened which meant having to page through the book from the start which took an age.
* There is a setting to turn off the backlight when idle for a while but the options for this range from 5 seconds to 30 seconds which is not long enough to finish a page meaning that I have to select the option “always on” which uses more power. There really should be an option for 1 min or even up to 5 mins. This seems a clear example where the person developing software has not actually tried it themselves and it should have been seen to before sales.
* It does not have a built in dictionary which I would like
E readers are great for travel and for getting books which are not easy to find. I do however find the price of e books very unfair, there are no printing, warehousing or distribution costs the profit margin is much much higher than a printed book, this really should reflect in the pricing.
I have discovered that it is very important to keep the battery charged as it is very annoying to have to stop reading because the battery dies.
It took a while to figure out but I have found that you do not need to save bookmarks when you stop reading, if you turn off the device or exit the book when you go back into it, it returns to the place where you were. I now only use bookmarks when I want to mark certain pages which I may want to go back to.
I bought a pair of small Enzatec speakers from Matrix for R127 and loaded a whole lot of mp3 music on my reader which now doubles as an mp3 player with excellent sound quality. The reader is 4GB, now I’ve filled it up with music (a lot) so next addition will be a 32 GB micro SD card which will give me huge storage. Way way cheaper than an ipod.
I will never move away from printed books completely, I love the feel of a book in my hand but e readers are great.
Since getting my reader my daughter has bought the Prestigio 8″ tablet and a few of us clubbed in to buy my Mum the same. I have not used the tablet but they love them.