I love my ECO and I have read many, many books on it. But lately it has started to play up. It takes much longer than it should to recharge, it is taking twice as long to turn pages and I seem to have to reset it at least once a week. The other day it just died on me. I was in tears for many reasons, the main one was I didn’t really want to go and buy another E-Reader I wanted this one to work again. After plugging it into the charger for a day and then resetting it and pushing all the buttons in different combinations it finally came back to life but it was still slow and sluggish. I whinged about it to hubby and he told me to buy a new one. His reasoning was that we would be going on holidays soon and if it died on holidays he wouldn’t hear the end of it.
Okay, good point.
The ECO Reader is (as far as I can tell) no longer available so that was out not to mention it was really expensive to start with, so I thought I may as well go with the most popular E Reader which is the Kindle. I was pleasantly surprised that it was available at my local Dick Smith store for $135. Sold! I paid triple that for my original ECO.
So I bought the Kindle home and it was ready to use out of the box - brilliant. I hooked it up to my mac and then tried downloading some of my books. I hit a snag here, the Kindle only reads mobi files. This is a bit of a problem as my ECO reads almost every ebook format out there and all my books are in all different formats mainly epub. Luckily for me I have Calibre the best ebook management system EVER and it's free, it is so good that it allows me to convert all of my ebooks from whatever format they are in to any other format so I had to convert all of mine to mobi. I have a lot of books so it took a while but I did my favourites first and then moved them across to the Kindle.
Reading on the Kindle is fantastic. It is so light, I would say almost half the weight of the ECO. The page turning is almost instantaneous, I am used to hitting the next page button when I have a line or two left to read as it used to take that long to change but with the kindle I have to read the last word on the page before I hit the next page button and before I have even lifted my finger off the button the next page is up - more than awesome. I also think that the way the text is displayed it is easier to read. I can't put my finger on specifics but it just reads easier.
I have one big gripe with the Kindle (for now) and that is how it stores and organises ebooks in the memory. My ECO had an external SD card which I had all of my ebooks stored on, in a structured format by author A-K, L-Z and then subdivided into individual letters for the authors. It made looking for the books I wanted to read that much easier for me and I used a lot less page clicks. The kindle stores everything on the home page and if I have 200 books, that is a lot of books to go through to find the one I want. The books can be sorted into Collections which I have not yet explored fully and hopefully that will be what I am looking for to help sort my books, but there is also the ability to do a search as there is a keyboard function on the Kindle that my ECO did not have. I guess in the long run I just need to work out the best way to use the Kindle for my purposes, reading the manual usually helps so I might have to give that a go!
I have had some people as me why I just don't use an iPad and the answer to that is very simple. E Readers are smaller and lighter and fit in my medium sized handbag. E Readers have a battery life of about a month as they use e-ink technology, an iPad would need to be charged very day or every other day, decides my kids love to use the iPad to play their apps and then when they go to bed my Hubby snags it. I like that the screen looks like page from a book and if and when this new Kindle E readers dies I will get another one to replace it.