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Battery problems, flip issues, pdf reflow issues, night reading issues.
on April 22, 2011
OK, I saw this as a reader plus multimedia gadget but mainly I bought it for the reader aspect. I have a Kindle, and a Literati. The Literati is a color screen, just eReader that I use for night. This seemed like it would be nicer because of the size (more square screen) and the beauty of the colors. I wanted to give my night reader Literati to my husband and use this instead. It hasn't work out.
-- No way to put you books in order other than add to favorites. Not good if you have a lot of books loaded like I do. Adding to favorites is a 3 step process and too time consuming. Then getting into favorites is a step and you are not returned there after reading a book.
-- Took a long, long time to charge then only lasted less than a day. I believe I may have got a bad battery. I've had it now 3 or 4 months and the battery is even worse.
-- The inverted night screen of white letter or a black background, for low light, is ruined by two bars at the top and bottom of the screen. A header and footer that doesn't invert colors. You can actually change to multiple colors for both the background or the letters but the header and footer remain bright white background.
-- The next page turn is only on the right side of the screen (or you can use the middle 4-pad.) Which for long reads can be annoying. If you flip accidently and want to flip back you have to shift hands.
-- Only supports ePub and PDF for reading. Does not reflow the pdf like its b/w 5" counterpart the Libre Pro
This has a beautiful screen but as a reader, I am very disappointed. I loved their Libre Pro. I bought one of those and used it a month before giving it to whom I bought it for. They are nothing alike. I will be sending this for warranty repair for the battery issues of taking forever to charge and the battery life of 2 hours max now. I'll edit afterward.
My Libre stopped working altogether, froze. Looking at the Libre site this is a common occurrence and had a solution, a firmware update. So I did the firmware update. Not holding my breath. Big warning here, it is not intuitive, it didn't work the way they said it would, and it was complicated. I am very technical, very; I build my own computers, I take my friends and family's laptops and fix them. (mostly virus fixes), I suggest free software and help them through it. Technical. So should have been straight forward, especially since they have step by step from a frozen Libre, or just firmware update with a working one. I should have done this sooner. If you are having battery, shut down, charge issues, this helped. I had to try several connections, starting from different points in the instructions, etc... and finally got it to take the firmware update.
Since this firmware update, the Libre is working way better battery wise and doesn't turn off inadvertently while reading anymore. It might last 7-8 hours of continuous read time now. I still don't like the software and have covered the top and bottom of the screen with cardboard for night time reading, but it is working now. I would not re-buy this or suggest this to anyone. I have come to be satisfied with it as a $70 purchase on eBay. I now am reading this at night and my husband uses the Literati.