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A good mp3 ebook reader other than a ipod touch?

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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2012 10:31:53 AM PDT
Kristie says:
Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2012 10:31:35 AM PDT
Kristie says:
Thank you!

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 10:02:12 AM PDT
B. Marks says:
I have the Kindle Keyboard and the Kindle Touch and also the Kindle Basic, the $79 one. I use all three from time to time and I don't really have a strong preference for one over the other, but of the three the one I prefer is the Kindle Basic. It's smaller and lighter and a snap to use. If I want to look up a word in the dictionary or some such it's a bit harder to use but for just reading a book it's very simple and graceful. And just reading is what I do most of the time with a Kindle.

Touch, even the 3G one, which I have, is one ounce lighter than the Kindle Keyboard. The Kindle basic is quite a bit lighter than either of them.


In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2012 5:46:15 PM PDT
This brand new Nook by Barnes and Noble is backlit and very light. It all depends on what you want, and what you mean by "best." The absolute lightest ereader that I have found (that works well) is the keyboard Kindle. I really don't like the touchscreen kind because when/if I accidentally bump it, the page goes all over the place. It is much easier to use the keyboard kind and this is probably why it's lighter as well.

Posted on Jun 30, 2012 11:08:29 AM PDT
Craig Dude says:
you should just get her a media player becos ets face it in a few months you will being buying her one any ways

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 11:50:54 AM PDT
B. Marks says:
Pandigital makes ereaders that are very low-grade Android tablets with e-reader apps.


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 7:34:32 AM PDT
Kristie says:
Thank you! I'm afraid I'm going to have to google several things you just told me, as I have no idea about some of these things. I didn't know readers need apps and don't know how any of this works. I'll look up the one you mentioned. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 6:34:35 AM PDT
reddress777 says:
I have a Pandigital ereader that does have internet access only when wifi is available. It is a great ebook reader and it does the library's ebooks which are free. Mine came with a Nook app but I also put a Kindle app on it. There are different android versions but at least a 2.0 would be good. You can put games and mp3 music not wma though. I hope this helps. I didnt want to put a lot of money in one either.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 2:55:12 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I did a bit of reading on my Ipod touch for a while. Like everyone else here I prefer an e-ink Kindle for reading but I like to have something small enough to live in my shirt pocket. I have both the 3rd gen and 4th gen Ipod touch.

A few months ago I got a Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0. here's a link to it:
Samsung 4-Inch Galaxy Player (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

It was right at $200 when I got it but they've dropped the price a bunch. It kicked my Ipod Touch out of my shirt pocket and moved in. :)

There's also a newer one, a Galaxy Player 4.2, which has a slightly larger screen and much better front stereo speakers and yet is the same size except thinner and lighter, and gets about 35% better battery life. Here's a link to it:

These things do everything the Ipod Touch does and much more. They're not restricted to Apple apps. Amazon has a very nice app store for them and Google has an even nicer one. Most apps are on both the Ipod and Android so that isn't an issue. And it plays a far larger variety if audio and video formats than the Touch. It will play Ipod files as long as they aren't encrypted and it'll play pretty nearly any other multimedia file you put in it as well. And for those few files it won't play, there are apps that will play them.

This is one big advantage of Android over IOS. The video players for IOS that let you play everything, and there are a couple of them, are okay but nothing to brag about. They get the job done. But the players available for Android are far more graceful and easier to use and at the same time have a lot of very well thought out features.

It's slightly larger than the Ipod Touch but the screen is a lot larger. Battery life on the 4.2 is about the same as the Ipod Touch but the 4.0 is a bit less. However, they both have easily replaceable batteries so it's easy to have a spare.

The screen is a lot bigger than the Touch. Internet access is about the same; maybe slightly better since it does have Flash and the Ipod doesn't. Nothing like Itunes is needed. I just plug it into the computer and use Windows explorer to transfer files to it using drag and drop. Or else I run an app called Wifi Explorer that lets me use my computer's internet browser to transfer files to it wirelessly.

I have nothing against the Ipod Touch at all. Until I got the Samsung I really loved it. But this thing is much better.

Oh yeah, they also can take a 32 gig micro-SD card to increase their storage. And a lot of people are using 64 gig cards in them with good results although Samsung doesn't acknowledge that they work. I just ordered my first one and I'll try it out when it gets here.

As everyone else in here is saying, for a person who loves reading, the e-ink Kindle really is better but it doesn't do anything else and this really might be a nicer device for a kid.

I hope that helps.


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 12:03:17 PM PDT
obscurant says:
You're welcome.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 11:54:46 AM PDT
Kristie says:
Thank you! I'll take your advice!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 11:45:16 AM PDT
obscurant says:
Yes, but only certain ones. I believe your best bet would be the Kindle Touch (wi-fi version) at $99.

Kindle Touch, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 11:38:15 AM PDT
Kristie says:
Thank you...this is going to sound strange, but do they also play music?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 11:31:42 AM PDT
obscurant says:
If she really wants something for reading, there's a low priced kindle ereader that would be perfect. I believe the kindle touch has a speaker for ebook reading. Some of them (all of them?) do have internet connectivity to varying degrees though.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 11:14:03 AM PDT
Kristie says:
Would anyone be willing to offer some suggestions? I have an 11 year old who is an avid reader and is begging me for an ipod touch. She doesn't have a great reputation for taking care of things, so I'm reluctant to purchase a $200 dollar product. I think a book reader with mp3 player would be great because I don't really want her on the internet...any suggestions? PS...I'm not tech she reminds me often.
Thank you!

Posted on May 23, 2010 5:41:26 AM PDT
So far, the ematic is great for reading books. Bookmarks your page as you go and everything, so that if you stop you can get back to the right place. Only problem is that it does not hold a charge well and doesn't always charge when plugged up. Which means you can be reading and all of a sudden it shuts down. Ematic also plays audio books well allowing you to stop, exit, and come back to the same place later. I can use it for 6-8 hours before it shuts down on me. You can't use it when it is charging either.

Posted on May 22, 2010 8:17:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 22, 2010 8:20:14 AM PDT
obscurant says:
Archos doesn't seem to make things that are aesthetically attractive. I would only read something substantial on an E-Ink reader too. My favorite *looking* ebook reader is the new Samsung SNE-50K (picture below), but it doesn't appear to be on the market in the US. I think the other readers are too large, personally.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2010 7:57:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 15, 2010 7:58:25 AM PDT
Floyd Cox says:
I have not spent much time on a Nook, but I have averaged 2-3 hours a day for the past couple years using my Kindle. I can read it for 5-6 hour stretches without eye-strain. On a computer/Ipad I last about 30 minutes before something twitches in my neurons and my brain turns to pudding. On my Kindle I read, generally, the classics and magazines/blogs; but the thing that I value the most is its use as a research tool, with its search functions and notes highlighting. And, most importantly, the customer service for the Kindle is extraordinary. I will soon own an Ipad, but I will read only on a Kindle.

Posted on May 14, 2010 9:40:18 AM PDT
Diknak says:
That is a loaded question because that implies that iPod Touch is a good ebook reader. If you want a device that is specific to reading ebooks, then you should look at the Nook or the Kindle, but if you are looking for a multipurpose device that also has ebook reading capabilities, then you are looking at a lot more products. Why is the iPod touch a bad ebook reader? The screen has a back light and can be painful to read for a long period of time. A true ebook device uses something called e-ink that looks more like ink on a page, which is what Kindle and Nook do.

There are TONS of tablets coming out this year and a lot of them would be good, but would have the reflective, backlit screen. A good, cheap tablet coming out in a few days is the Archos 7 Home Tablet for $199.

Initial post: May 14, 2010 6:30:03 AM PDT
K.L.D. says:
Whats a good mp3 ebook reader, other than the ipod touch?
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