Saturday, April 20, 2013

eReader comparisons

Interesting ereader comparison site: Set up to give you the basic facts in a compact format.

Here for example is one of the more interesting comparisons, between the Kindle Paperwhite and the new Kobo Aura HD. (Scroll down, the site is set up really well for easy overview.) Though at this date, 20.4.2013, it's limited because the AHD has only just been announced. But in many countries Kobo is bigger than Kindle, they have a very big selection (basically only missing what's published by Amazon themselves), and they are clearly going for good hardware here.

I also like that they both have a reader which is smaller than the Kindle, and now one which is larger. Because while the Kindle's 6-inch screen is good if you have to choose only one size, I think a 5-inch reader is much more portable, and a 7- or 8-inch one is much more flexible (re material) and readable, for home use and for graphical books. (Both ideally should be high-resolution.)

By the way, isn't it incredible how fast we get used to lower prices? The early, primitive Kindles used to cost $400, and not many complained. Now the bigger and superior Kobe Aura HD costs about $180, and people are calling it a "hefty" price tag, just because it's about $50 more than the aggressively priced Kindle Paperwhite (which is a bit scraped, it won't even play audio).

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