Short story: I'm looking for a ebook reader that has the following:
- E ink display
- Supports English text and has English-English dictionary
- Supports Japanese text and has a smart (can detect words based on the first character) Japanese-English dictionary
- Allows me to load my own files (EPUB and\or some of the other popular formats)
Following features would also be welcome:
- furigana support
- tools to help me learn Japanese (stuff like turning selected words from book or dictionary search into flashcards;simple quiz base on those flashcards etc.)
- PDF support
- ability to load (zip compressed) sequences of images (*cough*comic books*cough*); for this to work properly the ability to zoom those images and decent screen resolution would probably be also required
Long story: I've been using my cell phone to read ebooks for quite some time and while it's fine for reading books while commuting to work, reading on it for an extended period of time is a strain for the eyes. That's why I was thinking of buying an ebook reader. However I have some requirements and with so many devices on the market it's hard to find out (and decide) which one is suited for me.
I mostly read books in English. I can read them without a dictionary, but an English-English (or even English-Polish) dictionary is a plus.
Lately I also started to read Japanese webnovels and I it would be great if I could read them on this device (so it needs to have Japanese characters support).
My Japanese is still a bit lacking and I do need a dictionary for reading those novels, but thanks to tools such as Rikaichan and Rikaikun I can quickly look up the words I don't understand when I read them on my PC in a web browser. That's why I'd like the device to have a similar Japanese-English dictionary if possible. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the browser tool, you point the cursor at the first character of the word you don't understand, it than guesses the whole word (and also gives 5 alternative words) and provides translation for those. Assuming an ebook reader with similar working Japanese-English dictionary exists, it would probably be easier to use if the device has a touchscreen.
Japanese web novles are available for free on the internet and can even be downloaded. This said I have to convert them to EPUB myself, so it would be great if the device could allow me to load my own files and support EPUB format (I'd need that for most of my English books too, so this feature is rather mandatory).
I tried to find out if Kindle Paperwhite would do the job, but from what I understood, only the Japanese version has a Japanese dictionary (and a Japanese-Japanese one at that). I couldn't find out if the dictionary is smart enough to detect words and if it can deal with inflection.
I did some research and I found out that there is this Japanese-English dictionary for Kindle Paperwhite. However I'm not sure if I'll be able to buy it from Amazon.com if I live in Poland (and I'm not sure how to check that). If I will be able to buy this in my country, then I might consider buying Kindle Paperwhite. Too bad there is no legit way to buy Japanese novels if you don't live in Japan (registering on Amazon.jp with fake personal information doesn't sound very legitimate to me).