Questions tagged [ebook-readers]

Ebook readers are hardware devices specifically developed for reading books and periodicals supplied in digital formats. Questions about ebook readers can include issues of compatibility, support of specific features.

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What are my options for reading an ebook in the bathtub?

About the only thing I miss about paperback books is reading in the tub. I don't think there are any waterproof ereaders so this is not a shopping question. I have considered using the text to ...
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Can EPUB 3.0 be viewed on EPUB 2 devices

This prior question is about the differences between EPUB 2 and EPUB 3. What is more interesting to me, as an owner of three different EPUB 2 devices, is: can EPUB 3 files, and particularly the book ...
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Are there any free open-source custom firmwares for e-ink devices?

I'm curious if there are custom firmwares for e-ink devices similar to what Rockbox (website, wikipedia) is for digital audio players.
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Are there any rugged ebook readers out there?

The ebook readers that I have used are all somewhat flimsy. I am looking for a device I can take along when camping this summer, without having to fear too much for breaking it along the way. Not ...
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How well do ereaders typeset?

There are many aspects to good typesetting, such as picking a good font, kerning, use of ligatures, justification (flushed vs ragged) and hyphenation. Many interesting details can be found in e.g. ...
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Epub reader limitations

Some ebook readers (like Sony PRS-650) does not handle epub files which contains HTML files bigger than ~200-300kbytes. Is there any other limitations which are not part of the standard but ebook ...
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Screen protection for eReader

Is it useful or advisable to get screen protection for eReader? Also does anti-reflective layer makes any good or bad difference with the eInk screen?
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Is there any e-ink technology that can display colors?

I had opportunity to buy a Kindle Paperwhite and I was looking for an equivalent which support colors. Amazon have the Kindle Fire but it is a tablet technology which is not comparable to the e-ink. ...
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How can I read notes alongside with text in Kindle readers?

I was given a Kindle e-reader a couple of years ago and, after some hesitation, I've become addicted to it, so that now I have scores and scores of books on my device. Lately I've downloaded a few ...
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When should I completely poweroff an eink device rather than putting it in stand-by?

Given that the technology of eink screens make it so that even during normal usage the power requirement is kept lower than other kind of displays, when it is advisable to completely shut-down the ...
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Scaling all pages in a PDF or DJVU file to the same size

I have a couple of PDFs and DJVU documents that I want to read on an ereader (namely, Kobo Touch). However, the size of the pages differ, between cover and actual content, and even between two ...
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Kindle Book published old version

I am the book author and I have access to KDP and can preview my internal texts from there. I have checked and double checked the internal version did indeed update to fix typo and a program (for ...
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Can a Sony 700 cover be repaired?

I use a Sony PRS-700 ereader while traveling (prefer old fashioned books). But after my last trip I noticed that the cover I bought along with the reader no longer holds it. The gray "clam" at the top ...
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Are there any specific features that I should look for in an eBook reading application?

I am a beginner to eBooks, and as somebody who has been "outside" of eBooks I've only ever heard of Amazon's Kindle and seen a variety of options for purchase on Google Play. I have recently ...
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Embed JavaScript in an e-book using an e-reader

I'm looking for an e-reader that can embed Javascript in an ebook. I need to display popup in the ebook but using a e-reader. Apparently, it is not possible for the Kindle Reader (cf.https://...
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Is there an Android reading app that synchronizes across devices?

I have been using Aldiko and Kindle for reading on my Android devices, but I find it annoying to always have to convert epub books to mobi format just so I can synchronize them across devices using ...
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Is Amazon planning an alternative to the Kindle DX?

Over the past four years, I have loved my Kindle DX because of its large screen, which has been very helpful for reading PDFs. The keyboard has also been helpful. It's e-ink, which is easy on the eyes....
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Part of the screen on my reader is stuck

I have a Sony PRS-T1 where a part of the screen (about 3x6 cm) in the upper left corner seems to be stuck with something previously shown and I cannot clear it: I have tried Sony's instructions for ...
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What are the different file formats that eBooks are available in and which of these is most widely supported?

I am a beginner to eBooks, and as somebody who has been "outside" of eBooks I've only ever heard of Amazon's Kindle and seen a variety of options for purchase on Google Play. I have recently ...
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How can I access a web browser on the Nook Simple Touch?

I have a Nook Simple Touch and am frustrated by its lack of a web browser. I want to download ePub files from websites and read them on my Nook. I know there is supposed to be no web browser ...
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Only select from files on SD card in BookEen Odyssey

When I insert a SD card in my Bookeen Odyssey which contain my study Books, the titles show up mixed with my 'pleasure' books on the internal memory of the bookreader. I can add "AA" before the book ...
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Can I use Kindle to read research papers?

I want to be able to read research papers and if you have ever seen one they have two columns of text per page, does the Kindle format this is a user friendly way? Can it display any article from the ...
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What was the first commercially available eBook reader?

Today there a number of eBook readers. What was the first device marketed as a device primarily for reading eBooks? When did it become available?
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File types and readers - maximum coverage

Assume that an author is about to launch an ebook. In order of priority, what are the most widely-readable file types, in terms of actual users? In other words, to make the book available immediately ...
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Dedicated ebook reader?

I'm looking for a device that allows me to read ebooks, but I don't want it to do much, if anything, else. So something that has a dedicated ebook reading design and functionality (so for example not ...
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Is there any advantage apart from more storage space when using a memory card in a book reader

A lot of ebook readers have one or more slots for extra storage in the form of removable media: SD(HC) cards (micro of fullsize), memory sticks, etc. Using an extra card for storage consumes some ...
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What 's the best way to read a scientific PDF?

I need to buy a device for reading. It must have all these features: Smoothly zoom all pictures Format all tables properly Read PDF (or be able to convert) Not create eye problems and be visible in ...
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What book collection related features can be useful in an eBook reader app

When choosing an eBook reader application, what are the features that a user should seek for managing a set of book / book collection?
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Read Kindle books without Kindle or Kindle app?

For various reasons, I've become a fan of Amazon as a place to shop for physical book, so buying Kindle books would be a natural choice. However, based on my experience with the Kindle app on an ...
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ePub readers for Windows that support continous scrolling?

I need to find an ePub reader application for Windows that support continuous page scrolling. Thanks in advance for any help you are able to provide.
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I have a dumb phone LG840G, is there an ebook reader available for it?

I have Tracfone LG840G it is a dumb phone (as opposed to a smart phone). I looked around at Tracfone, and did not find an ebook reader app (but I might not have looked hard enough). When I do a web ...
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How do I remove a book from my Sony Reader?

I have lots of space left on my Sony Reader (a PRS-T1), but I also have a few books on there that I don't want to read again (or at all). I am trying to figure out how to remove them from the reader ...
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How do I wipe clean kindle e-reader?

How do I wipe clean (for selling) a kindle e-reader. There is no option under settings. I have also held the power button for 20 seconds.
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Installing own font & using it to read ebook

I have been looking for the possibility to install manually a font on an ebook-reader and use that font to display downloaded ebooks. I have not found any clear answer... The reason is as follows: ...
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Could my eBook reader be infected by some sort of virus?

There're many eBook Readers out there, each one with its own operating system, some of them based on Android. Is it possible for these devices to get infected with some sort of virus or trojan? Or ...
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Are there any ebook readers which are NOT backlit, but for which you can upload pdfs?

I love my iPad Mini Retina, but reading on it for hours bugs my eyes! :( My mom has the basic Kobo reader, and I envy her in that it possesses no backlight, and is ergo, easier on the eyes! However, ...
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Testing a reader's EPUB 3.0 support

Users have asked a few good questions about EPUB 3.0 support, like Which ereaders support the EPUB3 format?, Can EPUB 3.0 be viewed on EPUB 2 devices?, and a question about Epub reader limitations. I ...
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Is the Triton eInk display a viable option for future ereaders?

The new Triton display by eInk Technologies allows eInk screens to display color. This would be very useful for features like images and highlighting. Is it a viable option for mainstream ereader ...
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Are there any e-Readers that can't surf the net?

Does anyone know of an e-Reader that doesn't have any kind of internet browser on it? I don't care if I might need to buy an older generation of one.
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Hide a folder of ebooks on Kindle

So I have this folder in the documets folder of my Kindle Paperwhite which contains books that are inappropriate ebooks for small children(my cousins). I don't want to delete them and kids mode won't ...
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Calibre ebook viewer - Apply User Stylesheet to Full Screen Mode

How do I apply styles to full screen mode only via the User Stylesheet? Specifically, I would like to adjust the body style during full screen mode to adjust margin-left. I would like to do this ...
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Direct copying of epub files on the Kobo internal file system

I am running Linux (Mageia 5), and I own a Kobo Glo HD. There is no Kobo Desktop for me (that I know of). I wish to load some free epub books on my reader. I read in several places that one can copy ...
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Which does have the least glaring minimum-brightness backlight: backlit e-ink readers or tablets?

I have the habit of reading a lot in pitch black darkness (before falling asleep), and after a few minutes even the lowest brightness of my tablet (iPad 1) or phone (Samsung Galaxy Pocket) starts to ...
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Is there any ebook reader that can synchronize the bookmarks across PC(windows, osx), iOS, android devices?

I am looking for a reader that can synchronize the bookmark at which we last read and can continue from where we left? I have a surface, macbook, ipad, and a samsung tab across which I would like to ...
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Is it possible to disable screen zoom on a Sony PRS-T1 reader?

Periodically, I get my ereader stuck in some sort of screen zoom thing. I know I can usually escape it by hitting the back button or going to the home screen, but that tends to be a pain especially if ...
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Reader for scientific papers - what should I look for?

I use a Hanvon ewise reader. While I'm mostly happy with using it for novels, I have several difficulties with reading scientific texts: Some figures are not displayed Reflowing (displaying 2 column ...
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Page flipping effect in eBooks

I am new to the world of ebook publishing. I have created an ebook of format .epub and I am wondering what can I do to enable a page flipping effect when user navigates from one page to another, on a ...
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Can I share premium ebooks online for free?

I want to make a website on which users can upload their ebooks and share them with other users of the website. But I would like to know if it is possible for a user to buy an ebook online and then ...
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Does a screensaver serve any purpose on eink displays?

I have a Hanvon ereader with a first generation Vizplex E-ink display. The device comes with a screensaver, which just loads some pictures after some time. Does this serve a purpose, such as to ...
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How to tell if an entire ePub ebook was downloaded for offline viewing?

How can I check if an ePub ebook was fully and correctly downloaded onto my iPad or iPhone without being corrupted? I want to be sure to read it in those situations where I can't connect to the ...