It's like PCs if we were forbidden to run any software that wasn't sold by Microsoft, or even to advise others on how to do it. According to Amazon I should have a Kindle to read their stuff, a Nook to read anything from Barnes & Noble, a Spring Design Alex (Nook-like but better) for Borders etc, et-bleeding-cetera.
Apart from a gazillion real books (roughly 7k?) I already have about 5000 e-books, in formats including ePub, pdf, cbz, cbr, txt, rtf, doc, html and probably others I can't recall. Many are from Gutenberg, or are articles rather than books, even more are out of print or unobtainable in any other format. And since I prefer paper, I've tried 2nd hand bookshops on line & locally. So what would be my ideal e-book reader?
- Screen big enough to read a magazine page at full size without scrolling.
- Full colour.
- Pages that turn as fast as paper, and by a similar motion, thus -
- Touch screen, preferably capacitive but I'll take resistive if I have to.
- Can run 'reader' software for the above formats, plus DRM protected files from ANY bookseller/publisher, thus -
- Windows 7 OS, though I'd be happy with Android or any flavour of Linux as long as it works.
- WiFi web browsing with a 3G option.
- Local storage by SDHC or SDXC (Can't believe SD cards are going to 1TB soon)
- HD video decoding with HDMI output.