Re: [OM] IMG: My Daily Companion

Subject: Re: [OM] IMG: My Daily Companion
From: Chris Barker <ftog@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2020 22:12:53 +0000
I agree, Moose.

I had two Nook Simple Touch devices, Moose.  I really like the e-Ink display.

I was very happy with the first one, but it stopped working;  I then bought a 
used one on the Internet just before Barnes and Noble stopped operating in the 
UK, removing the easy purchase of reading material.  I could still use the 
contorted Adobe transfer system, or load ePub files on the microSD card, but it 
grew tedious. I’ve just sold it (£25).  My Kobo is one of the H2O things that I 
can read with impunity in the bath (:-)).  

I used an iPad mini (now relegated to control duties with my Mavic Air) or my 
newer iPad Air in the bath, but I’m keenly aware of the risk to a £500 device.  
Also, my Kobo’s backlit screen allows me to read in the middle of the night 
with less chance of waking Julia (crime).  My Kobo synchronises book and place 
with my iPad in case have to read books with the latter, for some reason.

And I’m rather addicted to CJ Sansom’s Shardlake series, which I’ve 
unfortunately nearly finished.  But e-readers have vastly increased my book 
reading.  They don’t smell the same as books, but they are more practical (as 
well as being easier on the wrist).

But I can’t read any newspapers on my Kobo.


> On 19 Mar 20, at 19:24, Moose <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 3/19/2020 9:50 AM, Jim Nichols wrote:
>> My son has an iPad, and I have checked it out when he comes to visit.  I may 
>> venture in that direction, but the iMac and a comfortable chair work fine 
>> for now.
>> On 3/19/20 11:42 AM, Chris Barker wrote:
>>> I use a Kobo, Jim, for my reading (I hate the idea of making Bezos any 
>>> richer), but my iPad Air (2019) is a delight to read from as well and I use 
>>> it for the Guardian newspaper.
> How interesting. I have a 24" Dell monitor, iPhone Xs, iPad Mini and a Nook 
> Simple Touch.
> Although I do read some magazine and newspaper articles on the monitor, I 
> find I tend not to finish long ones. I also don't much like reading lengthy 
> text on the iPad.
> To quote a review of a Kobo:
> "In a world full of full-color tablet displays, it may seem surprising that 
> dedicated e-readers are still around. But these devices actually have an 
> advantage over tablets that avid readers appreciate -- the e-ink displays are 
> much easier on the eyes than backlit displays. They allow for comfortable 
> long-term reading."
> The B&W Kobos, Kindle and Nook e-readers all use e-ink displays, which are, 
> for me, FAR, FAR nicer to read than the shiny surface color screens on 
> tablets and "real" computers.
> The addition of built-in lights on recent ones seems to me a step back in 
> readability. When Nook switched, I took my lightless Simple Touch into a B&N 
> store and held it next to the new one. The old one was obviously clearer.
> We have two failed ones (for parts), two working ones and one in reserve. 
> We're very much a split preference household. I heartily dislike reading 
> physical books, and Carol loves them; she only uses her Nook when traveling 
> or when a book isn't available in one of the three library systems she uses.
> I prefer the Nook to Kobo and Kindle because it works with the generic epub 
> format, so isn't tied to any source. When I get a Kindle book, Calibre 
> converts and downloads it to the Nook. Lots of books are available as epubs 
> free or at low cost on the web.
> With a 2GB micro SD card, I can have a ridiculous number of books on it. Far 
> more than it's simple index system is much use for. But it does have a search 
> function - if I can remember author or title.
> I've always loved sitting in my little pool of light with a book while the 
> world around me is asleep. The differences from the past now are a full 
> spectrum light and an e-reader. I love it.
> Some years ago, I was being troubled by pain in my left wrist. Eventually, I 
> realized it was from the way I held thick paperbacks when reading. I changed 
> how I read, and got better. No such problems with the Nook. :-)

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