A lot can happen in one week. Seven days ago, I was madly researching eBook readers, gung ho over the prospect of quasi-unlimited digital storage, heaps of portable reading material, and so on and so forth. Now, my interest has skydived. Why? It’s those bloody format wars.
I’ll just say first off, I have no claims to being a tech expert; I’m a consumer and I try to be informed, but that’s it. So as a potential consumer, this is how I see it: Without stripping DRMs, there is no single portable device that reads all the major eBook formats. And that’s a pain.
I must say, gadgets can be so cool. But I know I get sucked in really easily, which is why I can take an elephant’s age to make my decisions. By now I’ve heard things, asked around, surfed hours of YouTube videos, weighed the pros and cons, and finally decided: I’m going to buy an eBook reader. But in heaven’s name, which one?
My biggest problem is that I’m too darn finicky. I insist that my eBook reader be as close to perfect as possible. I need Adobe DRM support, so no Kindle (which is a shame). The reader shouldn’t have glare – goodbye Sony. Bells and whistles are nice, but not at the expense of speed or price – which eliminates the Nook (offers a colour touchscreen), the iPad (tablet), the Cool-ER (multiple languages), the BeBook Neo (WiFi), the Samsung E6 (stylus writing), and all eReaders over $300 (including the QUE ProReader, which is truly a thing of beauty but costs a whopping $799).