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#1 seayork2002

Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:22 PM

UPDATE - I have been umming and aahing for so long I still don't have one but have some put aside, I have now decided and ereader is the way to go as

- I want it to read books only
- I would like to be able to make notes/highlight names etc. or do a search on names
- use it for audio books if that is possible
- I would like to download the books to the ereader direct
- I would like to get books from multible sites including my library.

As my last post was a few months ago I thought there may some more on the market so it would be great to hear from anyone who has any current ereaders. THANK YOU


I would like to see about buying a gadget that means I can easily obtain books electronically, there seems to be more way to access books than there is books so I am at a loss as to where to start, we are not really into gadgets and do not have an Iphone etc. but I know I can borrow electronic books from my library and I use Amazon and Book Depository to buy normal books sometimes. Obviously as I a typing this I have access to a computer but what is the most simple way of using and accessing books through an electronic "Ereader" type machine.

I would not like to spend more than a couple of hundred to buy one.


Edited by seayork2002, 06 July 2013 - 07:26 PM.

#2 Lyra

Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:25 PM

Don't buy a kobo. My husband got me one (without really consulting me) and I loathed it

#3 eigne

Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:27 PM

I have a kindle and I use it almost daily. I love it!

#4 seayork2002

Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:30 PM

Thanks for your replies, one thing I forgot to ask is with whatever machine you use is it easy to access books form different sources as I don't want to be tied to one provider, EXAMPLE ONLY if you have a Kindle I don't want to just be able to get books from Amazon kind of thing.

#5 Ice Queen

Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:35 PM

I got a Kindle for Christmas and I am in LOVE!  I am very un-techy but I find this so simple it is ridiculous.

As for getting books from other sources, I have no idea.  I just use Amazon and I am finding this fine for my needs so far.

#6 RealityBites

Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:36 PM

I love my Sony EReader, almost the same as reading.a real book, and not locked into service provider.

#7 Jacki:)

Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:37 PM


i bought one of these and   wub.gif  it ...

http://www.bookworld.com.au/ i download from here and they range in price, they have free ebooks as well as the latest release.

i also put movies (bought an expandable micro chip) and put movies on it for the kids in the car original.gif

#8 ez21

Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:39 PM

After a fair bit of research, I am waiting for the Kindle Paperwhite to come out in Australia.  It's currently selling in the US.

It's a touch screen, much like the Kindle Touch, but it has a built in light so you can read it in low light and the dark without one of those clip on lights. I think it also adjusts to light conditions.  It will probably be expensive but have heard that people have bought direct from the US through a shipping agent, which saves a lot of money.

Plus, the Kindle Touch is sold out almost everywhere in Australia.

#9 FreshAirFreedom

Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:41 PM

I just bought myself a Kobo 'Glo', which has a backlight so you can read in low-light conditions. It is my first gadget, and I absolutely LOVE it. It was released in December, and was $160.

I chose Kobo rather than Kindle so I could borrow books from the library, which is restricted on the Kindle devices. Getting the books on to the reader is not too hard - though you can't purchase through Amazon, which is a bit of a hassle.  Use of the library makes it worth it for me.

If you find yourself away from a pc, you can purchase books directly from the Kobo store on the reader, but you do need to be in a wifi spot.

I am so, so happy I waited for the Glo - it has been a lifechanger!

#10 seayork2002

Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:42 PM

AUDIO BOOKS! sorry I forgot to add/ask, can you listen to books through these gadgets in the original voices, Stephen Fry doing Harry Potter etc.

#11 FiveAus

Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:44 PM

QUOTE (seayork2002 @ 24/01/2013, 04:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
AUDIO BOOKS! sorry I forgot to add/ask, can you listen to books through these gadgets in the original voices, Stephen Fry doing Harry Potter etc.

You can with a Kindle, each time I buy an audio book from Audible.com it offers to send it to my Kindle, but I prefer to have them on my iPhone.

#12 pinkcupcakes

Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:44 PM

i have a samsung galaxy y young phone, was only a couple hundred $ as opposed to iphone and i downloaded an app called "playbooks". you can choose from heaps of books, some for a price, some cheap, some free. i love it because i can read in bed wit the light off ( so doesnt disturb hubby) and i don't have the cumbersome task of trying to comfortably hold something big.

#13 livvie7586

Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:47 PM

i have a sony.  Hate the thing, way too much of a hassle to put books on

I also have a samsung galaxy tab, with google play ereader on it.  i don't mind this, easy to get books, easy to find books etc etc.  Hubby has kobo on his galaxy s2, and he loves it

#14 FiveAus

Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:52 PM

I use both a Kindle and a Kindle app for iPad, both are linked to the same account so I can have my books on both devices.

I've had a Kindle since they were first available to Australia, and its the most wonderful device. I would recommend the one with 3G, because you can access the Amazon bookstore from it and download books from wherever you are (as long as you have mobile coverage).
Don't underestimate the convenience of having Amazon at your fingertips, they have the biggest retail catalogue of electronic books, and they are generally cheaper than anywhere else.
They also have a number of free books available each day, you can sign up to various newsletters or blogs who will email you daily with the selection.

You can also get books from other sources, such as the free e-books site, but you need to hook your Kindle up to a computer and download them to the device.

#15 FiveAus

Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:56 PM

Another plus for the Kindle is that you can share an Amazon account with other people. My best friend, my daughter and I all share the same account, we each buy gift vouchers to add to it, then we can share the books we buy. It saves us all a heap of money because we all like similar books and we've each introduced the others to new authors by book-sharing this way.

#16 HatLover

Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:59 PM

I have a Kobo..I love it. If you have wireless, you can just download anywhere. I have it at home, my Mum nicks off to Maccas and uses their free Wi-fi.

#17 kidwrangler

Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:04 PM

We have a Kindle which I have enjoyed reading from more than I expected. I am still a slave to the real thing though original.gif

My suggestion if you are planning on downloading from your library is to double check what is compatible with their system as I know ours cannot support certain devices.

Hope you find the best fit for you and get to enjoy lots of e-reading original.gif

#18 SKP1972

Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:37 AM

I got a Kobo Glo for Chrismtas and love it, is only 6" though so some people might not like that.  Has the backlight which is great so I could read at midnight and not keep DH awake, have just finished my 3rd book on it and love it.  It reads epub format and pdf format and there are tonnes of free publications for it that you can download.  Mine is wifi and transferring books is super easy, can either drag and drop from a laptop using usb or wifi directly to the device.



#19 Mrs_Mystery_Guest

Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:44 AM

I have a Kobo Touch. I have never had any probs with it at all. I can't recommend it highly enough. Not all Kobos are rubbish.

#20 Isolabella

Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:47 AM

Sony for me. Yes you can do Audio books depending on the version you have.

#21 Isolabella

Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:48 AM

Sony for me. Yes you can do Audio books depending on the version you have.

#22 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:59 AM

I have a passionate hatred for the kobo and an intense dislike for their 'customer service'.  I still want my money back!

Kindle is not locked to amazon totally, you can get mobi format books from other sellers.  It is easier and most convenient to use amazon though.

#23 PurpleNess

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:42 PM

I have a Sony E reader & love it , although some nights I wish it had a back light.....but I still love it ! 456 books on it so far, take a life time to read them all lol.

#24 Isolabella

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:59 PM

My small Sony 350 pocket has over 1,400 books on it.

#25 Ducky*Fuzz

Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:02 PM

I have had great customer service from Kobo.  Their email gift voucher system stuffed up last Christmas for my mums gift and she didn't receive it.

I sent an email and was credited with the amount straight away, so I just gave mum my details and she bought what she wanted.

That said, the battery on my kobo isn't lasting long and is p*ssing me off at the moment. No way does it last 10000 page turns, nor does it last a week!

Edited by ~*MESS*~, 29 January 2013 - 04:04 PM.

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