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E-readers
It seemed that e-reader screens would converge to 6 inches, but considerably bigger devices keep being produced too.



Amazingly, after new year I still had money left, so I bought myself an e-reader. It turns out that the screen is indeed very nice to have when you read a lot of pdfs and epubs (which I do), even though the devices tend to be short on other functionality. The screen is wonderfully convenient compared to a night lamp and a book, and better than a mobile phone's LCD screen.

Insofar as e-readers are meant to display text, there should be font settings (types and sizes) everywhere. My e-reader doesn't permit changing fonts in pdfs, not even when the text reflows. There's no changing of font types and sizes in the web browser either. There should be.

The web browser should permit saving pages as text or HTML. Web-to-PDF would be nice to have. These things are easy to do in a computer and then load onto the e-reader, but it seems like a natural function for the e-reader itself.

Text-to-speech (and saving the file, i.e. conversion of text formats to audio) should be standard in sound-capable devices. Producers of e-readers should be pioneering the speech software for other languages than English. It's an accessibility thing.

More dictionaries too, particularly from other-than-English to English. And more non-Latin scripts/fonts. Producers of e-readers should be actively developing these things.

Even though e-ink screens have only shades of grey, no colours, there should be colour settings to adjust contrast and such. At least there should be a setting to invert the text and background colours. It's again an accessibility thing. Koreader is a program that fixes this particular aspect on my device, though not globally. Settings like this make sense globally.

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Re: E-readers
Reply #125
The latest Koreader update even with all the massive overhaul of some aspects is otherwise okay, but the arrows on the 90° buttons point wrong. Is it possible to drop the arrows and rename one of the buttons to 270° ???

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Reply #126
I suggested 0, 90, 180 and 270 but the consensus was against me.

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Reply #127
Will the consensus be against you again when you suggest to turn the arrows right?

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Reply #128
Think of it as how to turn the device.

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Reply #129
Think of it as how to turn the device.
It turns in the opposite direction instead of in the indicated direction. Fascinating and makes me think a lot.

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Reply #130
Horrible sadism against an eink device



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Reply #131
I don't understand the point of a € 300 limited device when you can easily find any number of traditional dumb/feature phones for € 50. Heck, I just checked and the Nokia 105 is € 20. There's even a "Onestyle Basic" for € 12.50, though I'm guessing spending just that little bit extra on the Nokia is probably worth it.

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Reply #132
Yes, for its dumbness the phone is very expensive. However, if you have some engineerial acumen and dexterity, you can probably do some other-than-phone stuff with it, as it comes with a case and an eink screen. It's smarter to swap its intestines and re-engineer it than to break it.

Not that I have any constructive ideas here. My abilities don't get as far as changing the battery of an e-reader. I would surely accidentally break it if I attempted to open it. Sad that e-readers are made this way.

It's probably best to buy just the eink screen and then try fit it on or connect it to other devices.

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Reply #133
Dasung plans to roll out a bigger eink monitor: 25.3 inches, 3200 by 1800 pixels. This amounts to about 145 dpi https://dasung-tech.myshopify.com/

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Reply #134
Pity it'll be so expensive (presumably).

Btw, I don't know if you saw, but https://tcl-eu.com/CES2021/nxtpaper_tablet

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Reply #135
No, I did not see that. By the way, I find all "eye protection" marketing with regard to screens dishonest. All reading is strainful to the eyes. To protect the eyes, read less!

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Reply #136
Perhaps. Their marketing says your kid will either be staring at a traditional tablet to make their homework or they'll be staring at this tablet. I think everyone's perfectly capable of determining how true that is for them. ;)