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Large eBook Reader Table

 

.Right now, only Amazon's DX, the Dutch iRex, and Sony Daily Edition have larger than normal (6'') eReader screens, and they cost considerably more. However, several large eReaders are about to debut, including the futuristic Skiff and Plastic Logic Readers. Large eReaders are useful for business and industry applications, as you can display an entire, regular-sized PDF. We also include in the table various models in development, as some customers may wish to wait for their release.

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Table Definitions

.Value Rating: Includes price and our assessment of what you get for your money. There are some very pricey eReaders out there which aren't good value, and cheap ones which don't deliver. Of course of readers which aren't out yet, we're making big assumptions and guesses here based on the info which is known.

. Features Rating: Includes the eReader's capabilities, display quality, wireless connection, formats, ease of file transfer, etc. Of course of readers which aren't out yet, we're making big assumptions and guesses here based on the info which is known.

. Usability Rating: How fun and easy it is to use, how often it crashes or how badly buttons are designed. This is the most subjective of the measures, generated from our testing experience as well as user comments from across the net and blogosphere. Of course of readers which aren't out yet, we're making big assumptions and guesses here based on the info which is known.

. Screen Size / Greyscales: The personal eBook reader size is fairly standard at 6 inches diagonal, or 600x800 pixels as many judge this an ideal paperback-type size for casual, one-handed reading. Bigger isn't necessarily better. The number of greyscales is important if you'll be displaying pictures; early readers did 4, recent ones do 8, and the best models do 16.

. Connectivity: Most eReaders use a USB 2.0 cable to connect and charge to a computer, but a few have WiFi/Bluetooth and only the Kindle 2 has a cellular 3G data connection allowing wireless ebook downloads and basic web surfing.

. Memory: This is built-in memory that comes with the eReader out of the box. Most readers allow you to add more memory via various slots.

. Battery life: Most eBook readers list this in page turns/refreshes, as maintaining an e-ink display "on" draws no power, but when you add functions like wireless, touchscreen, etc., battery life diminishes rapidly, so consider estimates rough.

. Weight: eReaders currently weigh surprisingly little, usually less than a paperback.

. Audio: Nearly all eBook readers have a headphone slot, and some even have speakers.good if you like background music.

. Input Device: These vary from physical keyboard, to touchscreen to D-pads.

. Screen Refresh: How long it takes to refresh the entire e-ink screen.

. File formats supported: The number of format types the eReader supports. This is perhaps not a very useful metric, as if you only use PDFs and MOBI files for instance, it doesn't matter how many more are supported. See eBook reader Basics for if you require more detailed info.

. Release date : When the current model was released--useful as it gives an indication. Newer is usually better, but some older models like the Sony PRS-505 remain a good value favorite with high specs.

. Notes: Some prominent notes on distinguishing features--see detailed review pages for more.

. Price: These are prices in dollars for the US market. As we try to list all major eBook readers worldwide, and not all are released in all markets. Of course of readers which aren't out yet, we're making big assumptions and guesses here based on the info which is known.

Comparison of Large e-paper eBook Readers Worldwide
Readers
(click to see review)
Amazon Kindle DX Review
Kindle DX
Sony Daily Reader Review
Sony Daily Readr
iRex Iliad 2 Review
iRex Iliad 2
iRex Digital Reader Review
iRex Dgtl Reader
Skiff Reader Review
Skiff Reader (not released)
Plastic Logic Reader Review
Plastic Logic QUE (not released)

Our (guestimate) Ratings
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Screen size / greyscales


9.7''
16 greyscales
7''
16 greyscales
8.1''
16 greyscales
10.2''
16 greyscales
11.5''
unknown greyscales
10.7''
8 greyscales

Connectivity

US-wide cellular free data signal, also USB 2.0 cable US-wide cellular free data signal, also USB 2.0 cable WiFi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable, WiFi, Bluetooth cellular 3G, WiFi, USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0, Bluetooth, WiFi, optional 3G

Memory

4 GB 2 GB 256 MB 1 GB 4 GB 4G or 8 GB

Battery


~ 2 weeks 12,000 pages
(~2.5 weeks)
15 hours 15 hours ~1 weeks Unknown, "days"

Weight

18.9 oz 12.7 oz 15.3 oz 20.1 oz 17.6 oz 17 oz


Audio


Headphone jack and speakers Headphone jack Headphone jack and speakers Headphone jack and speakers Headphone jack and speakers None

Input device


Keyboard Touchscreen Touchscreen Touchscreen Touchscreen Touchscreen

Screen refresh

.9 seconds Unknown 1.3 seconds .85 seconds Unknown ~ 1 second

File formats supported

15 13 9 17 Unknown 16

Released


Jun 09 Dec 09 Mar 08 Nov 08 "Later this year" 15 Apr 2010
Notes 2.5 times bigger screen area than Kindle 2, now with the same global internet capabilities Sony's first wireless model, but no internet, touchscreen shows glare--backordered to mid-Jan Large screen (not necessarily better for casual reading) aimed at business; pricey, but very high quality World's largest eReader and most expensive, aimed at business users Biggest and first flexible metal foil eReader--potentially revolutionary High spec, large model aimed at business, widely anticipated but not quite as good as the hype

Price

$469 for US version $489 for international $399 $699 $895 Unknown (probably very pricey) $649 for 4GB model or $799 for 8GB+3G model
Link to purchase Purchase Amazon Kindle DX Purchase Sony Daily Reader Purchase iRex iLiad 2 eReader Purchase iRex Digital Reader

Visit Skiff Reader Site

Visit Plastic Logic Reader Site
  Kindle DX Sony Daily Readr iRex iLiad 2 iRex Dgtl Reader Skiff Reader Plastic Logic QUE
             
Readers
(click to see review)
Microsoft Courier Reader Review
MS Courier (not released)
iRex DR800SG Reader Review
iRex DR800 (not released)
enTourage eDGe Reader Review
eDGE (not released)
Apple Tablet Reader Review
Apple Tablet (not released)
Asus Eee Reader Review
Asus Eee (not released)
Astak Mentor 9.7 inch Reader Review
Astak Mentor 9.7 (not released)

Our Ratings
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Features:
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Screen size / greyscales


two facing 7'' LCD screens 8.1''
16 greyscales
9.7'' e-ink and 10.1'' color LCD touchscreen 10.6 inch LCD screen? two LCD screens 9.7'
16 greyscales

Connectivity

? USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable, WiFi, cellular 3G USB 2.0 cable, WiFi, Bluetooth, optional 3G Unknown Unknown, 3G option likely USB 2.0 cable

Memory

? 2GB Unknown Unknown Unknown 512K

Battery


? pages
(~? weeks)
6,000 pages (~1+ week) 16+ hours Unknown Likely short with two LCD screens 8,000 pages
(~2 weeks)

Weight

? oz 14.2 oz 44 oz Unknown Unknown Unknown


Audio


Headphone jack and speakers Headphone jack and speakers Headphone jack, microphone, and speakers Unknown Speakers Headphone jack and speakers

Input device


Touchscreen Touchscreen/ stylus Touchscreen Touchscreen Touchscreen Touchscreen

Screen refresh

Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown

File formats supported

Unknown 16 Unknown Unknown Unknown 5+

Released


Unknown, still in rumor stage Jan 2010? Unknown Unknown, possibly late 2010 Unknown early 2010?
Notes Dual book-like screens on netbook--not e-ink display Mid-size eReader, first from iRex w/reasonable price and 3G Dual book-like screens on feature-packed netbook-like design Long-rumored LCD tablet coputer, could also function as eReader Likely cheap, mini-netbook with power-hungry dual LCD screens Ambitious large model in development, possibly cheap rival to the DX

Price

Unknown $450 Feb 2010 --$490 claimed Unknown Unknown Unknown
Link to purchase Visit MS Courier Visit iRex DR800SG  Site Visit enTourage eDGe eReader Site Visit Apple Tablet Site Visit Asus Eee Reader Site Visit Astak Mentor eReader Site
  MS Courier iRexDR800SG eDGe Apple Tablet Asus Eee Astak Mentor
             
Readers
(click to see review)
Pocketbook 901 eBook Reader Review
Pocketbook 901
         

Our Ratings
Value:
Features:
Usability:

 
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Screen size / greyscales


9.7''
16
greyscales
         

Connectivity

Unknown, probably only USB 2.0 cord          

Memory

Unknown          

Battery


10,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
         

Weight

12.3 oz          


Audio


Unknown          

Input device


Directional pad          

Screen refresh

Unknown          

File formats supported

17          

Released


Unknown, early 2010?          
Notes Ukrainian reader aims to be cheap Kindle DX alternative for education market          

Price

Unknown          
Link to purchase

Purchase Pocketbook 901 eBook reader

         
  Pocketbook 901          
             

These are the main eBook readers available in the US. If you want to see a table of all eReaders, including hard-to-get models and country specific ones, see our Worldwide Table, or if you are from a different region, try our UK Table, European Table , or Asian Table.

Online eBook reader prices and terms change frequently; check company website for the latest.

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