Yeah it's new, but is it good?
November 4, 2012 6:53 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for an e-book reader. I've been pretty wow-ed by the Kindle Paperwhite, but I have some reservations as to whether I should get that (or even get an e-book reader at all)
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At the outset, I should state that I have a surfeit of mobile devices from which I read (an LG Optimus, an iPod Touch and a hand-me-down iPhone 3GS).
The main problem I have with these devices is the screen size and the comfort (or lack thereof). Thus, I'm looking to get a e-book reader. At this moment I'm leaning towards the Kindle Paperwhite, not so much for the backlight, but more because it has the latest e-ink screen.
The majority of the books I read are in EPUB format. I'm not so concerned about the e-book store, since most of my books are self-created (e.g. news sources and journal articles).
1) Should I be concerned that the Kindle Paperwhite cannot read EPUBs? Are there any other e-book readers I should consider? (I'm aware of Calibre, but are there any caveats with using it?)
2) How big is the difference between the Paperwhite's screen vs. something from the last generation, e.g. B&N Nook Simple Touch?
3) How trashy is the PDF support? I'll mostly be reading journal articles where PDF files are concerned.
4) If I do decide to get it, would it be worthwhile to wait for the Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales? Or does Amazon not do discounts for the Kindle?
Your advice is very much appreciated!