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Ebook readers? Which one

Not sure if this should be moved but I’m looking for a deal on an ebook reader. And I’m not sure which one. Kobo or Kindle? Can files be converted between kobo and kindle via calibre?

Kobo does allow me to login to my library. That’s a big caveat.

Any help is appreciated. I have been looking at the KOBO AURA H2O EDITION 2

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Kindle. easily.

But Audiobooks are the shizznit now. Get yourself Overdrive for your phone.
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paul29m wrote: Kindle. easily.

But Audiobooks are the shizznit now. Get yourself Overdrive for your phone.
Huh re audiobooks? And I do have overdrive.
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If you want Canadian library use, Kobo. All current models sold on Chapters are supposed to be able to sync or borrow right on the ereader to Overdrive.
Kindles are only library compatible with no DRM breaking in the USA.

Use your phone/tablet for the best of all worlds/vendors. If you have a high enough resolution screen, you may find it fine for your reading needs, especially for just fiction (no pictures, charts, etc.)

I was pleasantly surprised I can read on my phone (~ 400 ppi), especially when I use dimming options/app. Also try different text/background colour combos (sepia tone background, dark background, custom colours, etc.) I have an old Kobo that's still works, but I'm not sure I'm going to replace it with another eink device once it dies.

If you are mostly interested in out of copyright Classics, you can get those free from places like Standard Ebooks and vendor stores.
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Aww ok thanks iced tea. I am using the iPad Pro currently if that matters. Maybe I’ll give it a shot and see if works for me.
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No problem :)
If you care about learning to break DRM so you can backup your purchased books later, just note that Apple DRM has not been cracked, I think. So explore Apple freebies only? (Amazon, and Kobo, Google Play which uses Adobe DRM are fine.)
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Hmm ya thus why I’m thinking of kobo/kindle device? I want to put calibre app to work. I think this allows me to convert.
And not sure I want to read on my 10” tablet. Hmmm.
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It depends on which eco-system you prefer. I prefer amazon since I have a membership from SPL. Also Amazon Prime will let you choose free books with Prime reading or Kindle Owners' Lending Library.

Anyways, if you want a kobo, get clara hd. If you want kindle, get ppw4.

Hint: Buy Indigo GC from promotion (20% off) and use these GC for a kobo device.
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I tried one of the amazon reading trials and I couldn’t find anything worthwhile. I think it was kindle owners library.

Re. 20% off...u mean when these deals happen? There isn’t one now is there ?
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Just saw this on kobo site.

Kobo Gift Cards are not redeemable for eReaders.

Indigo cards are different?
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One factor to be considered is font size. You can easily adjust font size in Kobo for different size, but in Kindle, you can only select the font size that come with Kindle
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Font size will matter Crying Face i have reading glasses. I would prefer to ditch those for larger font. Hopefully that works. But still font size would matter to me.

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smartie wrote: One factor to be considered is font size. You can easily adjust font size in Kobo for different size, but in Kindle, you can only select the font size that come with Kindle
What are you talking about? Do you mean TYPE FACE? Kindle has 10 type faces and like 20 sizes
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- Want to use a Canadian library lending system utilizing Overdrive? Get any Kobo
- Need it to be waterproof? Get a current generation Kindle Paperwhite
- No specific requirements? Flip a coin

Don't listen to anyone who says to read on a phone/tablet, they probably don't read much. eReaders are way easier on your eyes, work amazing in direct sunlight, are lighter size for size and most importantly - incredible battery life.
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Read only during day, Kindle.
Night owl? Kobo with ComfortLight Pro.
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Another vote for kindle. We have 3 and they are great. Really increased our reading consumption.

Can't wait till a colour epaper comes in a few years.
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Library books - Any Kobo
Waterproof - Kobo Aura H2O
Night reading - Kobo with comfort light (all current models I believe)

Basically, the correct answer is Kobo. Clara if you don't need something watrproof, Aura H2O if you do,
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I can't imagine anyone with a Cdn library card not using Kobo ereader. It's super easy to check out and instantly read on a newer Kobo. If you need "de-DRM" then you'd need to use a computer and Calibre. It's super easy too. Go to Mobileread forums for better discussion.
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Kindle Paperwhite $117.99 from Amazon Prime (8GB, Waterproof and built-in light)
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Candiana wrote: I can't imagine anyone with a Cdn library card not using Kobo ereader. It's super easy to check out and instantly read on a newer Kobo. If you need "de-DRM" then you'd need to use a computer and Calibre. It's super easy too. Go to Mobileread forums for better discussion.
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