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E Readers Anonymous 07/10/2020 (Fri) 04:26:33 No. 608
Hello anons, I've been looking for a good ereader to replace my 3rd gen kindle and it'd be good to have a thread to discuss them in general. I've considered devices that are supported by Openinkpot, although they're limited to about 3 devices. Anyone have experience with open ink pot devices?
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>>608 I have not looked at any of those devices. The idea of open firmware is nice but off-brand Chinese hardware is really unappealing. But I have been in the market for an eBook Reader for some time, although the hardware has always left me disappointed. I had a first-generation Nook that was surprisingly open to hacking, but was underwhelming in reading experience since it was more of a tablet. Lately, I have been considering the Kobo line of readers. The Japs have always been ahead of the curve on eBooks. And while I am not aware of any open source firmware replacements, it is a popular enough platform and there are open source readers which support it, such as OcherBook.
Its been years and i still haven't decided what e-reader to buy and now when color e-readers are just around the corner i might wait few years more. I like them big screen Onix Boox e-note takers, specifically Note Pro and the newer Note 2, but they are expensive as fuck.
>>611 Final solution of ereaders https://hackaday.io/project/7443-e-ink-display-adapter and sbc of your choice, or port the drive to stm32 bluepill for an universal display.
>>611 A few years ago I decided to wait for color e-ink and it never materialized. What a shame. I've heard rumors of multiple products allegedly working with them, but have been unable to purchase any screens myself. I actually wanted one to make an open source Pebble clone some years back. Last time I checked it was not possible to buy a color e-ink screen. Seems to be vaporware until I see a product use it.
>>612 Is there ereader firmware for arduino or must I write my own?
>>621 Second this. einkpot still going or no?
>>629 If you mean openinkpot, no, openinkpot stopped with the 3 devices they've supported and I haven't seen there to be new developments. https://fread.ink/ seems to be developing open firmware for e-ink devices, but its been set back by winnie the flu
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>>608 I own a Tolino Shine 3, which is a E-Book created by booksellers in German speaking Europe and I am quite happy with it. Its open to hacking, but I am not aware of any open firmware projects for it.
I managed to find "loonreader", which is a cute little project but it's pretty much built for a single hardware configuration. https://github.com/mapmeld/loonreader I will continue to look for a general-purpose open source e-reader which I am certain exists in some capacity.
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Literally right after posting I came across "Open Book". They're open sourcing both the board and the firmware. https://github.com/joeycastillo/The-Open-Book
>>619 I want this too. It's stupid that it isn't in production because colored e ink does exist.
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>>694 It does exist but every product with one has been produced in small numbers, never been marketed, and then failed. Seems like they've failed to manufacture it in decent numbers. Possibly it just doesn't scale for mass production? Seems odd, but people keep dumping money into developing it only for nothing to come of it. You'd expect, at the very least, for Amazon to buy one of these companies gone bust and produce a Kindle with it. Make a grab for control of magazine and children's books. It could be a big market.
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OP here, off of some forum and word of mouth reccomendations, I've decided to go with a PocketBook. It's by this swiss company. Today they pride themselves on privacy, but what I really cared about is their older devices which appear to be open to hacking and lack any DRM shit. It was also pretty cheap so I went for it.
>>756 Looks interesting. Let me know how it works out for you
>>757 Okay, after a few days of use I think I can give my opinions. What I heard about it being hackable does hold true to some extent. It runs linux and you are able to access kernel sources for the device (https://github.com/pocketbook-free/kernel_613) and this site (http://users.physik.fu-berlin.de/~jtt/PB/) claims you can run some other programs on these devices. I just want this for reading so I probably wont bother but its nice to have. For storage, there is no account requirement like there is on I think newer kindles and kobo e readers, you can just mount the e reader as mass usb storage. SD card slot is also on the outside so you can easily insert and swap expandable storage. Battery life, well on a few days I can't say much but its only dropped about 5% this past week. Keep in mind the battery is probably 5-10 years old at this point, doesnt seem like anyone has opened up the back of this device. For reading itself, its a bit slow to start books but it's snappy once you load it. Tested formats are CBZ, PDF, MOBI, EPUB, and DJVU and PDF is the only one thats shitty. However thats normal for ereaders. It's overall not a bad machine for like the 10 bucks I got it for.
>>786 Sorry, I only posted one of the kernel sources, that was for the 613 which I do not have. Here's the one for mine https://github.com/pocketbook-free/kernel_622 and for what seems to be an upgraded model https://github.com/pocketbook-free/kernel_623.
>>786 >>787 Thanks for returning with a review, OP. I'm still weighing my options (and in no rush to purchase anything). They're a little small and it's disappointing that it's only running a 3.10 kernel. Seems like they're pushing out a (rather cheap) color e-reader, which is neat. And I like that they're basically generic mass storage. Wish they made a slightly larger one, though. Seems like this might be a good portable book reader, but not so good for PDFs, textbooks, etc. Is there a backlight? How good is it?
>>788 No problem. Some of them like the pocketbook pros are 9" if that is more your style. 6" is my happy medium for reading so I will stick to it but that is an option from pocketbook. PDFs are just something that e readers are not really good at anyways but i would say its particularly poor here. Black text on white background is passable if you change contrast settings, but magazine scans for example https://archive.org/details/aoyscansAnimericaVol.3No.8/mode/2up are poor and unreadable unless you zoom in. No backlight on the 622.
e-readers are gay as fuck. Just set colors to white on black on your goyphone or goylet.
>>792 Since I'm not a homosexual I have neither and its nice to have a device dedicated to reading with a good aspect ratio and screen built for it.
>>804 And since I'm straight and white I read things on my computer.
>>805 You first were the one suggesting to read items on mobile botnet devices, I doubt your claimed race and non homoness.
>>810 I don't have goyphones or goylets.
Further most e-readers run android too. How is that not botnet?
>>811 As I said, neither do I. >>812 I will grant you that given we're talking about modern devices, many ereaders run android now, but as was posted previously, there are those that do not. You don't have an option to have a cellular device that doesn't triangulate your ass at every step. However you're moving the goalpost, my point is there is utility for a device made specifically for e reading. I do read technical documents and text books on my computer but an ereader is nice for say fiction. I think we should just leave it here and stop shitting up the thread.
>>815 >my point is there is utility for a device made specifically for e reading Yeah but only if you don't already carry any other portable goyshit around. I can agree on that.
>>821 The benefit is easier reading. Staring at a glowing screen is harsher on your eyes and offers no real benefits when out and about. And battery life is a concern. Something that lasts all week versus something that you need to keep plugged-in. That being said, I have mostly shed other devices, so I find it useful regardless.

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