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Convenient reading on a large screen: Kobo Aura One ereader comes with a 7.8 display

2016-08-22

It seems that we are not the only ones who have been wondering why the majority of ereaders are six inches in size. A compact device has its advantages, but when it is time to do some serious reading, we prefer larger screens. Kobo has introduced the Aura One ereader that maybe the answer to our hopes – and makes many ebook lovers to think twice before investing in the Kindle Oasis ereader.
kobo aura one ereader
The highlight of the Kobo Aura One ereader is its screen: it is 7.8 inches in size. That’s about the same screen size as the iPad Mini tablet, and larger than entry-level 7-inch tablets have.

The list price of the Aura One is $230 which means it priced lower than the Kindle Oasis. The Oasis, however, only has the standard six-inch E ink screen. Amazon pushes ads to Kindle ereaders that you can prevent by paying a little extra. Kobo doesn’t push ads to its ereaders.

Another highlight of the Aura One is that you can take it to a bath or swimming pool without having to worry about water, or sand on the beach. The device is waterproof.

The ereader can wirelessly connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi and it comes with a touch screen. It also has a front light that is a big help when reading in a dark nook or late at night in bed.

The product is available at Kobo’s online store for $230.

Here is a hands-on video of the Kobo Aura One:

Kobo Aura One key specifications

– 7.8-inch E Ink touchscreen, 1872 x 1404 resolution, 300 dpi
– Front light for reading in places with inadequate light. ComfortLight PRO technology that reduces blue light exposure.
– 8 GB on-board memory. Storage for up to 6,000 ebooks.
– 11 fonts and over 50 font styles. Font weight and sharpness settings.
– 14 file formats supported: EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR.
– Access to public libraries that use Overdrive ebook library system.
– Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
– Micro USB port.
– Battery life up to 1 month.
– Built-in device languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Brazilian, Portuguese, Japanese, Turkish.
– Weight 230 gr.
– Dimensions 195 x 138.5 x 6.9 mm.
kobo aura one ereader by a pool

If you read a lot on your smartphone, you might want to consider a dual screen phone

2016-05-27

People who read plenty of ebooks often like to have a dedicated ereader device, like a Kindle, Kobo, Sony, or Tolino for reading. The reason for this is the greyscale E ink screen that doesn’t flicker and consumes very little energy. The downside is that you have to carry a smartphone or a tablet as well, because an ereader doesn’t let you do anything else but read. But what if you had a smartphone with two screens: an LCD for ordinary tasks and an E ink display for ebooks? You would get all the features of a smartphone plus an E ink screen for reading?

These kind of products exist. You may not find one at your local electronics store, but at the moment it is possible to choose from (at least) two models: the Yota Phone and the Siam 7x.
yotaphone, dual screen smartphone

YotaPhone

The YotaPhone comes with 5-inch color screen on one side and an 4.7-inch greyscale screen on the other side of the phone. YotaPhone is a pioneer of dual screen smartphones. The current model is the company’s 2nd generation product, and the 3rd generation dual screen smartphone is in the works.

In Europe, the YotaPhone is priced at 299 euros, but it is available at the manufacturer’s online store to other parts of the world as well.

4.7-inch always-on 16-level greyscale screen: 960×540 resolution, 235 ppi, full capacitive touch
5-inch color screen (AMOLED) : Full HD 1920×1080, 442ppi
Android™ 4.4 operating system
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801 2.2 GHz quad-core
Reading with Yota Reader (3G): up to 109.3 hours
2GB RAM
32GB eMMC
Main camera: 8 megapixels
Front camera: 2.1 megapixels
2500mAh lithium-polymer battery
3.5mm headphone connector
FM radio
GSM/EGPRS 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
WCDMA, DC HSDPA (rel. 8, cat. 24)
HSUPA (rel. 7, cat 7) bands 1 (diversity), 2, 5 and 8
LTE (rel. 9, cat 4) bands 3, 7 and 20
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
MicroUSB 2.0
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC
A-GPS + GLONASS
Nano-SIM
Dimensions 144.9 x 69.4 x 8.95 mm

siam 7x, dual screen smartphone

Siam 7x

The Siam 7x is a 5-inch smartphone on one side, and a 4.7-inch e-ink ereader on the other side. Despite it comes with two screens, the phone is extremely slim (8.9 mm / 0.35 inches). In addition dual screens, the Siam has dual SIM card slots.

The product is priced at $550, but Cnet’s reviewer didn’t find find the Siam 7x worth the money because of problems with its ereading features.

Here is a video that shows how to use the Siam 7x dual screen phone:


(video via the-ebook-reader.com)

Which tablet has the best display for reading ebooks?

2016-05-01

The prices for branded tablets vary a lot: you can find a 7-inch tablet for 50 dollars whereas a 10-inch tablet may cost 1000 dollars. The highest cost of a component in a tablet is the display. It is also the most important component because it is the interface that connects people to the computer. Of course, processor speed, the amount of memory and other factors are important but the display is absolutely critical for the success of a tablet. So, which tablet comes with the best display? Apple iPad Pro 9.7.
apple ipad pro, man on a beach
DisplayMate, a company that is in the display business, has ran a series of tests on a number of tablet screens. The results of these tests point out that the iPad Pro 9.7 has – by a large margin – the best display at the moment. Interestingly the large iPad Pro 12.9 didn’t do as well in the tests as its smaller brother 9.7.

Here is the conclusion from the test lab:
“An Outstanding LCD Display – The display on the iPad Pro 9.7 is a Truly Impressive Top Performing Display and a major upgrade to the display on the iPad Air 2. It is by far the best performing mobile LCD display that we have ever tested, and it breaks many display performance records.”

When the iPad Pro 9.7 was introduced, many people thought that it was very much the same product as the iPad Air 2. The products look the same and the display resolution is the same on both tablets. That’s not the case: the iPad Pro has a whole new screen.

Here is the word from the test lab what makes the iPad Pro 9.7 screen so good:

– Two Standard Color Gamuts.
– The Absolute Color Accuracy of the iPad Pro 9.7 is impressive.
– Very Low Screen Reflectance (makes the screen easier to read, for instance, outdoors).
– The iPad Pro 9.7 breaks many new records in display performance and delivers uniformly consistent all around Top Tier display performance.

So far, the only problem with the iPad (non-Pro model) screen we have had, has been reading outdoors. Even if we can find a shady place, the screen reflection is disturbing and the colors are washed out. It is these features (among others) where the iPad Pro 9.7 shines according to the DisplayMate tests.

Ereaders have been superior when reading ebooks outdoors because an E ink screen lets you read even in direct sunlight. Now, it looks like the LCD display technology in tablets is improving. It is still difficult to recommend the iPad Pro as an ereading device because of its price. If you are going to use the iPad Pro as a computer and an ereader,then it is easy to justify.
apple ipad pro 9.7 smart keyboardApple iPad Pro 9.7 with keyboard.

Flexible smartphone lets you flick pages of an ebook like pages of a printed book

2016-02-18

Many applications that let you read ebooks on a tablet have a nice feature: when you tap the screen to turn the page, an animation mimics the way the page flips in a printed book. Now, researchers at Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab in Canada have developed a prototype smartphone that takes the concept a step further. They have demonstrated a smartphone that can be bent like a paperback book in order to quickly flick pages.

Take a look at the video that demonstrates how the flexible smartphone works:

Will this kind of device (smartphone, phablet, tablet, or ereader) be the future of reading ebooks? This is not a must-have feature, but like a gimmick that is nice to have. You can test your desire by asking yourself: Would I be willing to pay extra just to get this feature?

Anything mechanical that has moving parts on an electronic device makes the product more expensive, and multiplies the risks for breakdowns. Flexible screen has its use cases, but it is likely to be way more expensive than an ordinary OLED or LCD screen.

Researcher Roel Vertegaal told Independent: “This represents a completely new way of physical interaction with flexible smartphones. When a user plays the Angry Birds game with ReFlex, they bend the screen to stretch the sling shot. As the rubber band expands, users experience vibrations that simulate those of a real stretching rubber band. When released, the band snaps, sending a jolt through the phone and sending the bird flying across the screen.”

The best smartphones for reading ebooks

2016-01-01

The original Kindle ereader had a six-inch greyscale display and Sony had really nice compact ereaders with five-inch screens. Today’s smartphones tend to have five-inch and larger screens. Additionally, smartphone displays have at least two times higher pixel density than ereaders. It is not surprising that book industry experts are saying that reading on mobile phones will be one of the strongest trends in the near future.

Which features are the key factors that affect the reading experience on a smartphone? Once you have identified them, you can pick up the perfect smartphone for you.

lg g3 smartphone, kindle ebook reading app

Kindle reading app

David Rothman has identified seven features that define the reading experience on a smartphone.

1. Screen quality. Numbers don’t tell the whole truth, you should always take a look at the display yourself – if possible, both indoors and outdoors.
2. Battery life.
3. Volume button position (often used for turning pages in reading apps).
4. Robustness of the phone.
5. Operating system version. The newer, the better, because all apps won’t run on old operating systems.
6. Storage capacity.
7. The amount of RAM memory.

Tips from our experience are that screen quality really is important. Make sure you are happy with it before buying. No matter how durable the glass on the display is, it breaks if it falls on concrete or bends in a pocket of tight jeans. Protective case may help. A smartphone that comes with a memory card slot solves storage problems. Memory card is a highly recommended feature on a phone.

Usually, factory installed applications on smartphones don’t include reading apps, so you have to install one. Here are a few popular choices:

Kindle Reading App (available for phones, tablets and PCs)
Aldiko
Bluefire (for Android, for Apple)
FBReader
Google Play Books
iBooks (for Apple devices only)
Kobo

samsung s2: fbreader ebook reading app

Fbreader ebook reading app

Fonts develop as reading shifts from paper to screen

2015-12-03

Many book readers, or readers of any kind of text, don’t give a second thought to the fonts that represent the visual image for each letter. Times Roman may have been the most popular font on printed matter, but is rarely seen on a computer, tablet or smartphone screen. There is a reason for it: the smaller the font size is, the simpler its design has to be to make it readable. The font can’t be so simple that letters look the same.
fonts on mobile phone, digiday
Typeface designer Tobias Frere-Jones recently released a new font titled Mallory specifically designed for small screens. In an interview to Digiday, he explained that the key factor that makes a font easily readable on a screen is to space the letters out, enlarge the interior of each lowercase, and simplify details.

Typographers have been aware of the solution for hundreds of years, so the technique itself is nothing new. What is new is that human kind is moving from reading texts on paper to reading text on screen. The font size is easy to change on the screen, allowing readers themselves to affect how the content looks like. Many ebook reading applications have a feature that let you even change the font of a book on the fly.

Here is a video where Frere-Jones talks about his font design: