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An E-book reader.
Because this is my first e-reader, I can't judge it against it's peers. It works well.
It is spectacular hardware-wise. Its software works, but it is sometimes obviously or even critically lacking. It lacking a file browser and respecting directories is bad enough that I can't really use it for its intended purpose, and almost regret buying it.
- See also: e-book websites
I was unable to get the limited edition, though I doubt it matters since 8 GB ought to be enough for me for a beginner e-reader.
The good ∞
Why I bought it ∞
Works just like a USB thumb drive, with no drivers or special things.
- Works in Linux.
- In fact, I haven't used it with any sort of management software, and none came with it.
Native OverDrive support.
- OverDrive explicitly states Aura ONE support.
- My library explicitly states OverDrive support.
- Allowing me to check out DRM-disabled library eBooks, and with no computer required.
An integrated beta web browser
- While slow and with predictable and acceptable ghosting, works well enough for Wikipedia.
- HTML with CSS has not been tested.
- RTF is pretty cool.
- CBZ and CBR was a shock!
Other goodness ∞
- Too great. I wish more time and money had gone into the software.
- 8 GB ought to be enough for everyone™
- Very light.
A good size that balances between too small and too difficult to pocket.
- It fits in my (rather large) inside coat pocket.
- Great rubberised back.
- Very positive first impression for the initial setup.
The top-right light can be turned off while charging.
- Yes, this sort of thing matters to me. In this case it doesn't, but I appreciate such functionality.
- Great fonts.
- Including OpenDyslexic.
- Great fonts.
Sensitive and very functional touch capability.
- I was pleasantly surprised.
- Easy firmware update functionality. Go online and get prompted.
Trivially easy to sideload files and directories.
- Very fast updating of its list.
The bad ∞
There are a number of places where there is an ellipse I have to tap to pull up a menu, but that spot is too small to tap predictably.
- For example, with the list view.
- It has gamification of reading, which I find both childish and creepy.
I immediately noticed the source of the various LEDs. This made the lighting look cheap or even broken.
- After using it for a while, I don't notice it any more even when looking for it.
- Annotations are comically difficult, outright bad, and trivially easy to delete.
- Has no functionality to edit the metadata for items.
Very slow page-turning for PDF/large books.
The awful ∞
Holy shit, these things are beyond unacceptable.
The way I instinctively hold it is with my left hand, and to grasp it like any object by having my thumb in the middle of the screen. This, however, is a tap/swipe zone.
- This ends up hurting my hand.
Really terribly slow for high-quality image-based books.
- See Improving e-reader speeds for Internet Archive books. Me jumping through hoops helped a lot, but this won't work for all problem-cases.
- All files are mangled into one flat list based on filename.
- Cannot use directories.
- No file management.
- .. or those websites don't have support for such screen sizes, which I highly doubt.
Annotations and highlighting functionality don't work with all supported file types.
.cbzand anything other than a regular e-book (I think I did it with a
.htmworks, and so I could convert a text file into HMTL.. which just highlights how odd it is to not support text files out of the box. Are comments embedded into the item instead of being placed in a sidecar file?
- Adding notes to your book on your eReader
- Highlighting text on your Kobo eReader
TODO - Bugs ∞
It once forgot my WiFi password, which was annoying.
- I am unable to reproduce this.
If I manually adjust the brightness, such as swiping vertically on the left side, automatic-mode for brightness is disabled. Going into the display settings (at the top), I see there are sliders and a switch for "auto", but they don't work.
- The workaround is to go into those settings, swipe natural light to the right, then toggle natural light to auto. Then brightness and natural light auto-adjust and presumably stay auto-adjusting. Even then, this isn't consistent. This automation is a selling point, but it's just broken.
Software Improvements ∞
Be able to "crop" the view of text, disable scrolling, and have that setting maintained by page.
- Be able to set that to be different for alternating pages.
- The reason I want this is so that I can enlarge a smaller-print scanned book, to crop out its whitespace, and perhaps a top title and bottom page number.
- Landscape mode.
- Be able to disable all gamification.
The annotations and eBook bookmarking functionality needs a complete interface overhaul. It's awkward, unintuitive and all-around awful.
- It would take me a significant time to describe everything that needs to be done. It's just so bad that it feels like an afterthought.
A proper file manager.
- Renaming, deleting, editing, moving.
- Text editing functionality.
- A text file associated with every eBook, with an easy dropdown to access it.
- Be able to disable refreshing the page every x amount (e.g. every chapter).
- Be able to disable refreshing the page when pulling up the top bar (e.g. tapping the top of a page) and then tapping the middle.
Be able to manipulate line-wrapping of plain text files, such that a
\nfollowed by text has the
\nremoved. This would make (for example) a 72-column text file line-wrapped to look much better.
- As it is, it's pretty awful reading old Project Gutenberg text files that are hard-formatted in that old style.
- Migrate all eBook annotation and other data functionality into sidecar files.
- Make all eBook data plain text and user-editable.
The very slow page-turning for PDF/large books would be solved by a "look ahead" caching feature.
- In the meantime, I need to find some software that will "lower the quality" or otherwise compress large eBooks.
- Allow the entire left or right side to be set as a dead space.
Have the bottom-left, bottom-middle, and bottom-right work like the same areas on a phone.
- Bottom-left pulls up the books list.
- Bottom-middle goes back to the home page.
- Bottom-right goes back.
- Add way more fonts.
Be able to add user-fonts.
- So I could add various free fonts.
- .cb7 support.
- Per-document brightness settings.
(Per-document) contrast settings.
- As I turn pages, some items "blink" and there is a fraction of a second when the text is fantastic.
.zipfiles the same as
- Implement a list view which does not display a cover.
- Implement a list view which uses a smaller font and will show the complete title, even if it has to extend the height of a long-titled-item's entry.
- Annotations needs to be reworked with a pair of pliers, but at the very least it should show the actual locations. Locations are a page number, not a percentage.
How annotations could be improved ∞
Oh god they're bad. So bad.
- View an item. For my tests I used a
- Tap and hold over a word.
- Wait for an indeterminate amount of time.
Oh, there's an underline hidden underneath my finger.
- Instead, highlight the word.
- Drag my finger.
- The underline expands, but hops up and down lines inaccurately.
- Lift my finger
- Two circles appear, at the left and right of the highlight.
I would think I could tap-and-drag them to change their location, limiting the highlighted area, but it doesn't work most of the time.
** Make those buttons twice the size.
** Or let me click on one. Then display nice big cursor controls.
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