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E-book reader

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This is an article about e-readers which use sexy e-ink screens. If you were looking for information about e-readers which use LCD/OLED screens, go to the article about tablets.

Recommendations

/g/uide to ebook readers

Keyboard

  • Kindle Keyboard
    • As well as 1st-3rd Kindle generations, when buying used
  • Kindle DX
    • One of the better devices for reading manga. Although, it may be inconvenient when reading currently running series as chapters must be loaded onto the device manually.

Touch screens

  • Kindle Touch
  • Kobo Touch
  • Nook Simple Touch

Frontlit

  • Kindle Paperwhite
  • Kobo Glo
  • Nook Simple Touch GlowLight

Beyond Stock

Nook

  • GApps and SearchMarket?
  • Install multitouch Fast Mode kernel
  • Disable Android and B&N bloatware by using a SystemAppRemover (or oandbackup?)
    • AFfileDownloadService.apk
    • AccountAndSyncSettings.apk
    • AirRuntime.apk
    • ApplicationsProvider.apk
    • BnAuthenticationService.apk
    • BnCloudRequestSvc.apk
    • ContactsProvider.apk
    • CryptoServer.apk
    • DemoMode.apk
    • DeviceManager.apk
    • DeviceRegistrator.apk
    • GlobalSearch.apk
    • gtalkservice.apk
    • Music.apk
    • NookCommunity.apk
    • Phone.apk
    • QuickStartActivity.apk
    • Social.apk
    • SysChecksum.apk
    • Talk.apk
    • TalkProvider.apk
    • TelephoneProvider.apk
    • WaveformDownloader.apk
  • Downclock CPU
  • build.prop:
# Tweaks
persist.sys.use_dithering=1
persist.sys.purgeable_assets=1
debug.sf.hw=1
video.accelerate.hw=1
debug.performance.tuning=1
ro.compcache.default=18
ro.kernel.android.checkjni=0
ro.HOME_APP_ADJ=1
# Dalvik options
dalvik.vm.execution-mode=int:fast
dalvik.vm.heapsize=128m
dalvik.vm.deoxopt-flags=m=v,o=y
# Battery
ro.ril.disable.power.collapse=1
pm.sleep_mode=1
wifi.supplicant_scan_interval=180
  • Remap buttons with NookTouchTools
  • Useful apps:
    • Cool Reader
    • Perfect Viewer
    • APV PDF Viewer Pro
    • Mango
    • Root Browser/ES File Explorer
    • Calculator MobiCalc
    • aCalendar
    • Launcher8
    • GoKeyboard

Kobo

It's possible to install a proper Android system onto the Kobo Glo. However, this does require some work and has a few drawbacks (battery life is the main one). Since the device uses an internal microSD card for booting you should be able to acquire a second one and swap back to the first one in the event that you fuck it up.

The method for doing this uses images acquired from a Tolino Shine reader which has nearly identical hardware:

FLOSS e-book readers

Although the project is now pretty much dead, you could obtain an old e-reader that the FLOSS system openinkpot supported (https://web.archive.org/web/20160314074551/http://morgue.openinkpot.org/). The following models (from http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Openinkpot) were supported:

  • Azbooka
  • Hanlin V3 since release 0.1
  • Hanvon N516 since 0.2
  • Hanvon N510 since 0.2


Converting Files

E-books come in a variety of formats and you may find one that your device does not support.

  • Calibre - (Cross-platform) Converts between almost every e-reader supported format.
  • KindleComicConverter (KCC) - (Cross-platform) Converts and optimizes manga and comics to epub, mobi, and cbz formats.

See Alsa

External Links

http://nookdevs.com/Main_Page