Long time passed since the last entry. I had an excuse: I was dealing with my master thesis. After completing final draft, I am waiting for supervisor approval before my defense. I'll share the details later. It wasn't good enough for me, but it thought me a lot :)

Anyway, I wanted to blog about my new gadget. I bought an E-book reader (Reeder) this month as a late birthday present from my lovely wife...

It was always a great problem to read hundreds of pages from my PDF archive. There are several reasons; at first, I don't like to read from computer screen. Sitting on a chair is not comfortable and too many distraction keeps me away from concentration. Second, laptop is a pseudo mobile device. Its battery is not long enough to use it everywhere, and it's big :)

I was looking for a better solution. I tried cellular phone but its shiny little screen is not useful as well. Battery life is also an issue... I were seeing some readers around. But they were in grey-market without corporate presence.

Then I saw Reeder. This device is a Turkish clone of Necvox ES600 and produced by Qisda (formerly BenQ). It has cool features like Wi-Fi, touch screen and embedded dictionary. The only problem is its price. Compared to US-based alternatives, it's not cheap with near 400 USD of formal price. (Thanks to their twitter campaign, I had a great discount though :))

Image:Patiently waited for this gadget: E-Book Reader

Image:Patiently waited for this gadget: E-Book Reader

So far, I am happy with the device. I have read some whitepapers about Domino near the beach! It's true! Thanks to E-Ink technology, you can read even under the sun light :)

There is one little problem, My wife loved it very much. Now I'll need a second one because she is planning to read lots of books from my reader :)))

By the way, Uygar Saral, who is also graduated from my university, has brought this product into Turkish market. His social media strategy should teach important lessons about how to sell technological gadgets in niche markets. The company has a very active Facebook page and a Twitter account which justified my decision to buy Reeder.
Serdar Basegmez   |   September 19 2010 03:45:00 PM   |    Blog  Personal    |  
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Serdar Basegmez    http://www.developi.com    09/20/2010 9:53:47 AM

@Eric,

So far, I haven't seen compatibility problems on PDFs. There are a couple of shortcomings of course.

Turkish characters (or non-english) are problems. It's using UTF-8 as default encoding and older documents may have character problems. Reeder helped me to solve these problems. I can convert them into ePub format and make some tricks to correct characters with a free software named Calibre2.

Standard PDF's are designed to be read in A4 or letter format. Reading them on the small screen may be problematic, because you need to move to right, down, left on the document. With the latest firmware, PDF Reflow feature corrected this problem.

Calibre2 is very successful to convert bulk documents (PDF, HTML, etc.) into ePub documents to fit into small screen.

Reeder has 6 inches screen. On American and European markets, there are larger screens available upto 9 inches. Also, new generation devices have dual screens, that is, there is an extra lcd screen for colorful documents.

If you use reader mainly for buying and reading books, Kindle or Nook are cheap and practical solutions. Other devices, on the other hand, have greater support for different formats.

Check with open source Calibre2 software. It has very good capabilities like bulk converting, synchronize RSS to the device, etc.

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Eric Mack    http://www.EricMackOnline.com    09/19/2010 9:53:36 PM

I hope you will blog about your experience with PDF documents and compatibility. I would like an eBook reader but I would need a large screen and an easy way to get my PDF library on to the device. I do not like that Amazon would require me to email files to the device