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Very Good but could be better.
on 4 January 2009
First up is the font size. the largest it does is about 12 and it turns the page sideways for this size. This isn't good for people like me with eye sight problems, but all these machines no matter which make it is only goes up to size 12. But to look at the page is just like looking at a real book.
I buy a lot of ebook from fictionwise and I buy their multi format ones, as the bebook will read all the formats they sell. I admit it doesnt read the drm ones, but the drm ones I read on my laptop which is no big deal for me.
Now at the side of Sony's little machine, it seems cheaply made and not as elegant but at least you can get more than one format on it. I also love the Bebook forum, reading some threads on there helped me a lot, like how to change the font size on a pdf before uploading to your machine, as I converted a book to pdf and was shocked at how the writing was so tiny I couldn't read it....lol... so that problem was solved and I re-did it, to the size of 12 font.
The delivery from bitsub was less than 24 hours for me (WOW) I ordered Monday after 2pm and I got it 9.30 next morning. That is some service.
Yes it is like the Hanlin V3, and on the bebook forum it gives you links to the Hanlin forum for tips and tricks too.
I have it constantly on and it doesn't wear the battery down, the turning of the pages do that and it will last for 7,000 page turnings before it may need recharging. I have only had to reset once by pressing a little pin in the reset hole as it froze on a page, no biggie really.
I like it better than Sony reader for the battery alone, as you can buy these from anywhere, any Mobile Phone shop, Argos, Amazon etc. and so much cheaper than the Sony ones and easier to replace.
It is not heavy to carry around fits nice in my bag and it is not heavy for me to hold like a book can be, as I have arthritis this can be a problem at times for me, but no worries with my Bebook.
I couldn't bring myself to give it 5 stars for a few reasons and my main one is the price, I feel they aren't worth the price that any manufacturer charge for these machines and that includes Sony ones too and the other reason is, a back light should have been included on these machines. I was also disappointed that you have to charge with a computer via usb, so if you are on holiday and can't get to a comp to recharge it is either tough luck or you have to buy the power socket cable yourself, it should have been included with the kit, maybe then I might have been happier with the price. And living in the country I have to shop on line for the right connection for this and that is more expense I feel angry about.
After a week or so I came to the conclusion, 'However did I manage without this wonderful little gadget' I would be lost without it.