[clug] Kobo eBook Reader - followup query

Boris Rousak b.rousak at qmul.ac.uk
Mon Jun 14 02:51:40 MDT 2010

about 2 years ago now, bought a Sony prs505 - at the time it was <£200 
(as I was buying in UK), but these days, there are plenty second 
hand/ebay options for it. So far, it has worked on FC10-12, and Ubuntu 
Feisty, Windows XP-7, as it comes up as a storage device that you can 
drop books straight onto it. Supports ePub, PDF, RTF. Battery life 3-4 
weeks active usage, but drops down to 2 weeks, when the book isn't being 
used at all - something I can't explain for the life of me. It runs a 
(very) cut down version of linux, so can be hacked to understand other 
language fonts and fb2, though i've yet to get a minute to actually try 


On 14/06/2010 02:20, Ivan Lazar Miljenovic wrote:
> Felix Karpfen<felix.karpfen at gmail.com>  writes:
>> On Mon, 14 Jun 2010 10:23:45 +1000, Ivan Lazar Miljenovic wrote:
>>> Your best bet is to use calibre (http://calibre-ebook.com/) to do the
>>> conversions from the other formats to ePub for you.
>> Alas! Life was not meant to be easy.
>> "calibre" download says:
>> You need GLIBC 2.10 or higher to run versions greater than 0.6.29.
>> I currently have glibc-2.7-1.  While I could probably compile an earlier
>> version from the (sourceforge-supplied) source code, I am reluctant to
>> deface a clean Debian Lenny setup.  And I am not game to upgrade glibc!
>> Any other options?  Android tablets can be imported from HongKong; could
>> they be configured more easily?
> Depends on what you want and how much you want to pay.
> Officeworks has some gadgets advertised as e-Readers for<  $200;
> otherwise Bob found an Android tablet on Deal Extreme for US$99 or the
> iPed for US$175 (or US$150 each in lots of>= 50).
> If you're wanting a dedicated e-reader with support for more formats,
> you can look at getting a Nook from the USA (around AUD$350 IIRC), or
> something like an Eco-Reader, etc. from AUD$450 (Dalton's Books, Dymocks
> online, Co-op Bookshops, etc.).  The Kobo is still the cheapest
> stand-alone e-reader available either directly here or imported AFAIK.

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