The Aluratek Ebook Reader tries smartly to compete with the Nook Color, but fails to be compelling as a simple tablet or as an ebook reader The Aluratek Libre eBook Reader Pro is a nice eReader for users on a budget, but those with more to spend may miss the ease of direct book downloads. This will make a nice first eReader for people on a budget that have a computer for downloading new If you don't mind charging it every day, this gray-scale, LCD-based e-reader is a good low-cost option that can read e-books from more than one bookstore Oneslowz28 Books.
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Battery Life: 24 hours 2 weeks standby time. Let me start out right away by telling you that the Libre Pro does not offer a wireless feature like the Kindle and Nook. You will be required to load your books manually instead of buying them through the device. Aluratek helps you out by providing an SD card with the reader that has books preloaded. Books can also be purchased through ebooks.
Having owned both the Kindle and Nook, the small size of the Libre was immediately noticeable when I first took it out of the box. The display is only 1 inch smaller though.
Click the image above for a larger view. In hand the reader feels solid and does not flex when squeezed. The slightly recessed display takes up most of the front of the device, with buttons on both sides and below.
The main controls are located below the display. The Left edge of the Libre offers a third page turning method with a spring loaded sliding bar. Slide it down to turn to the next page, slide it up to go back a page. Raised ridges allow your thumb to keep a grip on this bar.
On the opposite side, there are ten numbered buttons that are used to select books from the list view. These buttons are also used to enter text for search terms. The USB port is used to charge the device and for data transfer of the device itself and the inserted SD card.
The Libre mounts as removable drives automatically on Windows and Mac computers. The interface is pretty simple. To read a book, you can either press the corresponding numbered button next to it or scroll to the desired title with the Dpad and press the OK button to select it.
Aluratek calls their display ePaper. It reminds me exactly of the old days of PDAs. Specifically the Palm V. This reader does not have a backlight. The initial load time of books can take several seconds depending on the size of the book.
But once loaded, there is no lag in page turning. I also encountered issues with the reader freezing when using the Find feature. The Libre is able to bookmark pages, but it does not offer any type of annotation features. It has the ability to play MP3s in the background while you read, and it also has an auto page turning feature. I do think that the software is a bit glitchy and hope that a firmware update takes care of JPG and PDF freezing issues. Even with those occasional issues, I still recommend this little ebook reader as a good alternative to the big boys.
This unit appears to be a re-badged Ectaco Jetbook. I have the Jetbook Lite, which dispenses with the mp3 capability and uses regular I use rechargeable AA batteries. When you close one book and open another. Does it remember which page you were on when you reopen the first book?
Hey — great review. After picking up this device — I noticed only a minor difference between the screen of the Kindle vs the Libre. A co-worker owns the Kindle2 and the text is only marginally crisper. I found that as I increased font size on the Libre, the edges of the characters are ever so slightly soft vs. The smaller fonts of the Libre actually appear sharper.
This device is great for text, but continuous tone images look horrible conpared to e-ink. Diagrams and line drawings however look excellent and crisp.
Eric Thanks for your comments. Is there ANY ebook vendor, other than ebooks. Purchased two books from ebooks. Please advise. Seems ebooks are dedicated to certain ebook readers……this is highly undesirable! So you should be able to use the Sony store, also probably Kobo. You can get DRM books that are compatible at Fictionwise. They have great prices, too. I started buying books from them then became a member for the increased savings.
You can choose the format for most of the books they have. Hi folks! Any Idea where to get a sd card for Aluratek Libre?
I live in San Jose and picked up this ebook readerfrom Frys. It seems they do not have the sd card for this ebook reader. Please help. I have had this for over a month. This is substantially better than Kindle without a doubt, duhh. Has removable SD slot up to 32 gig! I got 16 gig card in and no problem. Millions more books available than Kindle plus reads regular PDF but magnify not supported. Ebooks has thousands more books to download although no discount like Amazon.
I use this for technical and scientific books and papers, none of which are available for the Kindle. Comes with books already installed on 2 gig card you get for free. I purchased ePub books from other places and no brainer to install and who cares about wifi. Even MP3 sounds good. The pictures of course are low resolution so not that useful but pictures and equations from books show up fine. Aluratek support is unbeatable. I also own their wifi radio which is excellent and the reason why I chose their ereader.
I got live phone support without waiting at no cost. At first I thought the screen size was too small but I have no problem reading and my eyes never get tired and I also like the smaller size because I carry this around everywhere. Epub appears to be the standard now and tons of paid books plus millions of free books available.
You can go hog wild just downloading the free books. This thing leaves Kindle in the dust. The SD card is not a special one for this ebook but any SD card will work. Get any one on sale. I used my old SD cards but believe me even 2 gig card may be enough for your life time. Like Julie said you can get SD cards anywhere and your local corner drug store should even have them. No other ebook lets you put that much memory in. Most have fixed memory. You can put both cards in at the same time.
Or does the update manage to correct this problem? Are there any good ereaders for PDF viewing? I was really looking forward to getting this one… but maybe the Sony would be a better option. The worst piece of crap I ever seen. The screen is dark as it is an lcd screen with what is supposed to be eink technology. The device frequently locks up even after flashing with latest updated software and you have to press the hard reset which of course erases what little onboard memory it has.
I bought one and took it back for locking up. The second one had the same issue so I went with a proven brand. NOT worth the price by any means. I had more learning curve issues with the Sony. And after learning the ins and outs of both, I still found the Libre simpler and more user friendly like adding new books.
I alternated reading days between the two eReaders. The Libre had less glare as well. For this reason, I found that after a couple hours of reading with the Sony, I craved switching back to the Libre. So I took the Sony back. I second what Barry said about enjoying using this device.
What I like best is borrowing ebooks from the digital collection of the local public library, this can read both epub and pdf DRMed books.
Review: Aluratek Libre eBook Reader PRO
Battery Life: 24 hours 2 weeks standby time. Let me start out right away by telling you that the Libre Pro does not offer a wireless feature like the Kindle and Nook. You will be required to load your books manually instead of buying them through the device. Aluratek helps you out by providing an SD card with the reader that has books preloaded. Books can also be purchased through ebooks. Having owned both the Kindle and Nook, the small size of the Libre was immediately noticeable when I first took it out of the box. The display is only 1 inch smaller though.
Aluratek Libre eBook Reader Pro Review
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. This article was published more than 10 years ago. Some information in it may no longer be current. It's no secret that Amazon's Kindle has become the iPod of digital readers. Is there room for a cheaper device to swoop in and steal some of the market? Aluratek certainly hopes so. The U.
Review: Aluratek Libre eBook Reader PRO