Onyx Boox Ereaders

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I've been an avid eink consumer since 2009, when I got my first kindle.

I went through a handful of Kindle versions over the years. In March 2019, I decided to branch out and got an Onyx Boox Nova Pro device. My thoughts on that device are here and a follow up here.

But to summarize why I went with another brand and will never go back to Kindle:

Screen size . Kindles are have 6-inch screens except for the Oasis which is slightly larger. This is a great size for carrying around in your pocket, but not ideal for reading at home. And pretty much useless for reading PDFs or anything that is trying to display code. The Nova Pro's 7.8-inch screen improves upon that markedly.

. Kindles are have 6-inch screens except for the Oasis which is slightly larger. This is a great size for carrying around in your pocket, but not ideal for reading at home. And pretty much useless for reading PDFs or anything that is trying to display code. The Nova Pro's 7.8-inch screen improves upon that markedly. Formats . Kindle supports: AZW3, AZW, TXT, PDF, MOBI, PRC natively (plus AAX for Audible audiobooks). Anything else needs to be converted. Boox devices natively support: PDF, ePub, MOBI, Doc, Docx, Docm, TXT, DjVu, FB2, HTML, CHM, AZW, AZW3, FBZ, ODT,PRC, RTF, SXW, TRC , JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, CBR, CBZ. Not to mention audio formats such WAV, MP3 and probably several others. The big one here is ePub. This is pretty much the defacto standard for ebooks outside the Kindle universe. So the fact that Amazon decided not to natively support it just shows how much the Kindle is not a general purpose ereader, but a device for purchasing and consuming Amazon content.

. Applications . Beyond reading books, the Kindle has a web browser. Boox devices are Android devices and you can install pretty much any app from the Google Play Store. I say this one with some caution. An eink device is not a general use tablet and your experience with most apps will not be great. I mainly use it for additional…
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