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Reg Hardware Mobile Week Amazon's brutal drive to bring down the price of e-book readers to 89 quid has made buying one of these gadgets easy. If you're disinterested in e-book DRM formats – they're all bad, IMHO – there's little reason not to opt for this cheapest-of-the-lot model. I'd like to be able to say the Cybook …

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Why such a high score!

You point out a number of failings and gripes yet still give it 80%.

So its got a metal back plate, but the extra £40 over the Kindle or Kobo-Touch could buy yourself some nice accessories those others. If you don't want a touch screen, buy the Kobo basic at £70 (I always add the penny to these prices).

A question about accelerometers, the only feature this has that the others don't bother with:

What do they do when your being bounced around on the train?

PS: I finally gave in and got a Kobo-Touch a little over a week ago (from WHSmiths £89), works very well. The only niggles that I would say could be better are:

You can only display PDF's in landscape, not a problem for books but it would be a good addition for the browser as most non-mobile sites expect users to have wider screens.

Sometime the touch screen is a little slow and you end up turning two pages.

The web browser sometimes does not react to clicking links (not a big deal as this device is WiFi only so it's not going to be used extensively)

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Re: Why such a high score!

It seems to be the time to take the plunge with eReaders - I bought my Sony PRS-T1 last Saturday. I had a look at the Kobo and I was tempted, but the Sony pipped it.

i) I'm not sure if the Kobo had a dictionary, but it wasn't as easy as the Sony's to access

ii) I inserted a microSD card with some PDFs and the Sony just displayed them. There seemed to be some faffing required with the Kobo.

iii) Crop feature with PDFs

iv) Slightly lighter

*Still* no Sony reader store, but I'm working through the 100 classics that I downloaded when I registered the device.

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still torn betwene Kobo and Sony's

But will look into this, as I like a touch screen.

However, I am postign to say that 'disintersted' does not mean 'uninterested' or 'not interested', it means 'altruistic', as in 'I have nothing personal to gain'.

I know we are fast losing the correct meaning of 'disinterest', as people think it is a posh version of 'uninterested' -- and perhaps the original meaning is not much required these days.

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Animation?

Sliding menus, expanding boxes? Really, is that the best they can do? The first thing I'd be looking for would be the option to switch it off...

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So...

"Bookeen boffinry allows it to update often enough to permit low-framerate animation"

So, someone's finally worked out how to do delta updates on Pearl displays then? They certainly took their time: the technique has only been around since (at least) the 1970s.

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Animation

I've got a Kobo touch and when i zoom in and drag i see an animated moving block of test/pictures, same when i am on a webpage, i am able to see the scrolling. How is this different except that it does it in the menus? The Kobo is £40 cheaper, less DRM restricted, better supported and (bar the ridiculous accelerometer) has all the same features. Why does it only score 5% more than this?

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FAIL

Every time my eyes see 'Bookeen'...

...my brain sees 'Broken'.

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Not sure about the name

Every time I see the name of this thing I have to double take, as I read it as "Broken" first time.

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