"Worth Every Penny!!"on by MartyC
Pros Reads PDF, TXT, FB2, EPUB, PRC, MOBI, and RTF.
I am not locked in to a propitiatory reader format.
Cons none yet
Haven't tried the MP3 player, already have one of those.
Summary This unit is an E book reader, it does not surf the web, it wont download instantly, it wont let you read the N.Y. Times or Wall street Journal.
What it does do and does it very well is read a book.
I have been using an old Palm 505 to read books, when it died I used my Windows Mobile 6.1 phone to read.
My son has a Kindle which is lovely, for him. He works for a software company and travels a lot. He needs all of the functions on it.
I don't travel and always have broadband internet available on my 18.4" Toshiba portable.
I have many, many (Thousands) of PDF and .Lit books on my external hard drive. With the 2GB card that comes with the Aluratek I can carry at least 1000 of them with me.
This is a reader, if you need all of the "Good Golly gee Whiz, I Got The Latest, Greatest and Most Expensive" this isn't for you.
If you just want to read a book the Aluratek Pro is perfect.
Pros For the money, you can't go wrong. And don't pay attention to this site's "available vendors" list. You can get the Libre BRAND NEW at borders.com or at a borders store for 119.99 USD.
Cons It doesn't play video. But it comes with everything you need. Few cons. HIGHLY recommended. If you can, go into the store to get it (as of 08-01-10) and get a hands on before purchasing.
Pros Works with popular file formats - allows library ebook or audiobook borrowing
NO BLACK SCREEN - no flash when pages turn unlike Kindle, nook, kobo, sony...
Comes with SD memory card with 100 ebooks (this would take me hours to download)
Cons limited features - no web surfing (ok with me, I do not want to be marketed to constantly)
5 inch screen, but is very light (7.6 ounces) feels like a paperback book
no backlite, so can't be read in low light
Summary I would recommend this over the BLACK FLASH screen of the other ebook readers. I can read for hours without eyestrain with the LCD screen. Uses e ink technology. This model is similar to the Ectaco Jet book lite, although I have never been able to locate one at a retailer. On sale at borders.com starting 7/20 for $120!
Pros Excellent lcd screen, great file support ,drm epub suport , quick easy to navigate, great organization pc created folders, 2 gb sd memory card, compact take everywhere size, excellent prices (got for 159.00 at frys)
Cons Less than stellar battery life need recharge after 20 hours of reading (ie once a week for me) not a horrible burden for me the pros out weight this minor drawback.
Summary This is a excellent e reader for text based material (ie novels, fiction, sci fic....) if your in to reading large image pdf's, magazines or newpapers look elsewhere. But if you like me who enjoys reading books for the money this is very hard to beat. The screen is excellent reflective lcd , it support for large varity of ebook file formats and support drm epub books mean you buy best sellers from a variety of ebook sellers. I also love the size it compact and easily fits in my pants or jacket pocket it great take everywhere size is great.... the positives of this great ebook reader outweighs the 20 hour battery life. This is not going to be the last ebook reader I will buy heck in a year I most like get some cheap 7" to 10" Linux/android Ipad clone (that will most likely cost 1/3 price of apples latest max pad and really internet with flash support) for my ebook reader. But for TODAY if you what a great ebook reader for text based material Aluratek Libre Pro is very hard to beat, dont fall for kindle/nook/sony hype You'll be glad you didnt.
Pros Very easy to use. I bought for under $90 on Borders.com, which is a steal. Lightweight. The 100 free books pre-installed is sweet. Very good tech support.
Cons Couldn't get access to e-books via public library at first try. Tech support helped me through. Wasn't able to download free e-books from all the free e-book websites, butr again tech support helped me through.
Summary I recommend the Libre. I agree with other user reviews that If you want a device for the Web, for music for email, the Libre is not for you. If you want an e-book reader, this is a beaut.