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I love my electronic reader, I must have read hundreds of books on it, all free thanks to the pirate comrades and websites like library genesis, mobilism or archive.org.

Picrel is a Kobo Aura with Plato as OS. I hear KOreader is also good.

So fellow anons, do you live fully in the current year? Do you own an e-reader? Do you love it? Are you still hesitating to get one?read_a_fucking_bookRead a Fucking Book


We have a dozen similar threads but fuck it, based

I have a kobo libra thing (the 7 inch one). I love it a lot. I think the extra screen space is wornh it, however the smaller one would be nice for portability (but that isn't so important these days). I would say it doesn't actually go dim enough, for when I'm in bed and don't want to wake the misses. The buttons that come with the bigger size are great too. Why Plato OS OP? How is it better than the default? Was it an easy install?

A moment of silence for the libgen comradesslavojSlavoj


Didn't know there was custom firmware for e-readers. How do the different custom OSes compare? I have a Kobo Clara HD, the hardware is nice but the stock software is seriously lacking. I hate how I can't highlight passages between pages, and one time the whole system seemingly bricked itself for over a week before miraculously coming back to life.


>How do the different custom OSes compare?
You have KOreader and Plato, both are opensource and free.
Plato is coded with Rust, it's really fast and simple. I didn't try KOreader but it's the OS with most features so it may fit your needs.
The best thing about those OS is their superior capability to handle pdf files.

It's really easy to install so don't hesitate to try them if you have 20min, you can find a guide here.

You can also find a good rundown on reddit:


Isn't KOreader merely an application rather than an OS? That's partially what made me overlook it (I want to rid the device of proprietary networked access to my Wifi etc.).
Looks good for people with Kobo devices. Wish they'll support more chinese hardware (the ones with microSD) eventually since western e-reader brands seem to abandon mSD for greedy planned obsolescence.


If you're not buying digital books when possible and sharing them on Libgen are you even communist?


I would love a service where you "donate" money and "suggest" a book, then they do all the buying, ripping, and uploading for you.
I'm too chicken shit to rip e-books.



Better than physical books


Ok botnet.


Bro just keep it offline. Pirating books is safer than ordering them to your address.


I use a vita and the Bookr app to read books.


Just use your phone at that point.


Why do you say that?


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Just got my stimmy check
Pls help me find a top quality ink ereader
Preferably with custom firmware :)

From reading the thread so far I might get a Forma with Plato.
The SD card issue is concerning though..


I like going to bookstores and talking to people. :(


what the fuck is wrong with you


What's the best DRM lock cracker tool, nowadays?
Do the proprietary ebook formats have secret watermarks?


The two popular FOSS ereader firmware OSes:
On the most expansive list, that of Plato, only the following come with a microSD slot (needed for us five-head piracy chads):
Aura H2O: yes
Aura: yes
Glo: yes
Touch: yes (Kobo Touch)
On this list Aura H2O has the best specs overall.

Out of the above, the following are also supported by okreader (which either way has a smaller set of supported devices to begin with):
Kobo Aura
Kobo Touch

/tech/ & /edu/ recommended ereaders:
Kobo Aura and Kobo Touch
Honorable mention: Kobo Aura H2O as the best specs overall, but is only supported by Plato.


Are these like rockbox but for ereaders?




>What's the best DRM lock cracker tool, nowadays?
DeDRM Tools by Apprentice Alf https://github.com/apprenticeharper/DeDRM_tools
>Do the proprietary ebook formats have secret watermarks?
Some do, mostly from European e-bookstores. So far only one of the books I've bought and cracked had a watermark. You can easily check by analysing the epub on Sigil and seeing if there's any random strings of text in the html pages or if your name or e-mail are listed. If not, you're most likely good to go.
If you buy from an e-bookstore in the US you're most likely going to be fine.


Oh by the way the easiest e-bookstores to rip from are ones that use Adobe Digital Editions for DRM. I would recommend Kobo and Google Play Books.


Just ordered an Aura o7


Living the dreamegoismEgoism


Are there are any big (circa 11 in) e-readers? I want to be able to read PDFs without glasses.


I mean I know there are but what are the good ones


You can download this book as an epub to read better from The Anarchist Library. The PDF version is shit in comparison.


Do those of you with Kobos still sign in with an Kobo account? Does it conflict with pirated books?


Back in 2019 I bought a Pocketbook Inkpad 3 that was re-branded by Vivlio (European bookstore) and flashed the original Pocketbook firmware on it. There are builds of KOReader available but I prefer to use the stock OS with wifi turned off. The Inkpad was cheaper (even after shipping and currency conversion) than buying a similarly spec'ed Kobo.
Loading books is easy since Calibre recognizes the device.
More info at https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=314657


why are e-readers so fucking small god damn


How the hell do I open a Kobo Aura? I think I was removing the screen instead of the bezel and now I'm scared of breaking it.


Actually do I need to crack it open to gain access to the microSD and flash it with okreader?


damn shame most of the books I read are only available at old book stores


I think I opened my e-reader wrong and fucked its waterproof properties.


You can get ones that are 10 inches. Remarkable or Onyx Boox comes to mind, but those are somewhat less libre.


Thanx to my ereader i can read so many books, for free! I almost forget what it's like being poor!


will anyone be buying this? I might once it becomes more developed


just give it a burner email and forget about it, I just put pdfs on with a usb cable


I'm running LineageOS on a friend's Kindle from 2012 and using KOReader which has OPDS support.


Dude, only the Kindle is available in my country, is it advisable to get it, with all the spooky shit Amazon does?


There is an Amazon de-bloat tool for some of their tablet and kindle models, that removes at least some of the crap Amazon puts in these tablets, but i can't vouch for this because i don't have personal experience with it.

Amazon once removed ebooks that people bought, they claimed it was an accident (but why would they include that functionality)
Some authors also have said they get statistics about how far into the book their readers get before they give up on it, so it's definitely spying.

Some of the amazon tablets and kindle readers apparently can be rooted. I guess that if you are willing to do the research about what specific model to get and go through the technical steps of rooting and debloating it, it might be fine.

It seems strange that you would only be able to buy a reader from a single vendor, have you considered looking around, many online shops claim to ship world wide.


You can never hook it up to your wifi, use calibre to move files over, I think there's some 3rd party firmware you can install too.
i personally don't care, i get a petty enjoyment of using amazon's email servers to send over my pirated copies of texts


>You can never hook it up to your wifi
The Amazon Echo devices make a mesh-net, other Amazon devices in the vicinity might connect to that. I don't know if their readers are part of this, but eventually it might not need your wifi to phone home.


Wait what


I've looked over a lot and only pocket book sell here other than kindle and I have no idea if they're good. Can you suggest some decent models totalling about $150


based on your given constraints (budget / must be pocketbook) I would go for the Pocketbook Touch Lux 5, use a sd card to side load books and not hook it up to the internet.


I'd rather get free books from the library than spend 100$ on some pseud tablet.


libraries are more for browsing for something interesting "oh this looks worth reading" where as online pdf reading Is more for "I want to read this specific book" let me see If the pdf is on the internet


that pseud tablet can get way more access to books pdfs or etc than your local library could

and before you say muh computer, the problem is your eyes burn and your brain gets headaches when you read over 30 mins on a computer

(and flux i only barely solves the problem(well for me)

with the e ink e reader theres no light pouring into your eyes and causing you eye strain and mental pain


thinking go trying to do this just to try it, only reason I hesitate is that any mistake will brick the device (with no survivors )


spoken like a retard who never held one, who prolly wouldve shat on personal computers


Comrades can you tell me the best e-reader for reading scanned PDFs of textbooks that doesn't cost a ton? Preferably a FOSS one?


the real question is, which e-reader has the best battery quality and life


I use a 'remarkable' tablet. I like it. I have the previous model.
Battery is good for my purposes. I bought it since I like big screens. Adding books is ez pz.The folder system kind of sucks and navigating through large books is a huge pain in the ass. I mostly use the pen for highlighting and writing small notes on pages. That's nice.

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