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Ebook reader that is good for manga
#1  iball 12-08-2019, 09:35 PM
Hi,

I have never had an ebook reader but I am toying around the idea of getting one. I would be downloading ebooks and cbz comics/manga. I doubt I would actually buy the books from a store like Amazon but if I can, so be it. I am just not sure what the differences are between all of these versions. I get that a kindle paperwhite is "easy to read" but past that I am lost.

What is the difference between basic kindles or the paperwhite v3 and v4...why would I choose that over the kobo or just some random cheapo reader. I guess I don't know what questions I need to ask.

What I want:

- 6-8 inch
- I would like expandable storage or just high capacity (I am not actually sure how much space I need as I never used one and can't gauge)
- Handles manga well
- Can be jailbroken
- Prefer some easy to way to wireless transfer files to the reader
- E-ink only, no tablets. I feel like I'd get too distracted from reading.
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#2  ilovejedd 12-09-2019, 12:04 AM
Basic Kindle is out. Text is often fuzzy or even plain unreadable (e.g. small side text) on these due to the low 167 ppi.

I can read manga just fine on 6" 300 ppi such as on the Kindle PW3/PW4 and Kobo Clara HD but there are plenty who find it too small. Most find 7-8" to be more comfortable.

CBZ isn't natively supported on Kindles so you'll either need to convert first or find one that's jailbreakable so you could install KOReader. That rules out the Oasis 3. There are still ways for the PW4.

Kobo has native CBZ support but I still prefer to use KOReader (trivially easy to install on the Kobo). I think Kobo (6" Clara HD, 7" Libra H2O, 8" Forma) is probably your best bet. If you don't mind potentially voiding the warranty, it's even possible to replace the internal microSD card on the 6" Clara HD with a higher capacity card (Samsung mSD is recommended).

Mind, built-in 8GB storage is quite useable if you only need it for your reading list and not to permanently store favorites. My 160-200 page manga volumes tend to average at 100MB and that's at fairly high quality.

KOReader has a built-in FTP client. I just have a FileZilla FTP server running on my PC so I can download manga wirelessly. Alas, no batch download I believe so I often still do my bulk transfers via USB.

I currently use jailbroken 32GB PW3s and PW4s for manga. I do have a Libra H2O on order, though.
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#3  iball 12-09-2019, 01:11 AM
Quote ilovejedd

I can read manga just fine on 6" 300 ppi such as on the Kindle PW3/PW4 and Kobo Clara HD but there are plenty who find it too small. Most find 7-8" to be more comfortable.
Thank you for responding!

I currently read manga on my phone so I am sure anything bigger than that is going to feel huge lol. Any suggestions on the great pw4 vs clara hd debate? It seems the clara has more features I want, the storage and compatibility and such. What made you get the pw4?
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#4  ilovejedd 12-09-2019, 05:04 AM
Quote iball
I currently read manga on my phone so I am sure anything bigger than that is going to feel huge lol. Any suggestions on the great pw4 vs clara hd debate? It seems the clara has more features I want, the storage and compatibility and such. What made you get the pw4?
The PW4 had rounded edges, 32GB option and waterproofing was a draw since I read in the tub. I already had the PW3 so I knew what to expect software-wise. Plus, I had a bricked Kindle I could trade in for 25% discount off the PW4.

Got lucky that factory firmware for jailbreaking was released just a day or so after I received my PW4. With JB and KOReader, format support became a non-issue. I've actually bought several backups while they were still shipping with jailbreakable firmware.
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#5  rowe 12-15-2019, 04:52 PM
I read a lot of Manga and have tried lots of Kindle/Pocketbook/Onyx setups.

I can strongly recommend a combination of an Onyx Boox Poke Pro and https://tachiyomi.org

The size and resolution of the device is ideal for most manga. Tachiyomi is the best manga management and reading software I've used.
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#6  JSWolf 12-15-2019, 09:29 PM
The best Reader for Manga is the ONYX BOOX MAX 3. It's a 13.3" Reader using a plastic backed screen. Because it's so big, you'll have no trouble reading Manga.

https://ereader.store/en/onyx-boox/onyx-boox-max-3-white-57.html
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#7  rowe 12-16-2019, 05:50 AM
Comparing to screen sizes I think the source for most manga is about 9-10".

I've got a Nova Pro (8") and Poke Pro (6"). Personally I think the 6" is preferable as most manga is noticeably sharper on there compared to the 8". It's rare manga from a half decent source is difficult to read or blurred on the 6". On the 8" there's often a lack of sharpness due to the quality of the source.

Also the Nova and Poke are both 300ppi, after getting used to 300ppi readers, anything lower looks blurred to me. Most of the larger e-readers have much lower ppis than that.
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#8  Hopefully 12-20-2019, 05:20 PM
Quote ilovejedd
I currently use jailbroken 32GB PW3s and PW4s for manga. I do have a Libra H2O on order, though.
I'm someone looking for a reader similar to what OP is asking for. Can I ask about more details about your jailbroken Paperwhite 4? Is it just the standard jailbreak as shown here + installing KOReader?


Thanks!
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#9  ilovejedd 12-20-2019, 10:12 PM
Quote Hopefully
I'm someone looking for a reader similar to what OP is asking for. Can I ask about more details about your jailbroken Paperwhite 4? Is it just the standard jailbreak as shown here + installing KOReader?
Mine were from earlier batches so yes.

For later batches:
Spoiler Warning below






Quote ilovejedd
I might be able to help with jailbreak for the waterproof PW4/Paperwhite 4/Paperwhite (2018)/Paperwhite (10th generation) only.

Those interested, please PM me with the following details about your device:
  1. First 12 characters of serial number (gives us the HW model, revision and manufacture date)
  2. Country
  3. Retailer/Store
  4. Color
  5. Storage
  6. with or without Special Offers
  7. Wi-Fi or Cellular
  8. FW version and stock or updated?
Thanks!
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#10  kinda_confused 10-08-2020, 12:21 PM
*A wild Necromancer appears*

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Sorry to necro the thread, but it comes up as one of the most relevant hits.


Has something changed in the past year? I am looking to get my first e-ink device and I'm wondering if I'm on the right track. I'm split between Kobo Libra and Kobo Forma. The Onyx Boox devices look great, but kinda pricy for something I'm gonna use solely for reading manga in bed before going to sleep.
I'm leaning more towards the Libra, since it's newer and a lot cheaper. 6" is a no go, 8" is definitely good, but what about 7" - kinda gray area (since I have no experience with e-readers other than my phone). Any suggestions? Any hidden pros of one over the other (Libra/Forma)?
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