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Questions on the Onyx Boox Nova
#1  einkuser 03-31-2019, 01:07 AM
Hello!

I have three questions on the Onyx Boox Nova:

(1) Does the native Onyx Boox Nova e-reading application (neoreader) support Kepub e-books? I have a large library of Kepub books that I read on my Kobo Aura H20.

(2) I read the Boox Nova charges via USB-C. Would anyone know if any USB-C cable works or do you have to use the supplied cable? It would be a problem if you lose the cable provided if it only charges via the supplied one.

(3) Is the Onyx Nova screen superior to the Likebook Mars? Does the text appear darker and clearer, in comparison to Likebook Mars, or is it slightly faded?

Many thanks!
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#2  einkuser 03-31-2019, 01:14 AM
Just an extra note: my Kepub e-books are DRM free. I used Calibre to convert the e-books from Epub to Kepub. Kobo e-readers don't handle Epub e-books very well.
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#3  Question Mark 03-31-2019, 10:28 AM
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(1) Does the native Onyx Boox Nova e-reading application (neoreader) support Kepub e-books? I have a large library of Kepub books that I read on my Kobo Aura H20.
Books which end with .kepub.epub work just fine with Neoreader, the native reading app on the Nova. However, since you seem to be familiar with Calibre, you could also just convert your books to the regular .epub format if you encountered some difficulties with any of them.



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(2) I read the Boox Nova charges via USB-C. Would anyone know if any USB-C cable works or do you have to use the supplied cable? It would be a problem if you lose the cable provided if it only charges via the supplied one.
I have never experienced any difficulties using any of my USB-C cables with the Nova Pro and I have used a good variety of cables which came with different devices. I tend just to use whichever cable is most handy without thinking too much about it. That said, I seem to remember that some people commented on the fact that their Onyx devices didn't work very well with their Apple cables.


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(3) Is the Onyx Nova screen superior to the Likebook Mars? Does the text appear darker and clearer, in comparison to Likebook Mars, or is it slightly faded?
As I don't have a Likebook Mars, I haven't a clue. However, the Nova Pro screen is very clear. I don't really notice any difference between it and my Kobo Aura One.
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#4  Question Mark 03-31-2019, 11:28 AM
Here's an excellent review of the Nova Pro to the Likebook Muses which also contains a link to the video review of the two devices:

https://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/2019/03/30/onyx-boox-nova-pro-vs-likebook-muses-comparison-review-video/
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#5  einkuser 03-31-2019, 12:32 PM
Thank you very much for your answers.

All my e-books are .kepub.epub and it's good to hear they'll work with no problems. The Likebook Mars is a good e-reader but its native software is a work in progress. I heard neoreader is more stable and overall superior.

E-Ink screens vary between units. On paper, they might have the same screen technology and PPI but you notice differences close-up. Some screen backgrounds are lighter than others. Text contrast and clarity vary between screens too. For example, I owned the Kobo Aura One and its text appeared darker in comparison to the Aura H20 (it is not related to the slight PPI difference). The Likebook Mars's screen is also not as good as the Aura One.
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#6  jscris 03-31-2019, 12:42 PM
Quote Question Mark
Here's an excellent review of the Nova Pro to the Likebook Muses which also contains a link to the video review of the two devices:

https://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/2019/03/30/onyx-boox-nova-pro-vs-likebook-muses-comparison-review-video/
Thanks! What are the three options for screensaver available with the 2.1 update?
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#7  downeaster59 03-31-2019, 01:01 PM
I have both the Nova (not the Pro) and the Likebook Mars. Comparisons must always proceed with caution, because displays and lighting can vary between individual units of the same device. In my experience, the Likebook Mars is very good. However, I would rate my Nova as slightly better in text crispness, lighting, and overall performance. I use my Nova far more often than I use my Mars.

I have also used a variety of USB-C cables with my Nova, and all work just fine.
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#8  Question Mark 03-31-2019, 03:01 PM
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Thanks! What are the three options for screensaver available with the 2.1 update?
They are just different sets of pictures which you can use as screensavers. One is called MM, which seems to be pictures of a model. Another is called Clocks, which are pictures of, you guessed it, clocks. The final one is called Letters, which contains some phrases constructed out of letter blocks.

I wouldn't really want any of them as a screensaver, and have deleted them accordingly.

The stock screensaver images which it comes with, hand drawn sketches of street scenes, are much preferable.

However, I usually select pictures or photos which I like to be the screensaver. Simple to do. Just go into the storage area, long press on a picture and select to save it as a screensaver.

If you wanted, you could even take a screenshot of whatever page you are on in whatever book you are reading and then select that screenshot as the screensaver. Could be handy if you wanted to be able to reference certain information without turning your device on. Could especially be handy when using with maps when hiking. No need to consume power by turning on the device just to check your map.
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#9  jscris 03-31-2019, 03:08 PM
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However, I usually select pictures or photos which I like to be the screensaver. Simple to do. Just go into the storage area, long press on a picture and select to save it as a screensaver.

If you wanted, you could even take a screenshot of whatever page you are on in whatever book you are reading and then select that screenshot as the screensaver. Could be handy if you wanted to be able to reference certain information without turning your device on. Could especially be handy when using with maps when hiking. No need to consume power by turning on the device just to check your map.[/QUOTE]

Thanks! Would be nice to have the cover of the book being read automatically be the screensaver. but that should be easy enough, and great suggestion about the map!
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#10  bit101 03-31-2019, 06:42 PM
I have noticed that a couple of my usb cables do not charge the Nova Pro. But others do. It seems like some are just a little bit shorter and don't go in far enough to make the power connection.
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