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New PocketBook 7.8" Color E-Ink Reader
#11  kandwo 02-09-2021, 10:39 AM
Quote ky├┤dai
Yeah, I kinda do not see that.

Mangas are like 99% black and white.
As with textbooks it does not make much sense to sacrifice the much better display quality of a reagular e-reader for 1 coloured cover page...

And most coloured comics are a lot bigger then a 7.8" screen. European comics are almost twice as big.

15,8 x 11,8 cm - 7,8" Display
25,7 x 16,8 cm - Marvel / DC Comics
29,5 x 22,0 cm - European Comics (Asterix, Luck Luke, etc.)

On top of that you get faint colors, a meager 100ppi and you have to crank up the light to get at least some contrast.

Don't get me wrong. I would like to have an e-Ink device for comics. But this is not it, yet.
Very good points! And not to forget the ghosting. It seems brutal on colour e-ink from what I've seen so far in video reviews.

I would love to buy a 13" colour e-ink reader for comics, but that's probably several years off. If it's ever going to happen. Even now bigger screens have low PPI for just black and white; it's hard to imagine them managing to make colour e-ink good enough and affordable in the near future.

Luckily, many disagree with me about the state of colour e-ink and buy these devices (the Hisense colour phones seem very popular for instance), which is great, as it incentivises these companies to develop the technology further.
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#12  Quoth 02-09-2021, 11:15 AM
I think this isn't good enough for colour comics and Graphic novels: Too low res, too small, too washed out, too low contrast.

Ones that are OK in B&W, or 14 shades grey with black and white can use the 7.8" Bouye Likebook Mars which is better for B&W ebooks and a lot cheaper. Though it's not clear to me if the Mars is 300 dpi or 320 dpi. I must check.
I tried the free Mutant Hero Turtle comics on Google Playstore Playbooks. Only just viable on the 7.8" Mars due to SIZE, not lack of colour, fine on the 10" LCD Lenovo tablet.
A colour comic or graphic novel takes me a fraction of the time to read as novel, so I don't mind using the 10" Lenovo LCD tablet and the current model is 1/2 price of a Mars, which is much cheaper than than this. The Mars is about €80 cheaper than the Kobo Forma here and has BT (audio & keyboard) 3.5mm audio jack, Android apps, decent PDF margin crop, decent built in RAM & Flash and micro SD Card slot.

I still find the Kobo Libra best for annotation proof reading, but the Mars is OK for PDF scans of old books, Manga, koreader, Borrowbox etc.

Kaleido is a very niche solution looking for a problem and really needs 12"+ to compete with tablets. The 7.8" Kaleido and certainly 6" can't compete with a 10" LCD for colour and a 7" Libra for novels. You can buy both and and have change out of the price for this.
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#13  Nate the great 02-15-2021, 10:19 AM
Pocketbook just announced that the new device is called the InkPad Color. it has a new-gen Kaleido screen.

https://the-digital-reader.com/2021/02/15/pocketbook-inkpad-color-has-a-new-kaleido-e-ink-screen-costs-330/
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#14  patrik 02-15-2021, 10:52 AM
Pocketbooks own short video-blurb.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrsHBsUPhX4
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#15  rantanplan 02-15-2021, 11:15 AM
Quote Nate the great
Pocketbook just announced that the new device is called the InkPad Color. it has a new-gen Kaleido screen.

https://the-digital-reader.com/2021/02/15/pocketbook-inkpad-color-has-a-new-kaleido-e-ink-screen-costs-330/
They didn't just announce it, you can already buy it (in Europe).
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#16  RZetlin 02-15-2021, 08:14 PM
This caught my attention and the pricing is not too bad.
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#17  Pajamaman 02-15-2021, 08:16 PM
Quote Quoth
I think this isn't good enough for colour comics and Graphic novels: Too low res, too small, too washed out, too low contrast
Looks okay for comics to me in the video, though maybe the comic they used was cherry-picked. Colors okay for me, size is fine for me (I use a 7.8 Onyx to read comics). But yeah, I wouldn't shell out for it on this generation. But it's exciting they are coming. Comic reading will get more fun.
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#18  Crowriver 02-15-2021, 08:26 PM
The bad news for people in the UK is that we are no longer in Europe, and AFAIK there are very few local suppliers of Pocketbook products. At the moment, given huge problems at customs at the UK border, I would not recommend buying any electronic products in small quantities from EU based sellers. Many couriers refuse to deliver to UK customers or parcels are held for weeks in warehouses awaiting customs checks. Which is very frustrating and sad, but there we are.
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#19  rantanplan 02-16-2021, 02:17 AM
Quote Crowriver
The bad news for people in the UK is that we are no longer in Europe, and AFAIK there are very few local suppliers of Pocketbook products. At the moment, given huge problems at customs at the UK border, I would not recommend buying any electronic products in small quantities from EU based sellers. Many couriers refuse to deliver to UK customers or parcels are held for weeks in warehouses awaiting customs checks. Which is very frustrating and sad, but there we are.
It almost seems like Brexit was a bad idea...
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#20  Sweetpea 02-16-2021, 02:19 AM
I've been looking at the 6" variety for a while, but just don't want to go back to 6"... This one, however, sounds very nice! It's been a while since I bought a new reader, so, maybe it's now time
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