I'm seeking recommendations for ebook readers suitable for low-vision, technology-averse, individuals.
Screen should be large, high-contrast, and support very large text scaling.
(Think "ludicrous speed", but for text.)
Texts used will likely have to be ePub rather than PDF, as the latter scale poorly.
@dredmorbius My Kindle does that, but I'm drawing a blank on the name of the device I looked into for if you're looking to avoid Amazon.
@mplouffe There's Remarkable. Someone here was just discussing ebook readers and another large-format device. Possibly Nook.
A major problem is that most readers don't zoom text large enough.
Document format is also an issue: PDFs are generally unsuitable, even when reflowed, and of course scans are right out.
@dredmorbius I have a small eink phone and a small eink ebook reader. I don't have anything very large.
The Kindle DX was probably the biggest consumer epaper device that I've used, but I don't know if it would be suitable or how well they've survived.
I tend to go for portability, so I'm usually not the best when it comes to large devices.
@ajroach42 I was thinking of the Onyx Boox, FYI.
@dredmorbius Ah. I've never used a boox. Interesting product, though.
@dredmorbius I'd have to test out epub support for you, but that's certainly feasible, under which test condition I would recommend the onyx boox note 2. It's large, smooth, light weight, backlit unlike the note 1 I have, and very good with larger fonts in general. The glasses-using professors I speak with whom I've shown files on it have been able to get by comfortably.
@dredmorbius I don't recall whether the note 2 has any audio features, but the note 1 does -- and since it runs android this makes voice based accessibility possible on it in theory.
@feonixrift That's interesting though likely overkill.
Audiobooks are a related challenge.
iPad / Android are excessive complexity, though.
@feonixrift Onyx boox was what I'd had in. mind, thanks.
Individual here has extreme glaucoma, only a few degrees of vision in one eye, none in the other.
@dredmorbius I'll test what I can on large font features and get back to you on that. Note that the note 2 has far more modern android than the note 1, so may handle better.
@dredmorbius main interface and an epub at largest font size on a note 1
That's ... approaching ... large enough.
@dredmorbius With work it can probably be made even better; that was just the default setting sliders.
@dredmorbius And there may be other android reader apps than the default which are willing to push it considerably further.
@dredmorbius Actually, that's my main reason to suggest the boox otehr than generally being very satisfied with them: It being Android means you can change out everything, even the launcher, and use all the accessibility tools in theory.
@feonixrift Any reader recommendations?
I've been using PocketBook and FBReader principally.
@dredmorbius I am personally fond of both the boox default (lots of academic friendly annotation features) and koreader (for general use, as it supports my eink phone well).
@dredmorbius The Sony PRS series are like fifteen or twenty bucks on eBay, they handle epub well and their text goes up pretty big. Techiness-level-wise just plug 'em in and drag and drop, they register as a removable drive.
There's an interest in possibly integrating with a public library ebook lending system, which is all kinds of proprietary. Or there's LibGen.
@dredmorbius Or Calibre and DRM-removal plugins, if you wanna get the same result as LibGen but with extra steps to lend an air of legitimacy.
@ifixcoinops This bastard is fully illegitimate ;-)
@ifixcoinops What's display size? I'm seeing 6", which is too small by half.
@dredmorbius I think they went up to 8 or 9 inches but if you want bigger than that you might be looking more towards tablets than e-readers
@dredmorbius I've been very happy with the kobo Forma as an eReader. Not used the large text so much but the built in open dyslexic font is amazing. Support for a large number of formats including epub and cbz (comic book zip) and easy to use with Calibre. Also has other features I haven't tested like water proofing, Overdrive built in for library checkouts, and recently sync to Dropbox for epubs.
Very much worth the price I paid for it several years ago.
@bthylafh Pretty hard, yes.
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