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.

@ajroach42 I think you were talking about something like this recently. Large-format eink book reader.

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@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 @mplouffe My Kobo has text sizes up to ridiculously big. I'm not sure whether they have models with big screens.

@jaranta Kobo's on my radar.

Largest I see is the Forma, at 8", pretty much the lower end of. my size spectrum. 10-12" (250-300mm) is preferable.

Something that can do basic Web might be handy.


@dredmorbius @jaranta

Yes, Kobo was what I was trying to remember. I ran across a Chinese brand the other day, but it wasn't cheap (£3-400). I'll poke around a bit more if I get some time today.

@dredmorbius Biggest pet peeve of mine is when someone takes away the ability to set the font explicitly and replaces it with a checkbox for 'Large Text' and then goes "What? I added an option to make the text two point sizes bigger! What do you want? I think you're being unreasonable."

@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.

@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.

@feonixrift Right. Basic specs look good:

Def. includes epubs.

Next problem are the book providers themselves.

@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.

@ifixcoinops Right.

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 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.

@dredmorbius If e-ink is not a hard requirement, there's an ebook reader for Android called koreader. The UX is reminiscent of my old eink Kindle 3.

@bthylafh @dredmorbius Ah! Many e-ink readers actually run Android. You can use Koreader on them with some installation shenanigans.

I exclusively use koreader on my kobo.
@dredmorbius I like my Kobo H2O but I do not have extreme vision requirements.

Sony makes a full paper size reader for ~700$. It has mediocre reviews but is very large.

Boox make some medium to large devices as well. I know someone who uses one and likes it, but he's also using a normal size one.
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