If none of the Sony eBook readers nor the Kindles meet your expectations or your budget requirements, give Libre, the new eBook reader from Aluratek, Inc. a look. Instead of the e-Ink display used by most readers currently on the market, the Libre uses an exclusive 5″ reflective-light LCD screen that looks like paper and offers faster page changes because it doesn’t require the double flashing used by e-Ink screens. There is no backlight, so eyestrain is minimized. The Libre uses a variety of formats, including Adobe DRM, ePUB, PDF, FB2, TXT, Mobi, PRC and RTF. It also plays mp3 files and has a picture viewer that supports BMP, JPG, GIF and animated GIF files. The rechargeable battery offers 24 hours of continuous reading time between charges. It uses SD and SDHC cards up to 32 GB, and it comes with a 2 GB SD card pre-loaded with 100 books (public domain titles). At $179.00, it’s one of the more inexpensive readers. It’s not wireless nor is it tied to one eBook store, though Aluretek does recommend a couple of eBook sellers for purchasing new titles for your reader.
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