I've had my Aluratek Libre eBook Reader for a few weeks now. I've read one entire 400 page book on it and have used it enough to share a few thoughts about it.
What it does
First the technical mumbo-jumbo.
Supports PDF (Adobe Digital Edition DRM/non-DRM), TXT, FB2, EPUB (Adobe Digital Edition DRM/non-DRM), MOBI (non-DRM only), PRC (non-DRM only)and RTF electronic book format
I downloaded a couple of books from the ladies at girlebooks for free in epub format. I liked this more than pdf format. The reader came with 100 free books on a memory card. All of them public domain and available on Project Gutenberg (pdf). Books can be loaded right onto the device's internal memory from your computer or to a memory card.
Text size can be adjusted from teeny-weeny to HOLY MOLY . I feel more comfortable somewhere in the middle. There is no backlight and it's an e-paper LCD display. I found the gray background a little dark but that might be just me.
Pages turn quite quickly; there's no lag time. There are 3 ways to do this: Click the pages icon on the bottom, push the sliding button on the side or insert the page number. Pages can be Bookmarked (a feature I love!).
It also plays music and holds photos. I haven't tried either because I have enough devices around the house for that already.
Though I didn't clock it, the battery life is said to be 24 hours and I'd say that's pretty accurate.
It came with a padded case.
What it doesn't do
All the fancy stuff that the Kindle does. You can't be out jogging and decide to download a book. You have to use your computer for that. You can't read newspapers or magazines on this device.
Let's face it. This is the Ugly Stepsister of ebook readers. She looks like a calculator and that Aluratek logo doesn't help much. But she has a great personality. It takes care of business and I'm completely satisfied with it. The biggest selling point of this device is that it's affordable. This was a Dell Deal of the Day: $149 Cdn. That's a lot better than most of the other devices available in Canada now ($100 less than the Sony eReader).
The only thing I want to do with an ebook reader is read books. I would not use one for reading newspapers or surfing the internet. I'm never far from my laptop so these things do not concern me. If I was taking a long trip, I'd have to make sure it was loaded up first, just in case.
If you are on the fence about ebook readers, concerned about price or just want to read books, then the Aluratek Libre is a good entrance device.
Disclaimer: I was not approached by Aluratek for this review. My darling husband bought it for me for Christmas (thanks Babe!).
If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Hopefully, I can answer. I'm not the most technically inclined person around.
To see it in action, check out this video: