Update, 2024-02-16: Six months later …

A couple of years ago, around this time, I upgraded to the best reading experience I could afford at the time. I got me a Kindle Oasis.

I called it my Hole Hawg. And boy, has it served me like one.
And while it has done, everything it promised it would do, I found myself outgrowing it and needing something more powerful.

What I need

  • A device that could handle nearly every format that I could throw at it.
  • Something that was not beholden to the Bezos beast.1
  • While I love the Oasis’ speed, I want something faster.
  • Something that would let me read PDF files, without making want to scratch my eyeballs out.
  • A large screen, because PDFs and because I am getting old and blind as a bat.
  • While also doing everything else that the Oasis did with the same aplomb
  • Bonus: Being able to read comics.

A little bit of research led me to the Kobo Elipsa 2e.
It isn’t sold here in India, so a kind cousin got it for me. It has a pen and it marks up books and all that jazz, but I don’t know how much I will use that feature. What I need is what I wrote above and the Elipsa does it all. Very, very, well.

The big screen is gorgeous

The screen is a lower ppi than the Oasis (227 vs 300), but the screen is large and I hold it farther away from my face, to notice any difference. I can also turn off that crazy Kindle full justification, to have my beloved ragged right. It’s extremely responsive, flipping orientation without that heartbeat of a pause, I would have with the Oasis.

The Elipsa 2e vs the Oasis in size.
Did I mention the screen was bigger? Much bigger?
And that it was gorgeous?!

My only regret? I miss my page turn buttons.
But that is a small price to pay for the myriad formats that I can now read on the Elipsa.
Comics, Technical Books, old scanned PDfs, all my fiction, everything!
I love it!

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  1. Hat tip to MWL, for that lovely term ↩︎