[HELP] Busted Sony PRS-505 eInk screen

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  1. acidfast7 macrumors 65816

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    Help ... it seems that my gf stepped on her eInk screen and broke it :(

    I see replacement PRS-505 screens on eBay but I also see that to calibrate the screens a waveform file is needed. Also, I found a badly translated Russian site that has a script that can calibrate the waveform.

    Can someone briefly get me up to speed on what would be required to actually calibrate the new screen?

    We could buy a kindle, maybe even for a similar cost, but it sucks to just junk all the electronics because of a busted screen.

    TIA.
     
  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    You might want to check the forums at www.mobileread.com They might be able to help you.
     
  3. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    For all the cost and effort of replacing that screen, especially on such an unsupported ereader, she honestly is better off with a Kindle.
     
  4. acidfast7 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    she doesn't want a black flimsy plasticy thing. we compared them side-by-side at a party last week and the sony was much, much nicer.

    however this week, the screen is broken

    :(
     
  5. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Cheaper just to buy a new eReader. Possibly an upgrade.
     
  6. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    Kindle has more actual books and is cheaper, but hey...
     
  7. acidfast7 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    ok, she is open to other suggestions.

    eInk only.
    no color at all.
    no touch.
    no ads.

    what are my best options?

    book/library variety/cost doesn't matter as we'll download the classics from Project Gutenberg cause we're old school like that.

    what would you do if you were me?
     
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  9. acidfast7 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    yeah, but which one, there are like 3 of them, I think.

    and why is the kindle so good? the one we used turned pages slower than the sony and really left the plastic feeling on the fingers (i mean we are apple users after all here, right?, and like aluminium).

    it is only the library?

    what about the nook?

    also, are there any classy third-party readers by non-bookstores?
     
  10. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    Well if you don't need touchscreen or anything, just go for the basic one. I've got one and it has a good UI, it's fast, it's portable, and it's never let me down for class stuff.
     
  11. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    Kindle with keyboard. Get the version with adds. It is much cheaper and you do not see any adds while reading a book.
     

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