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Libre retail box
People have complained about the high price of dedicated ebook readers for a couple of years, but now we are starting to see devices appear under $200. The Aluratek Libre eBook Reader Pro is a fairly compact ebook reader that can be found online for about $150. Rather than using eInk for the screen technology though the Libre has a black and white LCD screen.??A walk through discussion can be read on The Mobile Gadgeteer site
Back of the Libre box
The back of the box shows you the device and books you can load on it.
Upper package contents
Manuals, case, and Libre in upper packaging.
You will find an A/C adapter, stereo headset, 2GB SD card, USB cable, and lanyard in the retail box.
Case and Libre eBook Reader Pro
A decent slip case with hard front cover is included in the package.
Right side control pad
This control pad is found on the lower right side and lets you navigate and access different menus.
Left side page controls
With this split button you can turn pages forward and backward.
Left side page controller
There is a long spring-loaded bar on the left side that you can slide up or down to turn pages forward or backward.
Upper access port
A durable cover protects the SD card slot and miniUSB port. The miniUSB port is used for charging and transferring ebooks from your PC/Mac to your Libre.
The cover snaps into place and remains secure.
Libre in hand
As you can see the Libre is fairly small and fits well in your hand.
Right side buttons
Number buttons, from 0 to 9, appear on the right side. Letters are also on the buttons so you can enter minimal text if needed.
Libre eBook Reader Pro
A view of the Libre on the desk.
Back of the Libre
Notice the protrusion on the back of the device?
Closer look at back form
The Libre still remains compact, but does have some shape on the back.
Nook, Libre, and Sony 505
Here is a lineup of ebook readers I have available.
View of text on three devices
This view shows you the text on all three device in the sunlight.
Reading outside on the Libre
Text appears to be very readable in outside conditions.
Closer view of the text
The display is a black and white LCD and is not an eInk display like other ebook readers.
Font size adjustments
You can toggle through 6 different font sizes on the Libre.
Here is another view of available functions on the Libre.
Upper right status bar
The page number and battery status appear in the upper right.
Jump to a page number
One thing I like about the Libre is that you can fairly easily jump to different pages in the book.
Music player controls
The music player is very basic and designed to play music in the background while you read.
Libre and Nook font compare
This image attempts to show the difference in font/screen technology.
Another view of fonts
Here are more fonts on the two devices.
Stacking up the ereaders
This view shows the Libre on the Sony 505 and Nook.
Bottom view of stacked readers
A view of the ebook readers from the bottom.
Side view of the ebook collection
Here you can see a side view of the ebook readers.
Another stacked view
The Libre is the smallest of the three devices.
Back of the Sony, Libre, and Nook
A view of all three ebook readers from the back.
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