DIY ebook reader ?

I would like myself an ebook reader which is not DRM nor closed source crippled. One where I can copy pdf or epub files to and read them with a low power and easy for the eyes display. Can you point me to a project where I can, rather easily and without extensive/complex soldering, build one myself ?

@ajz
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31Y

Cheers. That was the one which inspired me to ask this question. Can I buy and build this myself easily or not ?

@cronjob
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I would say the Feather Wing is easiest to build with entry-level equipment and skill. Fewer parts and easier to solder components at the cost of some features. https://github.com/joeycastillo/The-Open-Book

@ajz
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Neat. Thank you!

Dessalines
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I’m kind of a fan of scavenging / reusing old things for new purposes. You can find a barnes and noble nook ereader for like $25 USD, and load up an sdcard with epubs from libgen or wherever.

You can even put stock android on it if you want.

Evan
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21Y

Stock android would not be nice on a ereader

Dessalines
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21Y

It works pretty well surprisingly, just needs a simple launcher, and most ebook apps work well with e ink displays. I think I still used the nook app on mine tho.

Evan
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Interesting. Is there any launchers purpose built for it? Animations would suck at like 5 fps

Dessalines
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21Y

I forget which one I used, but pretty much all of them work.

@gleam
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Inkplate also seems to be an option.

@ajz
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11Y

Wow, looks awesome, cheers!

Evan
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You might actually like kobo. It is open source and the firmware is easily moddable and although books from the store have drm, it is super easy to side load books via calibrer

https://github.com/kobolabs/Kobo-Reader

The os is quite nice, it supports annotations, as well as overdrive, so you can borrow ebooks!

If your not feeling it though, mobileread.com might be able to help out! Full of ebook nerds

Another great firmware choice is https://github.com/koreader/koreader/wiki

@ajz
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Thanks for the pointers @dessalines@lemmy.ml and @Cloak@lemmy.ml ! You’ve inspired me to search around more, and this Will e-reader companies ever provide and open source software option ? shows interesting references to what you both wrote about.

Evan
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No problamo!

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