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Image Gallery: Aluratek Libre eBook Reader Pro

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.
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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

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The back of the box shows you the device and books you can load on it.

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Manuals, case, and Libre in upper packaging.

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You will find an A/C adapter, stereo headset, 2GB SD card, USB cable, and lanyard in the retail box.

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A decent slip case with hard front cover is included in the package.

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This control pad is found on the lower right side and lets you navigate and access different menus.

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With this split button you can turn pages forward and backward.

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There is a long spring-loaded bar on the left side that you can slide up or down to turn pages forward or backward.

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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.

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The cover snaps into place and remains secure.

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As you can see the Libre is fairly small and fits well in your hand.

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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.

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A view of the Libre on the desk.

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Notice the protrusion on the back of the device?

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The Libre still remains compact, but does have some shape on the back.

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Here is a lineup of ebook readers I have available.

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This view shows you the text on all three device in the sunlight.

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Text appears to be very readable in outside conditions.

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The display is a black and white LCD and is not an eInk display like other ebook readers.

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You can toggle through 6 different font sizes on the Libre.

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There is a button to quickly and easily switch between portrait and landscape modes on the Libre.

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Here is another view of available functions on the Libre.

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The page number and battery status appear in the upper right.

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One thing I like about the Libre is that you can fairly easily jump to different pages in the book.

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There are a few settings available for you to customize your reading experience.

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The music player is very basic and designed to play music in the background while you read.

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This image attempts to show the difference in font/screen technology.

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Here are more fonts on the two devices.

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This view shows the Libre on the Sony 505 and Nook.

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A view of the ebook readers from the bottom.

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Here you can see a side view of the ebook readers.

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The Libre is the smallest of the three devices.

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A view of all three ebook readers from the back.

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