• Hamed

    From this post I conclude that in the future they may sell e-readers which won’t let you even copy anything on them. You will be only able to buy e-books from their store.
    It is like buying a paper book with the option of changing the contents without paying the paper fee!
    That will also limit pirating e-books.
    By the way, I don’t like that, because I want to be free in my life -and also my devices!

  • Well most tablets and smartphones have SD Cards. But yeah, i mean you CAN copy e-books via a USB cable to your device, so the removal of SD cards from e-readers isn’t THAT big of a deal. The only issue is PDF files that are quite large, I have a few that are like 500 MB, and I couldn’t copy many over to a 4GB Kindle or Kobo.

  • Hans Olav Husum

    The Kobo Aura H2O has a micro-SD slot that can take a 32GB card.

  • Tommy Rypi

    The removal of cards IS a big deal for me for the reason you mention for example. I wouldn’t be able to have my whole library (not only books but technical documents as well and images that take up a lot of space) with me without a massive SD card. And I don’t have access to my calibre server all the time. I am quite satisfied with my Icarus reader. Rooted android running moon reader. Freedom.

  • Whoops, changed the article. I remember it being underneath that waterproof flap.

  • I edited the piece a little bit to talk about PDF files. I have a bunch of D&D PDF files I purchased. They are between 300 MB and 600 MB each. I would be able to fit only 6 of these on a standard 4GB e-reader.

    The thing that gives me a bit of hope is the Kindle Manga Model released in Japan that has 32GB of memory.

  • James Seger

    The Kobo Aura One has 8gb of storage. Not as good as an SD card, but maybe it and the manga Kindle site that there is a market for readers with more storage.

  • James Seger

    A correction: the Nook Glowlight was the only model with that stupid 500mb limit. The backlash worked and the Glowlight Plus is back to allowing all free space for sideloading.

  • John Smith

    An sdcard is (mostly) only important when there is limited internal memory. I’ve no problem with a 32GB Paperwhite — if Bezos wouldn’t discriminate against Americans by selling it only to the Japanese — or even the 8GB Kobos.

    By the way, why *does* Jeff Bezos hate America?

  • Thank you. This is exactly the question I’ve been trying to answer. That and whether any e-ink Kindles have a similar limitation on storage.

  • Reader

    The Nook Simple Touch has a 240 MB limit for side-loaded material. Or should I write HAD, as it is no longer manufactured.
    It does have an SD card slot.With such a small capacity for side-loaded material, most will find an SD card to be necessary.
    After putting a lot of books on an SD card, my conclusion is that e-readers work best with a limited number of books- 100 to 200- on them. Two-three GB capacity, whether on the e-reader or on an SD card, is optimal. The search capabilities get overwhelmed beyond that. How far beyond is another issue.
    I would not purchase an e-reader without USB capabilities, as I store my books on my computer. An e-reader without a USB slot would force use of the cloud.

  • James Seger

    The Nook Simple Touch is neither here nor there. The follow-up model (just called the Nook Glowlight) had an artificial limit on sideloading of 512MB. That sucked and generated complaints and (I believe) impacted sales.

    The current model, Nook Glowlight Plus has 2.8GB of user accessible storage.

  • James Seger

    No problem Mark. I moved on to Kobo before the Glowlight Plus came out. But it does seem to be a very nice device.

  • Bob Belcher

    SD cards fail. when they do people blame the device well before the SD card. the storage used can be controlled and tested for quality. most SD cards you buy cheap are made of the lowest quality silicone and fail way way faster than the premium ones that people on a budget won’t buy.

  • ET

    Wrong. I can’t copy my Nook books to ANYTHING any more. I used to download them to my computer for safekeeping and use a 3rd party program to remove DRM using my B&N account information so that I could read them on other devices – in case Barnes & Noble dropped ebook sales, stopped supporting my device or I just wanted to change eReaders. (I had the older Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight and B&N has stopped supporting it.) Since late last summer, B&N stopped supporting its apps for desktops and stopped allowing any downloading of its books, except on its Nooks in hidden files. AND I can’t change platforms in the future if I think Nook is no longer the best or B&N further abandons support for Nook. That is a big factor driving the abandonment of the SD cards I think – they want a captive audience of readers who can never switch to another reader. B&N figures it has me for life and I do buy a lot of books. Sorry, suckers. As soon as B&N took that step to prevent me from ever being able to access my books on any other eReader, I started buying from KOBO. (I had all but the last purchase on my computer – I discovered the problem with B&N when trying to download it.) Then, with my last purchase of 3 DRM -free KOBO books earlier this month, my Nook wouldn’t read them properly. B&N’s response was – you should have bought your books from us; want to repurchase them?? So, I just ordered new 2 KOBOs for myself and my husband. B&N lost a couple of very good customers. And the custom book cover company I use (Oberon) told me they are getting a lot more inquiries about the KOBO readers, maybe because it is open of the few with a more open platform.

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