Aluratek Libre EBook Reader Pro Review

Posted: Oct 21 2010, 1:34pm CDT | by , Updated: Oct 21 2010, 5:34pm CDT, in Reviews | I4U Gadget Reviews

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Cheap eReader for beginners on a budget


The Aluratek Libre eBook Reader Pro has a 5-inch ePaper screen with no backlight. The device ships with 100 different classic books installed so you can start to read right away. The device has a music player inside and a SD card slot for down loading and loading books for reading. It supports images, PDFs, and other formats. The font size and style are adjustable and the screen can be rotated for portrait or landscape mode reading. The lithium polymer battery is good for 24 hours of continuous reading and 2-weeks on standby. The Aluratek Libre eBook Reader Pro sells for $129.99 and is available right now.

In Use

The Aluratek Libre eBook Reader Pro is much smaller than my iPad, which is what I typically read eBooks on. The small 5-inch screen uses ePaper technology that promises to be easier on the eyes and looks like paper. The screen looks a lot like an old monochrome computer monitor to me. The screen is matte finished and glare is not an issue when reading. Glare is a big issue on the iPad at times so that is a nice feature.

The internal battery is good for 24 hours of reading and promises about 2 weeks on standby, which is about the time I got from the device. Like all other ePaper or eInk displays, the Aluratek Libre eBook Reader Pro has no backlight. That means if you want to read in the dark with the thing you will need a book light of some sort.

Aluratek ships the Libre Pro with 100 old works already installed with many of the classics that we had to read in school and others that lovers of classic literature will like. The controls are easy to use and if you have multiple books on the reader, you can choose them using the numbers that run down the right side of the reader.

Flipping pages is not as slick as the iPad where I just swipe a finger, but page changes on the Aluratek Libre eBook Reader Pro are easy. You can either push a rocker on the left side of the reader up or down to change pages or use the two page buttons under the screen. Other controls on the right side of the screen allow you to open menus, back page, change font size, and change the orientation of the page on the screen. The controls are easy to use.

The small 5-inch screen means that the amount of text you get on screen at once with the default font is no more than a few paragraphs in most instances. I read fast and that was a bit irritating as it felt like I was constantly flipping pages. The good news is that the pages turn quickly with a wait of no more than a second.

The biggest downside to the Aluratek Libre eBook Reader Pro is that it has no connectivity of any sort. Getting books onto the device means, you have to find compatible formats at online books stores, buy them on your PC, move them to your SD card, and then plug that card into the reader to get the new book. The device also lacks a dedicated bookstore like the Kindle and iPad have. That said, the Aluratek Libre eBook Reader Pro is compatible with books from the Borders online bookstore. You do have to download from a PC with Adobe Digital Editions software installed though.

Once you are reading you can book mark pages and since the Aluratek Libre eBook Reader Pro has a music player, you can listen to background music with headphones that are included. The screen is easy on the eyes thanks to the matte finish and easy to view with no eye fatigue in bright rooms, which is not something I can say about my iPad.



  • Cheap
  • Easy to use


  • No wireless connectivity
  • No direct book downloads


The Aluratek Libre eBook Reader Pro is a nice eReader for users on a budget, but those with more to spend may miss the ease of direct book downloads. This will make a nice first eReader for people on a budget that have a computer for downloading new books when needed.


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