After much research, I have come to the conclusion that (1) the only commonly available ereader without out of the box English <-> $language dictionaries is the Kindle, and it's not possible to install additional dictionaries, and (2) my best bet for a number of reasons is probably going to be an Android tablet.

Does anyone know whether there are ereader apps for Android that allow installation of offline English <-> $language dictionaries (I'm interested in Russian, Hungarian, and Swedish particularly, but also French), and whether there are good offline dictionaries available, ones that don't require you to be able to turn the word into its root form (especially important for Hungarian) and which work within the ereader program without having to leave the book?

I've done some looking around and at one point installed Moon+ Reader on my phone and then failed to figure out how to use any of the supposedly available offline dictionaries, but I haven't really been able to find a clear answer and trying to figure out how to do anything ebook-related on my phone (NOT my preferred reading device) makes me cranky.

It looks like Moon+ Reader and ABBYY Lingvo Dictionaries might be exactly what I'm looking for, but I can't tell without buying them, so I thought I'd ask if anyone else has successfully used this combo. The ABBYY reviews look like they are expensive if you want to buy the more "advanced" dictionaries and the software may be pretty glitchy.

This is driving me up the wall--it seems like such an incredibly obvious and useful function of ereaders, I'd think everyone would have this kind of feature.
The Kobo Mini is on sale until July 18, for $40+shipping.
  • 5" touchscreen (smaller than most ereaders)
  • 1GB user-available storage
  • Available in black or white
  • 8 font styles with 24 font sizes
  • Pearl E-Ink screen (long battery life, B&W only)
  • Various cloud and internet features that I know nothing about
Technical specs

I've ordered one. I'll post a review when it shows up. This may be the ereader I've been waiting for. (Well, except for touchscreen, which I don't like, but for $40 I'm certainly willing to give it a try.)

ETA: Kobo apparently has problems with double-billing; I checked my purchase, which had an authorization error at first, and sure enough, I've been billed twice. I've sent an email to try to get it fixed; if that doesn't work, I can contact my bank to contest the charges. Just a warning for people whose money is tight--if you get an auth error, DO NOT attempt to repeat the purchase right away.
It is my understanding that the Kindle has a built-in app/feature where you can click on a word in a language (e.g. French) and a translation in, say, English will pop up. This sounds awesome. However, I have a Nook Color, and my googlefu is failing me as to whether there is a similar feature/available app that doesn't require rooting and installing the Kindle app.

Does anyone know of something like this?

I've owned a Kobo Touch for a day and a half. It's pretty great! I put fanfic on it, and a few things from Project Gutenberg. I'm trying to use Calibre to customize the cover pages for fanfic.
I tried using squee!Book and failed a few times.

But what I'm having issues with right now is the touch-screen.
When I was first reading, it took me a little while to figure out that I needed to tap in the lower-right corner of the screen to turn the page. Once I did, reading went fine!

Yesterday, I set the Kobo Touch inside my purse, and didn't touch it for a few hours. (I went to a football game; the Touch stayed inside.)

I tried using the e-reader last night; the single button on the bottom works, but I can't tap the screen to turn the page.

I powered it off/on again.

This morning, I tried to turn pages and it still didn't work.
I connected it to my laptop with the USB cord. I cannot fully "connect" it to my computer to manage files because to do so, I have to tap "Connect" on the Kobo screen.

Basically: The tap/touch feature seems to be not working, after a day of infrequent use.
Has this happened to anyone else?
I am not very good with technology, so there could be something easy I'm missing, and wanted to check in with others.

Does this sound like a case where I need to take it back to Best Buy and get it replaced, or something?


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