How To Buy The Best E-Book Reader For You

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How To Buy The Best E-Book Reader For You

Lightweight and highly portable, the e-book reader is a small device used for downloading, storing and reading digital versions of books, magazines and newspapers. The typical reader can store well over 1,000 books, and most current models need only a Wi-Fi connection to download new materials. But the e-book market moves quickly with new models and technologies being released frequently, and it can get hard to keep up with the latest and greatest. Read on to learn more about e-books and to find out which one is perfect for you.

Why Should I Read From An E-Book Reader Over A Conventional Book?

  • You can adjust the size of the print on an e-book reader, making it perfect for those with impaired vision.
  • If you travel or commute frequently, the reader is very lightweight and easy to stow in a purse, backpack or briefcase.
  • No need for carrying or storing a big stack of books; the e-book reader holds hundreds, or even thousands, of books in its memory.
  • Some e-book readers can read the text aloud, making them excellent for listening while driving or for use by those with vision difficulty.

What Is The Difference Between An E-Book Reader And A Tablet?

You might wonder what the difference is between an e-book reader and a tablet such as the iPad. The line between the two has grown somewhat blurred as new versions of readers are released, but in general:

  • A dedicated e-book reader, such as the Kindle, uses technology called “e-ink” to closely recreate the experience of reading an actual, paper book. These devices show black “ink” on a white background, and most are not backlit, which means that just like a regular book, you will need external light to be able to read. Dedicated e-book readers tend to have long battery life. Depending on how much time you spend reading, you might be able to go days before needing to recharge.
  • With screens ranging from 7 to 10 inches wide, tablets like the Nook Color are generally larger and heavier than dedicated e-book readers. Unlike the black and white, e-ink technology of e-book readers, tablets have color screens and backlit, LCD technology like a laptop. This means you can read without external light, but it also means that the same glare that can tire your eyes when reading on a laptop, may also be an issue when reading on a tablet. Tablets have other functions beyond reading books, including reading email, browsing the Internet, watching movies, playing games or enjoying various apps. The price you pay for more versatility is a battery that requires frequent charging.

Do You Like To Read In Bed?

If you love to read the latest best-seller before going to sleep at night, but your significant other can’t sleep because of the light, the answer to both your prayers might be an e-book reader with a backlit screen. Though most readers with a built-in light are color tablets, one exception is the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight.

Do You Do A Lot Of Reading Outdoors?

If you want to take your reader to the beach or the park, or just sit outside during your lunch hour to enjoy reading your favorite author, you may find the ideal choice is the traditional, e-ink screen. Glare and screen reflection isn’t a problem with the black and white screens like the way it is with a lit, color screen. Amazon’s Kindle is very lightweight, won’t bother your eyes with glare and is a less expensive bargain.

Do You Need Color?

If your reader will be used for children’s books, magazines, art books or other material that is picture-intensive, you will be happiest with a color screen, tablet-style reader. The Kindle Fire is small enough at 7 inches to be lightweight and easily portable, but still offers you color and contrast when reading. It also gives you the ability to watch movies, listen to music, play games and use the Internet.

Do You Want To Use Your Reader Anywhere?

If you will only be using your reader in areas with available Wi-Fi, you will find the conventional ebook reader to be sufficient. If you want to be able to use your reader anywhere, a wireless cellular device lets you use it on the go. You will pay more upfront for a reader with 3G or 4G access and likely will also have a monthly service charge, but for the price, you will be able to use your reader to download magazines, newspapers, movies, books and games; surf the Internet; read email; or perform any other online function. Best of all, you can do it from just about anywhere.

The Kindle Fire HD 4G has an 8.9-inch screen for easier enjoyment of games and movies and excellent sound and clarity. It’s also super-fast at downloading and streaming content.

If you do a lot of traveling, have a lengthy commute each day on train or subway, go to school or just love to be able to download hundreds of books in one small device for easy reading, an ebook reader will add considerable enjoyment to your day.

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