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How to Choose an eBook Reader

March 28th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Portability

How to Choose an eBook Reader

Dedicated ebook readers are hot sellers these days; prices are dropping and ebook files are readily available, so more and more consumers are taking advantage of dedicated readers.  People like ebooks because they don’t require physical storage space, are instantly available when you make the purchase, and are portable with an ebook reader or a smartphone.  Which reader should you buy?  There are lots of manufacturers offering devices these days and each reader has its own pros and cons.

Before you invest your money in any of these offerings, consider these factors:

Screens.  Not all manufacturers use the same technology. How important is the screen quality to you? Do you want the ability to read outside, possibly in direct sunlight?  Do you find that screen glare from “traditional” materials and technology strains your eyes?  Also, screen size can matter.  If you’re used to reading on a smartphone, getting a paragraph or two of text on the screen at onetime is standard. However, what if you want more text at once?

Battery life.  If you plan on recharging your reader on a regular basis, this probably isn’t as important as other factors.  However, long battery life can be great if you’re going on vacation or simply forget to recharge your device.  Speaking of batteries, remember that some devices use internal batteries while others use plain, disposable types you can easily find and replace on your own.

Storage space. Some ebook vendors, like Amazon, will archive your ebooks; you can grab them whenever you want assuming you can connect to the service.  Storage space isn’t a priority in this case, but what if you want to keep your collection on hand?  What if you’re not planning on syncing your device in the near future?  Some readers have external, removable storage, which might be important.

File compatibility.  If you do most of your ebook shopping at Barnes & Noble’s website, you probably don’t want a Kindle, and will most probably get the Nook.  Before you buy a reader, make sure you know which files will work on it so that you don’t have to buy another version of the same book or do without.

Extra features.  Do you want a full keyboard for making notes? Does a color screen appeal to you? Do you like the idea of being able to walk into Barnes & Noble with your device and get coupons and other bonuses?  Do you want to temporarily loan ebooks to friends and family?  Read company information about each device you’re considering and decide which additional features are important to you.

Price.  Even though prices are falling, an e-reader is still an investment. Finding a device that fits your budget and is expected to give you quality service for years is one way to make your dollars work hard for you.

Ultimately, the final decision depends on your budget, preferences, and needs. There are lots of devices on the market, just like there are lots of people reading ebooks, so you’re bound to find one that’s nearly perfect for you.

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