Electronic Book Reader Comparison Tips
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Tips For Buying An Electronic Book Reader
An electronic book reader comparison is the first step for any of us who want to purchase a new gadget, but, with so many devices to choose from, how do you go about finding the right one? Here’s a guide to the most important specs to look out for.
What Do You Need From A Portable Device?
Before even delving into specs, realize that there are now a number of different types of portable device available. Is an eBook reader best for you? Or maybe a tablet computer would be more useful for a greater range of applications on the go? If you want something that looks as much like a real book as possible, an eReader is the perfect choice.
1) Internet Access
Now you know you definitely want an eBook reader, it’s time to look at internet options. In your electronic book reader comparison you’ll likely come across readers with no ability to connect to the ‘net, those that connect to Wi-Fi hotspots, and those that can connect via 3G no matter where you are. Wi-Fi is the most common, and you’ll have to pay extra for a 3G device. Thankfully, however, companies like Amazon won’t charge you for connecting to 3G on the Kindle, which is a massive bonus for many users.
2) Storage Space + Options For Expansion
Thankfully, storage space isn’t as much of an issue on an eBook reader as it would be on a tablet computer, since books are very small files. Most eBook readers can store a few thousand books, which is more than most of us ever need. That said, if you’re planning on storing other files then storage is more crucial. For complete flexibility, opt for a reader that comes with an SD memory card slot.
3) Battery Life
None of us wants to interrupt our reading when we realize that the eReader has run out of power! EBook readers generally have an impressive battery life, lasting as long as a month. Bear in mind that the battery life is severely reduced when you’re connected to the internet.
4) Screen Type (Color Vs. e-Ink)
The earliest eReaders were all in black and white (e-Ink): designed to look as much like real paper as possible. More modern readers, however, may also come in color. In short, choose color if you don’t mind not being able to read in sunlight, but want faster page turns and better images. Choose e-Ink if you want to read in bright sunlight and avoid eyestrain.
5) Dimensions and Weight
The dimensions are important for any electronic book reader comparison, as they affect how big the display will be. The good news is, however, that most eReaders allow you to adjust font size so that you’re comfortable reading screens of all sizes. The weight should be around that of a real paperback, to help you hold it comfortably.
6) Formats And eBook Stores
Lastly, any electronic book reader comparison must take into account the format of the eBooks the device can display. Unfortunately, there is no universal format across all the book readers. Make sure that the store for your device carries enough books (though note that there are ways to convert files if you want to buy from other stores).