Top 5 E-Readers To Build Your Digital Book LibraryPosted by Kieran Ball on Thursday, 14th October, 2010.
There’s a wide selection of e-readers on the market now as book lovers begin to realise the benefits they offer over traditional hard copy. Not least, the space they save when travelling. Books and magazines take up valuable space when going on trips and can even cost you money, as more and more airlines make customers pay for their baggage.
To get an e-book or e-zine you don’t have to even go to a store. Simply get online. And while you’re saving the planet’s trees, you can also be saving money, because electronic reading materials are nearly always cheaper. Furthermore, many e-readers do more than simply provide an illuminated reading screen, for example, they can double as MP3 players or flash drives.
5. Amazon Kindle 3rd Generation
Who better to put an e-reader on the market than an online company that started out selling books? Amazon’s 3rd generation Kindle comes in two versions: Wi-Fi or 3G, and is smaller, faster and more user-friendly than previous models. So if you’re looking for a dedicated e-reader, you could do much worse. Okay, the Kindle doesn’t do much else, but in a consumer head-to-head with the iPad, two-thirds preferred the Kindle’s e-reading capabilities.
4. Barnes & Noble Nook
It makes sense that book publishers are looking for some of the e-reader action too, so it’s no surprise to see Barnes & Noble bring their Nook to market. The device shows innovation in the touchscreen strip below the 6.5-inch display that offers a user-friendly and effective way of navigation. But, Barnes & Noble is a bookseller and not an IT company and there have been problems with the software that still need to be resolved. The company say a firmware update will be forthcoming.
3. Apple iPad
Apple’s iPad comes with a superb e-reading application built in, but the device itself certainly doesn’t come cheap. If you need all the other functionality that comes with the iPad, then you might be prepared to splash out on this year’s must-have gadget, but it’s a bit expensive to be taking to the beach, where any number of costly catastrophes could befall it.
2. Sony Pocket Edition Touch
Sony has the technology clout to take on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble with their range of e-readers. And the Sony Pocket Edition Touch seems to be beating all-comers on price too. But the really big benefit here is that Sony is using an open format for documents, which means you won’t be a slave to Amazon’s proprietary format. However, the trade-off for the low price tag is that files need to be tranferred by USB from a PC.
1. Android Smartphone E-Readers
Finally, in case you didn’t know, it’s not just iPhones that make good e-readers, if you already have a SmartPhone running Android, then you’ve already got an e-reader. The three major e-book stores: Kindle, Nook and Kobo, all have apps for Android, so, if you’re interested in checking out the benefits of e-reading, this might be a good way to see if it’s for you.
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