Getting The Right Ebook Reader 
How Do You Choose?

Did you get your ebook reader yet?

It's amazing how quickly technology has moved forward. We have some type of device for just about anything we can think of, so having one for reading is no different.

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Whether you love the digital age or not, you have to admit that it is here to stay. And ebook readers are becoming more popular than ever!

It was several years ago when Amazon introduced the first one, called the Amazon Kindle.

Since then there have been numerous devices that have been developed. But they are not all the same so When thinking about purchasing one, there are a lot of things to consider to make sure you choose the right one for you.

Some of them have more features than others so it will really just depend on what you want to accomplish and how many bells and whistles you want at your fingertips.


Why would you want or need a reading device?


Well, first of all, if you love to read, as I do, just the idea of having your bookshelf at your fingertips is a thrilling thought. Or maybe that's just me. But that's not all, they also offer so many features that make reading a whole new experience.

You can highlight parts of the book you want to review again, take notes, and the best part is that you won't have to take a bunch of books on vacation or a business trip, You will have your ebook library with you. And talk about instant gratification, you can download your new electronic books in no time at all!


But another Really great benefit of having one is you will also be able to download your own ebook when you decide to write and publish ebooks!


When you are deciding on what type of reader you might want, you will need to consider a few things in order to get the one that is best for you. And remember, they are designed to make your reading experience more enjoyable, not a hassle.


Features - Screen size, back lighting, text size, and touchscreens are things to look at.

You also need to consider the battery life of your eReader. Nobody wants their reading device to run out of power in the middle of their book. So find out about the number of pages that can be turned on a single charge and the amount of memory available for storing books.

There are additional features that can make reading more enjoyable including the number of gray-scale levels, audio formats, image formats, text-to-speech feature, availability for wireless downloads and more.

The one big thing to consider is that there's no single universal ebook format. Ebooks are published in a variety of formats and each device has its own ebook store.

But if you want to read free books, public domain titles, your own documents or anything else outside of what's available in the store, for that specific reader, that's where it can become difficult so checking out the availability of ebooks is an important step in choosing a reading device.


Here are some of the most popular ebook reader devices


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How Much Should You Spend


If you're in the market, you can spend a little or a lot. The one's out now span from the $129 no-frills, e-ink-only, single-purpose device like the Kobo eReader, all the way up to the multifaceted Apple iPad costing from $499-$829, which does a lot more than just let you read and build your digital library.


The Top Three


  • Amazon Kindle - Experts prefer Amazon's Kindle to any other ebook reader on the market. Compared with its closest rival, the Barnes & Noble Nook, reviews find the Kindle slimmer, lighter and its gray-scale screen a bit easier to read. The Kindle also has a longer-lasting battery (up to a month of reading on a single charge) and more memory (about 3,500 ebooks' worth). The Kindle isn't only the best ebook reader in reviews, it also one of the least expensive, whether you pick the base version that downloads ebooks via Wi-Fi or the step-up version that adds a free nationwide AT&T 3G wireless connection (3G also works in more than 100 countries). The Kindle also plays music and audiobooks. There's a text-to-speech function (to turn written books into spoken ones) and a basic web browser, but reviews say these don't work very well. The Kindle cannot read the widely used ePub format, unlike the Nook, so you can't check out public library ebooks. For purchasing electronic books, you're largely limited to Amazon.com, which fortunately has a huge ebook store where most books sell for $10 or less


  • Barnes and Noble Nook Color - The Barnes & Noble Nook Color is the first major dedicated color ebook reader, and experts like it. It falls in between the Amazon Kindle and the Apple iPad tablet computer in both abilities and price. Like the Kindle, the Nook Color is first and foremost an ebook reader, with built-in access to Barnes & Noble's enormous ebook store (it also reads ePub files from public libraries and other ebook stores, unlike the Kindle). But like an iPad, the Nook Color has a capable web browser, and its 7-inch screen is back-lit, full-color and commanded by touch. Testers say type is a little more readable on the Nook Color than on the iPad, but still not quite as good as on the Kindle, whose screen is designed to look like paper. And while the Kindle and iPad both offer 3G wireless connectivity, the Nook Color is Wi-Fi-only, so you'll have to be near a Wi-Fi hotspot to download books.


  • Apple ipad - While some ebook readers have extra features built in, such as a basic web browser, none can approach the Apple iPad in terms of overall versatility. The iPad includes a sophisticated web browser, can run a vast library of apps, and can play movies and games. Plus, it is a full-featured ebook reader. The iPad's 9.7-inch color touch screen makes photos and illustrations look gorgeous, and it can read the widely used ePub format, so you can buy ebooks (or download free ones) from a wider range of sources than with the Amazon Kindle. You can even buy from Amazon, using the free Kindle for iPad app. If you mostly want to read books and do a little web browsing and you don't need the iPad's full tablet capabilities, experts recommend the smaller, lighter, cheaper Barnes & Noble Nook Color with its color touch screen. However, if you plan to read a lot of ebooks, experts say you'll probably still prefer the Kindle with its paper-like E Ink screen. The ipad comes in 64 GB, 32 GB and 16 GB. Check them out to what one is best for you.
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What ever ebook reader you choose, just know that having your digital library of your favorite books in one place is a really great feeling!

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