Is an e-reader ideal for you?

On April 12, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Staff Contributor

E-readers are a handy technology that users tend to rely on. They are practical and easy to travel with, making them perfect for many bookworms. The technology isn’t for everybody however, so it’s essential to take the features into consideration when deciding if it’s right for you.

What are the choices?

There are plenty of possibilities available when it comes to e-readers: the Amazon Kindle, the Sony Reader and Barnes & Noble’s Nook are among the most well-known choices. Some newer versions offer Internet capabilities, but the main purpose is to display e-books.

Tablet owners frequently use their tablets to read e-books as well. Most tablets, however, do far more than just display e-books, so that is not their primary purpose.

Pros

  • E-readers are incredibly portable, which is ideal for any person who likes to read during vacation or a business trip
  • Yet another travel perk – if you are in a foreign country, you may still download an e-book in the language you choose, instead of seeking out an accommodating bookstore.
  • Books are frequently more affordable than you will find in normal bookstores.
  • Privacy – you probably don’t want everyone to know if you’re reading a self-help book. If you’re using an e-reader, they won’t be able to tell.
  • All of your books are in one place.

Cons

  • Depending on the type of e-reader or tablet, you may not be able to read in direct sunlight because of screen glare.
  • Cost – even though you might pay less for books than you normally would, e-readers usually cost more than $140.
  • If you’re accustomed to shopping in used bookstores, these books will cost a great deal more than you’re used to paying.
  • Lending books isn’t always a choice.
  • All of your books are in a single place – if you lose your e-reader, you’re losing all of your books until you buy a replacement.

Overall, when you’re determining whether or not an e-reader suits you, it’s all about personal preference. Some prefer the convenience of having all of their books in one handy device. Others like the weight and feel of a book and prefer to show off the books they’ve read on a bookshelf somewhere.

If you’re contemplating purchasing an e-reader, take a look at this article on the advantages of the technology, and where it may be headed.

 

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