The Ins and Outs of E-book Readers

With a full range of e-book readers and accessories now available from electronics companies and booksellers, there is no reason that people who love to read shouldn’t get a specialized device to read e-books.  It is possible to literally carry hundreds of books on one small tablet.  Voracious readers will always have something to peruse with a good e-reader.  With wi-fi access, quality e-readers can even allow users to download books directly from an online store, so there is no need to plug the device into a laptop or desktop in order to update your e-book collection.  Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes and Noble’s Nook dominate the e-reader market, with a variety of different offerings.  Other electronics companies like Sony are also part of the mix, and a number of generic e-book readers give budget-minded book-lovers an option as well.

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The first reader to really kick off the e-book revolution was the Kindle, made by book-selling giant Amazon.  While other e-book readers have since come into the market, Kindle still leads the field, simply because its latest models have the best features and offer access to the most books.  The current top model, the Kindle Fire HD is a serious tool for serious readers.  This is not just an e-reader, it is a full-featured entertainment tablet that gives users the ability to watch movies and listen to music and run a variety of other apps.  With its HD screen, this device, which retails at $199, is perfect not only for reading books and online magazines, but also for watching movies.  The high-speed processor and dual wi-fi antennas make it easy to download books and stream movies quickly.  Kindle Fire also comes in a standard, non-HD version, which is fine for people who want to use their device to read books instead of watch movies.  The non-HD Fire comes in at $159.  A newly released 8.9-inch version of the Fire HD is now available for $299.  People who still want a classic e-reader experience can get the classic black-and-white Kindle for only $69.  The advantages of this basic reader are its small size, light weight and non-glare screen.  It has wi-fi for fast downloads, memory enough to hold hundreds of books and stunning battery life.  The classic Kindle can last for weeks without needing a recharge.  The Kindle Paperwhite is an in-between option with a black and white screen, but better contrast, lighting and definition compared to the classic Kindle.

The Kindle’s main competitor is the Nook from Barnes and Noble.  The Nook has a variety of models that seem to be designed to compete directly with the Kindle.  The Nook HD+ is akin to the Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch, except for the fact that it is $30 cheaper.  The main differences between these devices is the overall selection of books that owners of each reader have access to.  Amazon has a more robust marketplace, with some titles from famous authors available exclusively via Kindle.  Barnes and Noble has its own exclusives and seems to be a better choice for people who want to read magazines and periodicals on  their device.  The Nook HD is the same price as the Kindle Fire HD.  The Basic Nook Touch and Nook Touch with Glowlight are competitive with the two low end Kindle models.  These simple devices don’t support all the apps that the Nook HD models do, but they are lightweight and have tremendous battery life.  One advantage is that you can get Nook support in-store at your local Barnes and Noble.


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