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What To Consider When You Compare EBook Readers

posted 10 Dec 2010, 05:22 by Mpelembe   [ updated 10 Dec 2010, 05:23 ]

I have decided  I am going to buy myself the best ebook
reader available this year for Christmas. Contrary to what
you may think many of the ebook readers available on the
market do not quite fit into the perception of what an ebook
reader is all about.

Before you can fit an ebook reader into a niche you will
have to set some rules. These would have to center on the
display and the size. For example the Kindle DX is a little
too big to be an ebook reader,ve more suited for newspaper
and comics really. Despite anything Steve Jobs might say,
the iPad is a multimedia device and would be totally wasted
if it was just used for reading ebooks.

Other factors involved in the buying decision are the
formats that the ebook reader can handle, what type of
connection is available to download ebooks and what extras
are there over other ebook readers. Also there is the matter
of cost, the cheapest isn't always the best but then neither
is the most expensive.

The display has got to be the e-ink technology, preferably
the latest incarnation. An ebook reader with a color screen
has got to be backlit, which takes away the whole point of
an ebook reader in the first place. It's supposed to be like
reading a normal book.

It can't be too heavy, preferably around eight ounces or
less. Any heavier than that and it starts to make my arm
ache after an hour or so. I have to think of the extra
weight as well when I'm travelling by plane.

I want it to be ablee to read PDF and epub documents. Most
of the online bookstores seem to favor these and the public
domain is filled with PDF ebooks. I would also like it to be
able to read other formats so I could use it to read any
notes I have written.

Some of the available ebook readers have some interesting
extras. The Sony Touch screen has a virtual keyboard for
taking notes while the Kindle has built in speakers. The
Nook can boast both of these extras and also allows you to
change the battery yourself.

While Wi Fi is a good way to download books it isn't really
necessary. I'm never very far from my computer and I would
only need to hook up once or twice a month to download my
books. Being able to manipulate your book collection in bulk
has got to be easier than one at a time on the ebook reader.

So finally we come to cost. The average price for an ebook
reader seems to be around the $150 to $200 mark. Most ebooks
are around 20 - 30% cheaper than real books, and because I
read a lot, I would expect my ebook reader to pay for itself
within 6 - 8 months.

I'm still looking and checking all the ebook reader reviews
and will make my decision very soon. It's a bit frightening
to think that once I have an ebook reader I will wonder how
I could have lived without it before.

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