Looking for an ideal e-book reader? With more than ever choices of e-readers, selecting a most suitable one is a daunting task. When we talk of “e-book readers,” we are referring to four classes of products; black and white e-ink readers, full size color tablets like the iPads, 7-inch color LCD media tablets and midsize color LCD tablets ranging from 7.9 to 9 inches. While buying an e reader you should keep key variables like, weight, size, screen type and access of application in mind. Among some of the most famous e readers, Kindle, Nook and iPad are on top of the list. By focusing on their key features, we would help you decide which e reader is most appropriate for you.
Weight and Size
If you are the bookworm of your family and never leave home without a book or an e reader in your hand then size of your device is an aspect which matters a lot. Touchscreen models of e readers weigh a bit more than other models, however they are easier to use. If you are not much fan of touchscreen then entry-level 2012 Kindle is the best option for you. But if you are looking for a device which have ease of touchscreen then 7.5 ounces heavy Nook Simple Touch and the Kindle Paperwhite can be considered as a decent option.
Having color screens and long battery life, 7 inch tablets are heavier than their e-ink counterparts but most surprisingly, the iPad Mini even with a larger 7.9-inch screen, tips the scales at just 11 ounces. Don’t forget that almost every e book reader allows you to adjust font size according to your requirement, so a device with a small screen can also serve you the best.
Scree Preference: E-ink or color LCD
Some of the most dedicated e book readers have e ink screen, they give you an experience which is as close as reading a printed paper, and also allow you to read under direct sunlight. Along with all these benefits these screens have some drawbacks of their own. E ink screens are not self-illuminating, but Kindle Paperwhite uses side-lighting technology to illuminate the e-ink screen, enabling reader to read in dark environments.
If you want to have an amazing experience of reading text on a backlit screen, iPad 2 With its 2,048×1,536-pixel Retina Display is a great option for you. But if you are only interested in reading, without taking notes, tweeting, or other text input, the ultra-cheap, superlight Kindle may be all you need.
Apps and Hardware
If you want to access your reading collection on multiple devices then storing it in the Cloud is the best thing to do, however some e-book vendors offer a better cross-platform support than others. This is the point where Apple lags behind, Apple book store can only be accessed from Apple devices, whereas, if you own a Kindle device then you can access your Kindle Books on many other devices as well. You can access it from iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Windows devices and Black Berry phones. Moving towards Nook we notice that it also offers its readers easy accessibility. Its books can also be accessed from almost every Apple, Android and Windows device, along with Black Berry smartphones.