• How to Choose the Right eReader for Your Needs



    Within the past few years, eBook Readers have taken the world by storm with ever-increasing features, including internet capabilities, audio formats, dedicated content services and much more. With so many alluring eReaders available today, it’s tough to know which is the best fit for you and your unique lifestyle. At TopTenREVIEWS We Do the Research So You Don't Have To.™

    What To Consider In An eReader

    • Content Type
    • Storage/Memory
    • Display Preferences
    • Connectivity
    • Battery Life

    Content Type
    When you're shopping for an eReader, one of the first things you must consider is the amount and type of content the eBook reader offers. Each eReader supports a number of document formats. The more formats available on a device, the more opportunities you have for downloading from sites other than your dedicated content service.

    Often the design and the display of the device capture our attention first, but if the eReader’s eBook store does not offer your favorite author, magazine or subscription, it won’t matter how vivid the display is. Amazon’s Kindle takes the lead in the battle for available content. Amazon is the biggest online retailer of books, newspapers, blogs and magazines, and they format their files specifically for the Kindle. Apple’s iPad 2 features free apps for Kindle and Barnes & Noble that allow you to read their content types and use their interface. You’ll also be able to read any content you may have already purchased without the hassle of converting it to the iBook format.

    A large amount of memory is what truly makes your eReader a portable library. eBook readers such as the Barnes & Noble Nook color offer up to 8GB of installed memory for storing all your digital content. And if that doesn’t seem enough, you can expand up to 32GB of memory using a removable memory card. These types of features are handy if you plan on storing hundreds of books on your eReader or listening to audio books.

    Display Preferences
    Touchscreens, e-ink and a pleasing design are a few of the display features that are big in the world of eReaders. The Barnes and Noble Nook, for example, offers a 6-inch touchscreen display that has become a favorite to many eBook owners. The e-ink display offered on the Nook, Kindle, Sony and several other devices, is a type of electronic paper. These displays have low power consumption, are easy to read in sunlight and cause less eyestrain– all of which are important benefits for avid readers.

    In contrast, eReaders such as the Barnes & Noble Nook Color or the Apple iPad 2 have an LCD display screen, which is difficult to see in bright light and may cause eyestrain if you view it for extended periods of time. But if you are planning to use your eReader for image-heavy content such as magazines or children’s books, an LCD screen produces vivid color and sharp images, and it will beat any eReader with e-ink technology in the graphics department. [Video: iPad Vs. Kindle]

    Not only can you read on these portable devices, you also can access the internet. The Apple iPad 2 not only offers color images and access to more than 200,000 books from iBookstore, this device offers Wi-Fi connectivity. This allows you to browse the internet and even directly download books, wherever there is a Wi-Fi connection. Other options for connectivity include 3G capabilities.

    Battery Life
    Battery life is also important to consider if you read for hours at a time or for several days on a single charge. In contrast to the iPad 2, the Kobo eReader and the Sony eReaders offer just a basic feature set. If you don't need a lot of extras, one of these may be the perfect eReader for you. Always remember to look over the feature set on the eReader and make certain it offers features you will use

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