There are literally hundreds of different brands of E-book readers out there. So here’s my take on what you need to look for in an eBook reader. Before you read on, consider first these simple questions; Do I really want an eBook reader? And what is my budget for one?
Once you determine that you really want one and you have set a budget for it you can go on to deciding which device is best for you. Naturally the first thing you want an eBook reader for is to read eBooks. So your decision will depend on what features you want and what you can afford.
After all, you can go big and aspire for the best possible type eBook reader but when you learn it will set you back by a thousand dollars you might think otherwise. Therefore, features are key, budget is secondary. More features, more cost, you must find a way to balance both priorities.
The first feature to consider is Memory: memory is measure in Gigabytes or GB. More memory equals more space to store eBooks and any other material you want to store. For the novice this isn’t really a priority. Depending on the format they can be less than one Megabyte (MB), 1 GB = about 1000 MB, some eBooks can take up to 100 MB or more but these are rare and likely to be full of pictures.
If you want to save money go for a reader with low GB capacity but with the option to expand the memory. Most readers use flash memory which can be expanded using Micro or Mini SD cards.
Format: In the old days eBook readers were exclusive to publishers. Today Amazon stands out as the only major publisher that offers its products exclusively on the Amazon Kindle. Most sellers are broad minded and allow different formats for their eBooks.
In the past,cost partly reflected the ability to read multiple formats. Today the format wars are less relevant. But if you do prefer Amazon exclusives and lack the know how to transfer them to a non-Amazon reader you might consider going Amazon.
Connectivity: Most high end eBook readers can connect via Wireless Fidelity or WiFi. The best models have 3G, 4G or even LTE so they don’t need WiFi to access the web. If you are buying purely for the eBook reader function this might be a luxury more than a necessity. But then again it might be worth considering since you don’t want to clutter your bag with multiple devices when one can do the trick.
Screen Friend and Viewability: These are the meat and potatoes of an eBook reader. Obviously you will be looking at the screen of your reader for a very long time sometimes hours at a time. So you will want one that is perfect.
This can be subjective. Typically people go for anti-glare screens. Some prefer larger screens others prefer smaller screens. It’s largely up to the person choosing hence it is best to go to an offline store and physically view the device before deciding.
Size: This is closely tied to the previous criteria. The larger the screen the bigger the device is going to be.
Weight and Comfort: These are also subjective factors which are somewhat tied to size. Again choose the one that right for you. But with today’s technology most eBook readers weigh less than a pound.
In theory most designs try to make themselves about the same size and weight as a paperback to simulate the feel of reading a paperback novel.
This concludes the guide on choosing eBook readers. Remember that all of these factors I gave you are related to features. They must still end up being balanced by price because even if you are completely smitten with a reader but if you can’t afford it then it will do you no good.