How to Buy an Ebook Reader

 Ebook Sales on the Increase

Whether you are a fan of ebooks or not, there is no denying the impact the technology is having on the publishing industry.  Sales of Ebooks tripled from the prior year this past February and downloads of digital books outsold traditional hardcover book for the first time this year.   According to The Association of American Publishers adult paperback book sales decreased 30 percent year over year in January 2011 while adult hardcover sales fell from $55.4 million in January 2010 to $49.1 million in 2010.

Features to Look for in an Ebook Reader

Screen : The first decision you will have to make is to go with the popular E-ink display or the newer LCD.  E-ink displays text in 16 shades of gray and is easily read in bright light.  LCD displays such as the Nook Color have incredible color displays useful if you like to read magazines and view multimedia however it comes with a cost of short battery life, 8-10 hours is typical.  LCD screens can also be difficult to read in sunlight due to glare.  The most popular screen size for an ebook is 6 inches however, ebook readers come in sizes from 5 inches to 9.7 inches in the new Kindle DX

wifi: Wifi allows the reader to download ebooks using a wireless internet connection or With the Nook Touch and Kindle you have free access to any AT&T wifi hotspot

3G: 3G allows readers to download ebooks anywhere there is a cellular signal.  The downside to 3G is that it dramatically reduces battery life.  From 1 month to 10 days in the case of the Amazon Kindle DX 3G

EPub:  Epub is an open source technology that is shared with most ebook readers, Amazon's Kindle being the exception.  The primary advantage to Epub is that it gives you access to thousands of ebooks on the internet and for checkout at your local library.

E-Ink Pearl: E-ink is the high contrast display used by most ebook readers.  It's 16 shades of grey give pages the appearance of a real book for easy on the eyes reading.

Battery life: Battery life is affected primarily by using wifi and 3G to connect to the internet.  With wifi turned off, the Kindle wifi and the Kobo eReader Touch have a battery life of up to 1 month while the Nook Touch has a battery life of up to 2 months.  The Sony PRS-950 has a battery life of up to 22 days while the Kindle 3G wifi will last up to 1 month with wifi and 3G turned off, 1o days with wifi and 3G turned on.


Dedicated Ebook Reader Comparison



If you plan on taking your ebook reader to the beach, you definitely want to get one that has an E-ink display rather than the LCD which tend to produce glare in sunlight.  With prices of ebooks on the decline , owning one is more affordable than ever.

Do you have an ebook reader?  Do you still read printed books and magazines?


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