Digital Book Readers

Digital book readers are becoming increasingly popular as they save paper and allow you to carry thousands of books with you, wherever you go.

Amazon launched first dedicated digital book reader ‘Kindle’ in 2007; and now we have several options for digital book readers. Now people are buying and downloading ebooks at very fast pace.

Today we have many models available depending on our requirements and the budget.

If you don’t want extra features, any of the base E Ink models from Amazon or Barnes & Noble will be good for you. Even basic models have features like fast page turns, high contrast E Ink screens, and portable light designs. They also have Wi-Fi, so you can easily download books from internet.

Many now have touch screen, touch screens have an innate advantage: On-screen keyboards make it easy to take notes or run searches within the text of your books. Also, scrolling through a massive online book store on a device with a touch screen is a lot easier.

Many models come with built-in 3G cellular data connection, but they of course are bit more expensive.

You should take following factors into consideration to choose the right model for you.

Design

What kind of screen do you want, E-Ink or LCD color screen, touch screen or button navigation? Does screen size matter? Do you want to know how much they each weigh?

Content

Some eReaders have hundreds of thousands of titles available from a dedicated service, while others can support a few files found on the internet. The best way is to spend a little time browsing ebook stores before you commit to a device.

Memory/Battery Life

The battery life of your eReader is crucial. Nobody wants their reading devices to run out of power before the climax of their novels. The number of pages that you can turn on a single charge and the amount of memory available for storing books are important for making the eReader experience more enjoyable.

Additional Features

There is always room for extra features to enjoy while reading a book. Some of these include the number of gray-scale levels, audio formats, image formats, text-to-speech feature, apps, email, internet surfing and so much more.

iPad Mini

If you do not specifically want a just dedicated ebook reader and budget is not a constraint, iPad mini is a good choice. The iPad Mini is sleek and solid. It gives you access to the most eBooks, content and more than 275,000 apps. It lets you surf the web and has the best functions and features of any tablet. iPad mini comes with ‘Amazon Kindle’ and ‘iBook’ App installed on it. The thin bezel makes the iPad mini look better because it’s nearly all screen and means the display can be 7.9inch (bigger than most of the other ebook readers). iPad mini comes with storage options of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64GB. One problem with iPad mini is that it is difficult to read in direct sunlight because of its reflective glass screen. iPad mini wi-fi version weighs 308 g and the price range starts from 329 $.

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Kindle Fire HD

Kindle Fire HD’s large 8.9″ display has the highest resolution of any Kindle Fire, with rich color and deep contrast; It is ideal for movies, apps, and gaming. Its Custom Dolby audio and dual stereo speakers deliver very crisp and rich sound. The Kindle Fire HD has a collection of over 23 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, and audiobooks. It offers ultra-fast web browsing and streaming with built-in dual-band and dual-antenna Wi-Fi. It also has front-facing HD camera for taking photos or making video calls. It comes with HDMI output for watching movies on your HD TV. You can continue reading text even in direct sunlight. Few problems with Kindle Fire HD are – its performance is sluggish at times and the Fire HD is less comfortable to hold than the Nexus 7 as Kindle Fire HD weighs 394 g. The curated app store means many apps and games are not available. There’s a $15 opt-out for ads.

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Barnes & Noble Nook HD

A standout specifications sheet is entirely academic if the device isn’t attractive and usable, but the Nook HD is both. The chassis isn’t as slim and light as the iPad mini’s, but it isn’t far off. It weighs only 315g, and the soft touch chassis, scooped out at the rear, feels comfortable to hold. Its available in 2 colors – black and white.

NOOK HD’s display is best-in-class, with brilliant color, ultra-crisp definition, and minimal glare. Pictures and video look spectacular from every angle and each word is crystal clear; although its contrast ratio isn’t as strong as its competitors at 674:1, it’s certainly bold enough to provide a sumptuous viewing experience. The glossy surface of the screen is also less reflective than its rivals.

The Nook HD runs Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The home screen is clean and welcoming, with a carousel of recent items displayed at the top and shortcuts to favorite items below. It allows you to create multiple profiles (up to  6) — one for every member of the family. You can transform it into your own personalized device and build a private library full of books, movies, apps & more. For example you can apply parental controls to kids profile, so that they don’t accidentally open content which is not intended for them.

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Nook HD has few interesting tools, such as its Scrapbook tool lets you save magazines and catalog pages you love in one spot so you can go back and enjoy them later.

On your Nook HD, you can only buy books on the device from the Barnes & Noble store, and the same holds for newspapers, magazines, video and apps. Nook HD lets you enjoy your favorite newspapers & magazines in spectacular HD delivered instantly to your NOOK, as soon as they hit the newsstands.

The Nook HD is not very great for music. You can drag MP3 files across via USB, but there’s no cloud-based streaming and purchasing service to match Amazon’s.

Kindle Paperwhite 3G

Kindle Paperwhite 3G comes with free 3G wireless – so there is no need for hunting or paying for Wi-Fi hotspots, no annual contracts or monthly fees. Its 3G wireless works globally, that means you can download books anytime, anywhere. Kindle Paperwhite 3G provides a perfect reading experience in all lighting conditions; as its built-in light evenly illuminates the screen. Even in bright sunlight, Paperwhite delivers clear, crisp text and images with no glare. You can store up to 1,100 books and download books under 60 seconds with Paperwhite 3G’s built in Wi-Fi. Its Time to Read feature uses your rea0ding speed to let you know when you’ll finish your chapter. You can read for 8 weeks on just a single charge even with light on, making it easy to take your Kindle Paperwhite 3G everywhere.
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Nook Simple Touch with Glow Light

NOOK’s GlowLight illuminates your screen with a soft light that is perfect for bedtime reading. With advanced lighting technology not available on any other reader, GlowLight lets you stay up late reading in total comfort – while your partner stays asleep in the dark. You can enjoy just-like-paper reading at its best – whether you’re curled up in bed or outdoors in bright sun. Weighing less than 7 ounces, this is our lightest NOOK ever. Its featherweight design is ideal for long reading sessions in bed or on the beach, and its ergonomic soft-touch back makes it extra comfortable to hold in just one hand. NOOK’s extra-long battery life is perfect for reading on the go. You can read for over 1 month on just a single charge with GlowLight on, making it easy to take your NOOK everywhere. NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight includes a power adapter and a pre-installed anti-glare screen protector. NOOK lets you borrow books in the universally accepted ePub format – so you can borrow and read eBooks from your local library.

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Nook Tablet

The Nook Tablet is 8.1 inches tall and 5 inches wide. It is still small enough that it will fit easily into a purse or bag for carrying. It weighs 14.1 ounces (399.728 g), which is a bit heavier than other eBook readers and makes it bit uncomfortable to hold for long time.

The Nook Tablet comes with a battery life of 11.5 hours if you are reading or nine hours if you are watching videos it takes three hours to recharge a dead battery. This eBook reader offers 16GB of internal storage space. However, if you feel that is not enough, you can increase that by 32GB with an SD card. However, because Barnes & Noble offers you free storage in their cloud, you will probably not have to worry about running out of storage space. The Nook Tablet uses an LCD screen, which allows for more crisp images that are great when you are reading and also playing games or watching videos. However, it can make it a bit more difficult for reading books in direct sunlight. Its screen resolution is 1024 x 600 and screen is created with IPS lamination. Nook Tablet lets you have access to Barnes & Noble’s large collection of books and magazines. You can watch HD videos, download games and many other apps. Nook Tablet supports GIF, PNG, BMP and JPEG image formats.

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The Nook Tablet is pre-loaded with Netflix and Hulu Plus, which will allow you to stream your favorite television shows and movies. Nook Tablet also supports interactive books with AliveTouch, so the kids can see characters in action while reading the book.

Nook Tablet comes with a built-in microphone. This allows you to record your voice using the Read To Me feature so your familiar voice can read the kids their favorite books even when you aren’t there with them. Nook Tablet offers is ad-free reading. Many other eReaders on the market have ads that appear on search bars, which can get annoying to some people. However, with the Nook Tablet you will not be bothered by pop-ups that interrupt your reading time.

The Nook Tablet has built-in Wi-Fi, which will allow you to connect to the web to download music, videos or check your email. Barnes & Noble offers free support for these devices at any store.

Nook Color

Nook Color is an Android-based tablet instead of just a dedicated e-reader. As an e-reader, Nook Color is solid. NOOK Color has 7 inch touch screen, has built-in Wi-Fi. It comes with 8 GB memory and an option of microSD expansion slot. It has backlit LCD display. Its built-in web browser works well. Nook Color supports PDF, Word, and ePub files. Like many other e-readers, there’s a built-in MP3 player. Unlike most e-readers, the Nook Color has a speaker, so you can play your tunes without headphones. Unfortunately, speaker quality is not that good; so you can not actually enjoy music very much without headphones. It also supports some video formats.

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The backlit LCD display and muscular processor mean battery life takes a hit (measured in hours rather than weeks) and reading outdoors is very difficult and invites eye fatigue. It is good for indoor and night readings. Text is crisp and there is support for six font sizes, multiple font styles and the ability to easily change elements of the display from publisher defaults (line spacing and margin size, for example). And page turning is lightning fast compared to E Ink. Your e-book collection may be displayed visually in a “bookshelf” mode, or a list for easier scrolling. Books can be be purchased through Barnes & Noble using the Nook Color’s WiFi connection (no 3G), or you can side load books from your computer using e-book management software such as Adobe Digital Editions or Calibre. Color capability and the larger display mean illustrated kid’s books, digital magazines and comic books look great.

Kobo Glo Wireless eReader

Kobo Glo’s revolutionary ComfortLight illuminates the screen with a soft, adjustable glow so you can read any eBook any time of day under the perfect light — no lamp required. etyukilThe Kobo Glo Wireless eReader has been redesigned to offer more options, more abilities and the comfort to do what you enjoy most: read. It will help you get lost in your book and avoid the distractions that other ebook readers can create with features and tools. The Kobo Glo Wireless eReader doesn’t come with 3G capabilities; however, it is one of the top eBook readers that we found on today’s market.

The Kobo Glo Wireless eReader’s design is targeted toward readers who want to feel as if they are reading a book, and the E-Ink display makes it feel as if they truly are. This eBook reader features a 6-inch display screen with no backlight, glare or reflection, which makes reading outside an enjoyable experience. We felt that it is a convenient size for travel. The screen takes up almost the entire size of the device, so you can trust that you have a nice size screen to read on, as well as a small, portable device that will go wherever you need it to.

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The Kobo offers eight different font styles and 24 different font sizes to meet your personal comfort level. The Kobo has 16 grey-scale screen levels to choose from, which creates a fabulous contrast, especially when viewing pictures or images in books and magazines. A design feature that complements the user’s experience is the quilted back. This makes holding the Kobo more natural than holding many other eBook reading devices. The Kobo eReader is navigated entirely through the touchscreen.

Downloading and accessing books is easy enough with the Kobo eReader. Like many other eBook readers, the Kobo allows you to download books onto a PC and transfer them to the Kobo through a standard USB connection. You can also use the Kobo Wi-Fi connection to download a book directly to your eReader.

Kobo allows you to download content to your eReader and organize your library to fit your liking. You can sort your reading material by title, most recently read, author and books you are currently reading. In addition to downloading books from the Kobo store, you can download eBooks in other formats as well. The Kobo is compatible with EPUB, PDF and MOBI book formats; PDF document formats; TXT, HTML, XHTML and RTF text formats; JPEG, GIF, PNG and TIFF image formats; and CBZ and CBR comic book formats. With the number of compatible format types, we found that there is a wide variety of content to choose from with the Kobo eReader.

You can load up to 1,000 titles on the Kobo because of its 2GB of memory; however, the Kobo features an SD slot so you can add a card with up to 32GB of additional memory. With the maximum amount of memory available, the Kobo will hold approximately 30,000 books. That is a great amount when compared to other eBook readers that do not offer the expandable memory option.

With the Wi-Fi feature shut off, the Kobo battery life is approximately one month. However, this depends on your usage, personal settings and page turns.

The device offers some features to make reading smoother and more enjoyable. The Kobo counts how many pages are left in a chapter and displays it at the bottom of the screen. Also, when you turn off your Kobo eReader, the cover of the last book you read is displayed. It makes you feel like you truly closed a tangible book.

The Kobo Glo Wireless eReader has an awards program for the time you spend reading. The device tracks each session you read, the pages you’ve turned and an overview of all the books in your library. Once you reach so many pages or so many daily readings in a row, you unlock a new fun prize. It provides a little more incentive to read for those who don’t like to, and for those who do, you get an added bonus.

ECTACO jetBook LITE

The jetBook LITE eReader is the only e book reader in the world to use AA batteries. No worries about losing charge on a flight or in a car, just pop in another set and keep on reading. The jetBook Lite features a 5 inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 640×480. Downloading e-books is now easier than ever too. With support for over 13 different formats including Adobe DRM, you can now get eBooks from everywhere including Barnes & Noble and Borders. The Jetbook Lite has 100 MB of internal memory to read books and can be further increased via SD card, up to 32 GB. The TFT screen is a great addition as well and won’t have a lag or splash effect going from page to page. Reading books in virtually every language, full dictionaries and translators for English, Russian, German, Polish, and Spanish; even interface customization allows the jetBook LITE eReader to be a one of a kind universal reading device. The jetBook LITE supports ePub, Mobi, PRC, RTF, .txt, .pdf, .fb2, .jpg, .gif, .png, and .bmp file formats. But the Jetbook Lite does not have WIFI or 3G, so there is no way to connect up to the internet. Ectaco does not have an eBook store, so they leave it in your hands to be able to locate and download the books yourself. The Ectaco Jetbook Lite runs a Linux based operating system, which is very stable and has yet to hang or crash.

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