1. Find one that fits in with your usage.What do you intend to do with the device?
If you want to download a book, all you have to do is visit your e-reader app (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple, etc.) and purchase through the app. Readers can also download e-books from the corresponding website (e.g., Amazon for Kindle or Barnes & Noble for the Nook). You’ll want to take into account where you do most of your e-book shopping, too, as certain devices restrict purchasing from other vendors.
2. Look into features, too.Take a look at your reading preferences. Consider:
- How often do you read on your device?
- How long are you using the device to read in one sitting?
- Do you need or prefer color on the page, even if it’s just a splash, or is black and white OK?
- Do you want to do more with the device than read?
- Do you want to download e-books from more than one vendor?
3. Choose your device.Now that you’ve thought about your responses, let’s renew the debate: e-reader or tablet? What’s the difference?
- The Kindle — This suite comes in three different options — basic, Paperwhite and Oasis. Each increase in specs and in price, with Oasis being the top of the line product. The basic and Oasis versions also allow for audibles when paired with Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones. The basic also allows for Wi-Fi connectivity, while the Paperwhite and Oasis can connect to Wi-Fi but also have built-in free cellular connectivity.
- Nook Glowlight — The latest version of the Glowlight boasts a long battery life — it lasts up to 50 days on a single charge — and a “night mode” in which users can adjust the screen’s brightness on their own or have the device automatically dim, following the sun’s natural progression throughout the day. It also includes built-in Wi-Fi.
- iPads — Apple’s iPads also have different versions, from the iPad mini all the way up to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Some reviewers have likened the Pro version to a laptop because it runs on iOS 11. The operating system created a new dock that allows users to open recently used apps and files, among other features. The basic and mini versions don’t have as many high-end features as the Pro models, but they will still get the job done if you’re looking to use your high-speed internet to browse through what your next book selection might be. Here’s a comparison of the iPad models.
- Samsung Galaxy Tab — Depending on the model you decide on, Samsung Galaxy Tabs can come with a keyboard or simply as a handheld device. The Tabs also range from a basic version, Tab E Lite and Kids Tab E, to a more premium version, Tab S. The Tab S models also come with a stylus and are HDR-ready, which means you’ll notice differences in contrast and color ranges in images.
Read up on reviews, or test out what you’re wanting in store to fit the perfect fit for your preferences. Happy reading!