E-readers, e-books, e-verything?

E-reader

When you go on a bus or any other transportation, you’ll see people on their phone or their laptop. Now, a relatively new product has made it on the bus: e-readers. There are many reasons why I, an avid reader, should get one. Visiting a site that listsmanyof the advantages can easily be found (such as Top Ten Reasons to Use an eBook Reader). No longer does one have to carry textbooks or novels from one destination to the next. This was the main purpose of an e-reader, and also why many people choose to go virtual with their fiction. However, another advantage which cannot be denied is the prices of each book. When you buy a book hardcover, it’ll cost at a range of $20-$45, depending on the book. If you buy an e-book, that book can be free (if it’s a classic), or at most under $15. The cost is obviously lower because of decreased publishing costs, but also because this new e-reader market is declining as its competing with tablets from companies such as Samsung and Apple. A new technology such as this has to have all the allure to capture attention, from the physical e-reader themselves to the economic prices.

Recently, the top e-reader giant players are Amazon’s Kindle, Sony Reader, Kobo, and the Nook. What makes these better than other companies? My personal belief would have to be social media within these e-readers and capabilities to do more than reading. My mother would probably be one of many to say that if she wants to read electronically, she may as well on the iPad, making it seem a better buy. But for the people who want to do more reading than other things and become distracted, the e-reader companies have made the buying decision much easier. I agree with “Why and When the iPad is the best eReader” stating that an iPad is a better “studious read” and other e-readers are better for fictional reads. These e-readers have become more like tablets as most can do web browsing, integrated social media, and include unique reader communities.

Aura HD

Kobo Aura HD

My personal favourite is probably the e-readers from Kobo. They all have integrated reader awards and reading community which makes the e- itself different from others. While Amazon focuses more on competing with the iPad with its HD video, and other non-reading activities, Kobo has managed to make all inserts related to reading services.  The newest technology adding to the e-ink (which makes the e-reader read as close to reading as a paper) is adding front or backlight to read in any condition (dark, glare, etc).  ComfortLight, is used by the new Kobo Aura HD, which provides crisp read under any lighting conditions (Hands on with Kobo’s Almost Perfect E-Reader).

I think e-readers now have a harder job than ever to convince customers to buy it as comparable to a full multi functional tablet. But in another case, shouldn’t it be possible to have a e-reader and an iPad? One for a full entertainment purposes, while another purely to replace actual books. I believe passionate readers will find any excuse to try these amazing niche products, if no other reason than just to get more than 1000 free books.

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