When it comes to gadgets, electronic readers, or eReaders, are becoming more and more popular. Just like every other form of technology there are many different brands of electronic readers available plus several varieties within the same brand. While variety might be the spice of life, it can make selecting the right e-book reader a fairly difficult process. The key is to evaluate current needs while balancing in future needs, and matching the right device to compliment those needs. It may sound simple, but finding the right e-reader can lead to hours of enjoyment; while choosing wrong can be a never ending game of frustration.
Not all eBook readers are created equal when it comes to screen size. The problem is that screen size does not necessarily translate into a comfortably handled device. Folks read in bed, sitting on the beach, on the back porch, or any one of many different positions. The screen size and weight of the unit will determine how comfortable it is to use. While it is nearly impossible to try a device in all reading positions, finding one that fits comfortably into the hands and is light enough to be used constantly should be high on the priority list.
eBooks are stored in the memory of the device. Granted, thousands of books can fit into a tiny amount of space, but many eReaders are also compatible with magazines and newspapers. Users will find that those high resolution pictures take up more room than an entire novel, which means memory capacity is important. However, it is also relative to the use of the device. Anyone looking to use their reader for just books is probably fine with on-board memory; whereas, users who want a multimedia experience might want to consider a unit with expandable memory via SD card.
Connectivity is important for a variety of reasons, but most importantly for ease of use. Electronic readers with Wi-Fi connectivity generally do not need to be connected to the computer to download a new book. Plus, a reader with a 3G connection can download books at just about any location imaginable (reception permitting). Anyone who does not want to plug their unit into a USB port to transfer a book from the PC should probably opt for a Wi-Fi model.
The eReader gives and the battery takes away. While battery life on color screen eReaders tends to be a bit shorter than the black and white units, the length of use obviously has a direct impact on the device. Users who take frequent long trips or are away from charging stations for long periods of time, might want to skip the color units and opt for an eink or black and white unit.
Future uses will usually come into play in any e-reader. Taking a break and surfing the web is possible on a few different eReaders, but folks who a full fledged online experience might want to consider a tablet PC. Varieties of eReaders offer a number of features. While some might be superfluous to one user might become essential to another. The point is, before committing to a device users should evaluate what demands they might be placing upon the unit.