Choosing an eReader That is Right For You

With eReaders becoming all the rage these days, tech companies are responding to the demand by putting better and better products on the market.  This is great for us as consumers who get to benefit from this competition by getting more value for our technology dollar. When purchasing an eReader, it’s important to take certain specs of the device into consideration. Display quality, book options, size, and available applications and functions are all important to consider.

When you think about what you really want out of an eReader, you are making sure that you are getting the device that you will be the happiest with on a long-term basis.  Certain characteristics will be much more important for some people than for others, so if you want the best value for your personal fit it’s important to think about what you’re willing to pay more for, and what you’re willing to live without.

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Choosing an eReader That is Right For You
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Display Quality

Your preferences in display quality will depend on the standards that you have for your technical devices. The only way to really judge the quality of a display is to test it to do it yourself. However, this may not be an option for you. If you can only order an eReader online (or want to take advantage of certain online deals), you should compare your top choices with one another before making a decision.

Consider user reviews, professional reviews, and listed product specs carefully. It is also recommended that you do not purchase from a retailer that you are not familiar with. They may have a better, cheaper price, but that will not guarantee that an eReader will be high in quality.

Book Options

Another key consideration for most book worms is choosing a platorm that makes the most possible eBooks available to them. Though there are many more books available in eFormat that when eReaders first hit the market, there are not guarantees that every product will have the same standard range of selections. Start off by taking a look at the books that are in eFormat. Look through the different genres, authors, and upcoming releases to determine if there will even be enough books to make an eReader necessary.

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The size of an eReader will really depend on your personal preferences. While some people may like to have a larger screen, you may prefer to have a smaller, easier to hold eReader that is more space-efficient and maneuverable. Again, reading through the customer reviews and consider testing different eReader’s out at a local retailer. Personally, I prefer the larger screen so that I can increase the font size, yet still not have to scroll down repeatedly.  If you happen to have a couple friends with competing models you can always ask to borrow each of them for a weekend to see which one best fits your tastes.  After all, if you’re a big reader your going to be spending quite a few hours looking at these screens right?

Applications and Features

The applications that you have available to you on an eReader may be important to you, or it may not be (depending on how tech savvy you are). Either way, you should look into the different applications and features that each eReader offers. You may discover that there are certain functions that could greatly increase your specific reading experience. Take a look through the game, utility, and service apps in order to properly determine which eReader you want. You should also take into consideration the additional costs that these apps mean for you and if they are worth the extra hit to your budget.

Everyone has a different idea of what their ideal eReader should be.  Some want to be able to play Angry Birds in high resolution, while others are more concerned with having a convenient device that allows them to easily read large print. Either way, you should look into these specs if for no other reason than making sure that you know exactly what you are purchasing. A little bit of research might save you a substantial amount of time and envy later on.

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