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It Has Got To Be An eBook Reader This Christmas

Dec 14th 2010 at 6:33 PM

I have determined this year for Christmas I will buy myself the best ebook reader. Regardless of what you may think there are not many eBook readers on the market, not those that fit into the understanding of an e-book reader anyway.

To fit an ebook reader into a niche you would have to clarify some specifications. These will have to center on the display size. The Kindle DX For example is too big to be an ebook reader, more fitting for emagazines and ecomics. The iPad is a  tablet for multimedia like gaming and video. It seems a waste if you want it just to read e-books, although Steve Jobs may say different.

Other factors involved in the buying assessment are what ebooks the ebook reader will support, what kind of connection do I have to have to download ebooks and what is 'in the box' compared to other ebook readers. There is also the matter of cost, the cheapest is not always the best but then neither are the most expensive.

The display has to be the E Ink technology. Any ebook reader with color display means it has to be backlit, which removes the whole purpose of an ebook reader in the first place. The aim is for it to read like a normal book.

It shouldn't be very heavy, preferably around eight ounces or less. It can be distracting having to keep adjusting your position. Also, I don't want it too large because I have to carry it in my bag.

I would rather have the alternative of PDF and ePub formats. Nearly all of the online bookstores deliver these and the public domain is packed with PDF ebooks. I also want to be able to read other formats like RTF and .txt files, so I can benefit from it to read notes I've made before.

A number of ebook readers have some appealing extras. The Sony touch screen has a virtual keyboard to take notes while the Kindle has built-in speakers. The Nook boasts each of these extras plus allows you to change the battery yourself. What is essentially important though is what comes in the box. A protective cover is a requirement and it should have a power lead or an easy method of charging the battery.

Despite the fact that Wi-Fi is an good way to download books it is not really necessary. I'm usually near a computer and I would just need to hook up once or twice a month to get some books. It must be a lot easier to organize books in bulk than just one at a time.

So we come to cost. The standard cost for an ebook reader seems to be about the $ 150 to $ 200 mark. Considering that e-books are 20 - 30% cheaper than hard back copies, it will most likely take in the region of a year or so to make a return on the investment for the ebook reader. Naturally that depends on how many books I read.

I'm still looking, and examine all the ebook reader reviews and comparison charts and will make my decision soon. The only fear I have is that when I have an e-book reader, I will begin to wonder how I ever lived without it.

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