eReaders are becoming ever more popular for both their convenience, ease of access to new reading material and their portability. Imagine trying to cart 10 books on an Ocoee rafting trip! With an eReader you could bring an entire library down the Ocoee river if you chose.
When choosing an eReader you should certainly consider one of these five options.
Kobo Touch ($100)
- $100 is a very good price
- Your ebooks can be transferred to other devices
- Kobo Reading Life allows you to make reading a social experience with tracking, rewards and other cute social ideas
- Black-and-white screen
- Ads on the device
Conclusion: A solid little eReader. The ability to move your books to devices from other companies, as well as the social aspect, just put it above the other $100 options. Not suitable for videos, magazines or other options that need color screens.
Barnes & Noble Nook Touch ($100)
- Great price at $100
- Slightly faster than the Kobo Touch or Kindle Touch
- Allows you to lend books to your friends
- If Barnes & Noble folds, you may lose your books
- Books cannot be transferred to other devices
Conclusion: Nice to use and a little faster than other 4100 options. As you cannot move your books to other company’s eReaders, there is that danger if Barnes & Noble fails you will lose your books!
Kindle Touch ($100)
- $100 price tag
- Integrates with Amazon services
- Large bookstore
- Your books are locked in to eReaders from Amazon only
- No page numbers
Conclusion: Serviceable, but probably the least desirable of the $100 options.
Kindle Fire ($200)
- Large amounts of content
- Color screen
- 7-inch screen
- Allows videos to be played
- Not as polished as it could be
- Occasionally lags
- Books are locked in to Amazon devices
Conclusion: As a color eReader, it’s great and at a good price, but don’t try to use it as a replacement for a tablet.
Kobo Vox ($200)
- Color screen
- Content can be moved between different manufacturer’s devices
- Good software, such as Kobo Pulse and Reading Life
- No search within your books
- No dictionary
Conclusion: If you just want a color eReader and are worried about being tied to a particular manufacturer, then the Kobo Vox is the one for you. Otherwise, the Kindle Fire is probably a better choice.
While the eReader that is best for you depends upon your own circumstances and preferences, it’s fair to say that many people find them a convenient way to consume the written word.
Guest post by Shane. With interests in everything from how to find out about Ocoee rafting to the latest eReaders, he blogs regularly about technology.