Reading is possibly the most useful pastime that one can have. Reading opens minds and allows a person to acquire knowledge. While you can read blogs (like Brosix’s Blog, yay!), there is something more satisfying about reading a book. In reading a full book, one can happily say, at the end of it, that they’ve finished something worthwhile.
And nowadays, there are so many options for reading books. One can go the traditional way, by reading paper books, or one can go for reading electronic books via any of the different avenues to read: through a browser, through an eBook reader, or through a generic tablet running iOS or Android.
The only question is, what, then, should you choose for yourself, when it comes to reading books through an electronic device?
If you want a versatile device that you can convert to a workhorse anytime, choose a multi-mode device. With tech companies increasingly churning out convertible devices, you can choose to read from a tablet that converts into a laptop.
- Pros: The device itself is versatile and has varied uses.
- Cons: The device’s versatility may be its liability. If you prefer a device dedicated for reading, this isn’t an option for you.
If you want an all-around multimedia device that doesn’t necessarily convert into a workhorse: Amazon Kindle was the pioneer in e-Readers, but they eventually diversified the Kindle line to include the Kindle Fire, which was more tablet than e-Reader. You have a whole slew of devices to choose from, including: Android phablets (4.7” to 6” phones), Android tablets (7in to 10in devices, from companies like Samsung), the Apple iPad Mini at 7”, as well as the iPad Air, at 9.7.” These devices will offer the ultimate reading and multimedia experience. So when you’re bored reading, you can switch to watching a movie, or playing games.
- Pros: This will be an all-in-one device without a keyboard attachment.
- Cons: Some people may find that the multimedia mode is a little too distracting. Other users who have children may find that their kids borrow their e-Readers and use these more than they do. Bummer.
If you want a dedicated eBook Reader and you don’t really want the bells and whistles. This is when you get a good ole trusty Kindle Paperwhite, which is your basic eBook reader, without the multimedia capabilities. You get your books, in highly readable e-Ink, and you can read anywhere, even under bright sunlight.
- Pros: Your kids won’t want to borrow this eBook Reader, because all it will have are books. No games, no videos, no colored browser. Just books, a black-and-white e-Ink screen, and even your online browsing is in black and white. The perfect way to deter kids from taking over your device. This will be your go-to device when all you want to do is to curl up with the latest novel from your favorite author and escape.
- Cons: Just as your kids will be deterred from having multimedia fun from your eBook Reader, you, too, may find the e-Ink and the black-and-white look absolutely boring. But if you remember that you purchased that book primarily and solely for reading, you’d be able to put in a whole lot of hours reading novel after novel or book after book, using your trusty Paperwhite eBook Reader.
Your choice of device for reading eBooks definitely depends on what you want out of the device. We’ve presented the choices to you, and we’ve outlined their pros and cons. We hope you’ll be able to make the best eReader purchase that suits you and your lifestyle. And if you want to make the device your own, with none of your kids pawing at it and wishing for an early inheritance, we’ve outlined your options too. Enjoy!
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