If you haven’t had an e-reader before and want to know how to buy ebook reader or if you want to replace your old e-reader with a new model, we need to say that you don’t have many choices. Amazon, B&N and Kobo are main leaders in the e-readers`world. These three companies have the greatest share of sales in the market and are known as the most popular brands. “Energy Sistem” is another brand which sales share is less than Amazon in the market but it offers affordable and practical products. In this post, we will tell you about the main features eBook readers have as well as let you know which factors you need to consider while buying an eBook reader. Stay with us!
Like for all electronic devices, price is the first factor for choosing an eBook reader. Since eBook readers have a wide price range, we recommend to set the amount of money that you’re willing to spend for buying an eBook reader at the beginning. It will make choosing an eBook reader easier for you. If you want to know the difference between a $200 eBook reader and a $600 eBook reader, the answer is their light weight, elegant body design and some hardware capabilities. But never forget that actually ALL eBook readers do a common task and they all have the same nature.
If you’re spending a lot of time reading e-books with an eBook reader during the day, its light weight and ergonomic design might be important for you. The design of most eBook readers is the same and they have a rectangular shape. There is a wide border around the display which lets you take the device in your hand easier.
The most well-engineered and well-made eBook reader is Oasis. It has a square shape and a thicker part which makes it look very ergonomic. Also, this model is known as the thinnest and lightest Kindle in the world. Other Kindle models have also appropriate weight and are thin, but it feels a little different when you take Oasis in your hand.
If you don`t want to move your hand to turn pages and spend the minimum of energy with the help of physical or touch buttons, we recommend you to choose Oasis, Voyage or some of Enegry Sistem models. It’s really enjoyable and easy to read an e-book on them.
Before buying an eBook reader you need to ask yourself two important questions about its display which will help you to make the best decision.
- Is reading in different lighting conditions like in darkness or under the sunlight is important for me?
- And can the automatic light sensor help while reading an e-book?
The only person that can answer these questions is YOU.
If you read in a completely dark room a lot before sleeping, then LED lights are an essential feature in the eBook reader.
So you need to choose Oasis, Voyage or Paperwhite that has back-light and forget about Kindle 7th Generation. Fortunately, most of the eBook readers have nice readability under sunlight because of having anti-reflection layers. Another feature that you need to pay attention to is Automatic Light Sensor. This feature helps to save the power consumption of the device. Voyage Kindle is the only device that has this feature now.
Most eBook readers available in the market have a 6-inch display. So you don’t have any other choice for the display size and you need to accept a 6-inch one as the best size for eBook readers! One of the features that play a big role while reading an e-book is display resolution.
(Like most eBook readers in the market, Slim HD by Energy Sistem has a 6-inch display, too)
The best eBook reader display is 300 PPI, but cheap eBook readers in the market such as Kindle (7th Generation) have 167 PPI displays which is acceptable too.
Wi-Fi is the most essential connecting way in eBook readers. Of course, that’s not the only way which lets the eBook reader connect to the Internet. Some eBook readers such as Oasis were released in two models: Wi-Fi and SIM card. The SIM card model supports 3G network, so in addition to downloading and reading e-books, you will be able to surf the web on your eBook reader.
All Amazon Kindle models have ability to connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi, but some of Energy Sistem models lack this feature.
Basically, eBook readers are devices which have high capacity of charge. With a full charge, the battery of these devices is able to work for 4 to 9 weeks with normal use (30 minutes daily with normal brightness).
Even the cheapest Amazon eBook reader Kindle (7th Generation) has amazing battery life compared to tablets. It’s able to work for several days with only one-time charge!
We’ve explained all this to ensure you that you shouldn’t worry about battery life of your eBook reader at all, but if you’re looking for an eBook reader which battery life is much longer, Kindle Oasis with its dual-battery system can stay charged for more than two months!
- Some eBook readers have many additional features. Although these things can be attractive for many people, don’t pay attention to them and consider your needs first. Sometimes an inexpensive and simple eBook reader can cover all your needs perfectly and you don’t need to pay a lot for it. So always consider your needs (what you want from an eBook reader) as the first priority.
- Ebook readers aren’t built for multitasking and their main use is for reading e-books. We stress that this isn’t a negative point for eBook readers at all because we only focus on content while we’re reading paper books too. So our advice is that if your aim is reading books, don’t choose an eBook reader which will distract you from reading with its attractive features.
- Finally, we’ve provided a list of best eBook readers in different price ranges that will help you choose the best one according to your needs.
Best Ebook Readers Under $100
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Best Ebook Readers between $100 and $150
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Best Ebook Readers above $150
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Hope you enjoyed reading this guide and you’re probably able to make the best decision and pick up the most suitable E-Reader for yourself. If you’ve any questions or just want to share your personal experience about Ebook readers, feel free to leave it in comments below!