In the era of modern technology and all kinds of gadgets, paper books have increasingly begun to take their places on shelves and coffee tables, and for convenience, we are used to taking a phone or an e‑book with us. If you decide that you definitely need a new device, but you can’t decide which one, we advise you to read this guide.
As with choosing any gadget, before buying, you need to highlight the features that are most important to you or to the person for whom this gift is intended. The concept of a universal ideal ereader does not exist (yet). Each manufacturer offers a variety of products with different features and functionality. Therefore, we will analyze the main characteristics that you should think about when choosing.
Today there are not so many types of screens for “readers”, only two — LCD and E‑ink-screen. The former attract users with color images and improved contrast. Thanks to this, the book turns into a full-fledged tablet, on which you can watch videos, photos, surf the Internet, play games and read color editions. In addition, the response time in such devices is much higher. Thus, for a small price, you can get a familiar tablet with an average quality screen. Now for the disadvantages. The bright LCD display quickly tires the eyes, and due to the backlight, with active use, the battery lasts for one to two days. So if you read a lot, plan to take a book on long trips and first of all look for a “reader” and not a tablet, we suggest taking a closer look at E‑ink books.
Screens based on the principle of electronic ink (E‑ink) are as similar as possible to the books we are used to. The display is monochrome and completely imitates paper. The device is slower and you will have to wait one or two seconds when opening a book or flipping. But with frequent use, the charge will last for several weeks, and the eyes of e‑books of this format do not get tired at all.
We always want everything at once, but in the case of choosing e‑books, chasing versatility and multi-devices is not worth it, because there are full-fledged tablets with a lot of functions for this.
Manufacturers are constantly improving technologies and capabilities of readers. So, today the market has already appeared “readers” with electronic ink with the ability to display more than 4000 colors, as well as models with E‑ink displays with screen backlight.
The more formats your e‑book supports, the more versatile it will be. It is not always possible to find the right book in a network of a certain format. That is why, when choosing a “reader”, it is worth carefully studying what types of books it can reproduce. The most popular are EPUB, FB2, PDF, DOC, DOCX, HTML, TXT, RTF, DJVU. It is also convenient when the device supports graphics formats such as JPEG, BMP, TIFF or PNG. Even on a black and white screen, it’s sometimes helpful to look at information presented as an infographic or diagram.
Some gadgets additionally have the ability to listen to music. This option will help not only those who like to read with sound accompaniment, but also fans of audiobooks and trainings will like it.
In addition to the most important function — reading, the reader may have additional options that make it even more convenient. For example, having your own browser and the ability to connect to wi-fi. Thanks to this, you can download books and files without connecting the device to a computer. Often, the download speed is inferior to the usual browser, but still it is very convenient to have such an opportunity. But it all depends on the initial requirements for the gadget.
Touch control is an option for an amateur. Those who are used to smartphones and tablets will appreciate this opportunity to the fullest. Navigation becomes much easier, and flipping the page by swiping your finger from one edge to the other is familiar by analogy with a paper book. However, in readers, the touchscreen is almost always duplicated by buttons. So if the sensitivity of the sensor suffers, or you are not used to this type of control, you can always use the standard method.
The touch screen will also come in handy if you are a fan of reading a book with a pencil. With the help of the touchscreen, you can select a word or even a part of the text and fix it in your bookmarks. You can also leave notes, comment, so that at any time you can return to important information for you.
One of the advantages of an e‑book is the ability to change the font size and style. Each user can customize the text for themselves. People who do not experience visual problems usually set the font to medium or small. Visually impaired users enlarge the font. Everyone chooses styles on their own, based on personal beliefs and taste preferences.
We often opt for e‑books because of their portability and convenience. That is why the size of the device plays a big role when choosing. If you plan to view drawings, diagrams and other documents, then it is better to pay attention to “readers” with a diagonal of 8 inches or more. In other cases, models up to 6 inches will suffice.
Naturally, weight is also a significant criterion. Before buying a portable device, it is worth evaluating whether it is easy to carry and hold the gadget in your hand, whether it weighs less than a regular paperback book. The optimal weight of the reader does not exceed 200 grams.
Most often, e‑books are made of plastic. It is extremely rare to find a model made of metal. Of the variety of devices, it is better to choose matte finishes, such as soft-touch plastic, which feels like rubber. Gadgets made of this material do not slip in the hands and are tactilely pleasant. Nevertheless, no matter what material you choose, it is better to buy a case with the device right away, which will protect the device from scratches, screen damage and other unpleasant problems during everyday use.
Most books do not take up much memory, so models with even a small volume can accommodate a large number of publications. However, getting acquainted with the characteristics of the reader, it is worth considering how many e‑books and other documents can be loaded into the reader and whether it is possible to increase the amount of memory. This is especially useful for those who upload a large number of documents in PDF format.
So, choosing a “reader” you should not chase fashion or cool technologies. First of all, you plan to buy a book. So make a list of the features you need and then look for the right device. Here you can choose the perfect reader, order its delivery or pick it up yourself in one of the stores or pickup points.
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