Do you want to read more and more, and the price of paper copies is growing every day? It is worth thinking about buying an e‑reader, which will save you a lot of money in the long run. We have compiled a list of the main points to consider when choosing your first e‑reader.
I know almost everything about e‑books. Over the past 8 years, I have changed about 5 readers, and I have always been in search of the perfect one. Something constantly didn’t suit me: either there were extra functions, or something, on the contrary, was missing. Therefore, I have compiled a list of the main points that you need to pay attention to when choosing your first reader.
The standard reader size is 6 inches (a little over 15 cm). Enough to read fiction. But if you are a comic book lover, the screen will be small.
Here’s what a comic page looks like on a 6‑inch Kindle Paperwhite:
More convenient models with a diagonal of 7–8 inches. This is almost a tablet: they have a built-in backlight, Wi-Fi connection and bluetooth.
Cons: They are more expensive. If you need a reader without unnecessary features, it makes no sense to overpay for only 1–2 inches.
Readers with a diagonal of 9 to 13 inches are most often needed for reading technical texts. On such books, pictures or the same comics are perfectly visible, but they will no longer fit in an ordinary ladies’ handbag.
You can also find very small versions, 5 inches. Plus, these “kids” are compact and do not take up much space in a bag or backpack.
The downside is that you have to turn pages often. From this you quickly get tired and stop concentrating on reading.
PocketBook 627 Matte Silver, 6 inches: from 10,999 rubles
PocketBook 740 InkPad 3 Pro, 7’8 inches: from 16,780 rubles
PocketBook X, 10’3 inches: from 24,480 rubles
The screen in an e‑reader is very different from the screen of a tablet or smartphone. Smartphones and tablets use light-emitting LCD and OLED screen technologies. Because of this, your eyes get tired faster, especially if you read in the dark.
Readers install black and white e‑ink displays, in which the backlight is arranged differently. Light diodes in e‑books are located around the perimeter, which is why the eyes see the image in reflected light. Therefore, reading on readers is felt by the eyes of a person in the same way as on a paper book.
Differences in resolution, picture clarity and price. Here are the main types:
- E‑ink card. The latest generation of displays. The resolution of Carta is 1024 × 758, the same as that of its older brother Pearl HD. But the creators have improved the contrast ratio to 15:1. On such a screen, the letters will be clearer and the lines will no longer merge so much. It seems like a small thing, but if you decide to read all night long, your eyes won’t get as tired as they could.
- E‑ink Pearl. The old man of the generation and the guy who survived because he is still actively sold on various sites. It has a low resolution — 800 × 600. From the pros — low price, from the minuses — the letters often look fuzzy, the lines are sometimes smeared.
- E‑ink Pearl HD. An updated version with a resolution of 1024 × 758. New readers on Pearl and Pearl HD are almost never released, which means that such readers could lie in windows and warehouses for years. Therefore, their batteries will not hold a charge for a long time and conscientiously.
Reader Book 2, E‑ink Pearl: from 3,990 rubles
Xiaomi iReader T6, E‑ink Carta: from 15,990 rubles
There are two types of readers: with mechanical and touch control. If you are used to a tablet or smartphone, take an e‑book with touch controls.
Push-button readers are also convenient, the main thing is to look at the location of the keys. Buttons should be designed so that they can be switched with one hand on occasion.
Supported formats and ways to download files
It is better to know in advance which format your reader will be able to read. Most Popular:
- FB2 and EPUB. Supported by most e‑books. Files in these formats are small and can be archived, which means they save memory.
- DJVU and PDF. DJVU uses scanned documents. This format is especially convenient for students. There are many comics and technical literature in PDF, the format is mainly used when you need to save pictures.
- DOC and TXT. Word and Notepad formats. On many readers, if they open, then with hieroglyphs.
Wireless way. If the reader has wi-fi, downloading files is much faster and there is no need to fiddle with wires. There are a number of other useful things:
- You can immediately go to the library site and download the book in the desired format.
- Some readers work on Android, so you can install applications for reading books on them by subscribing to a monthly subscription.
Through the cord. Connect the device with a USB cable or via a USB flash drive to a computer and transfer files. Nothing complicated, but much longer than via Wi-Fi.
Digma E63W, USB: from 4,490 rubles
PocketBook 740, Wi-Fi: from 17,999 rubles
Basically, even the most budgetary young readers have up to 8 GB of memory, of which approximately 1–1.5 GB is given to the system. As a result, the user receives approximately 6.5 GB. A standard book in FB2 format takes up approximately 0.5 MB of the total weight. It turns out that even 6.5 GB of memory can add more than 12 thousand books. Enough for a long time.
There are readers with 32 or 64GB of memory, in which you can store not only a huge library, but also music. For example, in PocketBook 740 Pro and PocketBook X it is convenient to listen to audio books.
- The optimal size for reading fiction is 6 inches;
- According to the type of screen, it is better to choose E‑ink Carta;
- The sensor is more convenient if you are used to a tablet or smartphone;
- The most popular file formats are FB2, EPUB and PDF;
If the device will be used only for reading books, 8 GB will suffice.