My Simple eBook Reader Buying Guide

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Ebook reader, E-Readers Are you thinking about buying a ebook reader?  Are you confused about which one you should buy?  I was too and spent at least a month asking my friends questions about what they had and searching the internet doing  comparisons, etc.   One thing for sure there are a bunch of choices and with new readers coming out every week it seems to only lead to more confusion.  I’m going to tell you how to choose the right one for you.

Your final decision will be more about navigation and how much the thing weighs.  Does it seem easier to find something on brand A versus brand B?  If so that’s probably the one you’ll end up buying.  Remember you are trying to find a reader that was made for you. You are the one that will be using it.  Here’s the most important thing about ebook readers; they all do the same thing; they allow you to read digital books.

Some will claim to be faster; don’t waste your time by considering one because it is faster.   Try this simple test and see if it makes a difference.  Blink your eyes normally 5 times.  Think about how long it took you go blink your eyes 5 times.  Now blink your eyes 3 times and think about how long that took.  Now blink once and think about that time.   The ‘speed’ of the cheapest eBook reader you can buy will be about the speed of blinking your eye 3 times.  The most expense one will be like the time it took to blink once.  For me, that much difference in speed simply is not worth paying ANY extra for.

You will find some with their claim to fame with storage capacity.  Hey now really, say you are looking at one that is priced about right for your budget and it will hold 1,000 books.  Is it going to be worth paying any extra for something that will hold 2,000 more books?  How about 4,000 more?  8,000?  The point I am making is; who the heck is going to ever need more than 1,000 books at their fingertips at any given moment?  I would never get hung up on storage capacity.

Now the thing that seems to make the most difference between them all is the amount of apps available.   Some will tell you that there are over 1 million apps available for brand A versus only 500,000 for brand B.  Come on now, get real, no one has ever came close to even wanting to downloading even 50,000 apps let alone 20 times that many.  Get really should that make any difference at all?

I guess what I’m trying to get across here is; If you like Amazon then you probably should buy a Kindle.  A Kindle Fire will do nicely if you want color and a few more functions.   Pick up a regular B&W Kindle if you want to read eBooks, and can be happy with nearly a million proprietary formats that Amazon has to offer.  If you don’t like Amazon, the reason why you don’t does not matter; choose one of the Barnes and Noble models.   With either just pick up one that fits your budget best.

In summary, the one that is best for you is the one that best fits your budget.  This is because they all do what they do; they allow you to read digital eBooks.

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