How to Choose From the 4 Most Popular E-reader Devices

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Wondering how to choose from the most popular e-reader devices?

For those on the hunt for their first e-reader, the selection process can be overwhelming. There are a lot of e-readers out there. Some of them are well-known, while others you have probably never heard of. However, each e-reader has its own unique draw. From the variety of books that are available, to the options available, consider the following most popular readers. It’s important to note that while many of the companies that produce and sell these e-readers also have tablet versions, today’s focus is on the e-readers.

1. Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch

nook: Simple Touch Reader
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For about $100, you can get Barnes and Noble’s basic e-reader. The Nook offers a 6-inch screen with touch input. It does not have backlighting, so if you plan to read at night, you’ll need to have a light.

However, it does have a long battery life. With an average reading time of 30 minutes per day, you can get up to two months of life on a single charge. On top of this, the Nook Simple Touch can hold up to 1,000 books and has a microSD card slot, allowing you to expand the memory by up to an extra 32GB.

2. Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight

If you’re looking for an e-reader that lets you read in the dark without extra equipment, the GlowLight is a great option. It is very similar to the Simple Touch, with the same screen size, memory, and touch input. However, it does cost more, coming in at about $120.

On top of this, because of the backlighting, the battery life is cut in half – it will only last about a month with an average of 30 minutes of reading per day. Both of the Nook e-readers give you access to books in e-Pub format, PDF, and from Barnes and Noble. Since the Nooks don’t come with 3G, consider looking into why you should choose satellite Internet to download your books quickly and easily, particularly if you live in a rural area.

3. Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle PDF
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The basic Amazon Kindle is only about $70. This e-reader also has a 6-inch display. It offers the display in e-ink, which can be read easily, even when the reader is in direct sunlight. Similarly to the Nooks, the Kindle can hold up to 1,000 books at a time. However, there is not an expandable SD slot in the Kindle. A charge will only last about a month with a 30 minutes average reading time.

Of course, if you want more functionality than a standard eReader, another option would be to get a Kindle Fire HD. These devices offer access to your whole library of books, and they’re integrated with the functions of a tablet. The only downside is that they lack the “electronic ink” screens that make their less-sophisticated brethren easy to read in sunlight.

4. Amazon Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite
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In response to the GlowLight, Amazon is offering the Paperwhite. It is a slightly different variation, however. This e-reader is not backlit. Instead, it has a light at the top that allows you to read at night. It costs about $120, can store over 1,000 books, and has a 6-inch touchscreen. The battery life on this e-reader allows for up to two months with an average of 30 minutes per day. Kindles are able to read e-Pub, PDF, and books from the Amazon Kindle store.

Amazon and Barnes & Noble are the giants of the e-reader world, as evidenced by the popularity and variety of their e-readers. Just Amazon itself offers a number of variations on their readers, including those with 3G. But, there are other e-readers that are available, as well. With so many options, for many it simply comes down to brand preference.

About Vikki Serpas

Vikki Serpas is a freelance writer and graphic designer from Tampa, Florida. When she isn’t typing away on her keyboard, she enjoys traveling, learning different languages, and attempting (sometimes successfully!) the random DIY projects she finds on Pinterest. Follow her on Twitter.

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