Monday, April 4, 2011
What to look for when buying an e-book reader
Downloading your library. This is usually done via a USB computer port. If you want to be computer-independent, explore the options of connecting via WiFi or 3G.
How many books will your e-reader store? The rule of thumb is that 1GB of memory will hold 1,000 books. If that is not enough for you, look for a model that has a memory card slot (also handy for lending books).
How heavy and how large? For my friend, one of the advantages of the Kindle is that it is the size and weight of a standard paperback, and fits easily into her purse. Six inches (152.4 mm), measured diagonally, is a popular size for the screen. You can get bigger ones (great for reading magazines), but they weigh more, too.
The small print. Easiest on the pocket and the e-reader battery is black on gray. But color is more spectacular.
Reading in bright light. Monochrome screens (black on gray) are less reflective than color, so are easier to read on the beach.
Do you really need one? You can read e-books on other gadgets, such as iPhones, some mobile phones, laptops, and netbooks.