'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.
When you want to buy an e-reader, there are certain points you must keep in mind. I’ve made a list of 10 tips to help you buy your e-reader.
1. Reading experience. There are two different type of screens. There are E-ink e-readers and TFT/LCD e-readers. It all depends on what you want to do with your e-reader.
If you want to read outside in the full sun, you really need to pick an e-reader with an E-ink screen. If you want to read during the night, you also want to choose one with a backlight function (or you have to buy a separate light you can click on top of the e-reader. This is not recommended when you read often in the dark.) It has a long battery life, but it has no colour screen and it is supposed to be a bit slower than a TFT/LCD screen.
If you also want to use your e-reader for internet, it’s better to go for a TFT/LCD screen. This screen has a colour display and is a bit faster, so using Wi-Fi is not a problem. It is possible to read in the dark without an extra light, but keep in mind that this light is harsh and will soon hurt your eyes.
For me, it was fairly easy. No reflections and reading in the sun were two important aspects and I truly believe that an E-ink screen is the best if you often read on your e-reader. I used to have an TFT screen and it’s a huge difference.
2. Touchscreen/Buttons. Most e-readers have touchscreens, but there still devices with buttons. It’s not hard to get used to a touchscreen, but I can understand that some people prefer to use a home button.
3. Display. There are several sizes. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 9,7 inch e-readers. The smaller the display, the easier and lighter in your hand. But if you want to read PDF files, it’s better to go a bit bigger. PDF’s are not easy to read on a small device (but it is possible.)
4. Formats. That brings me to this. Make sure that the device supports the files you use/you want to use.
5. Features. If you like to use a wordbook, highlight sentences, add notes, share quotes right away on Facebook etc, it’s important to check if your e-reader is compatible to use those features.
6. Memory. I believe most e-readers come with 1/2 GB, but if you want more memory you need to check if there is a possibility for a memory card (although.. I don’t think there is an e-reader without that possibility, but just to be sure)
7. Money. It’s also important to decide how much money you want to spend on your device. Compare different brands and e-readers in the same brand. Think smart: to give you an example; there are two Barnes & Noble e-readers. The Nook simple touch with glowlight and the Nook simple touch. The one with glowlight is 20 dollars more. If you are going to invest your money in an e-reader, be sure to buy the best one. The glowlight is definitely a useful and handy feature, so perhaps it’s better to spend 20 more dollars.
8. Watch and read reviews. This is the best way to see what is going to work for you. If many people complain about the many glitches, perhaps it’s better to look for another model. I especially recommend to watch reviews. Some of them are very detailed and this is your first step to get to know the e-readers. Perhaps you find out that it’s a bit too difficult for you when they navigate through the device. Or you might hate the look from the menu.
9. The store. Be sure that you can access the shop where you want to buy your e-books. I believe the Kindle only works with Amazon and if you don’t want to buy there, you have to pick another device.
10. Go to the store. If you have some e-readers and you’re still not sure which one, go to the store and try them out. No better way to find out what works best for you.
I hope this will help you! Do you have an e-reader? What where important aspects? Or are you thinking about buying one? How do you feel about e-books in general? I love my e-reader! It’s so easy to bring many books with me without the weight. When I’m going on vacation, I only need my device instead of bags filled with books. I have a strange habit though: if I love an e-book, I need to buy a paperback. There is no way that this book hoarder is going to stop buying books. I love my filled bookshelves.