ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Best eBook Readers For Outside

Updated on September 30, 2010

I tried writing this article last time, and instead went off on another tangent entirely. You can check out what my thoughts on eBooks and their impact on the writing society here.


But I do think the writing of my last article helped me understand the purpose of this one. Here I’m going to give you a list of the best eBook readers (or eReaders) available on the market. This is important to know because if eBooks are going to force out hard copy books we need to make sure the quality of our reading stays intact. If change is coming we might as well be the most informed about it. Right? Well, at least I hope so.


The basis of what I consider ‘best’ won’t just be on what the best price is, or battery life, but on what gives you the best reading experience. If we’re going to be spending the next couple decades reading our novels from screens it’s got to be worth it – especially if it’s shoving the other ‘real’ books into dark corners to build dust.


So here it is:

Amazon Kindle
Amazon Kindle

The Amazon Kindle:

Price: $250

Pros:

  • Has a vast network of eBooks to choose from over the ‘Whispernet’. This is gives exclusivity to the content it has, but can also prove to be limiting. The Kindle International expanded that network to include over 100 countries. No PC needed to download new content, therefore very portable.
  • It can store up to 1500 books at one time, but there is not option for an external hard drive. So if you ever got enough books to fill up the memory, and you wanted more, you would have to delete some books.
  • Keyboard for making notes.
  • Option to change the font size to whatever wanted. No more too small fonts, or overly large fonts; you can find exactly the size for you. A nice customization feature.
  • Read aloud text. Great for driving, or for kids to learn how to read.

Cons:

  • No Wi-Fi included.
  • The downside of it now becoming international is that some countries will charge you an extra fee to download extra content.
  • Battery is built in and cannot be removed.
  • It’s eBook format is exclusive and therefore limiting if you ever want content outside of the Kindle store.
For a more in depth review on the Amazon Kindle visit here.

(Sony Reader) http://static.letsbuyit.com/filer/images/uk/products/original/176/21/29703242_17621997_sony-prs600-ereader-touch-edition-black.jpg
(Sony Reader) http://static.letsbuyit.com/filer/images/uk/products/original/176/21/29703242_17621997_sony-prs600-ereader-touch-edition-black.jpg

Sony Reader Touch:

Price:  $200 - $300

Pros:  

  • Has the sleekest interphase out of all the Readers.  It’s touch screen and it’s also very easy to use the interface.
  • Has an optional SD memory card or external storage.
  • Can download books from many different directories, such as Google Books, and from local libraries.
  • Huge memory storage; it can store thousands and thousands of books.
  • Built in dictionary.  Think of how quickly you could expand your vocabulary.

Cons:

  • Screen can have major glare problems.  When outside in the sun is nearly impossible to read the words (color could be improved).  Compared to competing models this is where it really lacks.
  • No internet connection.  This means all books and files have to be transferred directly from a PC.
  • Can only charge via USB from PCs.  Lacks any other compatibility.
  • Battery is built in to the unit.

Nook (http://static.letsbuyit.com/filer/images/uk/products/original/176/21/29703242_17621997_sony-prs600-ereader-touch-edition-black.jpg)
Nook (http://static.letsbuyit.com/filer/images/uk/products/original/176/21/29703242_17621997_sony-prs600-ereader-touch-edition-black.jpg)

Barnes and Nobel Nook:

$259 - $339

Pros:

  • Library that includes tens of thousands of books; also includes newspapers and articles.
  • Built in wireless network – therefore no PC needed. Wi-Fi included as well.
  • Touch screen keyboard that can used to take notes.
  • Can store 1500 books internally.
  • Compatible with both Windows and Mac.
  • Battery, unlike many other Readers, can be taken out and charged.
  • Special feature: while in a Barnes and Nobel store one can look at full texts for free.
  • Is compatible with Google books; this means a lot of free extra reading.

Cons:


  • Can’t download any books outside US. Wi-Fi support is very limited internationally.
  • The color screen actually has significant effect on the battery life.
  • Even though the special feature of having free books while in a Barnes and Nobel store,it comes with many short-comings; it begs the questions: what’s the point?
  • Sometimes the interface can be glitch and cumbersome. Firmware updates have helped, but can still be better.



iPad Reader (http://www.electronichouse.com)
iPad Reader (http://www.electronichouse.com)

iPad

Price: $500

Pros:

  • The first color eBook reader. This is great for books that are filled with illustrations and diagrams. It handles all the colors wonderfully.
  • Apps for the Kindle store as well as Barnes and Nobel. Memory that can store thousands of books from either marketplace; therefore more variety.
  • Beautiful touch screen that allows you to flip pages cleanly and concisely.
  • The biggest selection of periodicals over any other reader. Great for the daily news, and other little information avenues.
  • Other than being an eBook reader is also able to play music, photos and has access to thousands of other applications.

Cons:

  • Very, very glare prone. Outside in the sun it is nearly impossible to use as a reader.
  • Doesn’t have a 3G network yet, unlike the free one that comes with the Kindle.
  • No ability or annotation and other kinds of notes on the books you are reading.
  • Battery life dies out quickly.
  • Isn’t specifically as eBook reader therefore lacks the same kind of care and attention the other ones have.

iPad Review

The bottom line is that you should hold off from grabbing an eReader until absolutely necessary. I recommend you conitnue to buy hard cover books, and flip through those white pages manual for as long as you can. For more on my take how the reading world is changing visit here.


If you do think you need to buy an eBook Reader, I personally think you should choose the Kindle. All four of these Readers have more positives than negatives, but I think the Kindle, out of the four of them, gives you the best reading experience. It still finds importance in the reading experience and has many features which believe in that notion.


Of course that's just a personal opinion. You should be your own judge.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Shawn Scarborough profile image

      Shawn Scarborough 

      8 years ago from The Lone Star State

      Good review of eBook readers! The good news is that Amazon just dropped the price of the Kindle to $189. Might want to update your hub with the new price, which makes the Kindle even a better buy now.

    • profile image

      SilverGenes 

      8 years ago

      I was wondering about these, too. So far, you've convinced me to stay with the real thing. Maybe in a year or two they'll be a better idea. Thanks for the reviews :)

    • vanchen profile imageAUTHOR

      vanchen 

      8 years ago from British Columbia

      Glad it could be of some use for you amanda!

    • Amanda108 profile image

      Amanda 

      8 years ago from Michigan, United States

      I'd been thinking about caving and getting one of these so this is really helpful. Thanks :-)

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)