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Why Everyone Should Own an E-Reader

Updated on March 17, 2012
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E-readers. Millions of people own one, and millions are thinking about purchasing one. This article will not provide you with any insightful information on which one to choose, but merely provide you with reasons why you need to make the investment. If you're thinking about making the investment here are some reasons why you need to consider the purchase of one of the many e-readers that are available today.

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Availability

Have you ever driven to a bookstore only to find that they don't have the book you want? Or they sold out an hour before you arrived? With an e-reader you will never have that problem. If it's available for purchase you'll have your own copy in seconds. With the recent closing of Borders stores some are required to travel more than twenty miles to browse or buy a book. The e-readers allow for you to browse from the comfort of your own home and even save gas! What if your in need of large print books? An e-reader allows for the font to be set at your own preference, so you'll never need to worry if a large print book will be available.

Cost

The average cost of an e-reader ranges between $100.00-$500.00 bucks. There are quite a few different options available for purchase and you'll need to go through each to see which one is best for you. The kindle, nook, and iPad's are always great options (although there are more.) Also, the books that you'll purchase will be significantly cheaper than what you'll find in stores. For example, I bought a copy of The Help at a store for around $15.00. A copy on your e-reader? Around $10.00 bucks. Not only will you be saving gas money, but you'll save on each book that you download.

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Magazines and Newspapers

E-readers are not only convenient for books, but you can also purchase magazines and newspapers. Subscriptions to magazines are cheaper on e-readers. I personally have a subscription to the Rolling Stone and it's 2.99 a month. If a newspaper like the New York Times isn't available in your area, you can have your own copy every morning. The cost of most newspapers are also considerably less.

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Lets say you're trying to remember the book your friend told you about a month ago. All you can remember is one word from the title. Search using the one word you remember and look! You find the book in seconds. Or lets say you are reading a novel with words you are not familiar with-- most e-readers provide the option to touch the word and immediately you'll have a definition. You'll also have the ability (on most e-readers) to connect to the internet and browse freely. Possibly the best benefit about some e-readers is that it allows you to share the books you've purchased with others. This option will save you even more money! The e-readers are small and portable, which will be much easier to take with you when you're on the go. Looking for a little more? No fear, you'll find plenty of other applications (or apps) such as games, calculators, Pandora, and countless others.

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Even if you've purchased an e-reader you can still purchase books the old fashioned way

Personally, I prefer a real book. There's something personal about my own copy that an e-reader cannot replace. I actually received a nook as a Christmas present last year. I didn't know what to do with it, but I quickly realized that it comes in handy when I'm in need of a great read. Unfortunately, there are no bookstores in my area and my e-reader has provided me with an outlet to further my reading. My e-reader has not replaced my hard copy books and never will, but with hardly any other choice it has definitely saved me gas, and provided me with a way to keep on reading when I thought all hope was lost.

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      AllSuretyBonds 

      7 years ago

      I love e-readers. I love being able to browse through many different books at home and you can find them so easy.I agree, it does make up for that gas you spend driving around too. Great hub.

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      Ashley 

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      I recently purchased a Kindle and love it for the reasons that you stated above. I agree, however, that it won't completely replace "real" books, but it is fantastically convenient for going on trips and/or keeping it in my purse for all those times when I'm stuck waiting someplace.

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