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3 Reasons to Get an eBook Reader
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eBook readers (or eReaders) are becoming cheap and readily available. The user interfaces are become easier to understand and use. The technology has progressed to a level that means the average user can use them without needing expert knowledge. Here are 3 compelling reasons to get an eReader.
Now you can get an eBook reader for as little as $80 (less if you get a refurbished model). A few years back you would have spent as much as $200 or $300 for an eReader, but the price drop due to competition and developing technology has made eReaders more readily available to the general public.
In connection with this is the availability of these devices not just online, but in bricks and mortar stores. The fact that you can walk into Best Buy, Walmart, Staples or Office Max to handle a working model of the eReader makes it so much easier for the consumer to see what they are getting. This also contributes to the decrease in price since now you can get the eReader you are interested in from a variety of locations including online.
2) Choice in Technology
Whether you are a iPad user, a Nook Color user or a Kindle Fire user, you have the choice in technology there. What is more, you now of the option of choosing a Nook or Kindle Touch if you like the eInk option or the more basic eInk non-touch devices. The technology has advanced to the point that you have more choice. 1) Are you all about having an eReader that can do other things like games, movies or music? 2) Do you want an easy user interface with a long battery life? 3) Do you want an inexpensive option for carrying tons of books with you?
If you chose 1, the Kindle Fire, Nook Color or iPad are good choices for you. If you chose 2 perhaps the touch eInk eReaders are your best bet. If you chose 3 then the basic models of eReaders are the way to go. Whatever you chose the point is you have choice.
3) Choice in Books
What is the point of getting a device if you can't use it? When the eReader market first opened up choice was limited and sparse. Now we are spoiled for choice. Now, you can't buy Barnes & Noble books and use them on the Amazon eReader, but if you have a smart phone, computer or fully functional tablet you can get apps for these eBook stores so you can read on you reader or these other devices. That being said, almost all the eBooks stores have access to almost all the books available out there. With rare exceptions of exclusivity deals, every eBook is available to whatever brand or device you choose. In fact, I have created a rather large library of classic books and I've spent less than $10 total for it. Too often we write off these books because they are not "NEW," but their content is still amazing.
Also, publishers are getting use to the idea of eBooks. Before it was only certain books that were available in eBook format, now almost everything that is published on paper goes to eBook as well. Now I have my gripes about what the publishers are and are not doing, but that is a different subject covered here. If you were to go to the Kindle or Nook bookstores you will notice that you are literally spoiled for choice. Some books are pricey, but other books are a great deal. You have to pick and choose what you want but your options are virtually unlimited.
The time to get an eReader is now. The market just keeps getting better. Your choices are rich and cost effective. The kinks in once new technology are being worked out. Add to that the periodic deals that come up like for the holidays and you have a recipe for a rich library of books at your finger tips. That last statement is literal. You can carry thousands of books with you on a single eReader. The Library of Alexandra held an estimated half a million books and you can carry about 10% that number with you if you so desire. We literally are living in a time of science fiction. Take advantage of it for learning and for entertainment. It isn't like it is going to break the bank.