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Print Books vs. E-readers Top Ten List of E readers

Updated on October 5, 2012
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The E-reader revolution- To Join or Not to Join


I am a bookworm. I love to read, a good book is similar to taking a mini-vacation for me. I enjoy getting wrapped up in a book. I can travel to distant countries, live vicariously through someone elses life and words. It can’t be beat, for me. As a child I remember reading under the covers with a flash light late at night, long after my parents went to bed. My favorite book was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Because of my life-long love of books I have been hesitant to join the E-reader revolution.

Some things to consider when deciding if going to books on digital format is best; digital books definitely save paper, space, money, time traveling to the book store and browsing, gas for your car if you drive and a host of other reasons I haven’t mentioned. Another thing I would like to add it that there are Apps for your e-reader and cell phones where you can download and read several of the classics for free.

Buying print books uses our natural resources, and paper manufacturing of the books uses a variety of chemicals to make the paper, number one is bleach. If you are like me you may have hundreds of books in your home. This takes a lot of space and it also may be a constant reminder to you that you haven’t gotten to reading ‘that’ book yet. I have several waiting to be read. New books are quite expensive, an average cost of about $14.99, I don’t buy new books. I go to the used book store, buy on Amazon or trade. But I know that lots of people love to go to the book store and browse through all the new books and best sellers. I do this every once in a while. My husband and I go to the book store and hangout for a few hours, yep this is date night. What can I say I have a real love for books and my husband loves me so he puts up with my obsession with books.

There is something to holding a book in your hand and feeling the paper, turning the pages and then bending the corner to mark your place. When the e-readers started coming out, I wouldn’t consider them. I didn’t want to give up my ritual page turning.

Then I got an Ipad2 and started getting my textbooks on digital format. It has been great so far. I no longer do I have to carry heavy books to class and I can take my textbooks everywhere with me. I love my Ipad2 and so does my family. We browse the web, read books, play games and listen to music on it.

So, what I am saying is that I love my e-reader and I do recommend it for reading books, there are drawbacks to e-readers though; of course you don’t get to feel the paper and perform your book reading rituals, if you have them, reading most e-readers in the sun is next to impossible, if you drop a book in the water, no big loss-try dropping an e-reader in the water! The sun can over heat an e-reader too, although I have left a book in the sun and the binding loosened and the pages warped and discolored, but again no big deal.

Like anything in life it is best to maintain a healthy balance. Get an e-reader but continue to read books! Books can add to the décor of your home, beautifully bound leather classics on your book shelf are fun to have and aesthetically pleasing. Although you can ‘share’ e-books with friends you are limited there, but a good old fashioned book can be shared with anyone-anytime and anywhere. Books have been passed down from generation to generation and soon can hold a sentimental value and even collectable value. I personally own books that were my Great-Grandmother’s and I cherish them. We don’t want to lose this to e-books.

Here I will list the top ten e-readers from toptenreviews.com

1. Kindle 3

2. Nook Simple Touch Reader

3. Nook Tablet

4. Kindle Fire

5. Kindle DX

6. Nook Color

7. Sony Reader Touch Edition

8. Sony Reader Daily Edition

9. BeBook Neo

10. Nook 1st Edition

I hope this article has been helpful and made you think.Enjoy your e-reader but don't forget your books! Please comment with your thoughts on this subject. I would love to hear them.

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      Kimberly Lake 

      6 years ago from California

      @Quotatiations I am sorry to hear that. The Sony's are down at 7 and 8 on the list so there may be some problems with them. I know several people who love their Kindles and Nook colors. My ipad2 is great even in the sun it isn't too bad, but I guess some consider it an e reader and some don't. I agree with you about there being no substitute for paper books, as I said there is something to the feel of the paper etc. Thank you for your input. and comment.

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      Robert P 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I recently bought a Sony E-Reader and I think it is junk. Very slow to load and turn pages, not very responsive touch screen. Adjusting the font takes forever and sometimes makes it crash. It is really no substitute for paper books yet. Maybe the Kindle is better, but from what I have seen so far a lot of the e-book reader craze is based on hype rather than actual performance.

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