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Electronic Book Readers

Updated on December 28, 2011
Kindle Application for the iPad
Kindle Application for the iPad

Electonic Book Readers

If you're in the market for an electronic book reader, you have a few different options. The top two on the market are the Amazon Kindle (in its several different models) and the Barnes and Noble color Nook. The most obvious difference between these two devices is the fct that the Nook comes in color.

Personally, I think the Kindle is the better device for a few different reasons. First of all, Amazon has had the Kindle out for alot longer than the Nook. The original Kindle came out in 2007. There are over 1 million books, newspapers, and blogs available for the Kindle. The Nook also has well over a million books available. The key reason I prefer the Kindle, is that Amazon has made their Kindle application available to several different platforms. This means you can read Kindle books without ever purchasing a Kindle device. The Kindle application exists for both the Apple and Android operating systems.

Today, I am fortunate enough to have a Kindle. I had the initial Kindle back in 2007 and recently upgraded to the latest Wifi-anabled Kindle. As these devices are the best for reading, I also downloaded the Kindle Application to my iPad2, my iPhone 4S, and my Android-based HTC cell phone. This means I'm able to read my Kindle books across several of my devices. The nice thing about this, is that it remembers exactly where I left off reading each time. If I sign onto Kindle with a different device, it automatically asks me if I'd like to go to the last place I left off.

Since in my house, we have multiple devices capable of running the Kindle Application, 5 different people share the same Amazon account so all five of us are allowed to read the same collection of purchased books and/or magazines and newspapers. This is a very useful capability.

From a price standpoint, the $79 Kindle Book reader is a great deal. This is probably the best deal you'll get on an E-reader. If you're strictly looking for an E-book only reading device, then the Kindle is for you. This device is ideal for reading anywhere. The no-glare capability of the Kindle allows for reading anyplace.

One other option you need to consider is a tablet. If you are already planning on purchasing a tablet, regardless of whether or not its Apple or Android based, you will be able to download the Kindle Application from the appropriate store and your tablet will automatically turn into your e-book reader. You can still manage all your purchases through the site. The difference here is your tablet will obvious provide alot of other capabilities that your Kindle can't. Of course, that comes with a price. The Apple iPad costs $499 for the Wifi version.

In terms of of Amazon, their recently released tablet, the Amazon Fire, is an Android-based tablet that is made especially to work with Amazon services, including the Kindle E-reader. At $199, this is probably the best price you will find in terms of a tablet.

Regardless of which direction you decide to go, Amazon provides several options for you to take advantage of their electronic book services.

I'd love to hear what you think is the best e-reading device. Like this hub and leave me a comment. Thanks!!!

Which E-Reader do you use?

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    • tlmcgaa70 profile image

      tlmcgaa70 6 years ago from south dakota, usa

      the other nice thing about kindle or kindle apps is that it is available for free to download on my window xp...i would prefer the device itself as sitting reading at my computer, especially as much as i read, can get painful to say the least...but it will work til i can afford the real deal.

    • doubleklm profile image

      doubleklm 6 years ago

      That's an entirely different advantage of e-readers that I never thought of. Adding efficiencies to the book review side of the business.

    • Earl S. Wynn profile image

      Earl S. Wynn 6 years ago from California

      I'm definitely a fan of e-readers that utilize e-ink! One of my favorite things about e-readers is that, as an author who often does book reviews, I can get electronic copies from authors and cut out the whole "send me a paperback book" thing that can get so tedious at times, especially with new authors.