Reading Devices for eBooks

Which reading device you use can enhance or lessen your reading experience

Yes, your reading device can make a huge impact on your reading experience. Words can sometimes be difficult to see; perhaps the screen is poorly pixelated or your reading device is too small (think cell phones). This can diminish your reading experience because you want to be able to see what you’re reading, right? On the other hand, you also don’t want an enormous tablet that’s the size of your laptop if you have small hands (like me) or you need something that will fit inside your bag.

How do you choose which reading device is best for you?

There are several factors that can help you determine which device is best for you, but you’ll need to ask yourself some questions first. One of the first things you need to do is become aware of all of your options. Don’t look at price just yet. Get to know what’s available. Electronics are constantly changing and companies are forever upgrading their gadgets. Once you know what’s on the market, now you can begin to think about price, availability, functionality (how you will use it), features (what benefits does it offer you) and compatibility (can you read books from all retailers).

Important Considerations

Price and availability are important factors, but this is the 21st century so pretty much everything is within the click of a mouse. When it comes to price, you pay for what you get and I like to have a positive reading experience. Meaning, a good device will cost you a few bucks more but you want a good experience, right? What’s the point in reading on a low-quality (fuzzy) screen? Or a screen that’s too small?

Features are another important factor that you need to consider when choosing the right device. Getting the right size is important so you’ll need to think about how and when you’ll use it. You’ll also need to consider the battery life, the charging time, and the space or capacity if you’re downloading ebooks directly to your device–IF your device even allows you to do this. Not all devices are created equally.

Compatibility can be a deal breaker for some, but to me it’s not as big of a deal. I purchase almost 100% of my books from either Amazon or my local book retailer, and occasionally used books from the library. 🙂

Each tablet has its own features and charging time but vary greatly in price.Personally, I recommend (and have) both the Kindle Fire and the iPad Mini 2. Out of the two devices, my iPad is much faster and lasts waaay longer, but it’s also more expensive. Before I bought my iPad, I did use the Samsung Galaxy Tab but it didn’t last long and took a nose dive, so it wasn’t worth the money. But, who knows? Maybe I got a dud from the factory that went caput on me right after the one-year warranty expired. I’ve been wanting to try a Paperwhite for a while as I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, but I can’t part with my iPad.

One last option that you can resort to is using a regular tablet (or cell phone if your eyes can handle it) and downloading the Kindle App from the app store. I did this for a while until I found out how much better the reading experience was with the other devices.