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Many are interested in having a device for reading e-books, but there are a few things to consider with e-readers. Here are some things to think about.
One of the major things to consider with e-readers is the display. You have three choices: touch screens, e-ink displays, and LCD screens. These are not mutually exclusive, however. The Barnes & Noble Nook has two options: a black and white touch screen with e-ink and a color display that’s an LCD. The Kindle has an e-ink display that’s not a touch screen. E-ink is great because you can read it in direct sunlight — important if you want to read books while at the beach or while at the park with friends.
Another consideration is the battery life. Although the color display of the Color Nook is impressive, its battery life is about 8 hours. On the other hand, the Kindle can last up to a month and the Nook Touch Reader can last up to two months on a single charge. This is because the e-ink display uses up much less battery than the LCD.
When choosing an e-reader, you’ll want to think about what you want to use it for. If you’re planning on reading children’s books or magazines and browsing the Internet, having a color display might be worth it. For a device that does more than just display books, the iPad might be the right device for you if the price tag doesn’t put you off. For those looking for an e-reader specifically, devices with an e-ink display are great because they don’t strain your eyes and last a long time.