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PROS of USING AN eBOOK READER
Digital book readers are quickly taking over the electronics world as some of the most wished for and most gifted products of recent months. If you’re thinking of buying your own reader, here are some of the benefits of doing so.
Top of the list is the feature that digital book readers were designed for: portability. The whole point of an electronic reader is to allow users to take a whole collection of books with them wherever they go. This is perfect for those who commute, travel often, or simply love to read books but hate to carry them around!
Most eBook readers are typically around the size of a small paperback, meaning they take up far less space -whether that means on your bookshelf or in your handbag – than a normal collection of physical books would. They don’t weigh any extra, either!
True book lovers will love the connectivity features of many of the latest readers, allowing them to logon to eBook stores and purchase books whenever they want. Kindle is famous for its wireless network, though other eBook readers are also following suit.
3) They Are Easy to Read
Though some people may assume otherwise, digital book readers are actually surprisingly easy and enjoyable to read. Thanks to a technology known as e-Ink, light is reflected from the screen in the same way as it’s reflected from paper. You won’t find your eyes getting tired or strained as they would with a computer screen.
4) Benefits to Publishers, Authors and Readers
Due to the way in which eBook readers can make books available to a mass audience, they benefit publishers, authors and readers alike. They make it easy to self-publish your own work, and save publishers huge costs by avoiding printing, binding and all the other work that goes into creating physical books.
5) Ease of Use
When reading an eBook on your digital device, it’s far easier to search than with a physical book. If you need to find a particular word or phrase you can do so in seconds, and you may also have the ability to highlight, browse back and forth easily, and save favorite locations of the book. On top of this, you can customize the font, the size of the words and the layout to match your needs and preferences. On some models you can even lookup words in the dictionary on the go!
6) Take Advantage of Free eBooks
There are many fiction works, published prior to 1900, available in the public domain – and you can get eBook versions of these books completely free with your new eBook reader! What better way to start off your collection?
Conclusion to the Pros
These benefits just scratch the surface of what you’ll experience when you start using digital book readers. Just think of how they will encourage you to read more, to save paper, and to enjoy yourself when traveling!
CONS of USING AN eBOOK READER
While there are a number of benefits to using handheld eBook readers, everything comes with its downside too. Here are a few of the reasons why digital book readers may not be for you.
1) Powered By Electricity
One of the first obvious drawbacks of the eBook reader is that they need electricity to work (unlike physical books). You will need to check the battery life of any reader you buy to see whether it suits you (especially if you travel a lot – as having to charge your reader could limit just how portable it really is).
2) The Cost and Availability of the eBooks
When it comes to buying eBooks, many people expect them to be far cheaper than physical books due to the fact that there are fewer materials involved. However, at present eBooks are almost the same price as physical books. Another major drawback is that the title you are looking for may not be available in eBook form. eBook availability is constantly growing, though.
3) It’s Not the Same As Reading A Real Book
There’s no getting around the fact that reading a book has a certain feel that handheld eBook readers can’t quite match. E-Ink is far better than reading a computer screen, but still not the same as paper – especially when you consider the fact that eBook readers are not yet available in color. However, designers make sure that readers are as comfortable as possible, and you will generally get used to them in no time.
4) eBook Readers Are Not More Eco Friendly
Some people argue that, though eBooks save on paper, they are not more eco friendly due to the electricity, plastic and other factors that go into making handheld eBook readers. However, the sheer amount of printed books and paper that could be saved as a result of the eBook reader should outweigh these concerns.
5) The Cost
There’s no escaping the fact that handheld eBook readers are going to cost you a lot more than a book – however, this cost will be made up for over time the more you use it. You will have to be more careful not to damage your reader, though!
6) I Don’t Need A Whole Library of Books With Me, and What About the Books I Already Own?
Some people claim that they don’t need to be able to take thousands of books wherever they go, which is understandable. If you travel often, then an eBook reader is probably useful due to the fact that you don’t need to carry as many heavy books. However, a major drawback is the fact that you can’t convert the books you already own to digital format unless you buy them again (and they are available as an eBook).
7) Can’t Share eBooks
Lastly, many book lovers get joy from sharing their books with others, and selling them on, or giving them away, when they are done reading. This isn’t possible with eBooks, and you’ll each need to buy your own copy, which could work out more expensive depending on your book reading habits.
Update to the idea of Sharing: Amazon’s Kindle now allows you to share books you’ve read with other Kindle friends by allowing them to do a library like check-out from your account, in effect “borrowing” that book for a specified period of time.
Conclusion to the Cons
There are, inevitably, some drawbacks to using handheld eBook readers – and they won’t be for everyone. However, many people are already enjoying the new technology and finding that it can help them access books they would previously have just left on the shelf unread!
I hoped I’ve helped you a little into your investigation of eBook readers. You can get the full and complete story on eBook readers at http://jphvideoventures.com/ereaders.