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Best Ebook Reader: Consumer Favorites
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E-readers provide an easy and convenient way to access your favorite e-books at the push of a button. With today's technology, you can read ebooks everywhere, on the bus, train, airplane, and even while standing in line. After all, why bring heavy books everywhere when you can have an entire electronic library in the palm of your hand? With prices that start at well below $100, there are several great e-readers on the market to choose from. In your quest for the best ebook reader, the basic set of features should include high definition displays for easier reading, quick page turns, lightweight design, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Here are some consumer favorites:
Amazon Kindle 7
Amazon is commonly recognized as the industry leader for producing the best ebook reader. Since the release of their flagship product, the Amazon Kindle in 2012, Amazon continued to develop several versions, each with the same outstanding performance and value. Although it is considered a “veteran” e-reader now, the recently-updated seventh generation Amazon Kindle still offers an excellent amount of bang for your buck. Released in October 2014, the Kindle 7 is the first basic Kindle to use a touchscreen for navigating within books. Priced at $79, it is also the first basic Kindle available in international markets such as India, Japan and China.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Released on June 30, 2015, Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3 offers a generous 6-inch, 300 ppi E Ink Carta HD display, which has twice the pixels of the original Paperwhite. Although it is a bit pricier at $119, the Papewhite 3 is a top-notch performer with its superior speed, excellent edge lighting and simple and intuitive controls, allowing faster and hassle-free book loads and page turns. The Papewhite 3 also offers seamless integration with Goodreads as well as Cloud Collections for the best ebook reader experience.
Kobo Aura H2O
The Kobo e-reader is the system supported by Amazon’s competitor, Chapter’s Books. It is produced by Toronto-based Kobo, Inc. and holds 20% of the market share for e-readers worldwide. Released in October 2014, the Kobo Aura H2O is considered to be a premium e-reader due to its waterproof and dustproof design, impressive no-glare 6.8-inch screen, fully-adjustable ComfortLight edge lighting and high-resolution e-ink display that reads like print on paper. All in all, Kobo Aura H2O’s outstanding display provides a worry-free and enjoyable reading.
Kobo Glo HD
Released on May 1, 2015, the Kobo Glo HD also possesses a built-in adjustable ComfortLight that provides a book-like reading experience. The Kobo Glo HD’s customizable fonts, sizes and margins are the perfect complement to its clear-as-print display screen. Its portable, lightweight design is ideal for when you're on the go. The Glo also has a long battery life so you can enjoy the freedom of leaving your charger at home. If you’re looking for comfort, convenience and portability, the Kobo Glo HD is highly recommended amongst consumers as the best ebook reader.
The Nook from Barnes & Noble holds about 10% of the worldwide market. Their Nook GlowLight is by far the best ebook reader they’ve come out with to date. It features a sharp e-ink display, excellent edge lighting and touch screen functionality. Designed for easy reading day or night, the Nook GlowLight evenly illuminates the entire page so you can enjoy hours of uninterrupted bedtime reading. Its "real page numbers" function allows readers to locate a page based on the actual numbering system that the book provides.
As new e-reading innovations continue to flood the market, finding the best ebook reader will continue to be a challenge. Just keep in mind that it is not necessary to break the bank. No matter which one you choose, you can expect comfort, quality and convenience in your reading experience.
Tanisha Williams is the author of two non-profit e-books “501c3 In 12-Steps” and “Simple Internal Controls That Protect Your Assets”. Her desire for more interaction with readers was the key inspiration behind the development of her latest business venture ChatEbooks. ChatEbooks, launched in October 2014, harnesses the strengths of social media in order to help authors and their readers engage and connect within the context of the selling/reading experience.
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