Many of us have been reading ebooks on our computers for quite some time. The books available, for the most part, were mostly educational type books that were intended to teach us a new skill. These books are particularly popular with many online marketing courses.
Today you can read virtually any book that has been written in this electronic format. The nice thing is that you no longer need to be tied to your computer to read an electronic book, you do, however, need to use an ebook reader or an app on your phone. Today I'm talking about the dedicated e-reader. For me, the phone is a good option for a pinch, but I enjoy features of having a Kindle. I wonder if you like owning an ebook reader.
Two of the most common readers are the Amazon Kindle and the Nook. Both of these units will allow you to download and read upwards of a million different titles of books. You also have access to over thousands of blogs and many popular magazines and newspapers.
These electronic readers have been around since 2007 but they are now widely used. The phone has passed the Kindle for reading ebooks, I think due to the convenience factor. Who wants another item to carry.
The Kindle is very lightweight weighing around the same as a phone, or small tablet. This makes it extremely portable. It has a long battery life so you don't need to be tied to an outlet, perfect for reading the latest mystery at the beach.
As a matter of fact the battery life, when fully charged, is up to a week with wireless turned off. With the wireless feature on your battery life will be less.
Some models of the Amazon Kindle will allow you to connect to a cellular network, anywhere, anytime without having to purchase an additional plan. You will be using the included Whispernet network, standard these Kindles.
Many people may be hesitant to download and read an ebook using this method because they may think that it would be hard on the eyes. Actually the opposite is true. The clarity of the screen makes reading a book on an electronic reader as easy on the eyes as a paper book. Most of the ebook makers provide tablet versions which are not quite the same concept.
Oh yes. You can even increase the font size,which would not even be possible to do with that $25 hardcover book you just bought!
Most electronic readers will be able to store between 300 and 500 titles. You will also have the ability to add between 4GB and 16GB memory card to store all the titles that you've purchased. That makes for an impressive, and small, library. I think I have around 400 books in my Kindle library, but I don't have to keep them all on my device.
Electronic readers are cheap. They can run around $299 depending on which model you choose. Amazon.com is the place to get the Amazon Kindle, of course, but you can also get the Nook at Barnes and Noble model and the Kobo online as well. The tablet versions of the Kindle sell for much less. I don't know why, but you can often find a 7 inch version for $29-$49 on Amazon.
Readers aren't always in stock at physical stores like Wal-Mart. If you wanted to get one for a special occasion, say a holiday, birthday present, or a vacation, you should start looking early so you find the sales. They often go on sale for $50 off or so.
Getting an electronic ebook reader has many benefits: you will save paper, you can get the latest titles in seconds from virtually anywhere, you can save money by following the Free and reduced pricing for promotions. Plus, you can store a huge number of titles in this one compact device. All in all, it's a good deal for any avid reader.
This year, I have made the goal to knock out a good chunk of those 400 or so titles. A large percent of them have been on the Kindle.
Do you read on a device? What device do you read on the most? Which do you prefer?