Choosing an E-reader, or E-book reading device, should ideally be based on more than just price alone. Going with the lowest priced model may mean you shortchange yourself when it comes to the seleckion of books available. But that is only the most obvious negative factor that can affect making the wrong choice.
Rather than comparing specific devices which smacks of advertising at best and shilling at worst, I will offer advice of a more generalized type of advice that you can then specifically apply. Another reason to avoid comparing brands is that technology changes so rapidly that what I describe today may have little to do with the specific brand of E-reader available tomorrow.
You might head into an outlet store or a retail behemoth like T.J. Maxx and come across an off-brand E-reader. The price may be right, but your access to books may be severely limited. Of course, if you are planning on reading the classics that are widely available in the public domain and don’t really care to download the latest vampire romance, then one of these off-brand models may be just your ticket. Before deciding on a device allowing you to read E-books at your leisure, be precise in determining the kind of reading you will be doing. If you absolutely must have access to newest best sellers, you will want to stick with those that provide quick access and easy downloading of the latest additions to the world of E-books at the most affordable prices.
If you are looking for an E-reader on which to indulge in the classics, you don’t need fancy wireless access to an online bookstore if the reader allows connection to your computer. Most Great Books can be downloaded free of charge from various sites around the internet. All you have to do to enjoy them is be able to transfer these downloaded files to your E-reader in a format that the reader can recognize. If classic literature is what you desire, then start shopping on the low end of prices while making sure that you can connect it to a computer for file transfer and that the device can read widely available document formats like PDF files.
One of those other aspects of E-readers that come into play besides cost of the device is the cost to your eyesight. Don’t rely on marketing ploys that suggest a certain reader is the easiest on the eyes. Try to get your hands on an actual working E-book reader and determine for yourself whether spending time looking at the screen is going to be comfortable or produce eyestrain. Consider things like the size of the screen, the ease with which the type size can be increased, how easy the screen is to read in both bright and dim lighting, and the heft of the device if you find you need to hold the reader close to your face in order to be able to read.
While transferring files downloaded from the internet is always a preferable option, most books today make it onto an E-reader via download. If you don’t have wireless internet access in the place where you will be doing the most reading, then you probably want to definitely consider getting it. Most devices easily connect to an open wireless internet signal, but you may also want to spring for a more expensive model that can latch onto a wireless cell phone network for easy downloading. Some less expensive models will require that the device be connected to a computer via USB cord. While not necessary, devices equipped for wireless downloading usually provide this option as well.
Do you like to listen to music while you read? Some E-book readers come equipped with the capacity to play music files while you read. You may also want to invest in a device that allows you to surf the internet. If you have access to a wide range of technology, make sure to get an E-reader that comes with an app that allows you to access your library on your cell phone or a tablet computer.