eBook readers like the Amazon Kindle are available in just about every book store that you can go into these days, but some readers still aren’t sold on the new tech. Here’s a few reasons that every bookworm should give an eBook reader a chance.
1. It’s better for the environment. eBook readers do use electricity, but very little electricity–most models can survive for over a week on a single charge, and as the technology progresses, the energy consumption of the eBook reader continues to improves. Contrast that with the immense amount of paper needed for a book-125 million trees are used in the newspaper and book industry every year in America alone–and the eBook comes off as an ecologically safe option. The more books you store on an eBook reader, the more paper you’re saving and the better the effect on the environment.
2. It’s a more convenient solution for frequent readers. If you read often, you actively dread the thought of being trapped without a book for a long period of time. Vacations can be difficult, as limited carry-on space means that you can’t bring your whole Nabokov collection.
An eBook reader can store thousands of books in its memory, and most models actively save your place in each book. You can read several books and newspapers easily with a few swipes of your finger, and the whole package is smaller than a standard paperback. Even if you’re not a technophile, that’s pretty awesome-plus, the ease of use of eBook readers like the Kindle means that there’s practically no learning curve. That’s right, older folks: eBook readers are for you, too.
For those of you worried about high-light reading, don’t be. New eReaders sport a “digital ink” technology that makes them easily readable, even in direct sunlight.
3. The secondary features of e-reader devices. The #1 reason to buy a Kindle or an eReader or any of those other eBook readers is, well, to read eBooks. Some of them have secondary functions, though, that make the buying decision a lot easier. Newer Kindle models have 3G access, which allows you to shop for new books anywhere in the country or get your newspaper subscription sent straight to you while you’re on vacation. Other eReaders have built in MP3 players, web access, and more. These secondary features are more than cool; they’re a really good reason to invest in the new technology.
4. Prices just got pretty reasonable. Many ebook sellers like Amazon are charging a bit less for ebooks than for paperbacks, which is good, since, of course, there’s no physical product. Ereaders are far less expensive than they’ve been in the past, and sport more features. The Kindle and Sony eReader both have versions available at under $150, a big price barrier for many readers.
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