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Should you be utilizing an e-reader?

Business Technology | April 12, 2011

E-readers have become very popular in recent years. Those who use them swear by them for their convenience and portability. Everybody doesn’t share their enthusiasm, however. There are a number of things to consider before you decide whether or not an e-reader meets your needs.

What are the choices?

E-readers are essentially devices that display e-books, although some have additional capabilities, such as Internet connectivity. The most popular choices are the Amazon Kindle, the Sony Reader and Barnes & Noble’s Nook.

Tablet owners often use their tablets to read e-books as well. Most tablets, however, do much more than just display e-books, so that is not their primary purpose.

Pros

  • E-readers are extremely portable, which is great for any person who likes to read while on vacation or a business trip
  • Another travel perk – if you are in a foreign country, you may still download an e-book in the language you choose, instead of looking for an accommodating bookstore.
  • Books are often more affordable than you will find in normal bookstores.
  • Privacy – you almost certainly don’t want everyone to know if you’re reading a self-help book. If you’re using an e-reader, they won’t be able to tell.
  • All of your books can be found in one place.

Cons

  • Depending on the style of e-reader or tablet, you may not be able to read in direct sunlight because of screen glare.
  • Cost – while you might pay less for books than you normally would, e-readers usually cost more than $140.
  • If you’re accustomed to shopping in used bookstores, these books will cost much more than you’re used to spending.
  • Lending books isn’t always an option.
  • All of your books are in one location – if you lose your e-reader, you’re losing all of your books if you do not buy a replacement.

As with any technology, the choice between an e-reader and a book depends on personal preference. While some people enjoy being able to showcase their books on a bookshelf and share them with the world, others prefer the portable convenience that comes with an e-reader.

For more comparisons of e-readers and traditional books, take a look at this article.


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