Selecting eBook reading hardware

  1. Find sources for the eBooks you want to read before buying an eReader, i.e., eBook reading hardware. Many people buy Kindles and THEN ask their local librarians whether the library has eBooks for Kindles. The answer is "NO" because Amazon prevents librarians from providing eBooks for Kindles. Librarians can provide eBooks for other eReaders, but not Kindles.

  2. So where can we find eBooks? The Web sites of major eReader manufacturers have online stores selling eBooks for their devices. Lesser-known eBook manufacturers list independent online stores selling eBooks. In the upper left menu called "For patrons," the links called "Free eBooks" and "Cheap eBooks" list independent providers of eBooks for many eReaders. "Free eBooks" includes a description of Overdrive. Many public libraries provide eBooks library patrons can load into their eReaders, except Kindle.

  3. When finding Web sites with desirable eBooks, write down the formats of the eBooks on those Web sites. The most common eBook formats are PDF and EPUB. Slightly less common formats are DOC (Word document), TXT (plain text document), MOBI (MobiPocket), HTML (Web browser). Read "Digital Rights Management" in the "For patrons" section for an additional issue.

  4. Use your list of formats to identify which eReaders and software you should consider. Before running out and buying an eReader, consider the fact that half of eBooks readers read eBooks on their computers, laptops and smartphones. eBook readers often read on these devices for a year before buying eReaders.

  5. Reading eBooks on computers, laptops or smartphones require software that can display the format of the desired eBooks. Many eBook manufacturers' Web site provide links to software for reading their eBooks on computers, laptops and smartphones. In the upper menu called "For patrons," the link "Information and Reviews" provides links to reviews of software for reading on computers, laptops and smartphones.

  6. Before purchasing an eReader, consider whether you want to only read eBooks or do you want to also surf the Web, email, etc. Reading eBooks is probably best on devices with e-ink screens like Nook, Sony Reader and Kindle. If you also want to also surf the Web and email, then consider LCD color screen devices such Nook Color, Pandigital and tablets, e.g., iPad. LCD color devices give a very good reading experience, but they are more expensive and their screens harder to read in sunlight than e-ink devices. In the upper menu called "For patrons," "Information and Reviews" provides links to reviews of eReaders and tablets. Increasing numbers of libraries have devices to try out. Ask your local librarian.

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  1. Interesting and important information. It is really beneficial for us. Thanks