Selecting eReaders

What do you want to do with your device?
Option 1: Read black and white text?

Consider an e-ink eReader.


10 times longer battery life, ~60 hours and one-third to one-half the cost, $80 to $150, of LCD devices. And they are lighter, easy to use.

No color, Web use is extremely clunky, if at all, will not play videos, requires good ambient light to read.

Here are reviews of some e-ink devices. Near the bottom of each written is a 12 to 15 minute video walkthrough.
Nook Touch at

Kindle Touch at

Kindle 4 at

Kindle with keyboard at
Sony PRS-T1 at

Sony PRS-650 at

Kobo Touch at

Kobo WiFi at
Option 2: Read eBooks with color pictures, do Web stuff, e.g., answer email, surf Web, watch videos, etc.?

Consider LCD eReaders and tablets.


Displays color, handles Web, plays video, LCD screen glows so no external light is required at night. Great for reading in bed.

Shorter battery life than e-ink, ~6 hours. Heavier than e-ink devices, except for smartphones. Some complain of headaches from eye strain. More expensive, about $250 for eReaders to $600 for larger tablets.

Lots of people read on smartphones because they always carry these devices. Almost everyone imagines smartphone screens will be too small, but after reading on one, only a few maintain this claim. So every smartphone owner has the hardware for reading eBooks. They need to add a free application software for displaying eBooks. Amazon (, Barnes and Noble (, Sony ( and Kobo ( offer free software for their eBooks. There are many other brands of eBook software for eBooks provided by other eBook vendors. Nook reading apps for PCs, Macs, Android, iPhones, iPads, iPods at

Here are reviews of some LCD devices. Near the bottom of each written is a 12 to 15 minute video walkthrough.

Nook Color at

Nook Tablet at

Kindle Fire at

Kobo Vox at

Option 3: If you want to borrow EBooks from your local library, then ask your local librarian about which eReaders will work with their collection. Libraries are getting eBook collections from several vendors. Some vendors provide eBooks for Kindles, some don't. Updated: April 2012

1 comment:

  1. I kind of like the Kobo more than the rest. It has a very useful backlight feature, Android support, and cloud storage. I'm usually buying my books and comics from all you can books and download them directly to my Kobo e-reader. Glad I don't have to plug my e-reader into a PC to copy books over anymore.