What to look for while buying an e-Book reader
Aug09

What to look for while buying an e-Book reader

Even if you are not gadgets’ fanatic you must be aware of the wave called e-Book reader cresting the market with potential customers and new device entries every other week. It isn’t something new, but surprisingly enough it has been on the earth for quite a good number of years. Back in 2007 Amazon Kindle(d) the need for a dedicated digital reader to fire the trend today. If you don’t own it still then this short guide may help you to decide on one pretty soon. The most sought after features If you are an ardent reader then this device is bound to find a place in your bag. Yes, you guessed it right. The size of an e-Book reader does matter. The lighter and thinner the better it is for you to carry around anywhere. The most appealing feature of these devices is its crisp, paper-like e-Ink display. If you care for your eyes, and you read for long stretches then stick to an e-Ink display than an LCD one. Headaches and strenuous eyes will be a history for you. With an LCD screen you can’t even think of reading in bright sunlight, but the electronic ink display reads best in bright day-light. Just remember to carry a small light if you are a nocturnal reader. The third most appreciated aspect is the battery life of an e-Book reader. The ones using e-Ink display tend to conserve power, thus providing the reader with battery juice lasting for around a month. Additional features that you need to decide on Do you think an e-Book reader should have an MP3 player? I think it is foolish to have one when there are dedicated MP3 players to soothe your hearing taste. The first generation Kindle had 2GB of storage for 1500 books. Can somebody still read more books in a lifetime? Larger storage capacity is unnecessary unless somebody wants to use it as a storage device! It is necessary for you to check out if the e-Book reader sports text highlighting, notes taking and bookmarking of pages. Such trivial functionalities prove extremely handy while traveling. Attributes such as address book, calendar, a to-do list, and robotic voice reading out text are superficial for an e-Book reader. Now-a-days with an iPhone or Blackberry by your side you really don’t expect an e-Book reader, of all, to have such characteristics. Definitely, an e-Book reader must be ambidextrous, having an accelerometer, wireless enabled, and easy to use. With Amazon, Sony, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Ectaco (thinnest and least priced jetBook Mini), and of course Apple (iPad, which I don’t consider as an e-Book reader) touting...

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Lowest Priced Kobo e-Reader Only Reads
Aug05

Lowest Priced Kobo e-Reader Only Reads

Are you fond of reading books, but haven’t tried an e-reader yet? One of the possible reasons could be the cost. Moreover, when you just want to read so why the heck you should spend extra bucks for features! Now, there is Kobo e-Reader that provides you with an amazing reading experience sans all the other features and that too at an affordable price. Read on to know more about this device. Look and Feel The screen is a 6 inch e-Ink, 8 level grayscale display, which is sunlight friendly, and it has in-built light to help you read in the dark. To keep it to bare-bones, Kobo has just provided with an SD card slot (which is missing in Kindle) and a mini-USB port for transfer of books. The e-Reader feels quite solid and compact in hands. Although it is a millimeter thicker than Kindle 2, but is lightest amongst all present e-Readers. The enhanced aesthetics of the gadget leaves you impressed with the “quilted” texture at the back which feels natural to your fingers and gives a better grip. Performance With Kobo e-Reader you get 4GB of internal storage, and it accepts SD cards upto 64GB (depending on the model). You get a battery life of 2 days on a single charge which is much better than Nook. Turning pages proves frustratingly sluggish on Kobo’s gadget. On the other hand, navigation is pretty easy on this e-Reader in the wake of the fact that the UI is extremely user-friendly. Once you install the app on your device, you can access 100 pre-stored books and it provides you with a better shopping process. Only Reads Kobo’s product has a touchscreen, no keyboard, calculator, headphone jack, multimedia player. It only reads (read that in bold letters). This is the major reason that it has a long battery life, and it is easier to handle without fearing accidental touch or press of the screen or any button. It supports ePub, PDF and Adobe DRM files only, as it basically...

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Can Ectaco’s jetBook Mini compete with Amazon’s Kindle?
Oct23

Can Ectaco’s jetBook Mini compete with Amazon’s Kindle?

If you wish to pacify your fiancé with an economical gift or present your globe-trotter friend with a pocketable device then you just need to shell out around $100, and beam over “Thanks”. Ectaco has introduced the lightest ever eBook reader jetBook Mini for those who want to stay and travel light. Some of its enticing features make you believe that this new entry into the eBook readers’ market is “the thing”, but what has kept Kindle at the top of the charts is its crisp e-Ink display. Ectaco is lightest and cheapest with a  long battery life! Now, this is not all that Ectaco’s invention is all about, but it definitely highlights what Kindle is not. This new device can be easily obtained by anybody, even those who love reading only while traveling. The price has been kept low for this e-Reader to reach the maximum number of people. It weighs just 5.7 ounce, thus you can travel pretty light and easy. The best part is that if you are on a very short trip then you need not care about your jetBook going blank as it provides you with 90 hours of non-stop reading. You just need to use four AAA Energizer batteries to charge it up. Some more tempting features: Ectaco’s jetBook Mini sports a 5inch reflective TFT display. Being an LCD screen page turn is faster compared to e-Ink displays, proclaims the official website. We all know the benefits of e-Ink display that it is best to read it in bright sunlight, and doesn’t strain your eyes. The most promising feature is that of “all-way reading”, wherein this mini e-Reader allows you to read in all 4 different directions. Now, even if you are a leftie you can operate the device without any trouble at all. The Ectaco’s e-Reader has a microSD card slot which can be used to expand the memory up to 2GB. This ultra portable eBook reader supports file formats like MOBI, ePub, HTML, PRC, and PDF among others, and provides you with the multi-language interface option too. It also has a built-in clock, and it provides you with ample options for line spacing, changing font size and line breaks. Ectaco’s jetBook Mini packs in all the notable features in its light and slim design. The doubts although still prevail over its ability to usurp Kindle’s popularity and majorly the display features. It will be interesting to see this market getting hot with new introductions and innovations in the...

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Why It’s Stupid to Buy an iPad For Reading Books
Sep14

Why It’s Stupid to Buy an iPad For Reading Books

Any device that comes with an “i” at the beginning of its name gets people crazy. More often the craze is justified, if not wise, to get crazy about products with “i” at the beginning, but occasionally it is not that good an idea. We have to accept that not every Apple product is worth its salt, Apple iPad is one such product, especially as an e-book reader. Before I proceed further, I must tell you I do not belong to any of the “I hate Apple products” groups, and I am a proud owner of couple of their products, but iPad is not one of them. Why iPad couldn’t be an e-book reader? Reading books on an iPad defeats the whole purpose of buying an altogether different device for reading books, as the backlit display of iPad puts the reader’s eyes into danger – the very thing for which an e-book reader was designed, in the first place. Unlike Kindle, Nook, and several other e-book readers, which use EDP (electronic paper display) technology E-Ink, Apple iPad has a backlit display that emits harmful radiations. Looking on any backlit screen for a long time could result in undesirable short-term effects like eye strains, watery eyes, and headache. In the long run, continuous use of such a display could also put you at risk of impaired vision and glaucoma. Along with mobility, this is the reason why people stopped reading on their computer screens, and started to use e-book readers that came fitted with displays which mimicked contrast-level of real paper. E-book readers perform better in the broad daylight E-book reader also scores a point over Apple iPad on its readability in the broad daylight. Unlike devices with backlit displays, dedicated e-book readers produce better result in broad daylight. An e-book reader soaks in the sunlight and uses it to reproduce the texts on the screen, which has a contrast ratio comparable to that of paper. And the brighter the light source the clearer will be the texts on the screen. As said earlier, the radiation emitted by an e-book reader is absolute zero. As an e-book reader, the only advantage that Apple iPad has over a dedicated e-book reader is the support for various file types. Contrary to what many people want to believe, a color screen does not translate into real benefit for e-book readers because hardly anyone wants to read text in any color other than black. In a book reading device, a color screen is a good to have feature, but it is not a must have feature. It, indeed, could help you read digital version...

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