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5 Reasons To Go E-Reader

By Edited Oct 31, 2015 6 22

With the explosion of the e-book thanks to companies like amazon with their kindle, Kobo with their e-reader and of course Apple with their iPad[1] more and more people are switching to e-readers every day. 

So what are the advantages of switching to an e-reader?

Holds Thousands Of Books

Shelf Of Books
E-readers are capable of holding what would take rooms full of books in the size of a novel. This means that you can carry your entire collection around with you everywhere you go without all of that weight weighing you down. One problem that I am always facing with reading is that I always have to make sure that I have my next book with me when I start getting to the end. The Amazon Paperwhite can store up to 1,100 e-books on the device not to mention all of your purchases can be quickly downloaded anytime you have Wi-Fi access as you need them, saving space on your device[2].
This is the device that I started with and I found it to be very user friendly and comfortable. The only reason that I no longer have it is that I got a new iPad which I use instead.

Hundreds Of Free Books

With new titles becoming available every day there is a lot of authors competing to get their e-books recognized. This means that along with those authors that offer their e-books free there are a lot of promotions providing you the opportunity to purchase for free. A number of website will let you know about the current promotions that are available and Amazon even has a top 100 free books list. If you happen to not find the book that you want to read you are still better off as you can finds thousands of titles for under $10 and a little as $0.99[2]. There are over 1.7 million e-books on Amazon for $9.99 or less and to help you choose what book you want to read some sellers even let you have a free read of a chapter or two[2]

Apple iPad Air MD786LL/A 9.7-Inch 32 GB Touchscreen Tablet (Black/Space Gray)
Amazon Price: $599.00 $408.99 Buy Now
(price as of Oct 31, 2015)
This is what I currently use to read my e-books using the free kindle app to read my book purchases from Amazon. The iPad also lets me do a lot more than read books.

More Comfortable

Another advantage of the e-reader is that there is no longer any pages bound at the middle making the start or end of lines difficult to read, this allows you to sit or lie in comfort and enjoy reading your book without the difficulty of dealing with the covers and binding. It is like holding a DVD case and reading the cover. With the ever increasing range of accessories that are available for e-readers you can even stamp your individual style and decorate it as you want.

Easier Reading

Kindle Light Accessory
With most e-readers coming with a light or accessory for light it has made reading much easier as you no longer need to ensure that you have the right light to avoid squinting. When you combine this with the text sizing option you can tailor the text to your individual likes.

Light Weight

With the development of technology the e-reader has become a light and ergonomic device that is about the size of a book and often weighs about the same as a book. The Kindle Paperwhite the leading e-reader weighs just 7.3 ounces or 206 grams meaning that you will barely realize that you are holding it.

I have gone e-reader and I love it. It has been one of the best things that I have done in a long time. While it is a little unusual to begin with it is worth the short term weird feeling. Not only am I saving money buying books but I am also not having to move the books around which has become handy with my recent interstate move.



Apr 16, 2014 5:16am
I prefer tablets. Mail and internet access, and possibility to modificate your documents in office. Nothing can pop that.
Apr 17, 2014 6:13am
Yeah I agree, the only downside to the tablets is that I find my eyes can get sore quicker. Thanks for the comment
Apr 16, 2014 3:39pm
I'll love traveling with my ipad! I used to pack 2 - 3 books with me on trips, now I don't have to waste the space. Great article!
Apr 17, 2014 6:15am
Thanks. Yeah I am taking a brake by reading books that I have borrowed from the library and you notice the difference. That is what inspired me to write the article.
Apr 30, 2014 10:54am
Yeah, I love 'em too, but...

...I have some (serious, in my opinion) concerns. Chief among them is the loss of anonymity--it doesn't matter as much in a free society, but what about non-free societies. You want to read about, oh let's say, capitalism, democracy, and Reformed Theology. But your government doesn't want you to. Good luck. Consider a girl in a fundamentalist society who wants to learn algebra in spite of her society's prohibitions against girls learning math. If she's using an e-reader it's a risk.

Also, you and I don't own the e-books we purchase. Try to sell one of the books from your e-reader. No dice. Try to loan that book. My e-reader allows very limited sharing of a rather limited set of books. Losing the ability to sell, and or loan my books without restriction is a right, the loss of which I don't take lightly.

All that said, I still like the benefits and use mine often. But as we move towards an evermore electronic world, every now and then I remind myself of the costs, just to keep it real.
May 5, 2014 6:05am
I think O'Reilly allows you to lend your ebooks to other people. Their stated attitude is that you should be able to do anything with an ebook that you can with a normal one.
May 5, 2014 11:43am
You're absolutely right, and it's one of the reasons I've bought a ton of tech books from O'Reilly. Thanks for setting me straight.
May 6, 2014 1:52am
I wasn't totally sure - I've only bought one ebook from them, and no-one I know offline is interested in HTML5.
May 5, 2014 11:43am
You're absolutely right, and it's one of the reasons I've bought a ton of tech books from O'Reilly. Thanks for setting me straight.
May 5, 2014 11:34pm
I have not heard of them. I will have to check them out.
May 5, 2014 11:34pm
Thanks for the comment. One thing that you need to remember is that most e-book sellers being a US or other third world company is required to comply to the privacy laws that protect the identity of it's customers. This means that they face massive fines for the sharing of information other than with a court order. As for the lending of books, I too do not like that you are limited in lending books but remember that their needs to be protections in place to stop people from illegally copying or selling the e-books.
May 3, 2014 2:09am
I love my Kindle Fire HD. It's dual use, both e-reader and web browser.
May 5, 2014 11:37pm
I have seen them around and have thought about getting one of them. Thanks for the comment
May 5, 2014 6:04am
Although I do read a fair number of ebooks, I must admit I still prefer dead tree versions (and I'd struggle to get my entire collection on one reader, even if they were all available).
May 5, 2014 11:36pm
That is the great thing about using the kindle is that you only need to store the books that you are currently reading and the rest sit on the Amazon server.Thanks for the comment.
May 6, 2014 1:53am
The downside of that is that ebooks (and other digital media) can be removed from your cloud.

Also, there isn't a Kindle app for my PlayBook, so I can't really use Amazon yet anyway. Certainly not for DRM protected books.
May 13, 2014 7:09pm
Kindle is not the answer for every one however it is a start and great for the average reader.
May 6, 2014 4:13am
You must all have heard about the rise of the E-readers which exist for 5 or 6 years now
May 13, 2014 7:11pm
There is a large amount of research that has gone into the adoption of new technology and the vast majority of the population do not adopt till it is mainstream.
May 8, 2014 9:44am
Still prefer a book haha I can't stand reading from a screen
May 13, 2014 7:11pm
I agree that there is still something to the feel of reading a book.
May 25, 2014 3:45am
Have been using a e-reader for couple years now and I still love it! Especially for reading in public places or on vacation. Although for books I use as a reference I still prefer an actual book.
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  1. "6 Kindle Alternatives." TechShout. 14/04/2014 <Web >
  2. "Kindle Paperwhite." Amazon. 14/04/2014 <Web >

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