For those of you who love to read, the eReader is a good choice even if you are a person who is electronically challenged. Most devices are simple and easy to use. If you are not familiar with eReaders, they are a standalone device that typically has wireless capability used to download content such as e-books, newspapers, or other documents.
The pros of owning an eReader include the ability to have information stored in one place, the ease of finding a book to read instantly instead of going to the local store or library, and doesn't require you to have a lot of extra space in your home for hundreds of books. An eReader can store thousands of e-books or documents. It is also very convenient for college students to have what they need downloaded on an e-book instead of lugging around several books all day. If you read a lot, it will definitely save you money in the long run. You can download e-books for as little as $1, and sometimes authors or companies will offer free downloads. That beats spending $10 or more to buy a book in a store.
There are also cons to owning an eReader, but I think the good outweighs the bad. One problem for some people is that it will never take the place of curling up with a traditional book. A regular book doesn't strain your eyes as much as staring at a screen could, although some models use what is called e-ink to cut down on eye strain and is the closest resemblance to paper. And as with all electronic devices, battery life, freezing up, or spilling something on it can be a huge disadvantage.
There are several brands of eReaders to choose from, such as Kindle, SONY, and Nook. Average screen size varies from 6" to 10" inches diagonally. Weight can vary from 7 oz to 20 oz. There is the choice between LCD screen and e-ink. The e-books available depend on the make and model of the eReader, and some offer as many as 2 1/2 million. Battery life can range anywhere from 5 hours to 100 hours. Several document formats are offered on most models. Some eReaders offer 'text to speech', and reads aloud to you. Others even feature access to apps, email, and internet. One important feature is the difference between wi-fi and 3G. 3G is typically a little more expensive, but you have the ability to connect to the internet anywhere there is cell phone service. With wi-fi, you are only able to download items in an area that offers the service. Prices vastly range between $50 to $500, dependent upon brand, memory, and features.
These are all things to consider before purchasing an eReader and deciding what features will work best for you. They are relatively simple to work, and if you use a computer at all it should take you no time to effortlessly use the device.