Topic: E-readers

  • An e-reader is an electronic reading device used to view books, magazines, and newspapers in a digital format. It is wireless, portable, and allows readers to tote personal libraries everywhere they go. Most e-readers can store several hundred e-books, or electronic books, that cost somewhat less than printed formats. Customers are also able to subscribe to electronic versions of newspapers and magazines, and textbook publishers are beginning to offer textbooks in formats that allow students to access them via e-readers. Some customers can also access their public library through their reader so they may browse and check out e-books. ¹


  • A wide variety of applications are available to E-readers. From an internet browser, an email client, a note taking tool, a daily journal, and to game apps; the number of available applications for E-readers is increasing every day.
  • Now you can use your Iphone as an E-reader with the help of an E-reader application. Currently, Barnes & Noble, and Apple have apps available so you can read your book from your Ipod.

E-Books vs. Print Books
  • Availability- Mobile availability of e-books may be provided for users with a mobile data connection, so that these e-books need not be stored on the device. An e-book can be offered indefinitely, without ever going "out of print".
  • Portability and Storage- In the space that a comparably sized print book takes up, an e-reader can potentially contain thousands of e-books, limited only by its memory capacity. If space is at a premium, such as in a backpack or at home, it can be an advantage that an e-book collection takes up little room.
  • Language Accessibility- E-book websites can include the ability to translate books into many different languages, making the works available to speakers of languages not covered by printed translations.
  • E-Reader Attributes- Depending on the device, an e-book may be readable in low light or even total darkness. Many newer readers have the ability to display motion, enlarge or change fonts , use Text-to-speech software to read the text, search for key terms, or allow highlighting and annotation. Devices that utilize E Ink can imitate the look of a printed work while consuming very little power, allowing continuous reading for weeks at at time.
  • Costs- While an e-book reader costs much more than one book, the electronic texts are generally cheaper. Moreover, a great share of books are available free of charge. For example, all fiction from before the year 1900 is in the public domain. E-books can be printed for less than the price of traditional new books using new on-demand book printers.
  • Security- Depending on possible digital rights management, e-books can be backed up to recover them in the case of loss or damage and it may be possible to recover a new copy without cost from the distributor.
  • Distribution- Compared to printed publishing, it is cheaper and easier for authors to self-publish e-books. Also, the dispersal of a free e-book copy can stimulate the sales of the printed version. An e-book can be purchased, downloaded, and used immediately, whereas when one buys a book one has to go to a bookshop, or wait for a delivery.
  • Environmental Concerns- The production of e-books does not consume paper, ink, etc. Printed books use 3 times more raw materials and 78 times more water to produce.

  • Wi-fi - Wireless Fidelity
  • EPD - Electronic paper display
  • LED - Light Emitting Diode
  • E-Ink

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