Choosing the Best E-Reader for Your Reading Needs Kathy Petlewski, Electronic Resources Librarian Plymouth District Library – Dec. 2012Let’s talk about…. Your Budget! • Dedicated e-readers can range from $69 up to $300 for e-ink (black & white) devices. • Color e-readers associated with book sellers (Kindles and Nooks) list from $139 to $499. • Color tablets (iPad, Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Microsoft Surface) cost between $199 and $849. What do you want to do with your e-reader? • Only read e-books, either purchased or borrowed from a library. • Read e-books and listen to some e-audiobooks. • Read e-books but also be able to get e-mail and go on social media sites like Facebook & play games. • Read e-books, play games, use a full-blown web browser, and also view movies & TV shows. • Do all of the above, plus Skype, take photos and do word processing tasks. Will you be reading at night or during the day? Do you plan to only purchase e-books or do you want to borrow from the Library? Who will be using the e-reader/tablet? • Are you the only person that will be using your device, or are you planning to share it with another adult or child? • If so, the Kindle Paper White has parental controls and the Nook HD can have several different accounts on the same device. How Will I Get My e-Books? • Purchase from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Books, or iBooks. • Download free or inexpensive books from Project Gutenberg, Smashwords, or OpenLibrary.org. • Borrow OverDrive e-books free of charge from your local library. • PDL is part of a 25-member consortium for e-books and audio e-books. • These books are provided by OverDrive in several formats: EPUB & PDF for e-readers and WMA & MP3 for iPods and MP3 players. • E-books are single user licenses, so you must place a hold on books that are “checked out” electronically. • Titles are checked out for either 7 or 14 days. After that time they will cease to work.Downloading E-Books from PDL • Some Devices are REALLY Easy with OverDrive • Android tablets (Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Tablet and Droid smart phones ) have a free OverDrive “app” at the Marketplace. • iPads, iPhones & iPod Touch use an “app” from the Apple App Store. • Get the Nook Color and Nook HD Tablets “app” from Barnes & Noble. • Once the apps are installed, you can download your ebooks directly to your device.
• Some Devices are Easier than others with OverDrive • Kindle Fire 2 and Kindle HDs have full browsers, so you search the OverDrive site, check out your titles and download them from the same device using wifi. • Once you check out your title on OverDrive, you are taken to the Amazon site where you log in and complete your downloading from that screen. • The entire process is done wirelessly.• Some Devices are Fairly Easy to use with OverDrive. • Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle 2012 and Kindle Keyboard don’t have full browsers, so you must do your OverDrive searching and check out process using a desktop or laptop computer. • After your title is checked out, you’re taken to the Amazon site where you select your device and tell it to download the title. • Your e-book is downloaded wirelessly to your device if you are connected to wifi.• Some Devices are Not That Easy with OverDrive! • With the Nook Simple Touch and Simple Touch with Glowlight, you must also use a laptop or desktop computer to search, checkout and download e-books from OverDrive. • You must download first to your computer and then transfer the titles using a USB cable to your device • Adobe Digital Editions software must also be installed on your computer.What is available on the market and things to consider in making your selection. least expensive e-ink devices • Kindle 2012 - $69 • Nook Simple Touch - $99 • No audio • No audio • Wi-Fi, 3G optional • Wi-Fi only • 2GB Memory • 2GB Memory (1 GB storage) micro SD • 3-8 week battery life card slot for 32 GB • Weighs 5.98 oz. • 800 x 600 resolution • Supports parental controls • 3-8 week battery life • “experimental” browser • Weighs 7.48 oz. • No touch screen – controller • No browser available • “special offers” on cheapest model. • No landscape mode 6 inch e-ink devices with features • Kindle Paperwhite – $119 • Nook Touch GlowLight - $119 • No audio • No audio • Wi-Fi, 3G optional • Wi-Fi only • 2GB Memory • 2GB Memory - micro SD card slot • 1024 x 758 resolution • 800 x 600 resolution • 3-8 week battery life • 3-8 week battery life
• Weighs 7.5 oz. • Weighs 6.95 oz.• Front lit, high resolution screen. • Front lit screen• No support for EPUB format • No browser available• Parental controls • No landscape mode Kindle Fire Color e-Readers• Fire 2- $159 & up • Fire HD - $199 & up• 7” display – 14.1 oz. • Either a 7” (13.9 oz) or 8.9” (20 oz)• Wifi display.• Supports 3rd party apps. • No SD slot, but Amazon Cloud Storage• 2 speakers, audio jack and mic. • 2 speakers, mic, Bluetooth, front• 8-9 hours battery life. camera• Costs more to remove ads. • 16 GB memory minimum• Great for movies! • Supports 3rd party apps. • 9-11 hours battery life. Nook Color & Nook Tablet• Nook Color - $139 • Nook Tablet - $159 & up• 1024 X 600 res. • 1024 x 600 res.• 7” display, 15.8 oz. • 7” display, 14.1 oz.• 8GB memory & microSD card slot • 8 or 16 GB memory & microSD card• 1 speaker for audio slot.• Wifi, full web browser • 1 speaker for audio• 8 hour battery life. • Wifi, full web browser• Parental controls • 11 hour reading battery life • Parental controls Nook HD and HD+• Nook HD - $199 & up • Nook HD+ - $269 & up• 1440 x 900 res. • 1920 x 1280 res.• 7” display, 11.1 oz. • 9” display, 18.2 oz• Dual-stereo speakers • Dual-stereo speakers• 8GB or 16GB memory • 16GB or 32GB memory• Parental controls • Up to 10 hrs. reading• Email & Calendar Syncing • Create up to 6 profiles• Great kid’s learning apps! • Email & Calendar Syncing • Stunning video display.
Android Tablets • Google Nexus - $199 & up • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 - $249 (low as • 1280 x 800 res. $179) or $400 ($299) • 7” display, 12 oz. • 1042 X 600 res. or 1280 x800 • 8 GB or 16 GB memory • 7” display, 12.2 oz. or 10”, 1.25 lbs • 10 hours of e-reading • 8 - 16 GB but has slot • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS • Android 4.0 OS • Wifi & Bluetooth • Front & Rear cameras • Speaker & audio jack • Dual speakers & jack • Front-facing camera • Wifi & bluetooth iPad & iPad Mini • iPad 4th Gen. - $499 & up • iPad Mini - $329 & up • 2048 x 1536 res. • 1,024 x 768 res. • 9.7” display, 1.4 lbs • 7.9” display, 10.8 oz • Front & rear cameras with video • 16 GB & up • 10 hour battery life • Front & rear cameras with video • Dual core processor • 10 hour battery life • Speaker & audio jack • Speaker & audio jack • Largest app selection • Wifi – 4G & LTE optional • Wifi – 4G & LTE optional • Great app selection!Wrapping It Up • Lots of others on the market, but these are currently the most popular ones. • Make a list of your priorities when looking for an e-reader. Then narrow your choice down to those that meet that criteria. • It’s best to actually have a hands-on demonstration of the device so you can see if you like the “feel” of it. • Realize that something flashier will be released soon, but the products out today are better than those from last year.