If you have not yet heard of electronic books (also called e-books), all you need to know is that they are simply regular books, but in a digital format. This means you read them on computers, electronic book readers (sometimes referred to as e-readers), or other digital devices. These kinds of books are continuing to grow in popularity. This is largely due to the fact that they usually cost less, and they can be downloaded quickly to the device of your choice.
To be fair, not everybody is switching over to e-books, but they are a good option for a lot of people. Even those who swear by physical books printed on paper will, at times, admit that e-books and electronic book readers may be better in some situations.
For example, those people who do a lot of traveling will find e-readers to be indispensable. It would be virtually impossible to lug around hundreds, or even thousands of books while you are traveling. However, electronic book readers can download and store between 1,000 and 3,500 titles (depending on the model) in a space that easily fits into the palm of your hand.
There is no doubt that it’s much more convenient to carry so many e-books in a small digital device. You can be sure that you will always have plenty of material to read while on vacation, waiting for a flight, or during a train ride. Plus, depending on how the e-reader is set up, you may be able to download more titles while traveling.
Here are some more things you should know about e-readers. There are several models that you can choose from, and more are in development all the time. Prices range from about $150 to $400, depending on the manufacturer and features the specific unit offers. Also, as with all newer technologies, the prices will continue to come down while the features keep improving.
Most e-readers have wireless connectivity, allowing you to make downloads without having to have the device hooked up to a computer. Some electronic book readers also give you access to magazines and blogs, in addition to books.
The first generation of e-readers that came out were somewhat hard on the eyes, but that is rapidly changing. They are getting better and better at replicating the reading experience of real books. This not only makes it feel more natural, but also minimizes any fatigue that used to come from using electronic reading devices.
Other things to consider are the size and weight of the unit. E-readers are continually weighing less, and getting smaller. But not so small that the screen gets harder to read. For example, the new Amazon Kindle weighs just under 9 ounces, and has a 6 inch viewing screen (measured diagonally). It is also about as thick as a pencil. So while the units are getting smaller, that doesn’t necessarily apply to the screen size.
With all they have going for them electronic book readers are handy devices, and make a wonderful gift. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from buying a gift for yourself, too.