Electronic books, or as they are also called readers, are gaining increasing popularity. This is not surprising, because in one device you can download thousands of works, it is convenient to take with you on the road and read. To make the right choice of e-book, you can view reviews, contact the sales consultants in the store or look for information on the Internet.
How to choose the right e-book?
Initially, you need to pay attention to the type of screen. Usually, they are divided into 2: E-Ink and LCD screens. The first is electronic ink, which is similar in characteristics to ordinary books. They do not spoil the vision and do not affect the state of health. In fact, you will read a regular book, but without pages.
Electronic ink does not require a lot of energy to display a picture, so an e-book battery with an E-Ink screen keeps the battery for quite a long time (some models keep charging for a few months).
When using the E-Ink screen, the viewing angle of the reader is 180 degrees, whereas when using LCD screens, the viewing angle is up to 160 degrees. If you look at such a book from the side, the image loses its brightness and contrast (this does not happen with E-Ink).
Books with an E-Ink screen have a long response time (about 50 ms), while LCDs respond in about 2 to 10 ms. Thus, it can be said that the image on books with electronic ink is formed much longer than that of ordinary ones.
Readers with E-Ink screen are much more expensive than LCD, so many prefer the 2nd type. But you shouldn’t save on e-book, because first of all your vision and health depend on the quality of the screen.
Unlike the LCD screen, E-Ink cannot be read in the dark, it does not play video, does not open color images, etc. If you want on the e-book not only to read, but also to watch movies, a reader with an LCD screen will suit you.
The second thing you should pay attention to is the supported formats. To date, most e-books understand the pdf, txt, fb2, doc and docx formats. This is one of the most common formats in which you can find books on the Internet. Some readers support the djvu format, which is very important for some. But you should not chase the number of options, because this or that book can be found in almost any format.
The third thing you pay attention to is the amount of memory. Most e-books have a small figure - from 2 to 8 GB. Some readers support memory cards, and some do not. But do not despair, because the documents with the books do not weigh much, and even 2 GB is enough to upload into several hundred books.
Finally, the last thing you should pay attention to is the weight of the device and the size of the screen. Do not chase the big screens, because it would be inconvenient to take with you on the road. The size of the book should be such that it is freely obsessed in a handbag and does not cause you inconvenience. The most optimal screen size is 6 - 7 inches. You can buy a larger book, but it will be heavier and not very comfortable to wear. Books in 6 inches weigh approximately 150 - 300 grams. As for the resolution, the ideal would be 800x600 pixels: it does not blur and does not flicker.
It is important when buying an e-book to pay attention to the company. Currently, there are many manufacturers of readers, but the most popular and high-quality are Amazon, Digma, effire, Explay, Gmini, ONYX, PocketBook, Prestigio, Prology, Ritmix, TeXet, Wexler, Kindle or NOOK. Each manufacturer has several models that differ in price, parameters and characteristics.
To choose a book from this variety, it is recommended to read reviews on manufacturers' websites or simply find them on the Internet. Weigh all the pros and cons, evaluate your financial capabilities and go to the store for shopping.
Reviews of different models:
- Alexandra: I really love to read, but constantly buying books is quite expensive. I decided that I need to spend 1 time and buy an e-book, especially since it is convenient to take it with you. My first device was a Digma reader with an E-Ink screen. The book is satisfied, it is easy to read and the eyes do not get tired. I advise everyone.
- Eugene: I needed an e-book for study: it is convenient to upload literature and necessary textbooks into it. But in my free time I wanted to listen to music and watch various videos, so I preferred the LCD screen. At first, everything was more than satisfactory for me, but then I began to notice that there was not enough charge for a while. Although not only I have such a problem (books with an LCD screen generally do not charge well). Solved the problem by replacing the battery. I have a Texet book.
- Marina: The reader bought her daughter as a gift. Stopped at the company Explay, E-Ink screen, measuring 7 inches. The size, as I believe, is the most optimal. The daughter was pleased with the gift, although she did not like to read. Despite this, she downloaded several books to herself and started reading with pleasure.
E-book is a very convenient device. You can take it with you on the road, to study and work. Choosing a reader, pay attention to your own preferences, but do not forget to study the reviews and the market of electronic books, so as not to lose money with the purchase.