Reading has taken on an entirely different form within the past few years. Musty, yellowed library books have been traded in for E-Readers like Kindle and NOOK. But while some readers claim that the physical feel of an actual book is important to them, they’re also saying that E-Readers are certainly more convenient.
And although readers are moving forward to bigger and better things, no true book lover could ever forget the smell of those musty old library books. This holiday season, surprise the reader in your life with an E-Reader that will make the sting of giving up real books a lot less painful. Let’s take a look at the best E-Readers out there.
- Kindle ($69): Where it all began. The original Kindle’s design is reminiscent of those fusty library books in that the screen actually resembles a page from a book. And get this- it reads like paper without a glare, even in bright sunlight. This model, more than anything else, would be the one to give the most stubborn of readers still clinging to their library card. It’s simple in that it focuses on one thing: reading. At less than 6 ounces, it’s lighter than a paperback and conveniently fits in your pocket. With a massive book selection (over millions of titles), built-in Wi-Fi to download books in under 60 seconds, and the capability to hold over 1,000 books, the Kindle is an obvious option for the reader in your life. Plus, the nifty built-in dictionary makes it insanely easy to scroll over a word and find out its meaning.
- Kindle Paperwhite ($119): For the more picky readers out there. The Kindle Paperwhite resembles the regular Kindle, but comes with more options. A built-in light evenly illuminates the screen to provide a flawless reading experience in any lighting condition and still remains to be glare-proof. The Paperwhite has 62% more pixels for unparalleled resolution, 25% better contrast for sharp, dark text, and 6 available font styles and 8 adjustable font sizes. The book selection and storage capability is the same as the Kindle.
- Kindle Fire (starting at $159): For the pickiest of readers who want the full experience of a book and a tablet. Think of it as a mini computer, with a vibrant color display and a seamless touch screen. The Kindle Fire is 40% faster, has twice the memory of Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite, and has a much longer battery life. Built-in Wi-Fi makes it simple to browse not only book titles, but social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, games like Angry Birds, and music apps like Pandora. This Kindle edition is for the reader who can get caught up in a good book but also enjoys browsing the Internet (and utilizing the shopping cart platform a lot-hello new wardrobe) and checking emails. And with over 22 million audiobooks, books, movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, apps, and games, it’s not hard to occupy yourself.
- NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight ($119): Barnes & Noble’s E-Reader is very similar to Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite, with just a few notable differences. The NOOK Simple Touch features a soft glow that illuminates the entire touchscreen; GlowLight turns on instantly and can be adjusted for any type of lighting condition with a simple touch. An anti-glare screen protector provides a book-like experience while reading. Font size can be adjusted and this little square of a device is feather-light. Save your place with the free Nook Reading App, which syncs the page you left off on and allows you to view it on your smartphone or computer. The design and capabilities are basically the same as Kindle Paperwhite; it just depends on if you’d rather support Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
- NOOK HD (starting at $199): The brilliant display, capability to browse millions of books, apps, games, movies, magazines, webpages, etc., and battery life are comparable to Kindle Fire. This tablet, however, has been voted the best tablet for families in that users can create up to 6 NOOK Profiles, one for every member of the family. This means that each user can transform their portion of the device into their own personalized wonderland, where a library full of books, apps, movies, music, and more can be stored. This E-Reader is ideal for readers who are planning on sharing, and with an 8 or 16 GB storage option, lack of room on the device won’t be an option.
This is a guest post. Kristy Kravitsky is a 2011 college graduate with a degree in English.
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