Like everything else, books are moving fairly quickly into the digital world, where they are turned into small, lightweight files and made available to an increasing number of readers. But so far, many have not yet fully decided whether to buy an e-book for themselves – a device specially designed for reading, or prefer a tablet, the possibilities of which are much wider, but you can’t get the same comfort from E-Ink from them.
The cost of e-books is declining quite quickly, now it varies between 4,000 – 10,000 rubles, there are cheaper and more expensive options, but we’ll talk about them later. There are readers with a liquid crystal display, a touchscreen, or an ordinary E-ink. LCD readers allow you to display colors, but the reading display will be too bright. The touchscreen, combined with the E-ink screen on the contrary, will make reading easier and even allow you to conveniently turn the pages in almost the same way as on paper books that are familiar to us.
Tablets also have different price ranges, depending on the operating system, memory capacity, Internet access capabilities and much more.
The decisive factor in choosing a device will be what exactly you intend to get from your reader or tablet, and to help you decide, we have compiled a list of questions, by answering which you will know for sure whether to buy a tablet or e-book for you.
Which device is right for you?
How often and for how long do you read?
A lot depends on how many books you read per month in your decision. If you are one of those who “swallows” books and can easily read up to 20 books a month, or you have to read a lot due to the specifics of the job, you should consider an e-book. The load on the eyes of such books is much lower than that of a tablet, smartphone or computer. So e-books do not cause vision problems, in addition, they hold charge much longer than a tablet. If you read more than a few hours a day, then again, an e-book is the only choice for you.
Models of e-books Ritmix – RBK-615 and RBK-675FL are very inexpensive (4390 rubles and 5990 rubles respectively). They are recharged from a laptop or charger, and keep the charge for several days of intensive reading – the battery on both models has a capacity of 1500 mAh. The Ritmix RBK-675FL model has a built-in display backlight that will allow you to read even in the dark.
What are you reading?
We read not only books, but also illustrated editions, and comics, and cookbooks, and encyclopedias. If you prefer to see illustrations in full size, enjoy bright colors and images, then it would be better to purchase a tablet. Of course, you can buy e-readers with a color display, but they, in fact, lose most of the advantages of E-ink ordinary black and white books, or the wide possibilities of tablets. That is why we offer the last option.
Xiaomi MiPad 3 runs on the Android operating system, so you can easily find the right application for reading books or comics. At the same time, you will have access to the Internet, games, social networks and applications for communication in your arsenal. The monitor of this tablet is designed taking into account long-term work on the device so as to reduce eye strain. There is a special black and white screen mode for reading books. And viewing illustrations will be a simple and enjoyable process on a large and bright display. MiPad 3 is suitable for those who do not have enough of a regular e-reader, or do not want to carry a lot of devices with them.
Will the device be used by your family members?
This question is quite important – some people buy devices for themselves, others – for the whole family. If you choose a tablet, it is likely that your account will be selected in various applications, which means that you will have to log out of your profiles before lending the device to others. An e-book, on the contrary, will allow you to bookmark and safely transfer the device to a family member. At the same time, your profiles and personal information will remain safe. In addition, books can be divided into folders, so that everyone gets their own virtual bookshelf.
The Onyx Book Caesar e-reader is perfect for the whole family – a 6-inch screen with E-Ink technology and built-in backlight for the dark time of the day will allow you to read books day and night, and on the road and at home. 8 GB of internal memory is enough to download several libraries for each family member, and if there are too many readers, a microSD memory card slot will allow you to add a couple of dozen more works. The handy design of the book makes it ideal for easy transport – it won’t take up much space in your bag, backpack or pack.
Are you going to read books from the device to children?
This question is fairly easy to answer. If you have kids and want to read e-books to them, then the only right option for you is a tablet. Only in this way you can captivate children with bright pictures, and give them fascinating tales full of color. In addition, interactive books and special applications are available for tablets to help with learning with illustrative examples. This is how it will be easier for you to teach your child to read.
The Lenovo Tab 3 TB3-730X 16Gb LTE is an inexpensive and convenient device that is ideal for children. Thanks to the Android operating system, you will have access to hundreds of educational applications. 16 GB of internal memory will be more than enough to load books and children’s games. A bright display will accurately convey all the colors and shades of images, and an affordable price will allow you to safely entrust the tablet to a child. You can watch videos, read books and play with your children.
How important is it for you to stay connected?
Hiding from the world with a book in hand is the dream of many of us. If you can afford it, then your choice is an e-book. It will give you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a fictional world without being distracted by external stimuli. No pop-up messages, calls or notifications will bother you – you will be left alone with the work.
The e-book Reader Book 2 Black has a large 6-inch display and 4GB of internal memory. It supports most popular e-book formats, making it easy for you to download books and read while forgetting about everything around. E-Ink display will give you the opportunity to read for hours without getting tired of your eyes.
If you are one of those who are always in the center of events and cannot fully focus on one task, then your choice is a tablet.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (SM-T280) 8Gb is an affordable and easy-to-manage device that will help you stay connected, even when you’re reading. The Android operating system will allow you to log into social network accounts, use a browser, make calls via Skype or other applications, while you can take breaks from work and immerse yourself in the universe of book worlds. This is a great choice for those who can’t but try to afford a moment of peace.
Do you read books in foreign languages?
Polyglots have a hard time – it is very difficult to find books in foreign languages, and they are not cheap. If you want to develop your knowledge and read as many books in other languages as possible, the ideal option for you is an e-book, but not just a book, but the Amazon Kindle.
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2015 e-reader has access to millions of book titles from the Amazon store. Literature on any subject in Russian, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and many other languages of the world will be available to you with just one touch. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2015 will open for you a huge number of free books, cheap novelties and bestsellers in the original.
However, don’t worry if you want to access everything Kindle has to offer but an e-reader won’t work for you for other reasons. After all, the application for reading books can be installed on the tablet.
Tablet Apple iPad Mini 4 128Gb Wi-Fi (EU) Gold will allow you to get not only one of the most popular devices, but also an excellent reader. The iPad’s memory will be more than enough for both apps and a large number of books. Light weight and durable design of the device will allow you to carry it with you anytime and anywhere, stay connected and have access to your library. You can sync your iPad with your iPhone and Macbook to send, read and bookmark books that will be available on either device.
How cool reader do you want to get?
If you’re looking specifically for an e-reader, but dreaming of getting the best that the modern market has to offer, your e-reader is the Onyx Boox Max.
Onyx Boox Max is one of the most advanced Android OS 4.0.4 devices that allows you to comfortably read books without straining your eyes. The display with E-Ink technology has a diagonal of 13.3 inches, which is suitable even for visually impaired readers. With a resolution of 1600×1200 pixels, any image will be clear and sharp, in addition, you can always adjust the size and brightness of the font according to your preferences. The Onyx Boox Max screen is able to bend without damage, and the touchscreen will make working with the device convenient and easy.
The weight of the book is also very small, so you can carry it with you anytime, anywhere, with easy access to your library.
You can also install various applications for reading, Kindle, and much more on the book. Stylus included.
Onyx Boox Max is one of the most advanced e-readers available on the market today.
So, for book lovers, there are many options that will give the opportunity to read, read and read again. Now that you know exactly what’s right for you, you can make your choice and enjoy fiction or educational literature, comics, textbooks and more!