Common questions about e-readers

Common questions about e-readers
Posted by Curtis Wyant on Wed, 12/07/2011 - 11:21am

If you are considering purchasing an e-reader this holiday season, here are a few things to consider:

Basic e-readers
The Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook Simple Touch are simple devices for reading e-books. A basic e-reader is light, compact, and affordable, and has a black and white screen with a long battery life. Sony has a variety of Sony Readers that are comparable to the Kindle and Nook Simple Touch.

Tablets
If you want to surf the web, watch videos, and listen to music in addition to reading e-books, consider a tablet such as the Amazon Kindle Fire, B&N Color Nook, B&N Nook Tablet, or Apple iPad. Tablets feature full-color LCD screens but have considerably shorter battery life than basic e-readers.

Purchasing content
Generally, content must be purchased from the manufacturer of the device. Kindle e-books must be bought from Amazon, Nook e-books must be bought from Barnes & Noble, and so on. Check the selection of e-books and apps from different manufacturers before making a purchase.

Wireless
Most e-readers have wi-fi capability which allows you to purchase and download books directly from your device. Some devices also have 3G access which extends wireless internet access to anywhere you can get a cell phone signal (note that 3G service often requires an additional monthly fee). Once you load books onto your device, you do not need wireless access to read books.

Library compatability
All of the above-mentioned e-readers are compatable with library Overdrive e-books. A full list of compatable devices is here.

We can help!
Stop by the library, email us, or give us a call at (978) 658-2967 if you have additional questions about e-readers, e-books, and library downloads.