Have you been looking for an e-book reader? They are very popular these days and there are many products to select from. This can make it tough to figure out which one has the features you need. Most of the e-readers on the market are top quality items, so, no matter which one you choose, you will likely be pleased. We’ve outlined three below that are some of the best.
Nook Color: Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color e-reader is both affordable and well designed. Today, you can purchase the Nook Color for about $150. That’s not a bad bargain. And maybe because of its connection to the country’s largest bookseller, the Nook Color provides a superior reading experience. The Nook Color is adept at both prose and graphic display. This makes reading children’s books and graphic novels a pleasure. Additionally, there are several user features that are a joy to use. For instance, if you don’t know the meaning of a word in that Mark Twain novel you’re reading, just press it. A definition will pop-up.
The Nook Color also comes with several built-in applications, including Pandora, an e-mail reader, a web browser, and an addicting crossword puzzle game. You can increase the power of your Nook Color by downloading apps from the app store. Here you’ll find Netflix, the Smithsonian Channel, and several other top apps. So what is the only disadvantage to the Nook color? Its app store, while boasting lots of choices, it sometimes lacks some of the more cutting-edge apps on the market. Here’s hoping that the Nook Color will introduce apps at a quicker pace.
Kindle Fire: The Kindle Fire is the main competitor to the Nook Color. That said, it’s remarkably similar to the e-reader offered by Barnes & Noble. Both e-readers offer a wonderful reading experience. Words and images are crisp and clean on the Kindle Fire. And this reader comes with its own email client, web browser, and app store. The Kindle is affordable, too, with a price tag under $200 today.
The one negative thing people have found with the Kindle Fire is that to adjust the volume you have to touch the screen to access the controls.
Kobo e-Reader: The Kobo e-Reader Touch doesn’t have the name recognition of either the Nook Color or the Kindle Fire. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a worthy competitor. In fact, you wouldn’t go wrong by spending your e-reader dollars on this great device if reading is your absolute goal. Users rave about the reading experience on the Kobo. Images and words are sharp and simple to read. In fact, the Kobo offers seven unique font styles and 17 different font sizes for readers to select from. Others rave about the device’s soft, quilted back. Don’t laugh; this back helps make holding a Kobo feel a lot more like holding a real book. That’s a feature that the Nook Color or Amazon Kindle can’t boast.
At the Kobo store, you can download e-books in a wide range of formats. The Kobo is especially good with comic books and other graphics-heavy books. And then there’s this: When the Kobo’s Wi-Fi feature is shut off, the device’s battery life may last for as long as one full month. That’s pretty amazing. The Kobo doesn’t boast all the features of a Nook Color or an Amazon Fire. But for those who want to focus on reading, this e-reader does the job.