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What To Look for in an eBook Reader

There are a number of things that you need to consider when buying an eBook reader. One of the things that you have to remember is that choosing an eBook reader is a lot like buying other types of electronic devices.

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You have to consider the features that you need so you can buy the device that will work best for you. If you have plans to buy an eBook reader soon, here are some of the features that you need to check out:

Screen Friendliness

You do not have to own an eBook reader to read books in their digital version. It is possible for you to read eBooks and digital magazines on other devices such as your smartphone, tablet or laptop. If you have an Ipad, for example, you can download eBooks straight from the iBookstore and read them on your device.

You can also read eBooks on your computer, tablet PC and smartphone but if you are a bookworm, there is one reason why you should invest on a dedicated eBook reader. Most of the eBook readers that are available in the market use e-ink, a technology that makes eBook reading eye friendly.

By reading on an e-ink screen, you avoid or reduce the eye strain that you often probably experience when you read eBooks on devices with glaring LCD screens.


Find out how many eBooks, digital magazines and other documents can be handled by the reader you are buying by checking out its storage capacity. If you cannot afford an eBook reader with high storage, then look for one that allows you to use removable storage.

You may also want to make use of cloud services that allow you to keep copies of your eBooks online. Cloud storage providers can give you as much as 15 GB of free storage space that you can use for storing your eBooks and other digital files.

Format Type

Make sure that you know the eBook and digital file formats that are accepted by the eBook reader you are planning to buy. This is very important because you cannot load and read your eBook in a reader that does not support its file type.

If most of your eBooks are in ePub format, for example, you should look for an eBook reader that handles ePub. Otherwise, you won’t be able to read your eBooks unless you convert them into a file format that is distinguished by the eBook reader.


If you want to download eBooks from the internet straight to your reader, look for a reader that has 3G or Wi-Fi connectivity. You should know, however, that even if you can connect to the internet using your eBook reader,  you still can’t use the device for a number of web services that you usually use and access on your computer and tablet.

The eBook reader is a dedicated device for reading so you should not expect it to be as powerful and as versatile as other mobile computing devices. If you need an internet able device for streaming videos or to place calls through RingCentral’s hosted VoIP PBX, for example, you should use a computer, a tablet PC or smartphone.


Reading on an e-ink screen has its drawbacks because most of the eBook readers that use the e-ink technology render the text and images in black and white. There may be more options for you in the future but for now, if you want an eBook reader that is easy on your eyes, you may have to settle for one that has a black and white screen.

Vishal Gaikar

Vishal Gaikar

Vishal Gaikar is a professional blogger from Pune, India. He is Software Engineer, Web Addicted. At Shake the Tech, he writes on Technology, Gadgets & so on. Follow me @vishal

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