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2 WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR….? Do you just want to read books? How about magazines and newspapers? What about browsing the Web? Want to add multimedia to the mix Music? Audiobooks? video? Are you a Netflix junkie? Do you need Flash support? E-mail and messaging? Gaming? © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 2 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga Start by asking yourself what you're really looking for …

3 WHICH READING AND APP ECOSYSTEM OFFERS THE MOST FLEXIBILITY? Kindle: Besides Kindle hardware readers, Kindle books can be accessed on iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch handhelds, Android phones (version 2.1 and later), Android tablets, many BlackBerry phones, Windows PCs, Macs, Windows Phone 7 phones, and via Web browsers (the Kindle Cloud Reader). Full details here. Kindle Cloud Readerhere Nook: Besides Nook hardware readers, Nook books can be accessed on iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch handhelds, Android phones (version 2.1 and later), Android tablets, Windows PCs, Macs, and via Web browsers (the Nook for Web). Full details here.Nook for Webhere Kobo: Besides Kobo hardware readers, Kobo books can be accessed on iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch handhelds, Android phones (version 2.1 and later), Android tablets, many BlackBerry phones, Windows PCs, Macs, and via Web browsers. Full details iBooks: Apple's e-book store is currently only available on Apple iOS devices -- iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 3 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

4 WHICH READING AND APP ECOSYSTEM OFFERS THE MOST FLEXIBILITY? Sony Reader: Besides Sony Reader hardware, Sony books can be accessed on Android phones, Android tablets, Windows PCs, Macs, and -- after a long delay -- iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad). Nearly all of these apps allow you to sync your position in a book across devices, so if you read up to, say, page 229 on your phone, you can pick up on that same page on your tablet or reader, and vice versa. All of the apps are free, and -- since each bookstore offers a wide selection of free books -- you can freely experiment with any and all of the apps that work with your respective hardware. Best cross-platform providers (where to buy your e-books): Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook Most versatile hardware readers: Apple iOS devices (iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch); Android phones with full Google Play support; Android tablets with full Google Play support © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 4 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

5 HOW LARGE OF A SCREEN (AND WEIGHT) DO YOU WANT? Even if you plan to never leave home with your e-book reader, you should consider its size before buying one. smallest and lightest dedicated e-book readers: entry-level 2012 Kindle at just 6 ounces Touch-screen models all weigh a tad more. Nook Simple Touch Kindle Paperwhite Nook Simple Touch and the Kindle Paperwhite tip the scales at a very portable 7.5 ounces Google Nexus 7 Google Nexus 7 is 12 ounces, GlowLight Nook The GlowLight Nook is even lighter, at just under 7 ounces. Kindle Fire HD Kindle Fire HD weights 13.9 ounces iPad Mini 7.9 inch iPad Mini tips the scales at just 11 ounces Apple iPad 2 9.7-inch Apple iPad 2 weighs 1.33 to 1.35 pounds Nook HD 7 inch Nook HD weighs 11.1 ounces 2012 Retina iPad 2012 Retina iPad is at 1.44 to 1.46 pounds © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 5 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

6 WHAT ARE YOUR SCREEN PREFERENCES: E-INK OR COLOR LCD? E-ink: As close as you'll get to a printed page drawbacks: they're black and white, and the pages don't refresh as quickly as those on an LCD do you can read e-ink readers in direct sunlight, you can't do on an LCD screen Many users of e-ink readers dislike the refresh flashing that occurs between page turns. E-ink readers have longer battery life, which is measured in weeks, not hours © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 6 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

7 WHAT ARE YOUR SCREEN PREFERENCES: E-INK OR COLOR LCD? LCD: Bright, backlit -- and potentially tiring High-res tablets such as the iPad's 2,048x1,536-pixel Retina Display and the 2,560x1,600-pixel display of the Nexus 10 are the best-looking LCD screens out there Touch screen: All but the entry-level Kindle © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 7 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

8 DO YOU NEED ALWAYS-ON WIRELESS DATA? Wi-Fi model and the 3G/4G version more affordable Wi-Fi model (which requires you to be near a Wi-Fi hot spot to download books or access the Internet) All current Nook models -- e-readers and tablets -- are available as Wi-Fi only. prefer to pay a premium -- via a higher up-front price and/or a monthly bill -- to add 3G access on a cellular wireless network Kindle Paperwhite is offered with 3G wireless (using AT&T's cellular network) for $60 more than the Wi-Fi-only model © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 8 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

9 CAN I CHECK-OUT E-BOOKS FROM MY LOCAL LIBRARY? Many local libraries will let you check out an e-book on loan -- just as you can do with a regular book. Previously, support for this varied across e-readers and tablets. However, now it's basically universal. The Kindle was the last major holdout, but as of September 2011, Amazon's e-reader can be used to read free library loaners as free library loaners Users of the Nook, Kobo, and Sony Readers You'll need free software such as Adobe Digital EditionsAdobe Digital Editions Users of tablets, smartphones, and computers You'll need free software such as OverDrive Media Console © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 9 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

10 WHAT'S THE BEST CHOICE FOR YOU? With ultra-affordable e-ink readers, mid-price color tablets like the Nexus 7 iPad Mini, and Kindle Fire HD, and even the more expensive iPads all vying for your e-book dollar what's the best choice for you? © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 10 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

11 FOUR CLASSES OF PRODUCTS ProductPrice Range black-and-white e-ink readers $69 to $149 7-inch color LCD media tablets$150 to $300 midsize color LCD tablets ranging from 7.9 to 9 inches $269 and up full-size color tablets like the iPadmostly $400 and above © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 11 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

12 E-READER VS TABLET An e-reader (electronic reader) is a device for reading content, such as e-books, newspapers and documents. A standalone e-reader typically has wireless connectivity for downloading content and conducting other Web-based tasks. A tablet computer, or simply tablet, is a one-piece mobile computer. Devices typically offer a touchscreen, with finger (or stylus) gestures acting as the primary means of control, though often supplemented by the use of one or more physical context sensitive buttons. Available in a variety of sizes, tablets customarily offer a screen diagonal greater than 7 inches (18 cm), differentiating themselves through size from functionally similar smart phones or personal digital assistants © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 12 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

13 TABLET Hardware features High-definition displays with anti-glare technology Wireless internet connectivity (usually with Wi-Fi standard and optional mobile broadband) GPS satellite navigation Stills and video camera functions, photo and video viewing and editing Weigh less and have more battery life than a comparable laptop © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 13 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

14 TABLET Software features A pre-installed mobile web browser E-book reading and the ability to subscribe to and read periodicals Downloadable apps (games, education, utilities) Portable media player function including the ability to watch video (both streaming and locally stored) E-mail and social media apps Potential cell phone functions (Messaging, speakerphone or headset cellphone uses) Video-teleconferencing (Skype, FaceTime, etc.) © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 14 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

15 BEST OVERALL E-INK READERS © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 15 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

16 BEST OVERALL E-INK READERS KINDLE PAPERWHITE The good best screen date on an e-ink e-reader built-in light is great for nighttime reading touch screen is a notch above the competition Amazon's e-book selection remains best in class. battery life is excellent so long as you turn Wi-Fi off. © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 16 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

17 BEST OVERALL E-INK READERS KINDLE PAPERWHITE The bad could be a tad lighter AC adapter isn't included (just a Micro-USB cable for charging) no memory expansion slot ad-free version costs $20 more. The bottom line excellent built-in light and Amazon's best-in-class e-book selection, the Kindle Paperwhite rises to the top of the e-reader pack. Price: starts at $119 © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 17 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

18 BEST OVERALL E-INK READERS NOOK SIMPLE TOUCH WITH GLOWLIGHT The good integrated light displays uniformly on high-contrast Pearl e-ink touch screen great feature for nighttime reading for couples who share a bed touch screen is ever so slightly more responsive built-in Wi-Fi for direct access to the online Barnes & Noble store expansion slot for additional memory long battery life. supports e-book lending and EPUB loans from libraries no ads offers some enhanced social networking features. © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 18 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

19 BEST OVERALL E-INK READERS NOOK SIMPLE TOUCH WITH GLOWLIGHT The bad no support for audio no 3G option no Web browser. rubberized finish on the back of the device attracts fingerprints. The bottom line Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight sets the standard for e-ink e-readers going forward and is well worth the extra money if you do a lot of nighttime reading Price starts at $119 © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 19 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

20 BEST BARGAIN E-INK READERS NOOK SIMPLE TOUCH WITH GLOWLIGHT Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch Amazon Kindle two best e-readers you can get for under $80 © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 20 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

21 BEST SUB-$200 COLOR TABLET GOOGLE NEXUS 7 The good features a sharp screen a comfortable design great battery Android 4.2 adds some welcome and useful features. © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 21 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

22 BEST SUB-$200 COLOR TABLET GOOGLE NEXUS 7 The bad Android still needs more tablet-optimized apps newer games have frame rate issues HSPA+ speeds seem particularly location-dependent. The bottom line With its excellent design, useful software features, and low starting price, the Nexus 7 is the cheapest way to experience the best that the Android OS has to offer. © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 22 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

23 BEST SUB-$200 COLOR TABLET AMAZON KINDLE FIRE HD The good most impressive-looking 7-inch tablet screen speakers deliver killer sound refined interface = best gateway to Amazon content for Prime members The bad Performance is sluggish at times © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 23 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

24 BEST SUB-$200 COLOR TABLET AMAZON KINDLE FIRE HD Fire HD is less comfortable to hold than the Nexus 7 curated app store means many apps and games are not available $15 opt-out for ads The bottom line With a beautiful screen, refined interface, and huge coffer of media consumption options, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is the Kindle Fire as it should have been. Price starting at $199 © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 24 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

25 BEST MID-SIZE TABLES © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 25 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

26 BEST MIDSIZE TABLETS 8.9-INCH KINDLE FIRE HD The good: zippier navigation than its 7-inch counterpart beautiful high-definition screen 4G LTE speeds seamless streaming performance access to one of the best media eco systems available The new Fire HD interface feels better suited on the 8.9-inch screen. © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 26 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

27 BEST MIDSIZE TABLETS 8.9-INCH KINDLE FIRE HD The bad Web performance is lacking compared with that of other tablets physical design is fairly plain with buttons that are too flush with its chassis curated Appstore means many games and non-entertainment quality apps are not available. a $15 opt-out for ads. The bottom line If you're looking for a pure media consumption experience, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 delivers better than any tablet before it. People looking for something more utilitarian, however, will want to look elsewhere. Price starting at 269 © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 27 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

28 BEST MIDSIZE TABLETS 9-INCH NOOK HD+ The good: sharp screen good performance microSD slot. lightweight and comfortable implements magazines and catalogs better than any other tablet. © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 28 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

29 BEST MIDSIZE TABLETS 9-INCH NOOK HD+ The bad no cameras screen is susceptible to fingerprints OS can feel sluggish at times. The bottom line The Nook HD+ is a low-price, quality entry point into the world of tablets, especially now that it has full Google Play support. Price starts at only $269 © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 29 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

30 BEST MIDSIZE TABLETS 7.9-INCH IPAD MINI The good ultrathin and light design is far more intimate and booklike than the larger iPad its cameras, storage capacities, optional LTE antenna, and general functionality offer a full iPad experience screen's dimensions elegantly display larger-format magazines and apps. The bad iPad Mini costs too much, especially considering the lower resolution of its 7.9- inch non-Retina Display © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 30 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

31 BEST MIDSIZE TABLETS 7.9-INCH IPAD MINI A5 processor isn't as robust as the one in the fourth-gen iPad and iPhone 5 typing on the smaller screen is not quite as comfy. The bottom line If you want the full, polished Apple tablet experience in a smaller package, the iPad Mini is worth the premium price. Otherwise, good alternatives are available for less money. Price starts at $329 © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 31 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

32 BEST TABLETS FOR KIDS The Amazon Kindle Fire HD, and the Barnes & Noble Nook HD have support for multiple users, including parental controls.Amazon Kindle Fire HDBarnes & Noble Nook HD Amazon has further upped the ante with the Freetime Unlimited service, which serves up kids books, games, apps, movies and TV shows to Prime members for an additional $2.99 a month -- or $6.99 per family.Freetime Unlimited service You could also opt to give a kid the $159 non-HD Kindle Fire as well, since he or she probably won't miss the extra features.Kindle Fire © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 32 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

33 BEST FULL-SIZE READING TABLET APPLE IPAD (FOURTH-GEN) The good: faster A6X processor adds extra system speed and graphics power. Improved worldwide cellular compatibility makes the LTE model a more appealing proposition. iOS App Store remains best in class, with the widest selection. offers free Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Google Play reading apps, with full access to the content in those e-book stores The bad The fourth-gen iPad is otherwise identical to its recent predecessor © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 33 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

34 BEST FULL-SIZE READING TABLET APPLE IPAD (FOURTH-GEN) same size Weight Retina screen. It's heavy to hold in one hand, and most older accessories won't work without investing in a pricey Lightning adapter. The bottom line: The latest iPad adds several tweaks and improvements to secure its position at the top of the tablet heap. It's better all around, but third-gen owners need not apply. Price starts at $460 © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 34 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

35 MEET THE ALL-NEW KINDLE FAMILY © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 35 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

36 MEET THE ALL-NEW NOOK FAMILY © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 36 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

37 © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 37 MEET THE IPAD FAMILY Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

38 GLOSSARY G3 Wireless technology for cell phones and e-readers Android 4.2 designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers software of choice for technology companies who require a low-cost, customizable, lightweight operating system for high tech devices without developing one from scratch HSPA Evolved High-Speed Packet Access, is a technical standard for wireless, broadband telecommunication © Copyright Gabriele Lenga 38 Presented by: Gabriele Lenga

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