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eInk vs. LCD Touch Screen WiFi/3G Color/Black and White Text to Speech Text formats Weight/Size of the Device Access via numerous devices? Considerations
eInks screens are black and white and imitate ink on a printed page. Some consider eInk “easier on the eye” than an LCD screen. Easier to read outdoors and in bright sunlight. Require less power than LCD screens (extends battery life). Very crisp and sharp. eInk
Full color More interactive possibilities (video, children’s books) Backlit so you can read in the dark. LCD
Do you need always on wireless data? While you don’t have to pay to access 3G capabilities with the Nook and Kindle, it does increase the price of the reader. Do you have access to wireless? Wi-Fi/3G?
Sony Reader iPad The Color Nook The Nook (using eInk). Touch Screen
eInk readers are black and white. If you’re going to use your eReader primarily for books, consider black and white. Color readers are usually more “tablet-like.” If you’re interested in subscribing to magazines or are interested in “interactive” books consider color. Color/Black and White
Kindle Accommodations for disabilities? Text to Speech
An eBook is published by converting text into one or more formats and uploading to a website that distributes eBooks. ePUB: International standard by the International Digital Publishing Forum. Apple iPad uses ePUB for iBook sales and Google books also has a commitment to ePUB. Amazon Kindle has their own text format. Currently it isn’t possible to “borrow” books (OverDrive) with a Kindle. Kindle has promised that capability very soon. Text Formats
Since you hold the device in front of you, weight and size can be an issue. All eBook readers let you adjust the font size of the content you’re reading, so even a small screen can display larger font. Weight/Size
Having your reading collection “in the cloud.” iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android devices, Blackberry apps. Cross Platform support
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