3 eReaders to Rival the Kindle
Gone are the days of attaching square downlights to your book to read at night – thanks to e-readers with built-in interior lighting and a non-reflective surface, we can all read in the dark without straining our eyes!
If you’re a book worm, or don’t want everyone on the metro to know what you’re reading, then the eReader may be for you.
Whether you save for one or wait until Christmas, it’s worth working out what to hope for, why and how much to spend. The ubiquitous Kindle, believe it or not, is not only well priced, matt-surfaced eReader out there! Let’s take a look at what other options there are…
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Kobo eReader Touch – $124.99
One of the first eReaders to contend with the Kindle, the Kobo comes with a touch screen and a range of typefaces. Kobos have a whole range of books available for you to download so you won’t be lacking for things to read.
So what is the spec deal? Well the Kobo weighs in at 2GB of memory, 1GB of which can be used for storing media. There are 17 fonts that you can choose from and it has a handy zoom feature on books, PDFs and pictures.
The one down side is that, like the Kindle, the refresh time is slow so when turning pages you do get a little bit of a drag on the screen. Wi-fi is of course standard.
At a similar price to the Kindle, you would be mad not to have a look!
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Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-T1 – $156.99
The Sony Reader is renowned for being an anti-Kindle reader’s dream. Being light and thin, this ebook’s best feature is its weight and size, making it perfect for super minimal folk who don’t want to lug a bulky bit of technology around all day!
In terms of spec it doesn’t quite measure up to the other eReaders out there however. It only comes with 1.3GB and has a 16 level greyscale screen with a tendency to flicker when you’re browsing on the internet.
There is also a barrier on content sharing; you can only own your content on your Sony Reader because Sony hasn’t integrated their Reader with Android or iOS. So you can download your books to your desktop app but reading your books on the go on your phone or tablet is a no go.
On the plus side, the Reader does support twelve different languages and has a dictionary for all those long-winded words you may get stuck with.
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Bookeen Cybook Opus eReader – $90
This eReader is best for those on a budget. Nice and simple in terms of price and features, this is good for someone who wants an eReader right now and has no patience to save! The price has dropped from $220 dollars in the past year to meet market demands. It also supports PDFs, HTML, JPGs and Gif files and has an automated flip screen. Plus, it’s keyboard free.
Currently the Bookeen comes with no Wi-Fi so book transferring has to be achieved manually.
What is your favourite non-Kindle eReader?