What You Need to Know When Shopping for an eReader

Even with the rising popularity of mobile tablets and smartphones that have tablet-sized screens, millions of people around the world still seem to be purchasing eReaders year after year.

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Even with the rising popularity of mobile tablets and smartphones that have tablet-sized screens, millions of people around the world still seem to be purchasing eReaders year after year. One study estimated that the annual number of eReader sales worldwide should exceed 60 million units by the year 2015, according to Digitimes Research.

Since there are so many different options to choose from when shopping for this device, narrowing that list down to one specific model may seem nearly impossible. There are several different points that you can consider before finalizing your purchase to make sure that you made the right decision.

Focus on Quality and Size of Screen

Your choice of screen type and size will help you to narrow down the list of available options much quicker than you may think. Most of the older, standard models only use a monochrome screen so you will want to stay away from these if you are only interested in a colorful display.

Another disadvantage of choosing one of these older models is the limited selection of tablet accessories that can be used with them, according to PC Magazine. This is simply because quite a few of the older models are not backlight so you will need to provide your own lighting.

Invest in one of the newer models, such as the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight or the Kindle Paperwhite if you are interested in having edge lighting that will allow you to read as much as you want regardless of the available lighting. A standard screen size is between five and six inches, but feel free to upgrade to a 7.9-inch screen on a more deluxe model if a larger display is necessary.

Match Premium Features with Affordable Budget

When it comes to the other features that are available, the best thing to do would be to match these options with your overall budget. As is the case with the screen type and size, you can expect to pay more for the deluxe models than you will for the older alternatives. Keep in mind that even though they have similar characteristics, an eReader is not the same as a tablet.

Therefore, a tablet is going to have a wide range of features and capabilities overall that are simply not available within an eReader. Research the specifications and standard features of all of your options to make sure that you have chosen the right model for your budget. Remember that if you would like to have a high-quality eReader for a low-quality price, shopping for used products through online websites might be the best route for you to take.

The Bottom Line

Do not allow competitive impulses to force you to make a decision that you very well may regret in the near future. When shopping for an eReader, focus on your own personal preferences and expectations before proceeding any further with your purchase.

Do not strive to purchase the most popular device on the market. Take the time to do your research and find the eReader that is going to be a perfect match specifically for you and your needs. By doing so, you will be able to wisely invest your money in a device that you will enjoy using for many years to come.

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