More and more, you hear people say things like “no one buys books anymore.” While this is patently untrue- you just need to walk into a bookstore to see plenty of happy customers- the fact is that a good portion of the population is also reading books in a new way: virtual.
This is not to say that the printed book will disappear. However, ebooks and eReaders such as Amazon’s Kindle are a convenient way to carry your library with you. Imagine having three or four or a hundred books available on the train, while you’re waiting for your kids to get out of soccer practice, or even during your lunch break. This convenience is one of the reason ebooks are growing in popularity so rapidly. They also provide access to books outside the traditional publishing system, which means that more authors are given the opportunity to get their stories in front of the public. If you’ve any interest in indie authors, you might want to pick up an eReader.
And for those who say that an e-book will never find success, remember: 50 Shades of Grey was originally an e-book!
Your eReader options are many, and they are growing by the day. Here’s a quick rundown of the three most popular readers out there:
1. Amazon’s Kindle
Priced between 110$ and 500$, the Amazon kindle is one of the most successful ereaders out there. You get access to Amazon’s entire book library, which also includes a ton of indie novels that you might not be able to find elsewhere. The draw back? The Amazon kindle will only read certain kinds of files. So if you’re looking for something that’s very versatile, you might want a different option. That being said, Amazon.com is one of the largest online book retailers in the world, so the odds are that you’ll be able to find a kindle approved file for whatever you’re looking for.
2. The Nook
Barnes and Noble’s answer to the Amazon kindle, the Nook is a little lest expensive, pricing from 99$ to 200$. In terms of technical capability, it is quite similar to the Kindle. However, fewer independent titles are available on the Nook, so if you’re very interested in the indie market, you might want to opt for the Kindle.
3. iPad, and other tablets
The iPad is a good example of a different eReader philosophy. The iPad, like other tablets, was not designed purely for reading. However, it has plenty of downloadable options that allow you to use it like an eReader. The extra benefits here, however, are that you also get easy internet access, a host of incredibly useful apps, and a variety of other functions that make this the most versatile option.
The iPad is also one of the more expensive options. It can be priced anywhere from 399$ to 500$, and may also require a monthly data plan in order to access the internet and app store.
If you’re interested in learning more, here’s a great article to get you started: