Were you lucky enough to be given some cash for Christmas? Is this cash now burning a hole in your pocket? If so, congratulations, the Christmas sales are currently in full swing, so you can look forward to snapping up a few bargains online or in the stores and make the most of your little windfall.
I want an e-book reader!
For those people who love books and are happy to spend every waking moment immersed in a tale of wild adventure or feverish lust, an e-book reader is the perfect accessory. And if you havenâ€™t bought one already (or been lucky enough to find one in your Christmas stocking), there are lots of opportunities to pick up a bargain ebook reader in the Christmas sales.
What is the best ebook reader?
eBooks are enjoying an unprecedented success in the world of fiction and non-fiction, so bookworms have plenty of choice when the time comes to invest in an ebook reader. The most popular ebook readers include Kindle, Nook, and Kobo, but there are others available, and readers with a tablet or smartphone can also download eReader apps to their devices so that they have access to their bookshelf at all times.
eBook reader reviews
Before buying a new eBook reader, it is wise to check out product reviews as these can help you decide which eBook reader is likely to be best for your individual needs. Each of the most popular models in the eBook market has a unique selling point, so read the product specifications before you purchase one, but in general, features you can expect from one of the latest good quality eReaders include:
- Touch screen
- A â€˜paperlikeâ€™ experience
- Built in light
- 3G / WiFi connectivity
- Long battery life
Should I buy a Nook or Kindle?
The Nook is the Barnes & Noble answer to Amazonâ€™s Kindle. Both devices have their pros and cons, but the main selling points of each include:
- Kindle â€“ the top of the Kindle eBook reader range is the Paperwhite. This device offers a built in light and sensitive touch screen technology, but if you want to read your books without seeing intrusive adverts, expect to pay extra for an ad-free device. Kindles come with WiFi and 3G for total connectivity, but they donâ€™t support EPUB files.
- Nook â€“ the Simple Touch model has a built in glow-light for readers who prefer to read at night or in any other dark place; it also has WiFi capability, no irritating advertising, and supports EPUB files. On the downside, the Nook does not support 3G, so if you travel a lot, it might not be the best e-reader device for you.
Where can I buy an eReader device from?
Kindles can be bought from Amazon and the Nook is available from Barnes & Noble stores in the US. However, Nook fans living in the UK can now purchase Nook devices from various UK outlets, including Asda, John Lewis and Argos, which should give the Amazon Kindle a run for its money.