Why Everyone Wants A Digital Book Reader

Electronic book readers, also known as eBook readers, or digital book readers have become so popular that Amazon’s eBook reader, the Kindle has become the top selling item on their site, and that is saying a lot since Amazon has millions of products. The simplest definition is that electronic book readers provide a method by which you can read traditional books, magazines, newspapers, PDF files, and other paper publications in a digital format. The eBook readers are handheld portable wireless gadgets that can be taken anywhere and used to read from anywhere and at anytime.

eBook readers are specifically designed with the reading lover in mind, and have the main purpose of storing large bulky libraries into a mobile, small and easy to carry device, much like the iPod did for music collections, eBook readers, like the Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook and Sony Readers do for books. The leading models of eBook readers are The Nook, Kindle and Sony Reader models, with the Kindle being top of the line earning rave expert and industry as well as user reviews.

The Benefits
Digital book readers usually have got one particular main feature in common and that is that the screen display uses a technology called E-Ink Pearl, which replicates the way in which light reflects of actual paper, which makes the screen display very easy on the eyes, unlike traditional computer screens and provide for no glare easy reading in bright sunlight.

Main Features

  • Wireless access to digital bookstores
  • No glare – reads in sunlight – easy on the eyes screen display
  • Long life is preferred
  • Wide Range of eBook and document compatibility
  • Reads to you
  • MP3 player
  • Large storage space/memory
  • Text annotation
  • Web browser
  • Social sharing with other reader fans
  • Free book samples
  • Free books

Generally speaking, the primary advantages of these units is that they are very mobile, they keep the largest of book collections in an easy to hold and carry wireless device, they can save tons of paper, and allow anyone to read books wherever they may be. Regardless of whether or not the digital book readers will eventually overtake paper books the sales of these items, especially the Amazon Kindle show that these gadgets are enjoying huge popularity that is only growing on a daily basis and thousands have them on their wish lists on Amazon’s website.

Choosing the Best Portable Ebook Reader: Key Considerations – Digital Content Availability

Let me begin by listing again what I consider to be 7 Key Considerations you should think about as you digest all the eBook Reader reviews and comparisons, collecting a list of the best eBook Readers, so you can choose that one great eReader you want to buy. Here they are again in no special order:

  • Form Factor
  • Audio
  • Memory / Storage Capacity
  • Digital Content Availability
  • File Type Compatibility
  • Connectivity and Coverage
  • Convenience

In previous articles, we covered Form Factor, Audio, and Memory / Storage Capacity. In this article, we will cover the next issue.

Digital Content Availability

OK, once you get your eBook reader, you’re probably going to read books, eh? Where are you going to get those books and how are you going to get them to your eReader? What else would you like to read? Periodicals? Magazines? Newspapers? Research reports? The Web? Your significant other’s shopping list? Many people are more than just book readers; they are also avid consumers of newspapers, magazines, and periodicals.

A significant factor in your decision on which of the eBook readers is best for you is going to be where you can get things to read and how can you get the documents onto your reader.

BIG book sellers, who also sell an electronic readers, have a BIG advantage. They are going to make it as easy as possible for you to get books and periodicals from them so you can read them with the eReader they sold you. This includes Barnes & Noble with the NOOK, Amazon with the Kindle, Apple iBooks with the iPad, and Kobo with the Kobo Reader. Sony also has an eBook store. All of these eBook readers provide easy access to the sellers’ bookstores to buy and download eBooks. Amazon and Barnes & Noble also offer newspapers and magazines. Due to the convenience of access to your choice of reading material offered by these eBook reader sellers, their products should be right up there near the top of your list of candidate eReaders.

There is a potential disadvantage to acquiring your eBook reader from these sources. They tend to include something proprietary about the eBooks you buy from them so that they can only be used with their eReaders. Amazon uses a proprietary file format for its eBooks that only the Kindle and Kindle’s software and apps can read. This makes it impossible to legally move your books to a new, non-Kindle eReader. Sellers also use DRM (see next topic) to limit even standardized file formats so that eBooks purchased from them can only be read on their readers. So, should you consider buying an eBook reader from an independent manufacturer not associated with one of the big book sellers? Unlike Amazon, many of the eBook sellers use a standard file format like PDF or EPUB. Users can view documents on any eReader that can read the specific file format and decode the DRM. But be aware that you are limiting your choices of reading material no matter which eBook reader you choose.

There are also many sources of free eBooks on the Internet. The free eBooks are virtually always provided in one of the standardized file formats like PDF or EPUB so they can be read with most eBook readers. One of the best known sources of free eBooks is Project Gutenberg at http://www.gutenberg.org/. Google also has a project to digitize books and make them available, many for free. You can begin searching free eBooks available at Google by going to the Google eBookStore. If you’re looking for free eBooks, you should also check out http://www.free-ebooks.net/.

Presently, over two-thirds of public libraries in the United States offer eBooks. If you plan on getting eBooks from your library, check with them to see what file format(s) your library makes available, and make sure your eBook reader supports those formats. Note that the Sony Reader eBook site has a slick library finder that allows you to find local libraries that offer digital content.

Digital Book Readers File Formats Information You Won’t Find in eBook Reader Reviews

I was recently writing an article about the new Nook and Sony Daily digital book readers ability to handle the ePub standard, a file format that is fast becoming the preferred file format of the eBook publishers. It struck me that it may be helpful if I explained the differences between proprietary formats and the ePub standard, something you will not find in eBook reader reviews, but something you should remember when researching the many digital book readers on the market, prior to your final purchase decision.

It was, in the early days of digital book readers, somewhat accepted by the buying public that both Sony and Amazon released their content coded in their own file format. What this effectively did was tied the eBook to one device, but it did not take long before customers caught on, something that hit the likes of Sony hard.

But fast forward to today, the industry had been looking for a standard file format, firstly to remove uncertainty in the customers mind and secondly to do as the title suggests, standardize e-publishing.

It does look more and more like they have settled on the emerging Epub format. Why, you may ask, with so many other options about, have some of the biggest names in the industry thrown their weight behind this new format when there was, some would point out, a perfectly good one in the form of Mobipockets universally available file format. That’s really a question only the likes of Google, Sony and now Barnes and Noble can answer.

Looking on from the sidelines, it seems like the three of them have ganged up to deliver a good slapping for Amazon, as their latest offerings – the Kindle US and Kindle International digital book readers – don’t have natural support for the ePub standard.

On the other hand the latest Sony Edition Range of digital book readers, which incidentally are receiving some rave eBook reader reviews, and the brand new Barnes and Noble Nook reading device all support the ePub format. Titles at both the Sony-Store and the Barnes and Noble online bookstore will publish in this format, something that both companies are happy to sing the praises of.

Now, throw into the mix the quite considerable influence Google have on everything online and look at their recent backing of the ePub format. They intend to publish the whole of their massive library of over one million books in the ePub format, many of these titles are free to down load.

These developments have opened up the market totally. No longer do users of digital book readers have to purchase content from one source, this move can only lead to greater competition and ultimately lower eBook prices. And the encouraging thing is three massive companies have totally embraced, even instigated, it.

This leaves the Kindle digital book readers in a very difficult position, news travels at the same speed as prices change in this industry. Customers of the Kindle will feel short changed when this news hits the eBook reader review sites, and they every right they have to feel that way too don’t you think.