Should You Get An Electronic Reading Device?

A woman using an electronic reader.

In some ways, it is very sad that the paper book is disappearing. I myself, if given the choice, would take a paper book over a device any day. Having made that statement, I understand where a reading device can be very useful.

Reasons For A Reading Device

There are a number of times when a reading device could be preferable over a paper book. If you are on the fence, here are some things to consider.

Devices Are More Convenient

An electronic reading device is quite compact. Compared to the bulk of carrying multiple books, it requires much less storage space and that also comes with much less weight. If you are traveling and wanted to bring a few books with you, the reading device will save you a lot of effort.

You Have More Choices

Not every title is going to be easy to find in paper version. With a digital library to choose from, you have more books at your fingertips.

Instant Gratification

Instead of ordering a book and waiting for it to be delivered, you can have immediate gratification. Us Americans love this, we always want something right now. If you decide that you want to read a new novel, just order it, download it and start reading. It is as easy and as fast as that.

They Are Cheaper

We all know what the cost of a hardback book can be. Devices make it cheaper to keep reading. You can buy a digital copy for a fraction of the cost od a hard copy. You can also sign up for a subscription service and get unlimited access to literature. No, it is not going to fill up your library, but it will keep you entertained and within budget.

Which Device To Buy

Now that you see the benefit of an electronic reading device, let’s look at your options. There are quite a few models out there, so for the sake of brevity, I will discuss just a few of the top ones. If you want a more in depth opinion, read this article.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

The king of all devices in my opinion. Coming in at under 100 dollars, it is hard to go wrong with this device. It is easy to read in all light conditions and has good storage and battery life. Hard to go wrong with this device.

Barnes & Noble Nook

This one is a little pricier than the Kindle, but you get a lot of niceties for the money. I like the soft finish on the front and back of the device. It just makes it more comfortable to hold for long periods.

Kobo Libra

Yet again, just a bit more expensive than either of the devices above, sometimes you get what you pay for. This device arguably has a better software package making use easier. It is also fairly light for a device of its size which is nice when you could be holding something for hours.

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