Which e-Reader do you prefer?

There are so many e-reader options out there making a decision can be difficult. Do you want one that does more than just read books? Or will a basic reader do the trick? We decided to do a comparison of a few of the more popular options to aide you in your decision.

The Kindle

  • Kindle, $79: The least expensive and one of the more basic e-book readers, the Kindle’s e-ink mimics the look of actual paper and creates less eye strain than some of the color LCDs. It doesn’t include touch-screen capability and has limited a web browser. A good choice for people who simple want to read books and newspapers.
  • Kindle Touch, $99 ($149 for their 3G model): Personally I find the touch screen a necessity. If you’re like me, going with a touch screen model will cause less frustration than the $79 version. And while all Kindles are Wi-Fi capable, the Touch has a 3G model that might be worthwhile if you’re always on the go.
  • Kindle Fire, $199: If you want a bit more out of your e-book reader but don’t want to spend the money on a full-sized tablet, the Kindle Fire is a good choice. With a full color (LCD) screen this Kindle is great for gaming, web browsing, and downloading and using apps. Not to mention the color screen is a must if you’re planning to download children’s books.

The Nook

  • Nook Simple Touch, $99: Named the “best e-ink reader” by CNET, the Nook Simple Touch is Barnes & Nobel’s basic reader and their answer to the Kindle Touch. At the same price point as the Kindle, it does boast to have the world’s best reading screen as well as the longest battery life. While the two are very similar, the Kindle Touch offers 3G.
  • Nook Simple Touch (with Glowlight), $139: Nook’s most recent addition provides all of the functions of the regular Nook Simple Touch but is the only e-ink reader to have the Glowlight feature, which is great if you enjoy reading in low light.
  • Nook Color, $169 and Nook Tablet, $199: There are only a few differences between the two, one being the price. One feature the Tablet has is the Read and Record feature. The Tablet has a microphone (unlike the Color) and allows you to record the narration of children’s books. You can also record your children reading. This would be a great keepsake of a first time reader! Click here to read more about the differences between the two.

The iPad

  • The iPad 2, $399+ and iPad 3, $499+: The iPad continues to be the most popular tablet. It is very versatile and is compatible with all e-book apps (Kindle, Nook, etc.). Plus, it features iOs, so you can buy books from any website and access them on your iPad. So, if you don’t mind spending more and want something that is multi-use, the iPad might be your best bet.

It can be overwhelming trying to decide what type of e-book reader to buy but once you decide, be sure to check out WaveCloud’s new search features that allow you to narrow your search by the e-book reader of your choice!

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In the future, will print books only be available at the furniture store?

The question might sound crazy since “the book” has been around for nearly 2,000 years and has held its place on our bedside tables, backpacks and libraries for as long as we remember.  Even so, there may come a day that the print books we have in our house are mostly being used for decorating.

The act of writing – in one form or another – dates back 5,000 years.  Of course the method at the beginning was much different. The form was not that of a book, but of an inscription on stone or clay tablet.  It then slowly changed to papyrus or a parchment page and then onto the form of a book that we recognize. So, couldn’t the e-book be the next form of writing that dominates our day-to-day lives?

What I find interesting is the amount of emotion you find when these questions are raised.  There are people who fell asleep as a child reading books, they studied using books, they love the feel and smell of books, they were a librarian in their past life…they just love books.  Books are comforting to them.  Because of their history with books, the thought of e-books becoming more “popular” is very uncomfortable for them.  I wonder what is so upsetting really. Is it the loss of how it is made or the loss of the writing?  The art of bookmaking may be lost (or lessened), but the content of the book still remains and to the reader, isn’t that what matters most?

I believe that we will always have books because they are so special, but maybe it’s not such a crazy idea, that someday the traditional print book will only be found at your local furniture store; its purpose to decorate your coffee table and well-designed book cases.

Book formats continue to change.  The current e-book format won’t be around in a thousand years.  Men plan and God laughs.

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