This article identifies 11 key characteristics of eReaders that book-lovers need to take into account when making a purchase and examines how the leading devicesKindle, Nook, iPad, Kobo, and Sony Readerstack up.
The Two Kinds of eReaders
When it comes to choosing an eReader, there are two basic categories: traditional eReaders and tablets.
Traditional eReaders are devices dedicated specifically to reading. These deviceslike the Kindle or the Nookhave grayscale screens optimized for text and to make it easy to read for a long time. Their screens are about the size of paperback book, and the devices are light.
Tablets, on the other hand, are larger, heavier devices that can be used for reading eBooks, but do many other things. Tablets, like the iPad, have color screens more like what you’d find on a laptop and can run apps and access the Internet.