eReaders

 

 

Hi Guys, welcome to iTablets 5th post in its What Tablets can do different series. Last week we looked at Movies and all the great Apps available for watching your favourite shows and movies. This week we are looking at how Tablets and E-readers are changing the way we read books and how exciting having thousands of books all on one device and being able to listen to them via audio books is becoming. Tablets and e-Readers are getting increasingly better in helping us read our favourite books with the large range of Apps available on Tablets through to the great E-readers available to buy. Let’s take a look…

 

eReaders

 

E-readers are increasingly becoming popular amongst book lovers and they have many positives. They can store thousands of books on one device so you don’t have to carry your favourites where ever you go all you need is your e-reader – making it very portable! Plus new books can be downloaded from almost anywhere in almost no time at all. With many electronic versions being cheaper than the physical books themselves! Plus as the e-reader is a computer you can do things like search for text and listen to the book being read out to you. Furthermore e-readers are more eco-friendly they save paper books use a lot of paper and ink, which isn’t healthy for the environment. Purchasing an eBook reader can help cut back on the consumption of paper and ink, as well as the machines used to print them. There are benefits for independent authors too who can quickly publish and distribute their books. But all in all e-readers help to promote reading which is why I am such a big fan of them.

There are now a large range or e-readers available for sale and all with great features. In this article we look at two of the best The Amazon Kindle Voyage and the Amazon Kindle PaperWhite – both of which are available on iTablets. Amazon have done a great job in releasing their e-readers and starting a market where people can gain access to thousands of titles via a click of a button.  The Voyage is special because it has the highest resolution display of any Kindle eReader. Cramming 1440x1080 pixels into the same-as-ever 6in size means a pixel density of 300ppi. What this means is that text is laser-sharp with none of the jaggedness of the screen you'll get for £59. It's noticeably sharper than the Kindle Paperwhite's 1024x768-pixel display. And make no mistake: the tablet-like, edge-to-edge glass is a game-changer for eReaders. No longer the thick, raised bezels of previous Kindles. Now, the Voyage feels like you're holding a supremely lightweight - albeit monochrome - tablet. There's another cunning feature, too: Night Light. This slowly reduces brightness when it gets dark, working in tandem with the auto brightness feature. Brightness changes so subtly you don't notice it and that's exactly what you want when you're engrossed in the latest novel.

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Next it’s the Amazon Paper White which is also another great e-reader – the Paperwhite is a thin and light black slab, with roughly the footprint of a paperback book, but much thinner and lighter. To be exact it measures 169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm, and the Wi-Fi and 3G model we tried we weighed at around 219g. The Wi-Fi-only Kindle Paperwhite is a few grams lighter. That 9mm thickness is enough to make the Kindle Paperwhite comfortable to grip. This is helped by the slightly rubbery feeling of the Paperwhite's back, offering additional grip. And, of course, it is light. I read on this Kindle for hours, lying on my back, and never once felt uncomfortable.

Technically, the Kindle Paperwhite has a 16-level grey scale 6in Paperwhite display with Carta e-paper technology and built-in light. It has a very detailed eReader resolution of 300 ppi too, as well as what Amazon calls 'optimised font technology'. Which means it is an e-ink display that is backlit and super sharp. It is a beautiful reading experience, and when I was reading in bed the backlit screen was great too. Clear, comfortable, but adjustable so that I could find a light that was not too bright for me. Indeed, my one complaint was that by default the backlit screen was too bright. You could use that thing as a torch! Reading outside in direct sunlight is also great. A real advantage of this kind of eReader over a general tablet. And the Kindle's fonts are truly excellent, in the sense that - again - the reading experience is so comfortable.

As well as that unsurpassed high-resolution 300 ppi display and the built-in adjustable light, the main features are Amazon's millions of books in its store, and the fact that you can hold thousands of books on the Kindle itself. Amazon has built-in some additional software features.

Without leaving the page, you can query words you don't understand in order to build your vocabulary and learn about characters within books. All these features work well and are handy as you can simply use them with ease.

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All in all these two e-readers are great and I certainly edge you try using one. The game is certainly changing as now many new books are being published electronically when they are being released.  But if you’re a Tablet lover and not looking to buy an e-Reader then our next sections dives into the great Apps already out there on Tablets that make reading even more a pleasure for your Tablet. 

 

Reading Apps for Tablets

 

First on the List is Google Play Books – Chances are, this app came pre-installed on your Android device, so why not check it out? It's really not too shabby, and you get to stay within Google's ecosystem. Google Play Books gives you access to a vast book store. Some of the books are free. You'll also find some textbooks, although we'd like to see the textbook selection improve in the future. You can read books offline, use a dictionary to look up unfamiliar words, and have your notes and place in the book saved across multiple devices through your Google account. Great Stuff!

 

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Next its Moon+ Reader - The free version of Moon+ Reader is a solid eBook reader. It has control gestures and the ability to set it so pages will automatically turn themselves. It is very customizable, so you can set whatever font type, background colour, etc. you want. It also provides some interesting stats, like how many words you've read per minute on average.

Plenty of file types are supported, like .epub, .zip, .html, .mobi, and .txt and also includes several Open Publication Distribution System (OPDS) catalogues. Pre-loaded with free books to download. You can also add your own catalogues.

Moon+ Reader Pro gets rid of the ads and adds important features such as support for .pdf files and optional password protection when opening the app. Note that while it will read .mobi (Amazon Kindle) files, it will not open Digital Rights Management (DRM) protected Kindle books.

Moon+ Reader is the app you want if you already have an extensive library of books in multiple formats that you want to organize and access through a single app.

 

Third if not most obvious in Amazon Kindle - Don't have a Kindle? No worries — you can shop the Amazon Kindle Store and read Kindle books on your phone or tablet with the free Kindle app from Amazon.

Amazon has a vast library of Kindle books — some are even free to download. You can also take advantage of Amazon Prime and find some textbooks as well. You're able to customize fonts, margins, line spacing, and organize the books you've downloaded into collections so that it's easier to find the book you want to read

Another benefit is that lots of local libraries will actually lend you copies of books via the Kindle app. Plus Amazon Audio Books is a complete package offering you a whole variety of Audio Books to listen to at the touch of your fingers for a cheaply monthly subscription with a free month trial!

 

And finally on the list is Nook – which is another great reading App - Barnes & Noble offers a selection of books, newspapers, and magazines in its Nook app. Of course, Barnes & Noble would like you to mostly buy stuff from them, but they've also made it possible to add your own .epub and .cbz files to the app.

It's pretty easy to adjust font size, brightness, line spacing, etc. You can bookmark your place, too, and sync your position (and your library) across any devices to which you have this app installed.

Another benefit with the Nook app is that it allows you to create multiple profiles, so your entire family can use it without your kids stumbling upon your racy book collection. Lol!

 

Overall there are a lot of e-book reader Apps out there. Some of them only let you get books from one source, while others allow you get them from multiple sources, and even to curate your own library.

You might miss the smell of fresh ink and pressed paper, but at least all of your books will be in one convenient place in whichever e-book reading app you choose! Reading just got a whole lot more funner! Tell us how you are enjoying this new tech way of reading…

 

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