Let’s face it, even though we enjoy the smell and touch of a new book or the experience of flipping pages, it is difficult and cumbersome to carry books around especially when you may be out for an entire day. We get it, it is hippie-like and somewhat trendy to be carrying a book around, but why only have a couple of books with you when you could have your entire library without the weight?
Well yes, you can always read and store it on your Smartphone. However, the glare and amount of battery it drains is more than enough to put most off that idea. So here’s our top three picks on the best e-book readers to keep your mind busy when in transit or at the café!
For those who have not heard of Kindle, they are the grandfather of all e-book readers and first introduced them almost two decades ago in November of 2007 and it has come a long way since then. The Kindle Voyage is one of the thinnest Kindle every produced at 7.6mm and is designed with the reader in mind. As with other Kindles, the Voyage’s 6” high resolution 300ppi display is made with e-ink technology (higher the ppi the sharper and more crisp the image and in this case letters). With e-ink, it will not cause that uncomfortable glare as you would experience if you read off a regular tablet and consumes minimal battery. However, this means that the display is in 16-level grey scale (black and white).
The Voyage has an adaptive light sensor that will automatically adjust the brightness of the screen to your surroundings. Other specifications include a 4GB in-built memory that is enough to store a few thousand books, Wi-Fi enabled, weighs 180g, and can last up to six weeks with just a single charge!
Price: Starting from US$199
First and foremost this is the only e-book reader that comes in ivory, onyx and espresso which makes the Kobo standout a little more than the rest. The Aura has a 6.8” 265ppi Pearl e-ink screen which is one of the largest currently available in the market and only weighs 240g. Similar to Voyage the Aura also has a 4GB in-built memory, Wi-Fi and can last weeks on just a single charge. However, the Aura differs by offering an expandable memory slot that gives users the option for up to 32GB of additional memory. In addition to that, the Aura also has Smartphone compatible apps for Android and Apple along with in-built games like chess and Sudoku.
Price: Starting from US$169.99
Nook GlowLight from Barnes & Noble
Head back to basics with the Nook GlowLight. Apart from the 6” 212ppi e-ink screen, weighing 175g and other basic features, what will really attracts me is that because it is from Barnes & Noble, you will be kept up to date with personalised recommendations. On top of that, it is absolutely ad free and has a built-in reading light for convenient reading even in dim light conditions!
Price: Starting from US$89
As most e-book readers are relatively similar, you got to know what you are specifically looking out for be it the screen size or maybe level of screen resolution. If you are seriously considering an e-book reader I would recommend the Kindle Voyage only because it is one of the most user friendly and widely used brand of e-book reader. Which also translates to cheaper repair and it would be much easier to seek for help if needed.
If you are an owner of an e-book reader do share with us what else is there to look out for and maybe a recommendation if you have one!
By Geralyne Kaye Ong / April 15, 2015 6:30PM GMT+8
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