Download free Fiction, Health, Romance and many more ebooks. Books or Nooks? How Americans’ reading habits are shifting in a dig... How to Buy an Ebook Reader - How to Buy an eBook Reader. OB Roundup The transition to digital books is happening faster than anyone expected.
After years of false starts—think Stephen King's novella Riding the Bullet, released way back in 2000—ebook readers have soared in popularity over the past few years. Amazon's release of the first Kindle in 2007 was a turning point; now people are buying and downloading digital books at a breakneck pace. Even better: Prices have dropped considerably across the board, to the point where mainstream casual readers can get a quality ebook reader for a lot less than $100. It's no longer an early adopter's game. What Screen Type and How Big? In all cases, E Ink is much easier to read in bright sunlight, while color touch screens on tablets, like the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tend to wash out, and their glossy displays can show distracting reflections. Manufacturers are also improving the quality of these E Ink displays.
Amazon Kindle (2011) Review & Rating. Over a decade after the first ebook readers launched, and four years after Amazon debuted the original Kindle, we finally have a device that could conquer the mainstream.
At just $79, the fourth-generation Amazon Kindle is the least expensive, lightest, and easiest to use reader we've ever tested. If you don't need a touch screen or hardware keyboard, and just want to read books, there's little reason to pay more. Amazon Kindle Touch 3G Review & Rating. If you're a Kindle fan, but don't want to bother with physical buttons, Amazon finally has an ebook reader for you.
The Kindle Touch 3G ($149 direct) adds an impressive array of features to the entry-level Amazon Kindle ($79, 4.5 stars) including an easier shopping experience, the ability to take notes (thanks to the on-screen QWERTY keyboard), and a cool X-Ray feature that lets you delve deeper into your books. Amazon Kindle Fire Review & Rating.
The Amazon Kindle Fire puts the Apple iPad on notice.
The Fire is the first small tablet that average users can pick up and immediately use, with a simple, clear interface. Then there's the price: Android along with amazing specs for just $199. It's open enough to attract geeks, too. While the user interface occasionally gets sluggish, we're willing to have a bit of patience to get a first-rate tablet for half of what most competitors charge, thus the Kindle Fire is our first Editors' Choice for small tablets. DesignA solid little brick at 7.5 by 4.7 by .45 inches (HWD) and 14.6 ounces, the Kindle Fire looks and feels a lot like the BlackBerry PlayBook ($499, 2.5 stars), but the Fire is smaller in all dimensions.
Turn the Fire on and the 7-inch 1024-by-600 IPS LCD screen lights up. OS and ContentThe Kindle Fire packs a dual-core, 1GHz TI OMAP4 processor and runs a very highly customized version of Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread). Magazines are a mixed bag. Kobo eReader Touch Edition Review & Rating. Kobo's not the first name you'd think of when naming ebook reader manufacturers, nor is it the second.
Those honors, I'd wager, go to Amazon and Barnes & Noble, respectively (though Barnes & Noble's new Nook Touch Reader ($139, 4.5 stars) might flip that order). Kobo's swinging for the fences with its latest device, the Kobo eReader Touch Edition ($129 direct). The Touch Edition is slimmer than the Kobo Wireless eReader (3.5 stars), and adds a touch screen along with some performance improvements. Kobo Vox Review & Rating. The Kobo Vox ($199 direct) aims to douse the Amazon Kindle Fire ($199, 4 stars) as an inexpensive tablet and ebook reader.
But despite sharing a similar look and feel to the Editors’ Choice Kindle Fire, the Kobo Vox lacks the power and polish to compete. N2A Card (for Nook Color) Review & Rating. The Barnes & Noble Nook Color ($249, 4 stars) is already so much more than an ebook reader.
As it has a Web browser, email client, and lots of other games and apps, B&N is right to call it a “reader’s tablet.” But reading isn’t all the Nook Color can do. Plunk in an N2A card and the Nook Color becomes a full-fledged Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" device, capable of running more than 200,000 apps. The N2A card is incredibly easy to use, comes with some useful apps installed, and removing Android is as simple as rebooting your Nook Color. Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Review & Rating. The reader's tablet is back.
How to download e-books from your local library. Before you purchase e-books from vendors like Amazon or from the iBookstore, see what your local library has to offer.
With a library card and a free application, Overdrive Media Console, you can download free e-books and audiobooks to your iPhone (and any other iOS device), BlackBerry, Android device, or computer. North Canton Public Library. Ohio eBook Project. E-book management. Digital Editions Iniformation. Get Adobe Digital Editions. The Adobe USA site has been optimized for users within the United States.
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