Many people have e-readers these days. If you are in the market for one, you are probably aware that there are lots of models on the market. Most of them are top quality, so you really can’t go wrong with whichever one you choose. We showcase three below.
Nook Color: The Nook Color from Barnes & Noble is relatively cheap running around $150. Don’t let the price tag fool you. It is a very high quality item both in the display of images and prose. One of the best features of the Nook Color is that you can touch and hold any word while you are reading and it will give you the definition.
The Nook Color also includes several built-in applications, including Pandora, an e-mail reader, a web browser, and an addicting crossword puzzle game. You can boost the power of your Nook Color by downloading apps from the app store. Here you’ll find Netflix, the Smithsonian Channel, and several other top apps. So what is the only drawback of the Nook color? Its app store, while boasting plenty of choices, it sometimes lacks some of the more cutting-edge apps out there. Here’s hoping that the Nook Color will introduce apps at a quicker pace.
Kindle Fire: The Kindle Fire is the main competitor to the Nook Color. That being said, it’s extremely similar to the e-reader offered by Barnes & Noble. Both e-readers offer a great reading experience. Words and images are crisp and clean on the Kindle Fire. And this reader comes with its own email client, web browser, and app store. The Kindle is affordable, too, with a price tag under $200 today.
What are the only downsides with the Kindle Fire? Some of its controls are far from intuitive. For example, there’s not a volume control anywhere on the device. To regulate the volume on the Kindle Fire, you need to tap the screen. Otherwise, though, the Kindle Fire is yet another good e-reader buy.
Kobo e-Reader: The Kobo e-Reader Touch does not have the name recognition of either the Nook Color or the Kindle Fire. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a worthy competitor. Actually, you wouldn’t go wrong by spending your e-reader dollars on this nifty device if reading is your absolute goal. Users rave about the reading experience on the Kobo. Images and words are sharp and easy to read. In fact, the Kobo offers seven different font styles and 17 different font sizes for readers to choose between. Others rave about the device’s soft, quilted back. Don’t laugh; this back helps make holding a Kobo feel much more like holding a real book. That’s a feature that the Nook Color or Amazon Kindle can’t boast.
At the Kobo store, you can download e-books in an array of formats. The Kobo is especially good with comic books and other graphics-heavy books. And then there’s this: If the Kobo’s Wi-Fi feature is shut off, the device’s life of the battery may last for as long as one full month. That’s pretty extraordinary. The Kobo doesn’t boast all the features of a Nook Color or an Amazon Fire. But for those who want to focus on reading, this e-reader does the job.