An e-Book Reader or Other Gadget?
There was a time, not too long ago when everybody wanted an e-reader. It was the gadget to have because e-books were much cheaper than traditional books and eco-friendly. Not to mention carrying around your entire library of thousands of books with ease. The e-reader you buy will have its own unique software enabling the reading of e-books with a specific file format.
Today, it is also possible to read e-books on a number of other devices. Some studies show that the Smartphone is becoming the most common device used to read e-books. This is based on the fact that about 45% of adults in the US own a Smartphone. As more and more people are also using tablets, it would be safe to say tablets used for the reading of e-books are also on the rise. It was estimated that in 2012 just over one hundred million tablets were shipped to consumers and eleven million e-readers.
However, a Pew study revealed:
- 23 percent read on a tablet
- 29 percent read e-books on Smartphone
- 41 percent read e-books on e-readers
- 42 percent read on a computer
If you buy an e-reader it comes with software. If you intend using your Smartphone to read then you must download an app. Examples of apps for the Smartphone are Google Play Books and Android’s 2.3, Nook and Kobo. It is also possible to use the Kindle Android app on your Smartphone.
Many people like using their Smartphone for reading books because it is always in their purse or pocket. It’s super easy to read while you are waiting in line at the post office or grocery store or anywhere else. It would be fair to say that reading books on an e-reader is far more comfortable if you are reading for longer periods (like in bed).
Then there’s that other popular device, the tablet. Perhaps the most popular tablet is the iPad but it’s just not the same as reading a book on an e-reader. An e-reader offers you an experience close to a traditional book and you become completely immersed. On the other hand, a tablet offers you many distractions like allowing you to switch to a video or listen to music because you are just a teensy bit bored at that point. Or, you could keep checking your emails. Or, you are distracted by checking your many interesting apps.
There is a very long list of distractions when using an iPad or other tablet. Publishers have taken note of the ability to distract readers. Twelve months ago 46% of publishers believed the tablet was a suitable platform for e-reading. This has dropped to 31%.
You could simply use your computer to read e-books. You could download a free Kindle app. There are stand alone apps for Mac users. Having the right app on your computer allows you to buy and download e-books. Remember you don’t always have to buy. There are many useful e-books that are available for free.