In summary – if you are investigating ebook readers the Kindle 3 seems to be the way to go. They have come down in cost considerably, are high quality and have a great catalogue of content. As a bonus, a plethora of companion software allows you to consume your content on other devices you may own – and Whispersync keeps your bookmarks consistent across all of them
When it comes to reading books the Kindle really shines. Amazon’s stated aim was to make the device ‘disappear’ and allow the reading experience to come to the fore. This is certainly the case. The page turn buttons are large and perfectly placed and the page turn process is much faster than the BeBook. The first book I read on the Kindle was the new Dan Brown – The Lost Symbol and as promised the use of an ereader did fade into the background allowing me to engage fully with the story.
Barnes and Noble have launched a class beating eBook reader. Utilising two screens – an e-ink reader and a colour touch screen for navigation and control – it ticks all the boxes.
A new generation of eBook readers use a technology called eInk and ePaper which use power only when turning the page and have a contrast ratio similar to regular ink on paper. A typical device is similar in size to a paperback book and can carry hundreds or thousands of books, including PDF versions of medical texts available from eBooks.com.
I love reading and I love books. Luckily, I have a beautiful leather bound set of Britannica which provides a beautiful sensory experience when browsing the pages. Nothing can beat the smell of the leather or the feel of the paper. Bookworms will, I’m sure, appreciate my point