Terminology[ edit ] A woman reading an e-book on an e-reader. E-books are also referred to as "ebooks", "eBooks", "Ebooks", "e-Books", "e-journals", "e-editions" or as "digital books".
Samsung Galaxy Note So, that's the cheat sheet. But if you're ready to do a deep dive, it's time to compare E book and kindle versus black-and-white screen, backlight versus readability in the sun, touch screen versus not, cheap versus expensive, 4G versus Wi-Fi, lightweight versus heavy, reading-only versus full-featured tablet.
For those, check of CNET's laptop buying guide and tablet buying guide. Likewise, we're also not focusing on smartphones, though some of the big-screen 5 inches and up "phablet" models such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 are certainly worthy of considering for those seeking a tablet alternative.
Read on to consult this quick guide, which boils the purchase decision down to six questions: Which reading and app ecosystem offers the most flexibility? One of the advantages of having your reading collection "in the cloud" is that you can access your books on multiple devices, though some e-book vendors offer better cross-platform support than others.
This is where terminology can get a bit confusing: The iPad offers access to all major e-book stores via their respective apps. Screenshot by John P. On tablets iPad, Android, and otherssmartphones iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and othersand PCs Mac and Windowsusers can download free apps that let them read e-books from a variety of vendors.
So, you can read a Kindle book on your iPad, a Nook book on your Android phone, or a Kobo book on your BlackBerry -- and that's just for starters. As of Decemberhere's how app support breaks down for each major e-book platform: Nearly all of these apps allow you to sync your position in a book across devices, so if you read up to, say, page on your phone, you can pick up on that same page on your tablet or reader, and vice versa.
All of the apps are free, and -- since each bookstore offers a wide selection of free books -- you can freely experiment with any and all of the apps that work with your respective hardware.
Best cross-platform providers where to buy your e-books: Do you want to do more than just read? Do you just want to read books? How about magazines and newspapers? What about browsing the Web? Want to add multimedia to the mix -- music, audiobooks, or video?
Are you a Netflix junkie? Do you need Flash support? They come closest to duplicating the experience of reading a book, and, while they have some online features, you won't be distracted while reading by a stream of incoming e-mails, tweets, or Facebook messages.
Stepping up in size and price, you'll find the 7.
At the full-size around 10 inches high-end, the iPad dominates, but plenty of Android competitors exist for those who would like to steer clear of Apple. Yes, plenty of those folks exist. How large of a screen and weight do you want? CNET Even if you plan to never leave home with your e-book reader, you should consider its size before buying one.
Since you hold the device in front of you whenever you read from it, weight and size are critical issues. The smallest and lightest dedicated e-book readers that we can recommend is the entry-level Kindle. Unlike the step-up Kindle Paperwhite model, the baseline Kindle includes neither a touch screen nor a built-in light.
However, the trade-off is that you get the lightest mainstream e-book reader currently on the market -- just under 6 ounces.
If you're willing to eschew Amazon's advantages -- unparalleled e-book catalog, the benefits of Prime membership -- you could also consider the tiny 4. Touch-screen models all weigh a tad more. Even with cases, all of these 6-inch e-ink models are light enough to hold for extended reading sessions without tiring.
With their color screens and beefier batteries, the 7-inch tablets are heavier than their e-ink counterparts. Most impressively, even with a larger 7.
The 7-inch Nook HD weighs To put those weights into perspective: The Retina iPad is a tad heavier, at 1. That's why many people pick up a 7-inch tablet and say, "This is heavier than I expected. In other words, a smaller screen does not mean you need to sacrifice text readability.An electronic book (or e-book or eBook) is a book publication made available in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, readable on the flat-panel display of computers or other electronic devices.
Although sometimes defined as "an electronic version of a printed book", some e-books exist without a printed equivalent. E-books can be read on dedicated e-reader devices, but also on any.
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