It is nearly my birthday and I was trying to come up with some inspiration for a gift idea. I have been inspired to look into e-readers for few reasons:
- We are going away later in the year, I want to have limited luggage and I do love to read. Plus I might be able to store important and useful information on the e-reader.
- If you read this blog, you know I am reading the Steve Jobs bio at the moment and it is giving my little hands some serious cramping, stiff neck and back twinge issues. The lure of a lighter format is very real.
- My lovely friend Jules has a Kindle and was singing its praises recently and she is a woman of impeccable taste.
I have read only one book on an electronic device – my iPad and thought this was great and assumed this format would be replicated on eBook Readers. So today off I went with my husband to do some research – now I like to see things in the flesh (so to speak), I am a person who likes visualising things with the 3 dimensional object in my hands. This is one of the reasons I wander through display homes, trying to imagine our renovations and what products to use.
As we live in a small city in Australia the choices are limited and dispersed across a wide range of shops and locales. I narrowed down my search to those eBook Readers which had received good reviews through a February 2012 review in PC Authority magazine.
- Kobo Touch- Light, good to have a touch screen and neat little unit, but I didn’t like the way the pages refreshed, there was shadowing and shuddering. Ultimately, I was disappointed by the appearance and the limitations, but the price is great. (At Officeworks)
- I was able to view a few other eBook Readers at Officeworks at increased prices, but did not feel they offered too much more than the more basic models.
- Kindle – unfortunately the Kindle’s battery was flat at BIG W (BIG Waste of time if you have money to spend) which meant I was not able to play with it. However, I had used one very recently that belonged to my friend. It was quite similar to the Kobo in appearance, but interfaced through using side buttons to control the screen.
- Sony – I immediately dismissed the Sony due to the often accompanying proprietary restrictions. Could have been a rash decision…
What did take my eye whilst there, were the little tablets (Samsung, Toshiba, Nexus) – it seems the appeal of colour is obviously what I want.
Colour and movement; the black and white of the traditional eBook Readers in my view was literally drab and lifeless; at least paper based books have life in them, through their covers and texture.
I have not found reading on the iPad difficult on my eyes, this seems to be a common concern, it is more the size that I find problematic. I love the idea of the iPad Mini, but the cost is a barrier. I think, what this exercise has shown me is that the eBook Reader I want is really a function that is included as a feature or an APP on a mini tablet. Fortunately the costs of these tablets is becoming far more accessible and just may be what I end up buying in the future.
What is offered by technology for our reading pleasure is diverse, wonderful and amazing; what will these brilliant inventive techo folks come up with next, and I cant wait to get my hands on a little tablet soon.