March 9th, 2010

The Great eReader Debate

Kindle, Nook, or Sony?  What’s 3G and why do I want it?  And what on earth is e-ink?

If the recent release of several new eReader devices has your curiosity piqued, then take heart, dear reader, you’re not alone.  Many avid print readers are considering making the leap to digital books and have turned to our equally inquisitive staff for assistance and answers.  To help you on your quest for the ideal eReader, we’ve prepared this eReader comparison guide to some of the big-name products on the market, in addition to a few up-and-comers.  Everything you need to know—from price to screen size to added features—is included to help you make a sound investment that will take your reading experiences to the next level.

We librarians are just as excited by this latest crop of eReaders to hit the market as you.  Don’t forget that your CCPL library card provides you with access to thousands of downloadable digital and audio materials through Maryland’s Digital eLibrary Consortium and One-Click Audio.  So have a look and let us know which eReader gets your vote!




3 Responses

  • Frokostordning Posted March 9th, 2010

    Hmm that’s very interessting but frankly i have a hard time understanding it… I’m wondering what others have to say….

  • Cindy Posted March 15th, 2010

    I have an iPod touch and have downloaded the free app for the Barnes & Noble E-Reader. This works really well, though it is a lot smaller than all the other e-readers that were compared. Only con that I have found is that you do need a computer to purchase the books, it doesn’t let you buy directly from your device. It is nice to not have to carry another device around, and I already own it so there is not the added expense. It has lots of options, being able to change the text size and the night time reading screens are great. Also this app is available to be downloaded for Blackberry and your home Mac or PC. You can also lend out certain books to friends if they have the same program and it comes with several classic books that are free. I am not sure if it works with the library’s lending service.

  • Megan Posted March 15th, 2010

    I am waiting until they come up with something that meets a few more of the items on my want list before I invest in yet another expensive electronic device. Recently I read an article about a device that was both an e-reader and a tablet pc (http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/10/edge-e-reader-netbook/). Wired did not recommend the device but I think it goes to show that what we are seeing now in the way of mobile reading devices are just the beginning. I am excited to see what the future holds. For me, it will only be worth the investment if I can use library resources as well as those I chose to purchase.