One of the hottest electronics items today is an e-reader. E-readers let you carry an entire library of books on a slim, portable device. Many individuals prefer these high-tech devices to traditional paper books, but some bibliophiles swear that they will continue buying old-fashioned books. If you are considering purchasing an e-reader, here are some things you should consider before you buy.

Think Twice About Giving An E-reader As A Gift

Although an e-reader can be an exciting gift if you give it to the right recipient, some people might not like this high-tech present. Try to find out if your friend or relative wants an e-reader before you make your purchase. While you do not want to ruin the surprise, you do not want to give someone a gift that they will neither want nor use. Ask them what they think of e-readers when an e-reader commercial comes on the television. Their response should let you know whether or not they would be interested in this type of gift. For technically-inclined individuals who love digital media, an e-reader could just be the perfect present.

Consider Battery Life

Whether you are buying an e-reader as a gift or for yourself, you should consider the technical capabilities of the device. E-readers are great to have on long trips when you will need to keep yourself occupied. You will want your e-reader to have enough power to keep you entertained on a long flight or car ride. Some e-readers, such as the Amazon Kindle, can last for weeks on a single charge. Generally speaking, the more basic an e-reader, the longer its battery will last. Some e-readers with more features, such as the Nook with the color screen, require more frequent charges.

Test Potential Units

While e-readers are designed with readability in mind, you should test any unit you are considering. You want an e-reader that will not cause you any eyestrain if you use it for a long period of time. Additionally, you should remember that you will be holding the e-reader, so it should fit comfortably in your hand. While trying units out in the store can be helpful, see if you have any friends who will let you borrow their e-reader for an afternoon. This will give you more time to really get a feel for an e-reader before you decide whether or not to buy it. If you buy an e-reader online, make sure you buy it from a retailer that has a good return policy. You do not want to get stuck with an expensive e-reader that does not suit your needs as a reader.

Durability Is Important

Traditional books can be treated quite roughly. They might get dropped on the floor, or jostled around in your backpack or handbag. A high quality e-reader should stand up to the same treatment as a book. Although most e-reader manufacturers claim that their e-readers will stand up to rough, but not abusive treatment, read some customer reviews before you buy.



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