By Robin Van Auken
The eReader has emerged as a true friend of the bookworm traveler: they’re useful, entertaining and you can have thousands of eBooks on your virtual bookcase without taking up valuable space.
If you don’t know much about eReaders, consider this a primer. An eReader is an electronic device designed primarily for reading digital books and publications. The main advantages of these devices are portability, readability of their screens in bright sunlight (e-ink technology only), and long battery life. Computers, laptops, netbooks, tablets, and smartphones can also be used to read eBooks.
Tablets like Apple’s iPad break the eBook reader stereotype and offer a touchscreen, color, and wifi and web capability. Other Android platform tablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy, compete with the iPad and offer similar options but without Apple’s proprietary software and hardware restrictions.
The Best eReaders for Travel
It seems every day new devices are either being released or upgraded—so which are the best eReaders for travel? Well, it’s hard to say. Many people prefer the iPad for its versatility, and its web and video options.
If you don’t want to go with that expensive a tablet, consider a Kindle. The Kindle is nearly one-half the price of the iPad, and is a perfect present for loved ones.
The Kindle Fire in particular is capable of running movies, apps, games, and music, and of course is the ultimate reading platform. It uses Amazon’s cloud-accelerated web browser, Amazon Silk. Its color touchscreen has an extra-wide viewing angle and it uses a fast dual-core processor, which enables prime members to instantly stream movies and television shows.
It also uses Amazon’s Whispersync technology, which automatically synchronizes your library and the book you’re reading to the last page viewed—and allows for video streaming. Don’t worry about the space needed for the more than 18 million movies, shows, songs, magazines and books available for purchase—Amazon offers the customer free cloud storage of all content not being used.