Any device that may display text on a screen might act as an e-book reader, but specialised e-book reader styles might optimise portability, readability (particularly in vibrant sun) and battery life for this objective. A single e-book holds the equivalent of numerous printed texts with no added mass or bulk.
An e-book reader is comparable in type to a tablet pc. A tablet pc usually features a quicker screen capable of greater refresh prices which tends to make them much more appropriate for interaction. Tablet computer systems also are a lot much more versatile, permitting 1 to consume numerous kinds of content material, also as produce it. Technologist Michael J. Saylor predicts that the e-book reader might be absorbed from the tablet pc, negating the require for customers to carry each devices.
The primary benefits of e-book readers are much better readability of their screens particularly in vibrant sunlight and a lot longer battery life. This really is accomplished by utilizing electronic paper technologies to display content material to readers. Commercially sold electronic paper is mainly accessible in black and white (16 shades of gray) and seldom in color.
Numerous e-book readers can use the web via Wi-Fi and occasionally possess a connection to a digital e-book seller, permitting the user to purchase and obtain digital e-books via this seller. Within this way, the books owned from the user are managed within the cloud, and also the e-book reader is in a position to download material from any place. An e-book reader might also download material from a pc or read it from a memory card.
Study released in March 2011 indicated that e-books and e-book readers are much more well-liked using the older generation than the younger generation within the UK. The survey carried out by Silver Poll discovered that about 6% of over-55s owned an e-book reader compared with just 5% of 18 to 24-year-olds.
Based on an IDC study from March 2011, sales for all e-book readers worldwide rose to 12.eight million in 2010; 48% of them had been Kindle models, followed by Barnes & Noble Nook devices, Pandigital, Hanvon and Sony Readers (about 800,000 units for 2010).
Some of the major book retailers and numerous third-party developers offer free (and in some third-party cases, premium paid) eReader applications for desktops and mobile devices, to allow the reading of eBooks and other documents independently of dedicated e-book devices.
An idea comparable to that of an e-reader is described in a 1930 manifesto written by Bob Brown titled “The Readies”, which describes “a simple reading machine which I can carry or move about, attach to any old electric light plug and read hundred-thousand-word novels in 10 minutes”. His hypothetical machine would use a microfilm-style ribbon of miniaturised text which could be scrolled past a magnifying glass, and would allow the reader to adjust the type size. He envisioned that eventually words could be “recorded directly on the palpitating ether”.
eBook reader devices
- Amazon Kindle: Kindle, Kindle Touch
- Barnes & Noble Nook: Nook 1st Edition, Nook Simple Touch, Nook Color, Nook Tablet
- Kobo: Kobo Glo, Kobo Touch, Kobo Mini, Kobo Arc
- Sony Reader
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