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Choosing the right ereader device for reading ebooks is also a matter of size

2017-08-06

The most popular ereader, the Amazon Kindle, is available in one size – the screen is six inches, but many other vendors are marketing larger ereaders as well. Is larger better? What are the benefits of an eight-inch, or even a 13-inch ereader?
Kobo ereader: reading on a hammock
Let’s compare three ereaders – Sony DPT-RP1, Kobo Aura One and Kindle Paperwhite – that come with different screen sizes. The size differences between these three ereaders are considerable.

The dimensions of the Kindle Paperwhite are: 6.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.36″ (169 x 117 x 9.1 mm). It comes with 6-inch display.
The dimensions of the Kobo Aura One are: 195,1 x 138,5 x 6,9 mm. The screen size is 7.8 inches.
The dimensions of the Sony DPT-RP1 are: 8.82″ x 11.9″ x 0.23″ (224 mm x 302.6 mm x 5.9 mm) . Larger than tablets, the screen size is 13 inches.

Somy DPT-RP1 ereader: reading and making notes
So, the first big difference is portability. Are you going to carry the ereader with you? The second difference is the type of ebooks or documents you are going to read on the device. If it is PDF books and PDF documents, or ebooks and magazines with pictures, tables, graphs, the larger the screen is, the better the reading experience will be.

All this and much more is explained and showed in a video by The Ebook Reader. Take a look. Here is the video that shows the 13-inch Sony DPT-RP1, Kobo Aura One and Kindle Paperwhite ereader.

Those ebook lovers who want color displays can get a tablet, but also then, it is a question of size. Personally, I like my 10-inch tablet for ebooks, but most people who read ebooks seem to choose an 8-inch or 7-inch model.

Amazon Kindle ereader fits into a coat pocket

Hands-on video: comparison of an ereader and a tablet as ebook reading devices

2017-06-18

Recently, we studied the Kindle ereader and the Fire tablet in order to discover their differences as ebook reading devices. We concluded that – in addition to the price – the biggest differences were display, multipurpose vs single-purpose product and battery life.
kobo aura one ereader
The Ebook Reader blog recorded a video that lets you view a comparison of the Kobo Aura One ereader and the Kindle Fire HD 8 tablet. Both products have about 8 inch screen: the Aura One has 7.8 inches and the Fire tablet 8 inches. The dimensions of the screens are different, so it looks like they are not the same size, but they are very close.

In any case, the video shows one more key difference between ereaders and tablets: weight. Tablets are heavier than ereaders. It may not matter to you, because it depends on how you usually hold your reading device. If you are holding the reading device so that your arm tires, then the weight can be a factor for you.

View the video by The Ebook Reader below:

Why tablets are heavier than ereaders although they have roughly the same screen size? There are more parts inside the tablet than inside an ereader. The processor is usually more efficient on a tablet, it has more memory, perhaps larger speakers, and above all, a bigger battery. Batteries are surprisingly heavy, and the color screen of a tablet is power-hungry, whereas an ereader’s E ink screen is very power-efficient.

The current price gap is wide between the products seen on the video: the Kobo Aura One is $229 and the Fire HD 8 tablet $79.

Now, we have five factors that influence the decision which one is the right product to choose: display, multipurpose/single-purpose, battery life, weight and price. Everyone has his or her own priorities that specify which factors rise on top, and it makes the decision easier.
Amazon FIre HD 8 tablet, 2017 model

What is the difference between the Kindle ereader and Fire tablet if I want to read ebooks?

2017-05-18

The Amazon Kindle ereading device and the Fire tablet have been designed for different tasks. Nonetheless, there is one application in both products that lets users to do exactly the same thing: read ebooks. If reading ebooks is the most important task you are going to do on your device, here are a few tips for choosing the right product.
amazon fire hd 8, 3 tablet colors
In June 2017, Amazon starts deliveries of new improved versions of two popular tablets: the Fire 7 and the Fire HD 8. Since they are priced very competitively at $49 (7 inch model) and $79 (8 inch model), and both can be used for ereading, the question is: should I purchase the Fire or the Kindle for reading books?
Amazon KIndle Oasis
Lets forget about the price for a moment and study the three key differences between the Fire tablets and Kindle ereaders.

1. Display.
The display on an ereader is designed to resemble paper and ink. It is black and white only and can’t display moving images. The amazing thing is that the E ink display commonly used in ereaders is actually better than paper and ink. For instance, in sunlight, it is difficult to read a book printed on white paper, but ereader screen is fine even in direct sunlight. You can change the text size on an ereader, but not on paper. A typical display size on an ereader is 6 inches. A tablet display has colors and it can show videos, but in sunlight there is not much hope. Common display sizes in tablets are 7, 8 or 10 inches.

2. Multipurpose product vs. single-use product.
You can only read on an ereader – and listen to music or audiobooks, but the whole purpose of an ereader is to give the best possible reading experience, nothing else. A tablet is a multipurpose computer that can be used for almost the same tasks as a laptop. If you will be using your device only at home, think of the way you are going to use it, and choose accordingly. If you will take the device along for your travels, which one is more useful for you: single-use or multipurpose product?

3. Battery life.
Typically, battery life of an ereader is weeks rather than days. A tablet has consumed the energy stored in its battery in a couple of days. Both times of course heavily depend on the way the devices are used. Both can be recharged via USB from a laptop, wall socket, or from a portable power bank.

Now, let’s consider the price. At the moment, Amazon has priced the products as follows.

The Kindle ereaders start from $79 and up to $300. All models have 6-inch black and white screen designed for reading.
The Fire tablets start from $49 and go up to around $100 depending on the configuration. You may choose between a 7-inch and 8-inch color display. If you are interested in differences between the Fire tablet models, here is a page that lays out all the details.

Don’t forget that the Kindle is not the only ereader in the market. For instance, Kobo ereaders are used across the world by book lovers who shop in other stores than Amazon, and read EPUB-formatted ebooks.

In addition, if you already have a tablet or smartphone, you can try how reading ebooks feels on it by downloading the Kindle reading app on your device. Simply search for the Kindle app from the application store.

Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet, 2017 model

Key features and technical information for the Fire HD 8 tablet

– 8-inch touch screen, 1280 x 800 resolution at 189 ppi.
– HD video playback.
– CPU & RAM Quad-Core: 1.3 GHz , with 1.5 GB of RAM
– 16 GB (11.1 GB available to user) or 32 GB (25.3 GB available to user) of internal storage.
– Battery life up to 12 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music.
– Battery charge time under 6 hours using the micro-USB power adapter included in the box.
– Wi-Fi Connectivity.
– USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) to connect to a computer, or to charge your device with the included power adapter.
– microSD slot for additional storage space.
– Compatible with content formats: Kindle (AZW), KF8, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), non-DRM AAC, and many video formats.
– 640×480 pixels front-facing camera. 2.0 megapixel rear-facing camera
– Location-based services via Wi-Fi
– Colors: Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, Canary Yellow
– External volume controls.
– Bluetooth, A2DP compatible for stereo headphones.
– Speakers
– Microphone.
– Size: 8.4″ x 5.0″ x 0.4″ (214 mm x 128 mm x 9.7 mm)
– Weight : 13.0 ounces (369 grams)

Ebook news digest: improve your writing, become a Kindle master, avoid these travel photo mistakes

2016-08-01

Ebook news digest August 1, 2016

tablet, old man reading by Kat Northern Lights Man

Man reading on a tablet at a restaurant by Kat Northern Lights Man


The importance of dissatisfaction to writing (The Irish Times)

Every writer has his or her own motivation for writing. It is lonely work that tends to continue in the author’s head even after the day’s work has been completed. It is also one of the most independent professions on earth: usually the writer can decide what he does and when. Every professional writer constantly tries to improve his output. Author Michael Grothaus argues that “dissatisfaction is a writer’s most vital resource”.

7 Travel Photography Mistakes to Avoid (Digital Photography School)

All travelers, digital nomads and tourists who haven’t given a second thought to image composition but who want to develop their photography skills in order to publish a blog or an Instagram image feed should ensure that they are aware of the seven sins Kav Dafdar so carefully explains in his article.

10 Tricks To Make Yourself A Kindle Master (Gizmodo)

Sure, we have been using a Kindle ereader (actually, a number of different models) for years, but didn’t know many of the tricks David Nield shows in his article. Our favorite tips? 8 (how take a screen shot of Kindle display) and 9 (sending documents to Kindle).

What I Learned By Writing 500 LinkedIn Articles (Forbes)

A writer who discovered a perfect way of making use of his skills. He used his creative writing skills to get more business on professional networking service LinkedIn. Smart, and reminds us how many ways there are for writers to benefit from their skill.

Which Font Should I Use On My Kindle? (Fast Co. Design)

For some people – especially for graphic designers – fonts can be a passion. For an average reader or writer, fonts are a thing that they don’t take notice at all until something goes wrong. It actually is worth spending a little time on exploring the font selection on your ereader or tablet. As experts in this article argue, the best font is the one you like the best, but quite often it happens to be Georgia or Palatino.

Do you want your non-fiction book published?

Ebook news digest: Page Flip, crappy travel apps, glamping, YouTube book deals

2016-06-30

Ebook news digest June 30th, 2016

kindle page flip video
Amazon ‘Page Flip’ Lets You Easily Skim Through Ebooks (PC Magazine)

Ebooks get features that are familiar from paperbooks: a quick and easy way to browse a book. Page Flip is coming to Kindle reading apps and Kindle devices, but not to all Kindle books.

10 Free (or Cheap) Travel Apps Worth Downloading (The New York Times)

The reviewer, Lucas Peterson, starts with a conclusion that most travel apps are crap, but finds 10 worth downloading, after all. For navigation, there is an app that we highly recommend: Maps.me. It works offline, and has never failed us.

For YouTube Stars, Writing a Book Is Still a Big Deal (Wall Street Journal)

Young YouTube stars getting lucrative book publishing deals, because, well, a well-liked brand sells. We really would like to see some innovation in these books written and produced for the young generations.

Find a new perspective in your photos (Photler)

Photography requires creativity just like writing, painting or any other art. One of the easiest ways to get new life into tired travel photos is to find new perspectives. Here is a nice visual infographic that gives you new ideas.

What is glamping? (Glamping.com)

A new travel trend – glamping – is emerging. It is essentially a luxurious way to camp. If you like the great outdoors, but don’t want to carry a heavy backpack into the wilderness only sleep in a tent, try glamping (if your wallet allows it).

Amazon Kindle Oasis reassures ebook lovers that ereaders are here to stay

2016-04-16

Many people don’t remember (or don’t want to remember) how much the original Kindle ereader cost when it was introduced in 2007. It was priced at $400 (and strangely, it had a keypad). Nonetheless, it was popular because Amazon had created a perfect system for shopping and downloading ebooks to the Kindle. Since then, ereader prices have fallen, and a fine Kindle ereader costs less than $100 today. Amazon’s 2016 ereader model Kindle Oasis is priced at $290, and we have to ask why? What is the point?
amazon kindle oasis ereader with cover
Everyone who reads ebooks knows that tablets and ereaders are the best devices for reading. Many people prefer tablets, because they have color screens and let you do many other things, like email and web browsing as well. Others prefer grey-scale ereaders exactly for the opposite reasons: you can’t do anything else but read and you focus on the text because lack of colors don’t make images shine on the screen.

We have always argued that heavy readers – people who really read a lot, several books a month – are the most likely users of dedicated ereader devices. Occasional readers, and people who read a book or two in a month favor tablets (and perhaps increasingly, large screen smartphones).

Even if you are an avid reader, why would you read your ebooks on the Kindle Oasis instead of, say, Kindle Paperwhite that costs significantly less and has more or less the same features and provides the same reading experience than the Oasis? What is the key difference between the Oasis and the previous Kindle models? Is there a compelling reason to buy the Oasis instead of the Paperwhite?
amazon kindle oasis, side view
The Oasis is somewhat thinner and it has longer battery life than the previous Kindle devices. The Oasis also comes with a stylish cover that charges the ereader battery. That’s about it.

Because new hardware, software or service features don’t explain the price difference between the Oasis and the older models, it comes down to the strategy. Amazon has created a product range called Kindle. It has multiple products. Each product must be positioned as low end, high end or something in between. A product range should always have a flagship product even if it doesn’t sell well. Customers can choose the flagship product or a lower priced product, but they always get the brand name they wanted.

The Ebook Reader blog has created a nice comparison video of the Kindle Oasis and Paperwhite version 3 ereaders. Take a look:

Key features and technical specifications of the Kindle Oasis ereader

– 6-inch Paperwhite display (E Ink Carta). Touch screen, backlight, 300 ppi pixel density, 16-level grayscale.
– Wi-Fi connectivity: 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with WEP, WPA and WPA2 security.
– Optional 3G mobile network connectivity.
– Storage space for ebooks 4 GB, and free cloud storage for all Amazon content.
– Dedicated buttons for turning pages.
– Charges in less than 3 hours from a computer via USB cable.
– Content formats: Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG.
– Size: 5.6 x 4.8 x 0.13-0.33 inches / 143 x 122 x 3.4-8.5 mm.
– Cover size: 5.7 x 4.9 x 0.07-0.18 inches / 144 x 125 x 1.9-4.6 mm.
– Weight: 4.7 oz (133 g); Cover: 3.8 oz (107 g).

The best ereaders for ebook lovers in 2015

2015-11-18

Dedicated ereaders with black-and-white displays remain the favorite reading devices for two types of people: those who read a lot and those who travel. People who read a lot like the pleasant, flicker-free contrast of the screen and simple functionality, whereas travelers like to load lots of books into a small and light device which is not a business- or privacy-critical item (in case the device is broken or lost). Which ereaders are the best picks of 2015?

First, let’s take a look at the top four ereaders in 2015 ranked by the Ebook Reader.com. The blog, specialized in ereaders, has tested and reviewed new products and ranked them by their features, usability and value.
amazon kindle paperwhite 3, outdoors
1. Kindle Paperwhite 3
The Kindle Paperwhite 3 has deserved its number one place as the best overall ereader after a few iterations of the model (version 3). Available at Amazon stores at $120.

kobo aura h2o reader by a pool
2. Kobo Glo HD
Kobo runs a bookstore that has perhaps the largest selection of EPUB books available. Kobo also manufactures ereaders, but their availability is limited to few markets. In some countries, Kobo ereaders are available at ordinary bookstores (France’s largest bookstore FNAC is one of these). Kobo Glo HD is available at $129 at Kobobooks or at bookstores.

amazon kindle voyage, coffee
3. Kindle Voyage
The Kindle Voyage is at the high end of the scale when ereader features and prices are compared. The Voyage is ranked as the best premium ereader. Price $200.

onyx boox i86 ereader
4. Onyx Boox i86
The most common ereader screen size is six inches. It is actually difficult to find products with larger screens, but the Onyx Boox i86 is one of them. Price $280 at Amazon.

You can read reviews of all the products at Ebook Reader blog.

After global brands like Sony and Samsung withdrew from the ereader market, availability of products is very different in different parts of the world. In addition, regional products only targeted at certain markets are being marketed by bookstore chains or retail electronic chain stores.

For, example, Tolino ereader and ebook store in Germany is practically as popular as Amazon Kindle and its German ebook store. In Scandinavia, online bookstore Adlibris is marketing Letto ereader that is available only from company’s online stores. Both Letto and Tolino are EPUB readers. A reason for the success of these regional products is that they are available in local languages, and customers can shop in online stores in their own languages.

Tablets and large smartphones (also known as phablets) have become so popular that many device owners are using them to read ebooks as well. And why not? Sharp, bright color display is a pleasure to view when reading non-fiction books or any books and magazines that include color photos or images (not to mention videos).

Which Amazon Kindle ereader is the best, Paperwhite or Voyage?

2015-07-12

It used to be easy to choose an ereader. If you bought your ebooks from Amazon, you ordered the latest Kindle model that was available. If you downloaded EPUB books, you considered Sony, Kobo, Tolino, or a cheap Chinese product. Now, Amazon has so many Kindle ereaders on sale that it maybe difficult to pick up the right one that suits your needs. Fortunately, we can help you choose.

amazon kindle voyage

Amazon Kindle Voyage


The first criteria is budget. If your budget is less than $100, you get an entry level Kindle ereader that is probably the best product in its price range, but it lacks an important feature: front light.

Ereaders are built on special display technology called E ink. The technology doesn’t use light (like LCD and LED displays) to display information on the screen. That’s why an ereader without a built-in front light requires daylight or other external light source for you to be able to read the display.

Ereaders with front light are priced above $100. Amazon offers two Kindle models, Paperwhite and Voyage, with front light and all the necessary features that a book lover needs. Which one is better, Voyage or Paperwhite?

Here is a video comparison of Kindle Paperwhite 2, Paperwhite 3 and Voyage by Kindle Chronicles:

A comparison of Paperwhite 3 and Voyage by the ebook reader blog:

Kindle Voyage specifications

Display: 6″ display, Carta e-paper technology. Front light, 300 ppi, 16-level gray scale.
Storage: 4 GB on device.
Battery Life: A single charge lasts up to six weeks. Wi-Fi and front light affect battery life the most.
Charge Time: Fully charges in approximately 3 hours from a computer via USB cable
Wi-Fi: 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard. WEP, WPA and WPA2 security.
Documents formats: KF8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX.
Size: 6.4″ x 4.5″ x 0.30″ (162 mm x 115 mm x 7.6 mm).
Weight: Wi-Fi: 6.3 ounces (180 grams); Wi-Fi + 3G: 6.6 oz (188 g).

amazon kindle paperwhite 3

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3

Kindle Paperwhite 3 specifications

Display: 6 inches, Carta e-paper technology. Front light, 300 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level gray scale.
On-Device Storage: 4 GB.
Battery Life: A single charge lasts up to six weeks. Wi-Fi and front light affect battery life the most.
Charge Time: Fully charges in approximately 4 hours from a computer via USB cable.
Wi-Fi: 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard. WEP, WPA and WPA2 security.
Ebook and document formats: KF8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX.
Size: 6.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.36″ (169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm).
Weight: Wi-Fi: 7.2 ounces (205 grams) Wi-Fi + 3G: 7.6 ounces (217 grams).

Find out where ebooks are tucked inside the Amazon Kindle ereader

2015-07-06

Avid readers who love to turn ebook pages on their ereaders, rarely give much thought about the inner workings of the electronic device that is storing their books. Nonetheless, a Kindle, Nook, Kobo, or any other reading device really is a computer. It is not a powerful or advanced computer, but nonetheless, it is a computer – specifically designed for ebooks. Let’s take a look what’s inside the Kindle Voyage ereader.

amazon kindle voyage disassembled

The technician on the video first removes tiny cables attached to the motherboard. The integrated motherboard in this device is both the brains and the memory of the device. A processor on the motherboard executes all the commands and communicates with the display, wireless networks and storage unit. Yellow component is the battery.

This is how a disassembled Kindle Voyage looks like:

Video by PowerbookMedic.

Pack a Budget Ereader in Your Bag for a Holiday Trip

2015-06-03

Many people have collected a stack of books that they are going to read during their vacation. Today, it makes sense to store those books on an ereader for saving space and weight. If you worry you might damage or lose your tablet or laptop while reading at a pool, airport, beach or at an outdoors café by a busy market square in Vienna, carry a low-cost ereader along for your trip.

Here are some budget ereaders to choose from.

sony prs-300 ereader, red
Sony PRS-300 – a compact and light ereader. Sony doesn’t manufacture ereaders anymore, so you’ll be shopping for refurbished products for as low as $20. You can purchase ebooks from any bookstore apart from Amazon, and read them on the Sony ereader.
 
 
 
 
 
onyxbooxclassic
Onyx Boox Classic is a touch screen, Wi-Fi enabled ereader for about $70. The manufacturer sells products directly their web site and delivers globally.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
pockebookbasic2
Pocketbook Basic 2 – Pocketbooks are primarily marketed in Europe, but can be purchased elsewhere as well. The basic model for about $80.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Bookeen Cybook Muse Essential – Cybook is a popular ereader brand in Europe. The Cybook Muse Essential is currently priced around $90.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Amazon Kindle – you can’t go wrong with the Kindle – even the entry level models are highly usable devices. The price varies, today this basic model was $79. The Paperwhite model with front light was $119. The only thing to remember is that you can read ebooks purchased only from Amazon on the Kindle.

Energy Ereader has a selection of few low-cost ereaders as well.

One more thing: the latest hot trend in technology are smartwatches and smart wear. It is (theoretically) possible to read an ebook on a smartwatch. More details in this article.

The ebookreader.com published the original listing that we complemented with additional products.

Creo Parametric Guidebook Series Available at Amazon Kindle Store

2015-02-14

Jouni Ahola has conducted training courses on Creo Parametric 3D modeling software for many years in many countries across the world. He knows all the common pitfalls practically everyone new to the Creo Parametric will face and what are the most important features that everyone should master. His advice has been published as a book series that consists of four practical, hands-on user guides.
Creo Parametric 4 book covers
Now, the Creo Parametric book series is available at Amazon Kindle Stores.
Creo Parametric Modeling for Manufacturing v3
Creo Parametric Milling
Creo Parametric Basic Turning
Creo Parametric Mill-Turn

The books are published in Print Replica format which means that you can read them in any Kindle for PC and tablet application, and on any Fire tablet. The books can’t be read on Kindle ereaders (the models with black-and-white E ink screen).

The books are also available in PDF format. More information about the Creo Parametric book series here.

creo parametric kindle print replica pdf

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Amazon Kindle Unlimited Is the Number One Ebook Subscription Service, but Which One Is Number Two?

2015-01-29

We all know that Amazon is the largest retailer of ebooks in the world, but which online book subscription service has managed to attract the most customers? Amazon was the pioneer of ebook retail business, but it wasn’t the first company that provided customers with all-you-can-eat book service for a low monthly fee. Nonetheless, Amazon has already managed to take a major market share of the emerging book subscription service business.
nielsen: ebook subscription services market shares
Nielsen Books & Consumers Market Research has published a report that includes a ranking for ebook subscription services. The services with the biggest number of customers are:

1. Kindle Unlimited
2. Safari Books Online
3. Scribd
4. Oyster
5. Skillsoft
6. 24 Symbols
7. Entitle
8. Blloon

Nielsen has ranked Amazon Prime as an ebook subscription service, but Prime is not comparable with other ranked services. Prime is primarily a product delivery service that also includes access to a number of digital products.