It is more and more difficult to decide which e-book is better every year, because the models are constantly updated. According to the main evaluation criteria, we will compare the models that are relevant today and still decide on the leader.
Types of e-books
Externally, e-books are not much different from each other – their design is typical, especially for models from the same manufacturer. Functionality is also predetermined.
Those who decide how to choose an e-book for reading need to know the main difference – the type of screen:
A version close to reality, that is, very similar to a real book. A special technology imitates printing on a sheet of paper, so the text on the display is equally well viewed in direct sunlight, in the shade and under artificial lighting. The angle of the e-book also does not matter.
Positive aspects of the E-Ink display:
- consumes a minimum amount of energy, using it only when changing the page, using the menu and wi-fi;
- the battery holds its charge for tens of days;
- does not have a distance between pixels, and, therefore, gives the image in a comfortable form for our eyes;
- has a small weight;
- affordable price;
- can be used even in the June zenith of the sun in the open air.
Disadvantages that you may encounter when using an E-Ink display:
- slow image change. The pages will not turn over immediately, and the menu has the property of “slowing down”. Watching videos on such displays is out of the question;
- a relatively small number of shades (mostly such books are black and white);
- readable only with external illumination.
Already familiar to us is a liquid crystal screen, inherent in almost all gadgets of our time. In fact, a book with such a screen is a regular tablet. A direct hit of bright light on the LCD screen interferes with viewing the picture, but this gadget has its own backlight and is relevant in the dark.
Additional advantages of the LCD display:
- bright, rich colors of the display;
- high screen refresh rate allows you to view illustrations, which is convenient for the user;
- video viewing is available;
- the ability to adjust the brightness of the screen.
What you might not like:
- at a low screen resolution, an “inter-pixel grid” is noticeable, which is not very pleasant when reading;
- if you read a lot, you will have to carry a charger with you – the battery drains quickly;
- if the screen brightness is not adjusted, the eyes will quickly get tired.
Comparison of devices with different screen types (video)
Want to experience the difference in image quality in practice? This video captures an interesting test, during which they checked the legibility of letters on two screens under a special microscope and compared the results with a regular printed publication. Guess the result?
Parameters for optimal selection
You need to know how to choose the right e-book even before you come to the store, otherwise there is a risk of buying a reader that does not meet your requirements.
You need to decide on the following criteria:
- Dimensions. If you will keep the book more often on weight, then choose with a smaller indicator (200-300 g), and with rounded edges so as not to crash into your hand. The size of the crane is desirable up to 8 inches. But it doesn’t matter which e-book to choose for reading at the table, because you will practically not hold it in your hands. Those tablets or e-books that have a screen of more than 8 inches are more convenient for viewing text with an enlarged font.
- Control. One of the important points when deciding how to choose an e-book for reading is whether side keys are needed. Practice shows that in the process of studying literary works it is more convenient to flip through the pages with the keys than with the help of a sensor.
- Format support. In principle, today it doesn’t matter what formats an e-book supports (with the help of simple online applications, the format can easily be changed to the one that your gadget reads), but this item remains important for many. At least in order not to make unnecessary movements to replace the format.
- Memory size. The more different literature a book can store in itself, the wider your library. And this, of course, is very pleasant. The built-in memory can be expanded with removable media. This is not available on all models, so keep that in mind as well.
- Additional functions. For example, the ability to play audio recordings. Books in MP3 format are convenient for language learning and for those who perceive information more easily by listening to it. And the presence of a wi-fi module is one of the significant pluses. Because first we think about how to choose a good e-book, and then – what would be good to read. Based on this, direct access to the Internet for reading or downloading e-books is an opportunity to quickly create a personal library.
- Manufacturer. Decide right away which company you want the book. Characteristic brand differences are design, navigation and “stuffing” of the gadget. The best in this area are Barnes & Noble, Sony, QumoLibro, Amazon, Pocketbook, Digma.
Deciding which e-book is better to choose is easier with a visual comparison. The prices of readers are different and depend on the name of the company, the “stuffing” and the presence of “raisins” in it. Let’s swing globally, to the world market, and see what books are offered to read today.
So, the highest quality copies of e-books.
PocketBook 614 Basic
The unanimous opinion of users of this gadget is that it can be called a classic. The price to performance ratio is perfect. Convenient case format, 6 inches, simple menu, support for all popular book formats.
A complete set of advantages, especially for those who are thinking for the first time which e-book to choose. What this gadget does not have is electronic backlight and built-in wi-fi, but battery power is saved.
Kobo Aura H20
The model is similar to other devices: a 6.8-inch screen, support for the most popular formats, 4 GB of internal memory, which can be increased with removable media, an E-Ink display with good backlighting. But there is a uniqueness in it. This e-book is waterproof, which is why it makes it to our rating.
Wexler Flex One
Another unusual model in our ranking bears the title of an expert in flexibility. Yes, it folds easily and is not afraid to put it in your pocket. Otherwise, this is a classic reader: it is universal in format selection, has an E-Ink screen, 6 inches in size and weighs 110g. 8 GB of memory is enough, but you will have to fill it through a computer, because there is no Internet here.
Sony Reader PRS-T3
The 2015 model, released with a 6-inch screen, has a resolution of 758×1024. Thanks to this and the anti-reflective coating of the picture, reading will be as comfortable as possible. The device has a special case that puts the reader into and out of sleep mode. It is better to protect the gadget with a case, especially since it will not add much weight to it, the e-book itself weighs less than 200 g. They built in only 1.2 GB of memory, but made it possible to increase it.
Amazon Kindle Paper White
The best book is distinguished by a high-quality screen. The device is relatively small (diagonal 6 inches) with excellent resolution (1024 × 758 pixels), light, just over 200 g, and ergonomic. In general, you can forget that this is not a paper book, because the frontal illumination does not overstrain your eyesight, and the battery lasts almost 2 months without recharging.
Pleasant little things that the book is equipped with: support for almost all formats, built-in dictionary, the ability to calculate the approximate time until the end of a chapter or the entire book, free Internet access. Interestingly, one of the most common formats – FB2, the reader does not support, and still remains the leader among users.
Judging by the popularity of e-books today, one cannot say that literature is being replaced by television or the Internet. It’s just that its shell is improving, becoming more “digital”.