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Book Lovers Day 2018: The e-Reader and Tablet Edition

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Calling all bibliophiles: it’s your day. Aug. 9 is National Book Lovers Day, and since you don’t need an excuse to curl up with a new fiction or nonfiction book, we’re here to help you learn about about an alternative to those hardcovers or paperbacks — e-Readers and tablets.

Short for electronic readers, e-Readers are devices on which you can read books, magazines, newspapers. What’s the difference between those devices and tablets? They both have about the same physical dimensions — size and weight — so the biggest differences are in price and use.

Tablets allow you to do more things, like surf the web with Kinetic Internet, play games or even peruse social media accounts. Tablets are also typically more expensive than e-readers, which have very limited functions.

So, before we dive into the best tablets and e-readers, let’s take a look at your reading preferences. Consider the following first.

  • How often do you read on a device?
  • How long are you using the device to read in one sitting?
  • Do you need or prefer color on the page, even if it’s just a splash, or is black and white OK?
  • Do you want to do more with your device than read?
  • Do you want to purchase e-books from more than one vendor?

Now that you’ve thought about your responses, let’s take a closer look into some e-readers. While some of these devices have color screens, many are still black and white. The two most popular are the Kindle suite by Amazon and the Nook by Barnes & Noble. Each has a version that includes built-in Wi-Fi, so you can use your Windstream Internet to download your library and read to your heart’s content.

1. The Kindle

This suite comes in three different options — basic, Paperwhite and Oasis. Each increase in specs and in price, with Oasis being the top of the line product. The basic and Oasis versions also allow for audibles when paired with Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones. The basic also allows for Wi-Fi connectivity, while the Paperwhite and Oasis can connect to Wi-Fi but also has built-in free cellular connectivity.

2. Nook Glowlight

The latest version of the Glowlight boasts a long battery life — it lasts up to 50 days on a single charge — and  a “night mode” in which users can adjust the screen’s brightness on their own or have the device automatically dim, following the sun’s natural progression throughout the day. It also includes built-in Wi-Fi.

Note that many e-readers require you to buy from select e-bookstores. While there are methods around it, it will require a few more steps.

So, onto the other option — tablets. The most popular here are iPads and Samsung Galaxy Tab devices, though other brands — like Lenovo Yoga Tab, Microsoft Surface Pro and Amazon Fire — are also contenders. Here’s a bit more about the two most popular.

1. iPads

Apple’s iPads also have different versions, from the iPad mini all the way up to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Some reviewers have likened the Pro version to a laptop because it runs on iOS 11. The operating system created a new dock that allows users to open recently used apps and files, among other features. The basic and mini versions don’t have as many high-end features as the Pro models, but they will still get the job done if you’re looking to use your high-speed internet to browse through what your next book selection might be. Here’s a comparison of the iPad models.

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab

Depending on the model you decide on, Samsung Galaxy Tabs can come with a keyboard or simply as a handheld device. The Tabs also range from a basic version, Tab E Lite and Kids Tab E, to a more premium version, Tab S. The Tab S models also come with a stylus and is HDR-ready, which means you’ll notice differences in contrast and color ranges in images.

Read up on reviews, or test out what you’re wanting in store to fit the perfect fit for your preferences. Happy reading!

Windstream is not affiliated with any of the products or companies named in this blog post.