E-reader or Tablet?

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Are you thinking of getting a mobile device for books, audiobooks, movies, or music? Not sure whether to choose an e-reader or a tablet? Here are some things to consider when making your decision.

 

Reading Books

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Do you simply want a convenient, portable way to read books? You will probably be happy with an e-reader.

E-reader pros & cons:

  • Easier on the eyes: Reading on an e-ink screen is closer to reading a paper-and-ink book, compared to a tablet’s LCD screen, which is more like using a computer.
  • Reading outdoors: The non-glare surface makes it possible to read in bright, sunny conditions. Most current e-readers also have built-in lights for reading in low-light situations.
  • Lightweight: E-readers are lighter than even the smallest tablets, making them easier to read one-handed and with less fatigue.
  • Long battery life: A major advantage of e-readers over tablets is that you can get between double and quadruple the reading time on one battery charge.
  • Security: Most of the newer e-reader models have parental controls, enabling you to restrict what your children can view on the device.
  • Black & white is the standard for e-readers, so they are less appealing for comics, picture books and many magazines.
  • Most e-readers now use Wi-Fi as the default method of getting content. A few models still require a USB cord plugged into an Internet-connected computer to download your books. Keep this in mind when shopping, especially if you are looking at refurbished older models.

 

Audio, Video and More

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Go for a tablet if …

… you want to listen to music and audiobooks, watch movies, or read color comics and magazines. In addition to audio/video capabilities, tablets offer the versatility to surf the web and download applications (apps). Android and iOS apps are available for all of EPL’s Downloadable & Streaming Media services:

  • OverDrive (books & audiobooks)
  • RBdigital (Magazines)
  • Hoopla (books, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, and comic books)

 

Useful Links

Tablet or e-reader? These 12 questions will help you decide
PC Mag: The Best eReaders of 2016
PC Mag: The Best Tablets of 2016
Amazon: Tablet Comparison (includes other brands)

 

Once you have it …

Stop by our Reference Desk and we can show you how to access our Downloadable & Streaming Media services. You can also sign up for 30 minutes of individual training in one of our Computer One-One classes. Check myEPL.org/events for dates and times; call the Main Library Public Computer Center at 574-294-2847 to sign up.

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