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Are E-Book Readers Worth Purchasing Anymore?

When I say e-Book readers, I’m talking about devices like the Nook Color or Kindle Paperwhite. I’m not talking about things like the Kindle Fire HD or the Nook Tablet, because those are not e-Readers, they are tablets. With that out of the way, a lot of us like purchasing tablets because of all the amazing and cool things that they are able to do. One of those things that tablets are able to do, is take on the role of an e-Reader with various apps like Kindle or NOOK. The only reason I would ever purchase an e-Reader is to simply stay organized and keep all my books in one place instead of on a bunch of different apps on my tablet. Aside from that, there really is no other need for a e-Reader is there?

As we move forward with technology e-Readers just aren’t “in,” so to speak. They can be, if they would advance more in technology, but I really don’t think we are headed that way with a lot of companies just focusing on the tablet market. Amazon and Barnes & Noble, two huge companies in the book industry, aren’t really creating e-Readers. If you look, all of their new stuff is based around tablets (excluding the Paperwhite). You can go to Barnes & Noble’s website right now and see that they don’t have any new e-Readers, its all tablets based around the Android platform. With that said, this brings me to the question, Are e-Readers really worth your time, and are they even worth purchasing?

Yes and no.

If you’ve purchased a budget tablet, something small like the Google Nexus 7, and want to keep that limited storage space for apps, movies and other things, a e-Reader is probably worth looking into on the basis that you are an avid reader. If you aren’t an avid reader, it is really easy to just pull up a webpage with information you need, or even a e-Reader app integrated in the web. There’s just not a reason to really get an e-Reader if you aren’t avid about reading. Books don’t take a lot of space on your tablet, but you can imagine that it will add up if your an avid reader. So, it might be worth it to get one if you’re looking to save space on something like a Nexus 7 that does not have an SD card.

Now, we could just say getting an e-Reader isn’t worth it at all. Why spend $200 on an e-Reader when for an extra $20 you could get a full fledged tablet from Barnes and Noble? To me, e-Readers have really become irrelevant, especially with the most recent offerings from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. If you are able to get something with expandable storage, getting an e-Reader is just not worth it. That is, unless you are not willing to jump on the tablet bandwagon with all of the games and the “Facebooks.” At that point, you mine as well grab one.

Thoughts? Are e-Readers worth it to you, despite all of the new tablet technology that is out?

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  1. Whitefish summed up my arguments. I have a kindle and a 10 inch asus eee transformer tablet. I read magazines on my tablet, so I can get the full issues with ads and all, but I read books exclusively on my kindle. Easier to read on the eyes, easier to read in daylight, pure simplicity in turning it on and off, nothing to load, etc. I think if you read a lot, and you care about your eyesight, reading text for a long time on a kindle is definitely the way to go. I also appreciate the lack of distractions. It’s so easy to get distracted on a tablet.

  2. I agree with Braintrust. If anything, tablets, which in many cases are still in their infancy, are less useful and convenient. If I’m going to browse the web and at home, I’ll use my computer with its larger screen. If I’m out, I’ll use my smartphone because it is far more convenient to carry around than the tablet. And when it comes to true dive-into-the-story reading, using an e-ink reader is infinitely more comfortable on my eyes and far less distracting. Perhaps as time passes, design and technology will change my mind, but for the moment, I see no reason to give up on my little Kindle.

  3. Considering the long-lasting battery capacity, I think eReaders will be here to stay especially among avid readers. Non-glaring screen is also one of the best reasons that fulfills passionate reading. With cloud accessibility, the storage limitation on the device will be less unacceptable. However, it is up to the manufacturer’s capability to provide the reader with affordable, portable, and conveniently readable solution.

  4. Yes there is still a place for the dedicated reader. Many people love the tablets as they can do so much. People enjoy the movie & TV show watching, checking email, Facebook , web surfing, gaming and of course , reading. I also own a dedicated reader, as I find I can concentrate on my reading as there are no other distractions to pull me away from a good book, as this is the one I take everywhere with me.

  5. I agree with Max. I have a smartphone and I’m messing with all day long. For me there’s something peaceful and soothing about my Kindle. I love just sitting down and getting lost in a book on my Kindle.
    I always hated reading growing up, but when I got my first Kindle a few years ago, I couldn’t put it down.
    I can’t explain what it is with the Kindle that makes me WANT to read, but I love it.
    As of now, I see no reason to have a tablet.

  6. You could use the same logic with tablets. If you already own a smartphone then you don’t need to buy a tablet. A smartphone does everything a tablet does, fits in your pocket, and makes calls. Another Example: Why watch TV or browse the web on a tablet when I can do the same things on my 42 inch tellivsion? I also think it is misleading to compare budget tablet prices with non budget priced ereaders. A budget ereader is not $200. Budget ereaders are $79 and falling. $79 is comparable to the cost of a nice bookshelf.

  7. Strangely, despite having the latest iphone/iPad I seem to use my Kindle more than ever, not less.

    1. No worries about about running out of power no matter how long the flight, how isolated the location. It just goes and goes.

    2. My Kindle is lightweight and durable, it fits in my inside coat pocket. Truly grab and go. In comparison the iPad3 is morbidly obese – rather comical, actually.

    3. At around $100 it’s one of the lowest cost pieces of kit I own. I don’t need insurance. If something untoward happened (god forbid), I could buy another, download my books from the cloud and be off and running.

    4. Soooo simple – I turn it on and am at the exact spot I left off reading. They call my plane and I switch off, knowing I won’t miss a beat when I resume. My life overflows with multiple connected devices and pages of apps, touching and swiping – my dedicated e-reader is like a peaceful walk in a zen garden.

    5. Perhaps most importantly, symbolically the Kindle *is* my library, available whenever, wherever I want. This is the hardest to explain in a rational way. I can and do use the Kindle app on the iphone and other devices but it does not have nearly the same significance or attachment for me as a dedicated e-reader.

  8. Getting a tablet instead of an e-Reader would be more for your money though, wouldn’t it? And what about a 7-inch tablet, would the e-reader still be far superior?

  9. I do not feel the same as you. I have a tablet and an eraeder. I use the tablet to surf and email, but if I want to read I grab my ereader. It has a is a better size for reading. There is less distractions than a tablet. Reading outside such as the beach or patio is far superior on an ereader.

  10. I think they are still worth it. The reason I pick e-readers over tablets is because of function. I get distracted easily, and appreciate that e-readers only serve one purpose. Besides there’s really nothing I can’t do on a tablet that I can do on my phone.

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