[font family="georgia,palatino" size="18" color="080000" textshadow="0" alignment="center" weight="normal" style="normal" lineheight="110"]Ebook Reader Reviews [hilight color="FFFF00"]UPDATE 2012 [/hilight]:For the latest ebook reader reviews visit Nook vs Kindle vs Kobo comparison here[/font]
Before 2010, this wasn’t even an issue. There was no doubt in people’s minds that the Amazon Kindle in fact was the best ebook reader. Most online ebook reader reviews had no trouble making that bold call. Even though the Sony ebook reader was there to compete with the first generation Kindle and the Kindle-2, there was a unanimous decision in most ereder reviewers’ minds. During this early era (2007-2009), the many people didn’t think that the way people read was about to change big time. But it did!
The Amazon Kindle eBook Reader almost had a monopoly
During this period, it was the Amazon Kindle, that had the market all to itself – but soon other players joined the competition. That’s when people started to search for information on what the best ebook reader was and looking for online ebook reader reviews. With so many models coming from companies with huge reputations (e.g. Barnes & Noble and Borders), all claiming that their eReader was the best, it was not surprising that people started questioning about which e-Book reader really was the best.
Best eBook Reader of 2011 – Most Important thing to Consider
While there are a lot of things to consider, it ultimately comes down to the user’s preference. This is because each person has his/her own reason for buying an ereader. What may be the best ebook reader for one person may not necessarily be the right one to another person. There are two important things that should be taken into consideration in terms of how you intend to use your ereader, before looking at the more complex features of ebook reader reviews.
Devoted / dedicated eBook reader or not?
There are two kinds of ebook readers. Those that are only good for reading eBooks and those that will double as tablet computers. The first kind is known as dedicated ebook readers. Examples for this category of ebook readers are the Amazon Kindle, the Barnes & Noble Nook Touch eReader, the Borders’ Kobo E-book reader and the Sony ebook reader. Examples for the latter category are tablet computers like the Apple iPad, HP TouchPad, Samsung Galaxy etc.
What do you intend to use your ebook reader for? Just for reading or do you expect to do some tablet computer like functions too? like checking email and social networking? If you already have a tablet computer, you should look for a dedicated ebook reader. In that case you have to make the choice between the Kindle, the Nook and the Kobo.
What about the Nook color?
The Nook color is something that falls between a tablet computer and a devoted ebook reader. It’s small enough to qualify as an eReader and sophisticated enough to double as a tablet computer. The price also falls right in the center and the color screen makes it a very attractive option. In fact, many online ereader reviews will tell you that the Nook color is the best ebook reader for children together with many ‘children friendly’ functions Barnes & Noble has incorporated into it.
This is the very first decision you need to make when deciding on which eBook Reader suits you best. Once you have made that first decision, the next step is to decide which specific model suits your requirements best. That is certainly not an easy decision to make given the subtle differences among different eReaders.
Decided to go for a Dediated eBook Reader?
Your choices are mainly the Amazon Kindle, the Nook Touch and the Kobo Touch eReader. All of them have their own benefits over the other models. But our top recommendation for 2011 (at the time of writing this) is the Amazon Kindle 3G ad supported version. Amazon recently brought down the price of this version down to $139. That’s really big considering that the 3G version was originally $189.
Main benefits of this Kindle 3 3G + Wi-Fi version over the Nook and the Kobo are as follows
- The price is $139 – you’re getting the 3G version for $139. With others, the Wi-Fi model is priced at the same price.
- Free 3G – available in over 100 countries and in many places where there is no Wi-Fi
- Audio – Doubles as an MP3 player; listen to audiobooks and make use of the auto-narration feature where you can ‘listen’ to your ebook
- Have both landscape and portrait modes
- Has a basic web-browser – the Kobo too has a web browser but the Nook doesn’t
The main ‘shortcoming’ of the Kindle 3 in comparison to the latest versions of Nook and Kobo is its lack of a touch screen. Depending on how you feel about the touch-screen versus the other features mentioned above, you should make up your mind about whether you are going with a Kindle, Nook or Kobo!
Here we have only provided a very brief review of the main differences among ebook readers. For comprehensive ebook reader reviews, please visit our homepage at http://eBook-ReaderReviews.org/
Introduction of the Amazon Kindle Fire has revolutionized the ebook reader market altogether. We think it is totally worth it to upgrade to a Kindle Fire instead of going with a dedicated ebook reader like the Kindle Touch or Nook Touch given that it can do a whole lot of things compared to a black and white ereader. Check it out below!