Books made of paper? So last century More and more people are doing their reading on an electronic reader You can get them in black and white in color with backlit screens and some even come with a keyboard So how do you know which e-book reader is right for you? Consumer Reports’ resident expert, Rich Fisco, says sizing up screen technology is step one. Most people can rule out a reader with a color LCD screen If you’re looking for something that can read children’s books or magazines you’re much better off going with a tablet. But if you’re mainly going to be reading books, e-ink readers
with black and white screens are your best bet. These readers are lightweight and easy to read in bright light. In the dark, for most, you’ll need an add-on light But you can get an e-ink black and white reader
with a built-in light, if that’s a priority. There is one e-book reader that uses color e-ink technology but it’s proven disappointing in tests, looking washed out and dull. Next consideration, the size While most readers have a similar screen size the weight and thickness can vary. If you’re going to be carrying your e-book reader around
a lot, you’ll want one that’s lighter and thinner. How fast a page turns is another consideration. Some e-book readers turn pages faster than others. And while many flash a black screen between every page there are ones that don’t. And how do you want to get from one page to the next? Some let you turn pages by swiping or tapping a touch screen. Others have bars or buttons to push Best are e-book readers that have both options. And if you want really large type for easy reading shop carefully for one that enlarges the type to a size you like. Of course, an e-book reader is not much
use without any electronic books to read. There are sites like Gutenberg and feedbooks that
offer older, public domain books for free. But most people are going to be downloading there books wirelessly. The Kindles have access to the Amazon bookstore While the Nooks give you access to the Barnes and Noble bookstore. Something else to consider If someone in your family already has an e-book reader you might want to get one that’s the same kind That way you can share their library and you don’t
have to pay for the same book twice. If you’re planning on using the public library to borrow e-books some e-book readers make it easier than othersn And finally, you can pay extra for a reader that has
3G wireless so you can buy books anywhere and everywhere but for most people, downloading via wireless is just fine. I’m Ann Burr Tenthoff for Consumer Reports.