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ARTICLE_TEXT <p>E-readers and tablets are more popular by the day, and now library e-books are available for check out regardless of the device you use. If you are thinking about an e-reader for yourself or as a gift this year, your options fall into three broad categories.</p> <p><b>Dedicated E-readers</b><br /> <i>Includes Nook Simple Touch, Kobo, Amazon Kindles (except Fire), Sony Reader, etc.</i></p> <p>These devices have e-ink display screens which are energy efficient, minimize eye strain, can be read in bright sunlight, and generally replicate the experience of reading a regular book. If you read a lot, every day, for hours at a time, and aren't particularly interested in browsing the web or watching videos, you should consider one of these. &nbsp;Dedicated e-readers also tend to be more affordably priced than the alternatives, with some available for less than $100.</p> <p><b>Tablets</b><br /> <i>Includes iPad, Nook Tablet, Nook Color, Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy Tab, etc.</i></p> <p>Tablets have color touchscreens, web browsers, video and music players, games, and more, in addition to e-reading capability. All that vibrancy comes at a cost, though, in the form of a shorter battery life. Tablets also tend to be more expensive than the alternatives, ranging from about $200 to well over $500.</p> <p><b>Smartphones</b><br /> <i>Includes all iPhones and Android Phones</i></p> <p>You may already have an e-reading device in your pocket right now. Any iPhone or Android phone can use the OverDrive App to check out and read library e-books with no other computer, wires, or transferring needed.</p> <p><b>E-reader Reviews</b></p> <p><a href="http://www.consumersearch.com/ebook-readers">Best eBook Readers</a> - ConsumerSearch</p> <p><a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20009738-1/kindle-vs-nook-vs-ipad-which-e-book-reader-should-you-buy/?tag=contentBody;contentHighlights">Kindle vs. Nook vs. iPad: Which e-book reader should you buy?</a> - CNET</p> <p><a href="http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/collection/1985/top_e-readers.html">Top E-Readers</a> - PCWorld Magazine</p> <p><a href="http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=123">Which one should I buy?</a> - MobileRead Forum</p> <p><b>E-books from the Library</b></p> <p>To browse, place holds, and check out e-books and audiobooks from the Library, go to <a href="http://overdrive.thelibrary.org/">overdrive.thelibrary.org</a>. If you need help accessing the Library's e-books, call or come in to a Library branch. Library computer assistants and reference staff will be happy to help!</p>
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Books & Authors

Choosing an E-reader

E-readers and tablets are more popular by the day, and now library e-books are available for check out regardless of the device you use. If you are thinking about an e-reader for yourself or as a gift this year, your options fall into three broad categories.

Dedicated E-readers
Includes Nook Simple Touch, Kobo, Amazon Kindles (except Fire), Sony Reader, etc.

These devices have e-ink display screens which are energy efficient, minimize eye strain, can be read in bright sunlight, and generally replicate the experience of reading a regular book. If you read a lot, every day, for hours at a time, and aren't particularly interested in browsing the web or watching videos, you should consider one of these.  Dedicated e-readers also tend to be more affordably priced than the alternatives, with some available for less than $100.

Tablets
Includes iPad, Nook Tablet, Nook Color, Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy Tab, etc.

Tablets have color touchscreens, web browsers, video and music players, games, and more, in addition to e-reading capability. All that vibrancy comes at a cost, though, in the form of a shorter battery life. Tablets also tend to be more expensive than the alternatives, ranging from about $200 to well over $500.

Smartphones
Includes all iPhones and Android Phones

You may already have an e-reading device in your pocket right now. Any iPhone or Android phone can use the OverDrive App to check out and read library e-books with no other computer, wires, or transferring needed.

E-reader Reviews

Best eBook Readers - ConsumerSearch

Kindle vs. Nook vs. iPad: Which e-book reader should you buy? - CNET

Top E-Readers - PCWorld Magazine

Which one should I buy? - MobileRead Forum

E-books from the Library

To browse, place holds, and check out e-books and audiobooks from the Library, go to overdrive.thelibrary.org. If you need help accessing the Library's e-books, call or come in to a Library branch. Library computer assistants and reference staff will be happy to help!


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