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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.

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.

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 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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