So you are in the market for an electronic book reader, right? We’ll you’ll be happy to know there’s a huge variety of options to choose from right now. Electronic readers have been around for ever a decade now, starting with the old school palm pilots in the late 1990′s and early 2000′s. These were never dedicated ebook readers, but with the right software programs, one could read book on them. This started a whole cottage industry of ebook companies and device-specific software for ebooks.
Things changed in a big way with the introduction of digital e-ink to the market, which spurred a host of big corporations to product electronic book reading devices using this technology.
This e-ink revolutionary technology changed the way font was displayed on electronic devices. In short, e-ink displays, unlike traditional displays, essentially prints the text directly on the screen. No power is required to keep the text on the screen after the initial text is printed. This means there is less eye strain involved when you read (no flashing display, unlike all other screen technology) and there is far less power used too. This means e-ink devices can be used for weeks without a recharge, are readable in direct sunlight, and cause far less eyestrain then traditional screen technology.
Now there are a number of electronic book readers to choose from out there. There is the Amazon Kindle (arguably the first device that made ebook readers “mainstream” along with PC’s, cellphones, and netbooks), the Sony ereader, and the Nook. There are also dozens of smaller manufactures who produce electronic book readers too.
In the next post, we’ll provide a comprehensive breakdown of the current electronic book readers on the market.