Not to be confused with low-powered tablets with LCD screens marketed as “color eReaders,” real eReaders have an eInk screen, can go for weeks between charges, and they are ideal for reading in direct sunlight. Popular eReaders include the Kindle and Nook.
To many, there is no better display technology for readers than eInk, which is why single-function eReaders have survived in the age of portable, multifunction tablets. Unlike the LCD displays found on most tablets, eInk strongly resembles physical ink on a page. eReaders, which are typically less expensive than many tablets, are often tied to eBook outlets that offer digital editions of popular books for significantly less than a physical copy.
Many eReaders, Kindle and Nook included, have tablet applications that mimic eReader functionality, and even sync accounts between devices, meaning a Kindle owner can also read his or her eBooks on an iPad or Android tablet.
The NOOKcolor is the latest eReading device from Barnes & Noble. It features a 7-inch full color LCD touchscreen. Looking at the NOOKcolor specs, it has more in common with Android tablets than it does eInk-based eReaders. So how does it stack up against the competition, both the eInk eReaders and Android tablets?
The Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight is the latest addition to the eInk family of readers. The newest NOOK device has an industry-first illuminated eInk touchscreen display. Find out if it gives the new NOOK an edge over the Kindle.
The Kindle Touch is the new flagship Amazon eReader. With no physical keyboard or navigation buttons, the Kindle Touch is the first Amazon eReader to rely exclusively on touch. Find out if Amazon succeeded in creating a great reading experience in this full review.
The new Amazon Kindle is smaller, lighter, and less expensive than its predecessor (the newly-dubbed 'Kindle Keyboard'). But is that enough for Kindle and NOOK owners to ditch their older devices? How about the Kindle-less? Should they pick up Amazon's new eReader?
Can the Libre Air eReader compete with the Kindle and NOOK? It costs roughly the same as the others, and sports Wi-Fi. It even has access to the online Kobo bookstore. But cost, design, and eBook selection all factor in making a great eReader. Does the Libre Air meet the current lofty standards?
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