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All About e-Book Readers
e-book readers provide delightful convenience to the bibliophile; they make it easy to carry a reasonably large library with you without weight or bulk. As the technology involved becomes more sophisticated, reading on an e-book reader is remarkably similar to reading from the pages of a book. Some devices offer you a remembered childhood pleasure: the ability to read at night under the covers.
If you are still on the fence deciding whether an e-book reader is a gadget you need, Bright Hub has collected the information you need to make an informed decision.
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Amazon's Kindle - Is it King of the e-Book Readers?
The Kindle is often the first device that comes to mind when discussing e-books and e-book readers. Do you wonder how many other people have picked a Kindle for their choice of e-book reader? Do you need help with shortcuts, or troubleshooting your Kindle? Whether you want an analysis of Amazon's offer of an ad-sponsored Kindle or want to know where to look at a Kindle in person, before making a decision, Bright Hub gives the information you need.
Our guide to all things Kindle helps you pick the best version for your needs, set it up, and even teaches you how to remove unwanted books.
- The Complete Amazon Kindle User's Guide
- Kindle Repair Tips: All Is Not Lost!
- How Many People Read Kindle Books? Find Out!
- Kindle e-Book Reader Sources: Can You Buy a Kindle Someplace Else?
- My Kindle Lost All of My Downloaded Books! How to Restore Them
- Free Kindle Shortcuts: Navigation & Audio
- Reviewing the Kindle With Special Offers: Is It Worth It?
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Barnes & Noble's Nook brought a price drop to the battle of the e-book readers, along with a source of content comparably as deep as Amazon's. It also offered readers some of the features people were requesting, like user chargeable batteries, SD card slots, and more storage. Like the Kindle, the first Nook used a form of electronic ink (e-ink), and so, while it was easy to read outdoors, it needed an exterior light source. B&N also provides free content every time a Nook owner comes to a store, and lets readers browse through e-books while in the store. They were also the first to come out with a way for Nook owners to loan content they purchased to another Nook owner. The second generation of the device, the Nook Color, also had a back-lit screen. It was no longer quite so easy to read in direct sunlight, but did allow reading in bed without a light. Bright Hub also looks at the Nook as a small tablet running Android, and what it can do besides be an e-book reader.
- Barnes & Noble Nook Reviewed - Is the Nook the Best e-Book Reader?
- Barnes & Noble Nook Color Review: Is This e-Book Reader Perfect?
- How Does the Nook Work? Tips to Get You Started
- Nook Tips: How to Transfer an e-Book from Barnes & Noble to Nook
- Learn How to Share Nook Books
- Nook Color Tips: How to Delete Books from Nook Color
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Sony e-Book Readers
Sony e-book readers were among the earlier e-book readers, and are one of the survivors. They have gone through multiple iterations, and continue to make devices that can compete with Kindle and Nook. They are a viable alternative, although now not as competitively priced as the most recent Kindle and Nook models.
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Children's e-Book Readers
Children are an ideal audience for e-book readers. The sheer quantity of books available is exciting to young bookworms - and they are also appreciative of not lugging around a pile of books wherever they go. Many of the newer devices offer color, which means that e-book readers are of interest to children still in the picture book phase.
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Lesser Known e-Book Readers
While almost everyone has heard of the Kindle and the Nook, and most people are aware you can read books on an iPad, there are many, many other e-book readers available. Some of them are well worth considering when you decide which e-book reader is the one for you ... or the two, or even three for you. e-book readers have different features, and that means some are more suitable for outdoor use, or reading in bed, or multitasking, or any other combination of different ways people read books. Take a look at the many e-book readers available. We also offer some pointers on what not to buy.
- Kobo Wireless e-Book Reader Review
- Which iRex Digital Reader Should I Buy?
- Velocity Micro T301 Cruz e-Book Reader Review
- A Review of the eBookwise-1150 e-Book Reader Device With 64 MB
- Astak Mentor e-Book Reader Review: Save Your Money for a Kindle
- Bright Hub's Aluratek Libre e-Book Reader Pro Review
- Ectaco jetBook Lite Review: Is This e-Book Reader Worth the Money?
- What Is So Special About the Pandigital e-Book Reader?
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e-Books and Where to Find Them
You have your e-book reader. A few books came with it - but as a dyed-in-the wool-bookworm, you need more. Where do you go to feed your habit? Check out the following suggestions for some great sources.
- Websites With Free e-Books for Nook e-Book Readers
- Where to Find Free e-Books for the Sony Reader
- Easy Ways to Add Free e-Books to the Nook and Nook Color
- Where Do You Get Books for the Sony e-Book Reader? 4 Great Sources
- Download Free e-Books for Amazon’s Kindle
- Top 10 Websites to Find Free e-Books for Kindle Users
- Finding e-Books for the Kindle
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e-Book Hints, Tips and TroubleshootingEven the easiest to use e-book readers can have quirks. And sometimes the included directions don't seem to make sense. Here are tips and hints to make your reading experience more pleasant.
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e-Books, Libraries and Lending
Libraries loan books. They loan e-books too, but there can be a bit of a learning curve. Many use Adobe DRM e-books, and adding those to your device is not all that intuitive. Bright Hub makes it a little easier to navigate the virtual shelves. Nook, and now Kindle, are also adding the option to loan an e-book to a fellow device owner.
- How to Download Library Books to Your Nook
- Adding Free e-Books to Your Nook
- Where Can I Read e-Books for Free? Discover Which Websites Will Let You
- Tips on Where to Buy e-Books to Use on Your e-Book Reader
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Comparing Different e-Book Readers
So, you've read reviews for a number of different e-book readers and many of them sound great. If you need a head-to-head comparison of specific e-book readers, Bright Hub has done a lot of the work for you. Check out these comparisons, and why one might prove more satisfactory for you than another.
- Nook vs. Kindle vs. iPad: Which Is the Best?
- Comparison of NOOK vs. iPad
- e-Book Readers: Kobo vs. Nook Comparison
- Nook or Sony - Which Is the Best e-Book Reader?
- Nook Color vs Kindle: Comparing the Best e-Book Readers
- Which Is the Best Handheld e-Book Reader?
- What Features Combine to Make the Best Color e-Book Reader?
- Kindle vs. Sony Reader: Comparisons to Help You Decide
- What are the Pros vs. Cons Between the iPad and Kindle 9.7 DX?
- Sony e-Book Reader vs. Kindle: A Detailed Comparison
- Kindle & Sony Reader: What are the Keyboard Differences?
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Converting e-Book Types for Different e-Book Readers
e-books come in an astonishingly wide variety of formats. Many e-book readers can only display a few of those formats. There are a number of applications that convert one type of e-book format to another, and some work better than others. Most of them are applications you run on your computer and then put on your e-book reader via SD card or USB cable.
- How Do I Change Nook Books to Sony Reader Format? Moving e-Books
- The Three Best iPad Book Converter Software Apps
- How Can I Transfer My Kobo Books to Another Computer?
- Moving Kobo e-Books onto a Kindle
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Covers and Accessories
I've been told all my life not to judge a book by its cover; sometimes it is good advice and other times, I have been sorry I went ahead and read that book with the vampiric being chewing messily on the neck of the partially disrobed and rather disheveled maiden. e-book readers are a special case - literally. Your e-book cover is usually the case that protects it and some do a better job than others.
There are also other useful accessories for e-book readers - especially if you like to read at night and have an e-ink display - which is a display type without an internal light source, unlike backlit e-book readers. Take a look at our best picks for those essential accessories.
- The Best e-Book Reader Light
- A Shopping Guide for the Best Kindle Skins
- Which are the Best Options for a Kindle DX Hard Case?
- Where to Find the Best Kindle 2 Covers With a Side Light
- Top 5 Nook Accessories: Holiday Buying Guide
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Loading Non-Book Content on Your e-Book Reader
One of the exciting things about e-book readers is their ability to let you do more than read a book. Some are great for listening to your favorite books when you need your eyes on the road. Many let you carry an entire photo album around - of your kids, your pets, your hobbies, your last three vacations, or the flower arrangement that won first prize at the Garden Club. And many have the ability to play MP3 files. Here's how to put all that content onto your e-book reader.
- Nook Color Tips: How to Move Pictures From Your PC to the Nook
- Kindle Text-to-Speech Features
- How Many Songs Can Kindle Hold If It has Nothing Else on It?
- How Can I Download PDF Files to the Kobo e-Book Reader?
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e-Book Reader Apps
e-books do not always need to be read on an e-book reader. Digital content doesn't take up much room, and there is a lot of choice on how to view it. Whether you want an app for your smart phone or want to put some books on your netbook, laptop or iPad, there are good apps and not-so-good ones. Bright Hub has done the work to find you the best app for your device.
- Alternatives to the Nook: e-Book Reader Apps for Windows Phone 7
- Best e-Book Reader for BlackBerry Storm: Three Top e-Book Readers
- e-Books for iPad: Using Your iPad as an e-Book Reader
- e-Book Reader for Ubuntu
- Top Android e-Book Reader App Round Up
- Mobipocket Windows and Mobile Device e-Book Reader
- Can the iPod be Used as an e-Book Reader? Tips on Using the iPod
- Tofu e-book Reader
- Mobipocket for Android: An e-Book Reader Review
- Classics - The Best Reading Experience on the iPhone/ iPod Touch
- Review of Aldiko Book Reader App for Android
- A Review of the Kobo BlackBerry App e-Book Reader
- Best Android PDF Viewer
- Best e-Book Readers for Linux
- Image Credit: Amazon and Barnes & Noble product images.