Product Reviews, TipsWith technology directing our everyday lives, the development of e-readers has revolutionized the way we read. Now, people have instant access to millions of books, newspapers, and magazines at a lower price than traditional printed materials. There are also many resources where you can access and download free books, such as Internet Archive, Open Library, Project Gutenberg, and Many Books.

Which One to Choose

While there are many e-readers available, the Amazon Kindle 3 and Barnes & Noble Nook are two of the most popular models. For those of you avid readers that are ready to follow the trend and purchase an e-reader, but are unsure about whether you want the Kindle 3 or Nook, here’s a little comparison.

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Changing Books in a Changing Environment

For now, some reviewers conclude the Nook is currently in the lead, specifically because of the Nook’s touch screen navigation and its ability to search and borrow e-books from the public library. These capabilities are not yet available on the Kindle, but it’s rumored that they will be offered in the coming months. The Nook also takes advantage of its hundreds of Barnes & Noble store locations by allowing Nook users to read most books in stores for free.

Game Changer

Personally, I have had a Kindle for several years, which I use daily to read books and stay current with blogs and news. While I won’t go as far to say that I can’t live without it, the Kindle has truly changed the way I read. I find myself exploring more genres and reading several books at a time because of the suggestions and samples that Amazon sends me. And the best part is that I can carry all of these e-books with me at once, so I can stop one book and start another as I please if I find myself getting bored. There’s also nothing quite as sweet as racing through an exciting novel and buying its sequel with just a click, without ever having to leave your seat.

E-Readers or Tablets - What Works For You?

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You can also read e-books on other devices, specifically Tablets, such as Apple’s iPad 2 (iOs) or Motorola’s Zoom (Android). However, e-readers and Tablets use different displays and operating systems. The Kindle and Nook both use E Ink Pearl Display, which presents text on a device like real paper so that there is no glare, unlike on the LCD displays of Tablets.

Choosing between an e-reader and a Tablet ultimately depends on what kind of features, functionality, and price you want. If you mainly want to read books, then an e-reader may be for you. However, if you want apps, a color display, email, and other web capabilities, you might want to consider buying a Tablet, even though the price is much heftier. One possible solution is the Nook Color, which blends the functionalities of both an e-reader and a tablet, but at a much cheaper price than a tablet.

Finally, it’s wise to consider this choice in the context of what other devices you may already own. The Kindle and Nook have apps where you can read e-books right on your smartphone or laptop if you don’t want to invest in an e-Reader or Tablet. Depending on your lifestyle, there are so many options to choose from that one will surely be right for you. So grab your device of choice, sit down, relax and enjoy.