E-Book Readers & Accessories

The key points of an E-book Reader

The screen with electronic ink

The screens do not have the same quality. Their background is not perfectly white, it generally tends towards gray, beige or greenish, from where a lessened contrast. Anti-reflective treatment is often effective, but can sometimes affect sharpness, as can the presence of a touch interface.

Internal and external memory

The readers have an internal memory with a capacity of between 1 and 2GB, enough to store several hundred works. To use without images because the ePub format (the most common for electronic books) is barely heavier than a format text file. To expand their storage capacity, many devices also have a flash memory card reader.

Connectivity and music

Connectivity can be limited to a USB or micro-USB port. For usage to transfer files from a computer and to charge the battery (to rarely supply the charger). In addition, some players that play MP3. They use with speakers or a headphone jack in mini-jack format giving the possibility of reading while listening to music.

An accelerometer for display orientation

Many readers include an accelerometer to automatically orient the display according to the position, horizontal or vertical, of the screen. To read lying on the side, this automatism can be inconvenient. It is, therefore, possible to deactivate it.

Physical and tactile controls

Two large buttons to turn the pages, another to return to the previous menu and a last to activate the display options, to read, is quite sufficient. A touch screen that you can control with your finger or a stylus is interesting. But to take notes or fill out an online purchase form, a keyboard with physical keys is more responsive.

Network links

The WiFi and 3G network links with which certain devices are equipped to allow you to directly access an online store of electronic books. The manufacturer of the reader often a service offer this service, with a specially adapted interface.

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