I was at Target today and people were in line waiting for the iPad 2 (smh). Apple definitely has many early adopters for iPads, iPods, Macbooks, etc. These are people who must buy new Apple products the first day they are released. The iPad has some cool features. I have to admit the images are beau-ti-ful. I’m just want to fork over $500 to purchase one. Don’t get me wrong, I love Apple. I’m typing on a MacBook now, but I’d rather spend money on other things (food, shelter, you know, the basics). I have been eyeballing some e-readers that are just as good. They give you a lot of storage space and you can have money left over to add some e-books to it.
Here are some great e-book you can get on the cheap:
I gotta start with the e-reader that began the e-book craze before other bookstores or computer companies. The online bookseller, Amazon.com, first introduced the Kindle in 2007 and it quickly sold out. This e-reader vet may not have fancy color images, but it’s features still outshine others on the market. It can hold over 3,500 books, twice the storage of other readers. The Kindle makes it easy to read in the sun and there’s a dictionary to look-up words you don’t know. Plus, there’s a read-to-me option where a voice can read a book to you. When you turn off the Kindle, the battery can stay charged for more than one month. All these functions for $139.
This e-reader was created by the bookstore, Barnes & Noble. There is black-and-white version starting at $149 and a color version, Nook Color, which retails for $249. There is also a pre-owned version priced at $119. The Nook can store 1,500 books and the battery can lasts for 10 days without charging it. The iPad 2 has a battery that only lasts 10 hours. Plus, The Nook includes free e-books and you can surf the web for free using B&N’s Wi-Fi at any Barnes & Noble store.
This is the lightest of all the e-readers. This also comes in a cool pink color, which is a contrast to the charcoal gray colored readers out there. The Sony Reader also has a quick page turning format that make you feel like you’re flipping through the pages of a book. It can be used with Macs or PCs and you can take notes, too. Plus, if you’re on your way to college, you can save 10% at the campus store. These devices are priced at $179.99.
These are just a few of my picks. You can find some readers above priced cheaper on walmart.com. There are many others to choose from with prices under $100, too. An e-reader can be great for those long bus or train rides. They can also be used for school work, too. It’s much better than carrying a ton of books around. And who knows, maybe you can do an e-version of the Oprah Book Club with your girls at school. Just an idea.
Have a great weekend,
P.S. Did you know your local library may have FREE e-books for you to download on on an e-reader? Check out the Brooklyn Public Library’s e-book collection: http://digitalbooks.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/0C683956-F911-4FB5-B53A-6871BF8FF51F/10/340/en/Default.htm