Pros and Cons of Owning an E-Reader

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If you love to read, chances are you’ve considered buying an e-reader at some point. E-readers have caused a lot of debate among book lovers and tech junkies since they burst onto the market in the last decade. Some book lovers have refused to buy one, saying they diminish the overall experience of reading a book. Others – like me – have caved and bought one.

If you’re on the fence about whether to purchase an e-reader, check out our pros and cons list to help you make the decision.

The Weight Factor

Anyone who’s ever gone on a long vacation where they planned to do a lot of reading will understand the tough decision of which books to bring. I’d rather face a roach problem in my house than decide which books to bring on a vacation. I’ve sat with a pile of books in front of me and painstakingly eliminated several so I could get the pile down to something I could easily carry on a plane. More than once, I eliminated too many books, leaving me without enough reading material for my vacation.

An e-reader solves this dilemma because it can hold thousands of books but weighs less than a single book. You’ll never have to lug a heavy backpack of books around the airport or down to the beach again.

Price : E-Reader

While an e-reader’s price tag might scare you away, consider all the free books you can download with an e-reader. You’ll never pay for another classic novel again; virtually every classic novel you could want to read is available for free download online.

Also, many books are available at special pricing for e-readers. You’ll regularly find books available for only 99 cents. Other websites offer e-reader library programs, so you can “check out” books and turn them back in once you’re done. This saves you from making a trip to the library. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about late fees at the library again.

Battery Life

One of the biggest arguments against an e-reader is the fact that it needs to be charged. But in a technology-dependent world where we constantly charge our gadgets, should that be concerned a con? Everyone will have a different opinion about that. In my case, I don’t mind charging my Kindle, and the battery will hold a charge for about a month if you keep the Wi-Fi turned off when you don’t need it. Of course, at the end of the day, you still need to charge your e-reader to use it.

If you’re going to be traveling away from home for long periods of time without access to electricity, then an e-reader isn’t going to be a practical choice. Be sure to think about whether charging will be a problem for your lifestyle before you buy an e-reader.

After getting more info on e-readers, you won’t choose a roach problem over deciding on which books to take with you on vacation. Now you may need to learn more about the e-readers available. Guest post written by James Tennant.


Vishal Gaikar

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