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The growing electronic book collection has been tempting more and more book lovers to buy an e-book reader. There are several competitors in the industry today, but let’s take a look at the two main players in the industry: Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad. Have a look below, to determine which one is a better reader.
Costing around only $139, Amazon’s Kindle makes the iPad seem heavily over-priced. By adding just $50 to your budget, you can own the Kindle 3: Wi-Fi + 3G edition. The iPad costs $599 for Wi-Fi edition only, and $735 for Wi-Fi + 3G edition. This makes the iPad go out of reach for students and book lovers with a low budget. Thus, the Kindle wins this round with a major landslide!
Platform And E-book Collections
Being more capable of supporting different e-book formats than the Kindle, the iPad wins this round.
However, the Kindle store has now started putting up a big fight with iPad. This competition is due to the competitive prices being offered by the Kindle store. Also, the Kindle store is now being operated by one of the largest electronic book distributors in the UK.
Furthermore, if you need to read books listed on a public domain, iPad 2 scores again. The Kindle does not support this format.
Having an E Ink display means power is used, on the Kindle, only when you turn pages. This means it gives the reader up to two weeks of reading time. Therefore, the iPad, giving only upto ten hours of reading time, loses to the Kindle again.
Books are called the best friends of human beings. They not only help us in passing our idle time in a productive way, but also increase our knowledge about everything. People who have hobby of reading books have their brain activity levels higher than those who not. It provides their brains with stimuli, which increases their thinking powers. Previously, books were only available in a form of bundle of papers, bound together with information in scripted on them with ink. Now a days, the trend is changing. People are using technology to quench their thirst of reading in new and innovative styles. Electronic books, commonly known as eBooks are the biggest example of it.
E-Books And E-Readers
e-book stands for ”electronic book”, they are also known as digital books. They are basically the technological placebos of normal books. In eBook, the text is written in digital form so therefore it requires a medium or a device to read. Previously people used to read eBooks on their Desktops and Laptop personal computers, but now there are several new devices which evolved with the advancement in technology. These devices are known as eReaders, they are specifically designed for reading and are usually with a screen in front, with few keys for operation. One of the most famous eReaders is “Kindle”. eBooks can also be used on various different types of handheld devices like iPods, iPads, PDAs, mobile phones and etc.
Advantages Of E-Books Over Normal Books
Although most people say that they enjoy the classical way of reading books, but they cannot deny that eBooks have many advantages over the normal books.
It has been observed that the eBooks are less expensive as compared to their normal versions available in bookshops.
They are easily accessible, for example if you order a book from website you will have to wait for it until it gets shipped to your place, but in case of eBooks you can instantly download it from website.
They are more easy to carry and can save great space. Read More
Nook eReader from Barnes and Noble is considered to be the only competitor for Amazon Kindle DX and Amazon Kindle 3rd generation readers in the market. Without wasting time, the company has launched the 2nd generation Nook eReader named NookColor. These eReader are based on different approach and are a big step ahead.
When we compare the previous model of Nook and different models of Kindle with the latest NookColor we observe that the screen is big 7 inches and fully touch sensitive. The software is also improved and upgraded to Google Android Os 2.1 éclair. Although you cannot install ordinary Android application still some applications which are provided by Barnes and Noble are supported. Honestly that doesn’t make much difference because it is only a dedicated media reading device.
As it is clear from the name that the eReader is related to reading which means that library is essential. Barnes and Noble have provided us almost 2 million reading different reading materials which cost $ 9.99 at maximum. They have also provided us ease of selection. We can read the books for some time before making our choice and purchasing the material. You can also subscribe magazines. A trail period of 14 days is provided for any magazine you like. This a great feature because now can check whether the book or magazine is suitable for you or not. The company has also promised his customers that they will provide downloadable Enhanced Nookbooks including illustrations.
What’s It Good For?
Although the main feature of eReaders is reading stuff still it provides its users entertainment like surfing on internet, get connected online through social networks, listening to your favorite music and playing many games. NookColor is closer to IPad and many tablets to some extend but the eReader is not a replacement of your notebook. You also have to carry a notebook along with any eReader device.
We easily understand the difference between models and devices by considering few stats such as:
The screen size of 1st Gen Nook, iPad, 3rd Gen Kindle and Nook Color are 6” diagonal, 9.7” diagonal, 6” diagonal and 7” diagonal whereas Touch screen size of 1st Gen Nook, iPad and Nook Color are 3.5” color, 9.7” diagonal, and 7” diagonal correspondingly. Read More
The Kindle holds the title of the best selling product of Amazon.com in the last year. What makes it so good is that it is widely considered the best e-book reader. The 3G version comes for US $189, and the Wireless Fidelity comes for only US $ 139. The product has a very chic look and a 6 inch screen. The battery time is also quite high and can last for almost a month.
What really makes the Amazon Kindle unique is that it is the only e-book reader who has so many features and applications. The ever popular gadget is a very happening product, and that is why it deserves some spotlight. Every gadget is incomplete without its accessories and supplementary items. The Kindle too have created a lot of hype in the consumer market, and that prompted companies to manufacture newer accessories. The Kindles accessories make e-book reading even more enjoyable and easier. The following are the best Kindle covers, cases and accessories out there that consumers would want to know about.
Kindle Lighted Leather Cover:
This product is what Amazon itself created for the Kindle; it is called the Kindle Lighted Leather Cover. The leather cover has a very normal look yet it is a cool accessory to have. The cover has a light for reading in low light. The source of power for the light is the Kindles own battery. This is a compartment within the case that contains the LED light slide. The cover is made of leather from the outside and on the inside, there is soft micro fiber that protects the Kindle’s screen from scratches. Setting up the whole thing will not take more than half a minute. It is fairly easy to handle. The Cover comes in seven colors that include black, burnt orange, hot pink, apple green, burgundy red, chocolate brown and steel blue. The retail price is US $ 59.99.
Kindle Leather Cover:
Some consumers might think that the Kindle lighted leather cover may be too expensive. The Kindle Leather cover is a good substitute for the Lighted version and also comes in at a lot lesser. Retail price is only US $ 34.99 making it much cheaper than the lighted one. Like the cover mentioned before, this one is also an Amazon official. Coming in the same seven colors this version is the same. It is even set up in the same way as the other. E-book readers! Be on the look out for this product. It’s good value for money, and it serves the purpose it is designed for.
The Belkin Grip Kindle Sleeve:
The Belkin Grip Kindle Sleeve is fundamentally different than the Amazon ones in a few ways. First, it is manufactured by Belkin, a computer hardware company and not Amazon. Secondly, it is not a cover at all. Rather it is a sleeve case that you can carry with the Kindle. The Kindle stays safe during traveling, etc. It is available in different colors, including purple plum, coral pink, black and midnight blue. The outside of the sleeve is designed to give a firm hold, and the interior is made up of material who can provide some protection and safety to the product. All this comes in at US $ 24.99.
M-Edge Executive Kindle Jacket:
This product is a black cover that comes with leather exterior and micro-suede interior to make the experience of e-reading better for the customer. It holds the kindle with four holding points. Another book lighter called the M-Edge e-Laminator can be bought a US $ 19.99 to help read in places with less light. Read More
Applications of any gadget make it more attractive, entertaining, informative, and make you more productive. Free or paid applications for Apple’s iPad have wide range, like social networking, business, communication, games, entertainment, creativity, and more. Following are the best 10 iPad entertainment Applications
These Applications Make your iPad more enojyable in real sense.
1. ABC Player
This FREE application allow your iPad into a TV and entertain you with full episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Dancing with the stars, and much more popular shows in your hand. These full-screen high quality definition videos look sharp and smooth, with limited commercial interruption.
2. Barnes And Noble Nook For iPad
This is a Free application for Apple’s iPad. The Concept of this application is to provide you a free library of E-Books. You can share titles with friends using “LendMe” technology. iPad running Nook software allow you “Lifetime Library” features accessible from your device.
Today Apple iPhone is gaining popularity in gaming industry rapidly. iPhone is becoming portable gaming system. Games Developers are developing every kind of game, from basic puzzling games to most enhanced graphic games. Top 10 Games of iPhone of 2011 are following.
1. Cut the Rope
Cut the Rope is the brilliant game in the App World because of it’s extraordinary game play importance, magnificent graphics, accurate physics and sensitive action controls. It is one of the best puzzle games available today.
2. Sonic 4
Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I is one of the most wanted games for the iPhone. It is released with enhanced features,
graphics and controls. It is one of the brilliant releases from THE HEDGEHOG.
3. Fruit Ninja
Fruit Ninja is a very interesting action game with amazing Arcade mode. It is a very simple but quite funny game Released by Halfbrick Studio. Fruit Ninja sums up all features which iPhone game needs.
During the last year, Amazon’s Kindle, which is an eBook reader compatible with Amazon’s huge collection of eBooks, remained the bestselling product in Amazon.
With the release of the Apple’s iPad, the Kindle is sure to receive great competition. Realizing this in time, Amazon has opened up Kindle for App development.
Therefore, before deciding on which one to buy, you should definitely do a comparison of these two devices. Here are some comparisons to help you decide which one is better.
Barnes & Noble’s Nook a device with multiple options like Amazon Kindle and Sony’s options is getting interest of people quickly. The eager readers and fresh gadget lovers welcome this new contender.
Barnes and Noble’s is not only a color touchscreen component but also run Google’s Android OS. The appearance of this device is just like rise of sun in dawn, which will set new ways for the technology on commercially viable e-reader scene.
Now when N & B is going to be launched soon, lets see that it is really according the wishes of the customers or only a boast. We had taken a long and hard look at the device and made a review for this gadget.
Lets check out its features and functions.
For Kindle users industrial look of the Nook will not be surprising. B & N haven’t made any breakthrough changes in the device, although the company had made some important design decisions to make it different from its competitors.
Nook is having smaller surface size but thicker and little heavier than Kindle. Its size is similar to a typical trade paperback, 7.7 X 4.9 inches, ½ inch thick and weighing 11.2 ounces.