Today, Saturday, November 1, 2014 is the second day to celebrate “National Book Lovers Day”; the first being in August. It is day for those who love to read, Book Lovers Day encourages you to kick back and relax with a great book. From shaded spots under arching trees to being tucked up warm in bed, there’s no better way to celebrate Book Lovers Day than to while the hours away lost in a book.
The rest of this article will focus on the lighter side of reading, IE; tablets, readers, etc.
While many readers like the old fashioned style of reading, pages, print and bindings are so 1999. Being 2014, there are quite a few ways to read, while embracing technology. They include cross platform apps, multi-use tablets and devices that function as readers only.
Familiar apps include;
- Kobo Reader
Multi-use tablets include;
- iPad (and mini)
- Kindle Fire HD
- Android Tablets
Readers and Readers only
Your choice, especially in a physical device, depends on what more (if any) you want out of your app or device. If you want an all-around great reading experience without the desire for additional apps, You should check out the Kobo eReader Touch edition which was reviewed here. Don’t forget too look at www.bing.com to see what is trending in the reading world.
A step up, incorporates eReader and Android tablet qualities. This comes in two choices; the Kobo Vox or the NextBook line of readers/tablets.
As for tablet style devices incorporating android OS and an embedded app, the Kindle Fire and the entire Kindle line is something you should check out.
As for a tablet format with both computing power and multitude of eReading apps, the choice is between two powerhouses.
· The iPad
· The Acer Line of Android tablets
Neither of them come bundled with reading apps, accept the iPad does come with “iBooks” which has a good sized library that claims to be growing. This is an easy remedy though. Do your research and pick the app that suits you best. You can download all of the above apps, as they each have quite an offering of free eBooks for you to read, test the app and or get the feel of the device. Once you get the feel for the best one for you, stick with it and buy, buy, buy. Speaking of free ebooks, check out www.bookbub.com for some great free and great low (under $5) priced ebooks for all your ereading needs.
For a last ditch side bar, both Mac OSx Mountain Lion and Windows 8 have Kindle apps available for their respective machines. In looking at the Windows store, and Mac App store however, it does appear that “Kindle” has cornered the market, as the other aforementioned apps are not apparently available in either store.
So take heed, find your perfect reader from this list, and pick up a good eBook to read. Celebrate the day that it is. Be sure and check out your own public library, as many, if not most lend eBooks.
So grab your favorite e-reader, find a quiet spot and grab one of the New York Times best sellers for this month (or any) and read to your hearts ( and eyes and minds) content. If you would like a great NEW scary book for the season, check out this Examiner’s newest book, “Plugged Into Fear”