The Growing Popularity Of Tablets And E-Book Readers

E-readers were effectively an instantaneous hit with anybody who travelled lots. The ability to lug hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of novels around in such a small and easily portable gadget was incredibly appealing. No more struggling to cram hefty paperbacks into hand luggage, an e-reader could give you all of the reading material you required for a brief journey or vacation. The long battery life was an additional extremely desirable feature. Most e-book readers will work for several weeks between battery charges. There is no need to worry about losing battery power - and if you're going on a fairly short journey, you might not even need to pack your charger and cable.

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When they first appeared, e-readers enticed gadget heads and other early adopters by and large. However, when prices started to drop and hardware was enhanced, regular bookworms really started to latch on to the advantages of e-readers. Firstly, the e-ink technology display provided a great reading experience without the use of a back-light and therefore absolutely no eye strain.

At the end of the day, if the reading experience had not been of the highest quality, all of the other characteristics of e-book readers would be immaterial. However, it was, for the majority of people, as near to reading printed text on paper as to make no perceptible difference. A lot of individuals also delighted in the option of changing the font face and size - a helpful function if you've failed to remember your reading glasses.

There was a very real buzz surrounding e-readers from 2009 onwards. They got a ton of publicity, both free and paid for, from authors such as Stephen King who published a special novel to support the introduction of the second generation Kindle. Even politicians and educationalists helped to fan the flames by calling for e-readers to be made use of in colleges and schools. The New Democratic Leadership Council published a white paper called "A Kindle In Every Backpack", considering exactly how e-readers could best be utilized in schools and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California at the time, made a rousing address asking for e-readers to be adapted into the American academic system. The ordinarily stuffy industry of book publishing was suddenly extremely newsworthy!

If you intend to navigate the web, play games and watch video clips, then you are probably better off with a tablet computer. Their LCD touchscreen displays are excellent for this. You can also read e-books using a tablet computer, but it is a lot less enjoyable than reading on an e-ink screen.

The text is generated using a mix of red, green and blue pixels and is therefore quite a bit less crisp. LCD screens are also backlit, making reading on one a little bit like trying to read while someone is shining a light in your eyes. Reading is most certainly possible on a tablet, but it's probably best not to do it for too long. You could get eye strain or even a headache.


Between Gutenberg's innovation of movable type and the early years of the twenty-first century, there wasn't a great deal of variation in the basic design of physical books. There were definitely plenty of innovations in printing technology and effectiveness. Word processing and computer controlled printing processes minimized time and cost requirements, but the final product, the book, would have appeared instantly recognisable to Gutenberg and his contemporaries.

It wasn't until the introduction of e-readers, beginning around 2006, that there was another quantum leap in the world of books. Electronic books and pdf documents had been around for a long time previous to that time, but they really had to be read on computers. Whilst some of these at least were "mobile or portable", they were far from the convenient dimensions and weight of a book.

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