Wednesday, October 12, 2016

You Have Options!


Do you really need a specific eBook reader?
The most inexpensive eBook reader will still cost you around $80.00, and it will not have all the bells and whistles. Within a year, there will be a newer model out.



 It will be limited by the format it uses. You will be bound to buying from the source store, be it Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc.
If you are a collector of electronic toys, you will find yourself juggling your personal cell phone, work phone (many agency workers are issued work phones), your eBook reader, and your tablet as well as all the assorted accessories that go with those.

Sales of eBook readers have declined in the last year. Traditional publishers have rushed to claim the death of the eBook and the resurgence of the printed book. The truth is far different. Readers are reading eBooks more and more on other devices!
My daughter tells me that her Nook lies somewhere in the house, forgotten. She now reads mostly on her iPhone. It’s big enough, doesn’t take much space in her purse, and books are at fingertip’s reach with the iBookstore. She has loaded the Kindle App on it, giving her access to Kindle books as well.




If you don’t mind the smaller screen, your best option may be reading from your phone, especially if you are a young reader with great eyesight, and you have a larger screen on your phone. I find it difficult to read from my phone.
Other readers are opting to use their tablets as eBook readers. With an ever-growing number of reading Apps available for tablets, you can actually access every format and eBook seller.
These alternatives allow you to download books from non-seller sites that are sources of Free books, sites such as openculture.com and gutenberg.org (Project Gutenberg). These sites offer free classics by authors such as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens in PDF or ePub format.

The benefits of adding reading Apps to your tablet are many. The tablet is a multi-use device. Its screen is larger than a phone’s screen and easier on the eyes. A tablet is not likely to need replacement in a year. Storage capacity may be higher in a tablet. 
Most importantly, you can load several reading Apps to include every format available: in one device you can read Mobi, ePub, PDF, DOC, etc. Finally, you are not stuck carrying around a cell phone, a reader, and a tablet.
One reading App that is totally Free to download and extremely useful is Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). It will read both EPUB and EPUB3 as well as PDF. It works in multiple languages. It can be used to borrow books from many public libraries.  It comes in versions for Apple, PC, and Android. The only con is that it does not read Kindle formats.

A reading App you might try is FBReader. It is also Free and handles all the major formats to include EPUB and AZW (Kindle). It comes for all platforms: Mac, Win, Android, and Linux!

Another reading App for Android that is available totally free is PocketBook. It handles multiple formats to include both EPUB and Kindle.
CoolReader is free (with in-app purchases), no ads. It also opens major formats EPUB and Mobi.
You do not need a Kindle reader to download Amazon books.
You can load the Kindle App to your phone or tablet, and the App is available for Android, Win, and Apple.





Remember that most Apps will not open DRM protected books. The Apps I’ve mentioned are totally free to you. There are no purchases necessary, most show no ads, and all functionality is included for free. You can have as many as you want on your device. 
There are dozens of reading Apps available to you. Some are very good, but the FREE versions give you limited functionality, forcing you to pay for the fully-functional Apps. Most free ones are loaded with ads. The ones I featured are free, fully functional, and supposedly ad free.  


Adobe Digital Editions



FBReader



PocketBook



 CoolReader



Kindle App



Nook App



Kobo App