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The growing eBook market has spawned fierce competition among eReader manufacturers. Almost all leading device manufacturers, like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, have several different styles of eReaders targeting different types of eBook content, from text-heavy novels to full-color magazines with rich images and interactive multimedia. So the basic problem for most people comes down to: what type of eReader should I get? You'll definitely want to get the most bang for your buck, so the best place to start is knowing the kinds of books you like to read the most. It seems obvious to start here, and it is: when it comes to eReaders, the type of content you will read on it greatly narrows the types of eReaders that are appropriate for that content. And probably the biggest factor used in determining the type of eReader to purchase boils down to one key feature - the screen. EReaders can be broadly categorized solely on the basis of the type of screen technology used. In fact, the contemporary eReader was launched based on a revolutionary screen technology developed only recently, that is, electronic ink. It cannot be overstated how important this technology has been in making electronic reading devices both popular and affordable. What is unique about electronic ink is that it allows you to read for hours in bright light conditions without making your eyes fatigued. It's the high tech equivalent of printed paper. Hence it is ideal for readers who like to read text-heavy content like novels or non-fiction works. eReaders that employ electronic ink screen technology are often called 'dedicated eReaders', because these devices are optimized for doing one specific task, namely, reading lots of text. If this is what you'll be doing with your eReader, you'll want a dedicated eReader for sure. Examples of dedicated eReaders are Amazon's Kindle eReaders (excluding the Kindle Fire), Barnes & Noble's NOOK, and Kobo's Touch eReader. All use state-of-the-art electronic ink displays. For those who don't read a lot of text but like books with colorful images or interactive content, eReaders with LCD screens are available. Most people think of tablets when they think of LCD screens, and they would be right: tablets that are used to read such content are really just 'tablet eReaders'. These eReaders are somewhat optimized for reading - but where text is less prominent and less important than images and video, for example. There is unfortunately a cost for this richness - tablet eReaders are generally more expensive than dedicated eReaders (possibly hundreds of dollars more), heavier, use more energy, and have backlit screens that are difficult to read or view in bright light conditions (e.g. outdoors). Of course, if playing games, watching videos, or surfing the Internet are high priority tasks for you, the cost is acceptable. But for most avid readers who just like reading, the better alternative is to get a dedicated eReader. Current examples of tablet eReaders are devices like Apple's iPad 2, Amazon's Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble's NOOK Color, and Kobo's Vox eReader. There are, of course, countless other features both types of eReaders have that have not been

discussed, but relatively speaking, they are less important and mostly relevant to your personal preferences. The big picture on eReaders comes down to the only picture that really counts on an eReader - the screen. If you know what you like to read, choose an eReader with an appropriate screen. In most cases, that will be an electronic ink screen.

Mark Zyemy writes for You can read up on different eReader profiles, including details on the specific features of each model, on the website.

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