Pros and Cons of E-Book Readers

In just a few short years, e-book readers have become nearly ubiquitous. Popular devices such as Kindles and Nooks are quickly beginning to supplant traditional books. If you are considering purchasing an e-book reader, you may be wondering just how much money you can actually save by getting such a device. This article will explore this issue in addition to covering some of the other pros and cons of using e-book readers.

If your primary goal is to save money, you can find Kindle e-book readers starting at just $69, and such devices may make the most sense for you. Once you own an e-book reader, you will be able to purchase e-books instead of regular books, and on Amazon, e-books typically cost about 20% less than normal books (without factoring in shipping costs). Compared to prices you would pay at a bricks-and-mortars bookstore, the savings are even greater. Therefore, if you spend around $200 a year on books, you should end up saving at least $40 a year by buying e-books. This means that you should be able to recoup your initial $69 investment in a Kindle device in well under two years.

However, more expensive e-book readers such as the Kindle Fire cost as much as $239 or more, and therefore, it would take much longer to recoup the cost of buying a high end device. For this reason, if your primary motivation for buying an e-book reader is to save money, we recommend getting the cheapest Kindle device, which would currently be the 6-inch black and white model that uses an E-ink display.

The Pros of Using E-Book Readers

Aside from potentially saving you money, e-book readers have two other major advantages. The first is that they are more convenient and portable than traditional books. You can literally carry hundreds or even thousands of books in a single lightweight device. Moreover, new books can be delivered to you instantly and can end up saving you a lot of space. If you live in a small apartment and own a lot of books, they can take up quite a bit of room, but by buying e-books, you will never have to worry about bookshelf space again.

Another major benefit of buying e-books is that they are very environmentally friendly. It is estimated that nearly 4 billion trees are cut down annually for paper. By using e-book readers, you will be doing your part to help make the book industry become more green.

The Cons of Using E-Book Readers

There are certainly some disadvantages to using e-book readers as well. In our opinion, they are not as easy to deal with as traditional books unless you are technically savvy. Depending on the user, it can also feel a lot more awkward to do common things like bookmark locations and underline text. If you had a traditional book, it’s easy to let a friend borrow your copy, but no such exchanges are possible using e-book readers.

On the whole, the advantages of e-books readers outweigh the disadvantages for most people. Because of this, if you read a lot of books, you should give some serious thought to giving devices like Kindle a try. Before you purchase an e-book reader, it is best to visit a store like Best Buy and try out the devices you are thinking of purchasing, so that you get a feel for how they work and whether or not they appeal to you.

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