Are you thinking of purchasing a device to read e-books? There are a lot of different gadgets on the market, and it can feel overwhelming to try and figure out which one is the best for you. Here are links to some good resources that can help you make your decision.
Decide if you want a tablet or an e-reader
The best way to narrow down your choices for a digital reading device is to decide if you want to buy a tablet or an e-reader. They are two different types of gadgets that have their own benefits and drawbacks, depending on what your individual needs are.
- Learn if a tablet is right for you (PDF from Eugene Public Library)
- Learn if an e-reader is right for you (PDF from Eugene Public Library)
Here is another article about how to decide if you want a tablet or an e-reader from CNET. It's a long article but contains a lot of good information.
The Eugene Public Library also has a nice page of shopping tips - things to consider when buying an e-reader or tablet. This is a good article to read, especially if you're thinking of buying a digital reading device for someone who isn't very comfortable with technology.
The TeleRead website has a nice article reviewing e-readers and tablets, and importantly, it shares which kind of user they think would most like the particular device.
Once you've decided whether you want a tablet or an e-reader, you can look at reviews and options for either device.
Reviews for tablets
Here are some good places to read reviews of tablets and learn more about your options:
Made your decision? Make sure your tablet is compatible with Library2Go by visiting this page on your computer. Search the page to see if your device is listed there.
If you are thinking of buying a budget Android tablet, or have one already, read this to learn how to tell if your budget tablet is compatible with Library2Go.
Reviews for e-readers
Here are some good places to read reviews of e-readers and learn more about your options:
- E-reader reviews - browse by price, features, and more (CNET)
- A review of the backlit Kindles and Nooks (NY Times)
Made your decision? Make sure your e-reader is compatible with Library2Go by visiting this page on your computer. Search the page to see if your device is listed there.
Using your gadget with Library2Go
Once you've got your new reading gagdet, check out our step-by-step guides for help in using it with the major reading devices. Check if your local library offers drop-in sessions or classes for new users of Library2Go, and make sure you have a current WCCLS library card.
This page was last updated January 4, 2013