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Geek Girl Report: Taking Books Into The Digital Age – The Best eReaders On The Market

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Now I know some die-hard book lovers who would rather burn your books before they try an electronic book, but there’s plenty of positives to be had. For one thing, many eReaders allow you to make purchases right on the device instead of running out to a bookstore to grab the latest copy of whatever you like to read. Not to mention the impressive memory on these devices allows you to store tons and tons of titles, so you can literally carry an entire library of books in your backpack, briefcase, or even your purse. Here are my picks for the best eReaders on the market.

iPad Mini

I know I already talk a lot about Apple products and how great they are. But Apple’s latest entry into its tablet family has turned out to be a pretty impressive eReader as well. The iPad Mini is sleek, simple and lighter than most other eReaders on the market.  And, as you would expect from an Apple product, the iPad Mini comes with iBooks installed on it, which gives you access to nearly 1.5 million titles, in addition to the title you can purchase on iTunes. The only downside to the iPad Mini (aside from the standard super-expensive price tag) is the glass screen. Its reflective surface makes the iPad Mini difficult to read in direct sunlight.

Amazon Kindle Fire

For those looking for something a bit different from an eReader, the Amazon Kindle Fire is worth checking out. For starters, this eReader has one of the most beautiful LCD screens available in full HD, meaning that your books, and your movies, have never looked better. It also comes with a 1.2Ghz processor, which means that you can download all that content in record time. It is a bit bigger and bulkier than some of the other eReaders out there, but still small enough to toss in a backpack and take with you wherever you go.

But if you’re looking for an eReader without all the extra frills, you might want to check out the Kindle Paperwhite. It’s high contrast, glare-proof screen and super lightweight design make it perfect for those who are just looking for a good read and nothing else.

Nook E-reader

Barnes and Noble Booksellers’ foray into the eReader market is a bit different from its competitors, mainly because it’s geared more towards family use. One of the major features on the Nook is the ability to set up different reader profiles, so Mom, Dad and all the kids can have their own profile with their own books separate from everyone else. And speaking of Mom and Dad, the Nook comes with parental controls to monitor kids’ purchases and keep them from stumbling onto inappropriate content. Because of all of these family-friendly features, I would recommend the Nook eReader for families that plan on sharing a single eReader.

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