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E-reader guide

Read up on an e-reader’s key features and benefits.

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e-reader guide

What is an e-reader?

Easy reading...whenever, wherever

An e-reader is your very own portable library, thin lightweight and sleek in deigns. It would be easy to confuse with a tablet but an e-reader is predominately for reading materials. From books and magazines to newspapers, you can access the e-reader’s internal book shop to purchase, download or borrow a huge choice of titles.

Simply store your favourite stories and quickly access them no matter where you are or what you’re doing. A perfect accessory for any lifestyle.

What can I download on an e-reader?

Whatever takes your fancy...

Here are just a few genres to get you hooked:

  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Children's literature
  • Cookbooks
  • Travel books
  • Autobiographies
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Audio books

What are the best e-readers?

Kindle e-reader

With multiple model options, including Paperwhite, Oasis and Touch, there really is a Kindle for everyone – there’s even a kid’s addition! With access to every genre possible, easily access your free or purchased downloads on other devices, from your Amazon account.

Kindle key features:

  • Thin, sleek and lightweight design.
  • Waterproof options available.
  • Adjustable font type and size settings.
  • Switch to audible books and sync to Bluetooth headphones.
  • Wi-fi connection available.
  • Between 4-32GB internal memory.
  • Glare-free screen means you can still read in bright sunshine.
  • Connect to the Kindle store for exclusive titles.
  • Touch screen to turn page.

Kobo e-reader

With a standard 8GB memory, you can store thousands of books on your Kobo device. It also syncs with OverDrive – a service where you can borrow books from your local library, no matter where you are. It’s completely free, you just need a library card and Wi-fi.

Kobo key features:

  • Stylishly thin and lightweight.
  • 8GB internal memory.
  • Downloads saved to cloud storage.
  • Reduced blue-light exposure for night time reading.
  • Wi-fi connection available.
  • Adjustable font size.
  • Waterproof models available.
  • Touch screen to turn page.
  • Compatible with OverDrive.


E-reader vs tablet

What is the difference between an e-reader and a tablet? Although they may seem similar, their different features offer very different experiences for its user.

Why choose an e-reader?

If you love to read, this is for you – designed to store thousands of books, whilst being a handy compact size to carry with you.

What you need to know:

  • They have a large internal storage.
  • You can customise the font style and size.
  • Non-glare screens for reading in the sun.
  • Waterproof options are available.
  • They tend to have a longer battery life.
  • An average screen size of 6-7 inches.
  • They’re lightweight and portable.
  • Easily tap a word for definition or make notes
  • Classic black and white, print type.
  • Wi-fi connection, but limited on what you can do.

    Why pick a tablet?

    A tablet is like a mini laptop. If you’re working on the go or need access to apps or social media, a tablet might be better for you.

    What you need to know:

    • An average screen size of 7-12 inches.
    • They have coloured screens.
    • Stronger Wi-fi connection.
    • More access to online resources.
    • Access to a camera.
    • Access to downloadable apps.
    • They tend to have a shorter battery life.
    • Back-lit screens which are hard to use in direct sunlight
    • Heavier than an e-reader.
    • A higher price point.

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    Why do I need an e-reader?

    The practical design of an e-reader means reading, in any form, becomes a lot easier and more accessible. See how an e-reader can fit into your daily routine…

    For working on the go

    Easily store essential work-related articles and manuals all in one place. With the option to add additional notes, you’ll have everything you need, whether you’re in the office, commuting or working from home.

    If you need to save space

    Living in a shared space or maybe you don’t have much storage for your own library? No problem. Store all your fictional favourites in your e-reader’s internal memory, and easily tuck it away when not in use.

    Whilst you're studying

    Unless you enjoy carrying around a small  weight in books, an e-reader will allow you to store your entire reading list. And with access to free downloads and local libraries, you can save some of that student loan!

    When you can't put a book down

    If you love to read at any possible moment – whether it’s at home, on the bus or on your lunch break, an e-reader is compact and lightweight, making it possible to have a book with you at all times.

      They're travel-sized

      Make room in your suitcase by downloading all your summer reading onto one device. Dive into fiction or the latest travel guide for some quick tips. And opt for the waterproof option, for any surprise splashes!

        If you struggle with paper books

        Reduce strain on your eyes with an e-reader, by adjusting the font style and size. It’s light enough to hold with one hand too. Or give your eyes a break and seamlessly swap to an audible option.

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