Your guide to choosing the best e-book reader


Many are looking for the best devices to read e-books, which help them read better, easier, and are simple to use. E-readers are small in size, light in weight, and easy to handle, and thousands of books can be stored on this type of device, and then the user can get rid of bookshelves in the entire home, and they are also very useful devices on vacations and holidays.

Benjamin Parkmeyer, from the German Goods and Products Testing Authority, explained that there are many e-book readers that are water-resistant and feature built-in lighting so that the user can read books without the need for an external lamp, as well as the feature of enlarging the font size, which benefits people who They are particularly visually impaired, and texts can be read well on e-ink screens even in sunny weather.


And when wanting to enter the world of e-books, the user must make a basic decision about the operating system for this type of electronic device, as there are currently two systems that are difficult to integrate together.

The first system is the system of the American company Amazon, which launched the exciting Kindle e-book reader, and the second system is the most open operating system for e-book readers from Tolino and Pocketbook, and Kobo.

Alexander Speer, from the specialized German magazine Schitt (c't), explained that when choosing a Kindle device, the user remains captive to the Amazon system, given that the American company has its own book format that cannot be read on other devices, in addition to the e-book formats. Others do not work on Kindle devices, and Kindle owners can only purchase e-books from the Amazon store.

However, the Amazon system has some useful features. It has good user guidance, and book purchases are made in a convenient way. “The Amazon store has a larger selection of books without fixed prices for them,” Alexander Speer added.

Readers who choose e-readers from Tolino, PocketBook, and Kobo enjoy greater freedom, as they can read e-books in the popular “Epub” format, which can be purchased from various online stores, so the user is not forced to buy from A specific store, which helps the user to access a full range of digital libraries, as well as the possibility of switching between companies producing e-readers easily.

The Tolino e-book reader has been developed by the Alliance of Booksellers, which includes organizations such as Weltbild, Thalia, and Hugendubel, as well as the bookstore platform Buchhandling. de” (, where the user can find local merchants selling e-books, usually the seller’s store, from which the Tolino or PocketBook was purchased, is installed on the device, and with the Kobo device, the Kobo store is installed.

Benjamin Parkmayer explained that e-books can be purchased easily and easily through desktop computers, so that the books remain stored on cloud computing services, and then downloaded to e-book readers after that, and an e-store of the Alliance of Booksellers can be connected to the Tolino cloud computing service, as well. Books from other vendors can be transferred from the computer to the e-book reader via a USB cable.

Book prices

As for the prices of e-books, there is no difference between the two systems, as they are subject to fixed prices similar to printed books, but e-books are often cheaper than printed books, and there are some libraries that provide an online borrowing service at a lower cost, but the availability of this is required. An e-book reader that supports the e-pop format, and owners of Amazon Kindle devices cannot open these books.

Single-use right

Unlike printed books, the development of e-books was originally not intended to share books with family and friends, as the user obtains one right of use when purchasing e-books in accordance with the general terms and conditions of the online store, however, copies of e-books can be transferred to others, as Many publishers are protecting against copying with complicated procedures, and instead many e-books are now secured with an invisible watermark.

This procedure helps to track the user who originally bought the book, thus preventing the publication of e-books on a large scale, but some private copies can be published in a narrow space, but this applies to e-books in e-pop format only.

On the other hand, copy protection procedures on Amazon devices are very complicated, as e-books can only be read on devices registered with the buyer's account, and online stores also contain books without copy protection, but none of the current bestsellers.

Amazon provides the Family Library feature, which allows two adults and 4 children to read books together, and Tolino devices provide this function, so 6 people can share their e-books with each other.

Selection criteria

Once the user has settled on the choice of one of the two systems, the task of choosing an e-book reader begins based on some important criteria. Here, Parkmayer advises that the user should carry the device in his hand.

Speer added that e-readers are designed primarily for reading, and the user can do this on most electronic devices well, but the user has to consider additional functions, such as water resistance.

Also, low-cost models lack touch screen functionality or lighting, and the built-in memory of e-readers usually suffices the needs of the user, as a user can store nearly a thousand books in an area of ​​2 GB. If the user wants to see the comics or use the audiobooks on the e-book readers, there must be a memory capacity of 4 to 8 gigabytes. Experts also advise trying models with color screens, which have not yet reached the stage of full development, but they are better than traditional black and white screens.

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