Choosing the best eReader for your holiday

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Gone are the days when you’d be forced to leave books behind because you couldn’t fit everything you wanted to read into your suitcase.

The dawn of eReaders has ensured that all holidaymakers have the ability to take as many books as they want on their trips – without the fear of falling foul of weight restrictions.

The eReader market has been booming in recent years and there are now plenty of different brands to choose from. Work out which might suit you and your holiday reading habits best with some handy tips.

Pocket-sized libraries

The ability to access thousands of books at the click of a button makes eReaders a really attractive prospect for avid readers, especially when they’re planning a holiday. Imagine never being stuck for something new to read or struggling to find a suitable novel to dip into on the beach. For many people, eReaders are synonymous with Kindles – Amazon’s popular product – but there are many more types to choose from.

Have a browse of some of the best eReaders out there with this guide from Tech Channel at Radio Shack. You’ll also find some excellent advice for picking the perfect eReader from Top Ten Reviews and Digital Trends, both of whom have some in-depth guides to the available options.

Narrowing down your search

To make picking the right eReader a little easier, narrow down your search with a few key considerations. The biggest factor you might want to think about is how easy it will be to find the books you’re looking for. This is one area where Amazon’s Kindle performs really well, as it has access to a massive selection of titles. However, newer contenders such as Kobo are starting to build a very impressive back catalogue too. Sony also has a range of eReaders that allow you to download a huge range of titles. If you’re tempted by a smaller brand or newer product, just make sure you take the time to triple check they’ll be able to provide you with books by your favourite authors.

You also might want to consider whether you prefer a tablet to a traditional eReader. Unlike eReaders, tablets are primarily designed to offer a wide range of functions, including surfing the net, playing games and watching films. However, all tablets also make it possible to enjoy reading via a variety of apps. By downloading an application from a company like Kindle or making use of built in software such as iBooks on the iPad, you can enjoy all of your favourite books on the same device. However, some tablets are not perfect for reading on, due to their size, weight and screen type.

Cnet has an interesting editorial about the potential negatives of using your tablet as a poolside reader but if you think the positives make it worthwhile, this Guardian blog about the most suitable tablets for reading might be helpful.

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