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Sony Reader vs Kindle: A Beginner’s Comparison Guide

Sony eReader vs Kindle

Have you decided to explore the world of ebooks? I must admit, that it took me some time to get used to holding an e-reader as compared to an actual book. However, with electronic versions costing a lot less than their printed version and immediate availability due to being able to download the book, it is hard to not give an e-reader a try.

Where to start

If you are looking for an e-reader (and by e-reader I mean the e-ink non tablet versions), there are many options to choose from. Yes, I know there are other e-readers like the Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo and host of others but let’s start by comparing the Sony eReader vs the Kindle. These two devices offer many benefits, but also have some drawbacks. Comparing the two and considering what it is you want out of your device will help determine the right product.

The good news is that both these products have recently dropped in price. Both the Kindle and Sony cost less now than they ever have. This is in part because of other developments in e-reader technology, however, they are still very good devices.

E-reader basics

Essentially, they take written content such as books, magazines, and comics in electronic form and allow the reader to view them on a portable device. Each e-reader can only read content specifically formulated for that particular device. This means that e-books downloaded from Amazon can only be read on the Kindle. E-books downloaded from the Sony e-bookstore can only be read on the Sony e-reader. Therefore, you cannot buy an e-book from Amazon and read it on your Sony device.

So consider where you want to purchase your content. If you are starting from scratch and do not have an ebook library, then it may be helpful to go to both e-bookstores and browse for titles and authors you enjoy. Make sure whatever bookstore you choose has the variety you are looking for.

Model comparison

Amazon offers many different versions of their Kindle device while Sony has a more slimmed down offering. The main differences include Wi-Fi capability, touch screen, and size. Amazon offers 3G plus wi-fi capability on select devices.

The screen is another thing to consider. The touch screen allows you to swipe your finger across to turn pages, or to tap in order to select your options. Other options include buttons along the sides or a keyboard. The display screens are fairly consistent, with 5 to 6 inch screens. Amazon offers a larger screen on their Kindle DX.

Both Sony and Amazon e-readers have e-ink technology and a paper like display. There is minimal eyestrain, and they can be read in the sun. Both are lightweight and can easily be carried.

Who wins

Where Sony once had an edge over the Amazon Kindle was with its access to public library downloads. But now Amazon provides it as well. In addition, Amazon is now giving users the ability to rent books and offers incredible integration with its vast marketplace that is hard to resist.

Conclusion

Determine what features you want on your e-reader, such as Wi-Fi, type of screen, and where you want your books to come from. Most people find that both the Amazon Kindle and the Sony E-reader are easy to use.

Have you decided to explore the world of ebooks? I must admit, that it took me some time to get used to holding an e-reader as compared to an actual book. However, with electronic versions costing a lot less than their printed version and immediate availability due to being able…

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