Tablets and E readers for summer

With the ability to access and store hundreds of books, e readers have never been more popular. From e readers that can also be used as tablets, or simple read only devices, there are a wealth of options to choose from. One of the drawbacks to an e reader is that, unfortunately, it’s not exactly the coolest accessory when you’re hanging out at the beach. In light of that, here are some tips on how to enjoy your favorite book, and look cool doing it.

Tablets and E readers

Your options

First, you have to to figure out which e reader is right for you. Do you want a high powered (i.e. more expensive) tablet which you can also use for work? Or is it going to be dedicated to purely reading books? One of the most important features to look for is how well the screen does in sunlight. A max brightness with 320 cd/m2 is usually enough to suffice, although depending on how often you’re outside you may want more.

In this regard, the Kindle Fire HD is one of the best tablets/e readers out on the market. Colors pop from it’s display screen and it does great in sunlight, with a max brightness of 424 cd/m2. While it does not have the quad core processor like many of it’s brethren, the dual core Kindle Fire HD is inexpensive and responsive enough where the trade off is worth it.

How to look cool reading it

Once you’ve figured out which e reader you want, the next thing is to make sure you look as good as possible when you use it out in public. Nothing is cooler than getting something you want for free, and you don’t have to buy every book you want to read on your e reader. With the free OverDrive Media Console app, you are able to borrow and download books electronically from your local library, saving you both time and money.

There’s a certain sense of pride in talking showing off new technology, and battery life is something that everyone knows about. E readers typically have a strong battery life of several hours, but there is a way to stretch that even longer. There are battery saving apps available, but you can also change your settings in order to optimize battery life. For instance, the biggest drain on battery life is screen brightness, so when you’re not outside it’s best to dim the screen. If you happen to have any unused settings (Wi-Fi, bluetooth, etc) then it’s best to turn them off as well.

The thing is, even if you’re not looking suave out in public with an e reader, you’ve still got the convenience of thousands of titles in the palm of your hands, and that’s pretty cool.

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