Wireless Reading Device - Do You Want One?!
Are you looking for a wireless reading device? Although
been around for awhile now, they continue to remain a relatively niche
product. That said, they serve a particular need, and for
those who use them, I have heard nothing but great things about using
an e-reader versus a regular tablet computer.
You'll see them go by many different names:
- ebook reader
- wireless ebook
- wireless ebook reader
- Amazon Kindle (actual product name)
- Apple iPad (actual product name)
- Barnes & Noble Nook (actual product name)
Regardless of the name, a wireless reading device, as the name
suggests, has a specific intended use; reading books! But
lets not be fooled. With today's technology and innovation,
what we call a wireless reading device will surely have much wider and
exciting applications. It's hard to imagine a device of this
nature only doing one thing, particularly given the price.
Why an eBook Reader?
You might be asking yourself why you would even want an
ebook reader? I'm not going to go into any details comparing
ebooks to physical books. I assume that having used a
to surf the Internet, which ultimately brought you to this
site, that you can contemplate the benefits of having access to
books on an electronic reading device, versus the comfort and pleasure
reading an actual paper book that doesn't require batteries.
The real discussion here is why you might consider an ebook reader
versus just using your laptop computer, tablet computer, or an
ultra portable Netbook
Some basic features that tend to
be reasons why companies believe that a dedicated ebook device
will motivate people to take their hard-earned money out of their
wallet to buy a wireless reading device include:
screen on most of
these devices is designed
specifically for ease of reading. They're typically black
text on a matte white background (i.e. not glossy or bright).
This tends to make reading easier on your eyes than a
typical computer screen, as it is meant to look more like text on
paper. Note, however, that as full fledged tablet computers
become more and more popular doubling as ebook readers, the debate
starts regarding whether a device built mostly for reading is a better
choice than a multi-purpose tablet.
- Because the device doesn't have to run
fancy graphic intensive applications, or run numerous programs at
once, the processor can be much slower, which means that it draws less
battery power. This, along with the different screen quality
will give you much much much longer battery life than if you were using
another computing device.
devices are much smaller, thinner, and
lighter than most computers, or tablets you're going to find out there,
which makes it more comfortable to sit in your favorite chair, or lie
down on your bed or couch to read your book. Reading on a
tablet-shaped device is going to be much more comfortable than a
standard fold-up computer design. Even a tablet PC that will
allow you to rotate the screen will be much heavier, and have the same
battery life and readability issues as a standard computer.
said, as tablet computers become increasingly thinner and lighter, this
advantage starts to disappear.
The Bottom Line
A wireless reading device is specifically designed for reading
electronic books, and hands down will provide you a better experience
than reading on another computer device. Everything about it
is designed for reading, from how you navigate the device to how you
turn pages. Quick, easy, and simple! So would I buy
no. Personally, I don't do enough book reading. I'd
have a full fledged tablet and use it for reading (using the Kindle or
other app), however, I can see why avid novel readers would not feel
You might be asking yourself why these are in the wireless category?
It's simple really. You could download books on
your regular home computer or laptop and simply upload or transfer them
to your reading device, however, in this day and age, that's just not
acceptable! People simply wouldn't tolerate a non-connected
(to the Internet) device that requires transferring books between
computer and device; what a pain.
So when we talk about these devices being wireless, it basically means
that you can download or purchase books, magazines, or newspapers
wirelessly. There are often two flavors of wireless:
- Typically free Hot Spots or home wireless networks that allow you to
connect to the Internet to download your electronic reading material.
- Runs on one of the large wireless carriers (ex. Verizon,
Sprint) allowing anywhere, anytime access to download digital
Broadband cellular connectivity will come with a higher
equipment price tag, as it requires a more expensive wireless chip.
It also may require extra cellular data access fees depending
the device. Generally speaking, if you want the most options
available to you, you'll want to get the broadband version
usually includes WiFi). You can always choose not to purchase
broadband service. Though if you don't mind dealing with
add-on device, a MiFi
is actually the most versatile option that you can
use with your other devices.
The Pricing Issue
The greatest challenge to getting the mainstream
buy a wireless reading device is the cost. When the initial
Amazon Kindle launched it really was a fairly costly device, which made
people think more carefully about whether they'd be better off just
using their regular computer, despite the drawbacks discussed above.
But prices quickly came down. However, then came
netbooks and tablets. Some will still debate which approach
is better, but
ultimately it will depend on the price, and your habits and
preferences. If you really do a lot of reading, one of these
dedicated ebook readers is definitely going to be a good option for
many to consider.
What About Prepaid?
might be asking yourself what a wireless reading device has to
do with prepaid
wireless, which is the whole point of this site! Well,
the only way to get access to your electronic content anywhere, anytime
is to have a cellular connection, they're intrinsically tied to
carriers. Some devices don't charge any additional fees for
wireless access, while others do, especially ones like the Apple iPad,
which is a great Web surfing device. Carriers will choose
or offer two options: One being charging you less for the
via a Handset
and locking you into a data service plan with a contract. The
other being a prepaid program where you pay full price for the device,
and buy data on a pay as you go or monthly basis. So as you
can see, it does
relate, and you know which option I would recommend!
Wireless Reading Devices