As I held Stephen King's hardcover edition of his latest book in my hands at the local bookstore the need for a Digital Book Reader became immediately apparent, that thing weighed a ton. My first thought was that I would just wait until it came out in paper back, then I remembered reading "IT" in paper back and how tired my hands got, there just has to be a better answer.

I have tried reading ebooks on my desktop monitor and on my laptop, neither really worked that well, i didn't like being tied to my desk and my laptop was nearly the answer, but not quite.

The answer is a digital book reader, it is light-weight, easy to hold and is a portable library smaller than a physical book with the added advantage of having newspaper and magazine content at my fingertips.

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Buying a Digital Book Reader 101

It only stands to reason that the two major online bookstores would have been the first to offer viable solutions for reading digital books, Amazon with the "Kindle" and Barnes and Noble with the "Nook". Both have had very positive customer responses and as time goes on they will continue to be improved with added features. Basically they are portable librarys that hold about 200 books that can be purchased and downloaded without using a computer, are light-weight and have very readable screens, with pretty good battery life. In addition to books you can also read newspapers, magazines and blogs all fed to you wirelessly.

These were followed by Apple's iPad, the ultimate tablet style computer that is not only a very good book reader but has now completely changed how we use computers in general. An iPad is not a replacement for a desktop or laptop but it's operating system, iOS, certainly has taken games, the internet, movies and digital books in a new direction.

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Who Actually Will Use Them?

This is the big question, are consumers really ready to give up paper books, newspaper and magazines for digital information, and is there enough bandwidth out there to provide the instant downloads we are promised? Are there too many proprietary formats being introduced causing customers to hold back in case they end up with another Betamax? These are all questions that will no doubt be answered very soon, if the reception to Apple's Ipad and the two major books suppliers offerings is any indication the answer is yes.

Any student that has lugged a backpack full of text books back and forth to classes would gladly trade it for something weighing less than a pound.

Most commuters would be glad to not have to fold and unfold their newspaper while sitting on a crowded bus or subway.

What avid reader would not want to hold a 10 oz. tablet in their hands rather than a huge heavy book for hours.

Mother nature would probably be very pleased at the number of trees that could be saved each and every day.

Amazon "Kindle Fire"

The Kindle Fire is a 7-inch tablet that links seamlessly with Amazon's impressive collection of digital music, video, magazine, and book services in one easy-to-use package. It boasts a great Web browser, and its curated Android app store includes most of the big must-have apps such as Netflix, Pandora, and Hulu). The Fire has an ultra-affordable price tag, and the screen quality is exceptional for the price.

Barnes and Noble "Nook"

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The basic "NOOK" from Barnes & Noble is available with a 6" electronic paper display that reads like the printed page.

Two other 7" Color models are also available advertised as tablets.

 

Apple Ipad.

And then last but not least is Apple, having totally changed the digital music scene with the iPod and smart phones with the iPhone, their iPad not only brings a digital reader to the table, but has changed the very way we use computers in general. The iPad is fast becoming one of the most popular game computers, with the introduction of the App Store this tablet style computer has taken the world by storm, there is an app for just about anything that one would want to do, and best of all many of them are free and most that are for sale are only .99 cents.

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The Apple iPad features two cameras, available in wifi only or wifi plus G3, available in six models, from 16GB to 64 GB storage capacity.

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