Why I Like E-Readers So Much
I'm a big fan of e-readers. It's understandable since I do read a lot.
I know that a lot of keen readers have resisted digital e-readers, but I'm not one of them. I got my first Kindle shipped from the USA to the UK before they were even available here. That's how keen I was to get my hands on an e-reader!
That was around about 2009 and, since then, I have moved almost exclusively to reading on my Kindle. I don't miss "real" books in the slightest. In fact, I find them clumsy, heavy and wasteful by and large.
There are some books which are better read on printed paper, but they are few and far between. I find that the ability to carry lots of books with me in a small, portable and lightweight device more than compensates for any pangs of nostalgia for moveable type.
With so much storage space on the average reader, there's really no prospect of being without something to read. However, in the unlikely event that that was to happen, you can download a new book in under a minute - as long as you can find a Wi-Fi hotspot (or if you have a 3G reader).
Best E-Reader 2014
I find it quite interesting that so many people think that tablet computers will sound the death knell for e-readers. It's amazing to think that e-readers have only been around since 2006 (the Sony PRS) - and it was really only the launch of the Kindle at the end of 2007 that kicked things off big style.
Personally speaking, although I do have a tablet computer, which I love, I wouldn't really use it for reading - not for more than a few minutes at a time at least. Reading on an LCD screen is much less pleasant than reading on an e-reader's e-ink technology display. There's no comparison really.
Anyway, I hope that tablets don't kill off e-readers. If they do, then I'll use my one till it packs up. I doubt if it will come to that any time soon however. E-readers are still selling well, and more and more people are reading e-books.
Here's a list of the best e-readers 2014. The entry level Kindle is my own personal favorite, and the one that I use most often.