While we can all agree that the value of reading is immeasurable, the pastime can sometimes prove to be costly, especially when looking to read the latest titles to hit bestsellers’ lists or your book club’s newest recommendation.

 

Investing in an e-reader can help alleviate these costs in the long run. Buying a book in e-book format is often cheaper than purchasing the hard copies and there are thousands of free electronic books online. What’s more, these small and lightweight electronic reading devices can provide hours of reading fun at home for the whole family, housing multiple titles at a time – without the need to browse physical bookstores.

 

Here’s how to choose the right one for you:

 

 

THE TABLET VS THE E-READER

Start by understanding the fundamental differences between a tablet, e-reader and which is best for you. Not only can you read electronic books on tablets, but they offer more functionality such as access to the web, music, games, videos or taking pictures. An e-reader is a touchscreen display specifically designed for e-reading. It is often more affordable when it comes to non-brand names and can be more expensive when looking at brands such as Kindle.

 

LCD OR E-INK? CHOOSING THE RIGHT SCREEN

When it comes to reading books on an electronic screen, you want an experience that you’ll be able to enjoy without straining your eyes. E-readers mainly come in either a liquid crystal display (LCD) or e-ink display technology. According to e-reader buying guides, e-ink screens provide an experience similar to reading print copies with minimal glare when reading in a well-lit space, while LCD screens – which are often cheaper – tend to cause more eye fatigue.

 

BATTERY POWER FOR HOURS OF READING

Unlike LCD screens, e-ink technology does not require a backlight, which means e-readers with e-ink screens have a longer battery life. When used for an average of 30 minutes a day with the “wireless turned off and the front light at a medium-low setting,” most e-readers’ battery life can last for about 2 – 4 weeks, according to The eBook Reader. Look out for the estimated battery life by the manufacturer to suit your reading needs.

 

FIND THE RIGHT E-READER

Find the right e-reader to keep you and the family reading away from the safety of your home, using your RCS Store Card at electronics partners within the RCS Shopping Network, such as Incredible Connection, DionWired and HiFi Corp.