E-Reader, also called E-book reader, E Ink, ePaper. It is a device designed for long-time reading. There are plenty of brands on the market, including Readmoo from Taiwan, Kindle from Amazon, Kobo from Rakuten, Likebook and Onyx from China. I use a Kobo E-Reader, so I will take Kobo for examples. However, these features are the same on most E-Reader.
This article will introduce the features, pros and cons of E-Reader, without model recommendation. If you want to read it , please link to another article 〈電子書閱讀器怎麼選？先釐清需求，再找推薦文〉.
Why I Chose Kobo
When I considered to buy an E-Reader, it was hard to find information and review of Likebook and Onyx. As a result, I removed these two options. And Readmoo, Kobo and Kindle, which one is suitable for you? It depends on the languages you prefer to read.
In my situation, I bought Traditional Chinese books the most, and some English books to practice English. Therefore, I hope to pick a platform with Chinese and English works.
The slogan of Readmoo is the “Largest E-Pub Platform In Traditional Chinese Market”. Exactly, most books on it are all in Traditional Chinese. Delete this option.
Kindle has a super rich backing and users around the world, so most books on it are in English. Some popular Chinese books are not available.
Delete this option.
Finally, I select a neutral one, Kobo.
There is a point I should mention. My main requirement is “Buy Books From The Platform”, but if you want to download EPub file from the internet, you will consider it in other ways. In my opinion, the price of books are not really expensive, so I hope you can buy it rather than downloading a pirate version.
Let’s start to learn the advantages and disadvantages of E-Reader.
1) Protect Eyes
Health is the first thing whatever how many books you read. E-Reader is more harmless than screen of cell phone and tabled. The latter called LCD screen which mix red, green, blue light to display colorful content. On the contrary, E-Ink screen doesn’t have a illuminating backlight. It relies on ambient light, similar with real books. This is the reason that it can reduce the harm to our eyes. (Some E-Readers have built-in screen light, so you can read in a dark environment. Usually, you can turn this feature off by your self.)
Although you can read the same content on computer, tablet and cell phone, there is a significant difference on comfort. In this video, you can see the the display effects of E-Reader.
Many people asked me, “Don’t you feel tired to read suck a long time on that device ?”
I always answered, “Take it and try it”.
After a while, they would exclaim, “Cool. It’s like a toy”.
What if we compare E-Readers with real books? I didn’t search any evidence to support, but I believe real books better. It really makes sense. However, there is another advantage on E-Readers, adjusted layout.
2) Adjusted layout
Reading in a close distance makes many people have nearsightedness. In some cases, we read nearer and nearer unconsciously because of the small fonts. Especially some old books with tight layouts.
E-Reader has several powerful features :
(1) Adjusted font size
(2) Adjusted line height
(3) Adjusted font type：it depends on settings of each brand. Buy I think built-in fonts working fine.
In my opinion, adjusted layout is an awesome function to protect eyes.
I am nearsighted with 4.0 diopters and astigmatic with 1.0 diopters. When using my E-Reader, I would increase the font size and read in a long distance without glasses to train my crystalline lens.
Besides, most people lower their heads when reading. Staying the same pose for a long time will cause pains to your neck our shoulders. As sick as me, I bought a music stand to stand and read, preventing to lower my head. Or you can use tablet stand.
You may ask, “Isn’t is inconvenient to flip page when standing and reading?” Lazy people invented a gadget called Wireless Page Turning . It seems not so popular, and I never use it either. But it is really cool.
3) Without Wait For Delivery
In two cases, you can’t wait anymore to get your new books. First, you need it right now for work. Secondly, you want to read the book immediately.
Needs and Wants motivate evolution. E-Reader makes you progress in a astonishing speed.
Be Fast, Be Invincible
For career, I believe the words without hesitation. Perhaps we are not the most brilliant or the outstanding ones, but we can buy new books soon to acquire knowledge after hearing a new concept. And your colleagues? He is going to pick up his package after work.
If You Are A Mood Reader
One day, I enjoyed my holiday with brunch and coffee. Suddenly, I had a spur-of-the-moment idea, “It is a good time to read poem”. I picked a poetry on my cell phone, then connect the E-Reader to the hotspot of cell phone to download. This process was done within 5 minutes. Such a beautiful day.
Sometimes, we get tired soon when reading a book that is not easy to understand, like〈Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger〉. And you want to read a novel next. Without E-Readers, it is nearly impossible to change a book at will, which means you should carry them all in your backpack.
E-Readers represents a new lifestyle. Especially for people who need to spend a long time on transportations, with an E-Reader, the train is movable coffee shop.
4) Save Notes And Highlights To Clouds
If you are an user of Online Note Software, Evernote, OneNote or Google Keep, for example, you must experience the awesome convenience. It also works on E-Readers.
We all had similar experiences, like refreshing and upgrading our brain after reading some books. Of course, we wrote down plenty of notes on almost every page. At that time, we believed we could bring them forever, reviewing when we need or we want. It turned out as a fantasy if you didn’t digitize them.
Upload to cloud, retrieve anytime, anywhere.
Best of all, you can search in notes after digitalization. All bookish people know this is very important.
Sync Notes On App
Take Kobo for example again. It released app for both Android and iOS which can sync all notes and highlights. There is one thing to I noticed. When I installed app on my Android phone, I could only download books, not syncing notes instantly. At first, I thought it was a system issue, but everything worked fine in the next day. I guess it caused because system couldn’t transfer bulk data soon.
Although E-Readers are greats gadgets, limited with the hardware performance, it’s sometimes stuck when you check notes or turn pages frequently. Consequently, I prefer to check my notes on cell phone when writing book reviews.
5) No Pain To Move
If you buy books often, it is really normal to have tens, even over hundred books on your bookshelf. However, it also means infinite pains when you are trying to move to a new house.
6) Eliminate Information Gap
If you are an ambitious learner, I believe you must resonate with this point.
In some countries, like Taiwan where I live, it is said there is a knowledge gap around ten years between advanced countries. At first, I don’t believe it. I trust there is a knowledge gap, but not so large. Ten years is equal to the difference between graduates from university and elementary school. No kidding !
Besides, if you want to buy figurative language books in your country, it may be not in stock and cost higher. If you buy on Amazon, the shipment fee may be expensive than price of books, and it will take a long time to deliver, even until you have forgotten it. In that case, E-Reader is a perfect solution.
7) Books Are Cheaper
8) Borrow Books From Rakuten Overview Library
透過Kobo Forma、Aura ONE、Aura H2O Edition 2、Aura Edition 2或 Clara HD，你可以借閱電子書並直接在裝置上閱讀。與舊型的Kobo閱讀器及其他品牌讀器相比，上述閱讀器的運作方式並不相同。
With a Kobo Forma, Aura ONE, Aura H2O Edition 2, Aura Edition 2, or Clara HD, you can borrow and read ebooks directly on the device. These ereaders work differently than older Kobo devices or ereaders from other manufacturers.OverDrive Help
9) Dictionary Feature
10) Reading Records
11) New Audiobook Feature
1) E-Reader Are Not Cheap
2) Some Books Are Fixed-Layout
3) Incomplete Features
樂天 Kobo 電子書閱讀器 Forma 開放預購，繁中介面 2019 Q1 上線
4) Is There A Colorful Version ?
這也是許多人在購買前會問的問題，很遺憾，到目前為止彩色電子墨只應用在廣告看板上，距離應用在電子書閱讀器上還有一段距離。〈Colored E Ink is now shipping, but it still has a long way before it hits e-readers〉
5) You Can Read E-book Rather Than Have IT
6) Reduce Efficiency of Memorization
7) We Need A New Way To Speed-Read
對大量閱讀者來說，對於速讀的需求幾乎是自然而然的，這裡指的速讀流程為：閱讀目錄 > 快速略讀 > 精讀。然而，電子書畢竟不像紙本書，在翻頁上的手感不太一樣，以致於在略讀時會有一種陌生感。