E-Reader Pros And Cons : All You Should Know Before You Buy It.


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


– 周星馳電影《功夫》

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 !


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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



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8) Borrow Books From Rakuten Overview Library

現在許多公共圖書館與大專院校圖書館都在推電子書借閱服務,其中包括適用於閱讀器的電子書。Kobo則是透過Rakuten Overview借閱圖書館的書籍,聽網友說目前只能連到台北市的圖書館,而且書籍以英文為主。


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. 

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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

在理想狀況下,如果我們能一輩子保有使用權,這和擁有權並無分別。然而,關於擁有權的風險確實存在。2019年4月,軟體宣佈結束電子書業務,所有人的電子書在一夜之間消失,連筆記都不見了。〈微軟結束電子書業務,將退還曾於Microsoft Store購買電子書的所有款項〉

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。



Q. 但這樣就不能賣二手書了欸?
A. 很可惜,是的。

2019/3/28 補充:這在未來可能是有解的,〈Sony提出可讓使用者交易或轉贈數位化商品相關專利〉

Q. 如果哪天電子書廠商的機房燒了,我的東西是不是都不見了?超級不安全!
A. 如果你把大疊大疊的筆記堆在家裡,如果家裡失火,你的東西是不是也都不見了?你覺得廠商和你家,哪個失火的機會大?而且對這些有機房的業者來說,有個東西叫作異地備份。用人話說,你的閱讀資料可能在台北的機房存了一份,在美國又存了另外一份,我相信正常情況下不會兩處同時大爆炸。






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