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eReaders have come a long way over the years. When they first came out, I hated them with a bright shining passion. But, the longer I held out, the more uncomfortable I became when asked why I hadn’t made the switch. And now, I’m hooked. Follow me as we go through the whys, whats, and wherefores of the eReader phenomenon.

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What’s So Special About eReaders?

eReaders make life a lot easier for many reasons. First and foremost, they are much more convenient than a regular book. In a small package, you can fit an entire library.

Other benefits to owning an eReader are:

  • eBooks tend to cost less than a hard copy.
  • Many independent authors only publish electronically, so you will miss out on some great titles by not utilizing an eReader.
  • eReaders are more environmentally friendly than paper books.
  • eReaders are interactive. One main interactive quality of an eReader is the ability to look up the pronunciation or meaning of a word without ever leaving the book.

How eReaders Make Reading Easier

There is a longstanding debate about whether paper books or eBooks are better. Personally, I love them both for very different reasons, but the ease of use and convenience usually make my eReader the champion in my house.

  • eReaders help people with disabilities be able to enjoy their favorite books. For example, my daughter lives with dyslexia, and paper books are hard for her to read. But, she can read eBooks much easier and faster.
  • Checking out eBooks from your local library system is easy and convenient with an eReader. You never have to leave your house, and your books get returned automatically, so there are no late fees.
  • eReaders allow you to change font sizes for easier reading. The brightness and contrast settings make the reading experience much easier. Plus, you can read in the dark.

Which eReaders Are The Best?

You may be wondering which eReaders are the best. Here are my top three choices for the best eReader.

Best Budget Option

Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire works like a tablet with color displays and internet capability. You can download apps and use them with more library programs than other Kindle products.

The price is also great. It is the least expensive in the Kindle line and has a lot of functionality.

Best Overall

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition

The Kindle Paperwhite wins my vote. The functionality is not as good as the Fire series or the iPad, but the backlit e-Ink display is easy on the eyes and allows me to read longer than other eReaders or physical books.

  • Backlit e-Ink Display
  • No Lockscreen Ads
  • Wireless Charging Capability
Best for Multifunction

Apple iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is the best for multifunctional use. You can use it as a tablet or download all the eReader apps available and use it as an eReader. With the Apple products, you can also use the iBooks app to get books directly from Apple, which adds to the size of your library.

Common Questions About eReaders

This answer depends on what you want in an eReader. This list offers some suggestions about how to make the decision.

  • You want to consider your desired screen size, weight, and display abilities.
  • You want to ensure you get a reader with plenty of space for all the books you want. Alternatively, you can check about cloud storage for your books.
  • Will you want audiobook capability in your eReader? Sometimes it’s easier to listen to an audiobook on your phone or other music playing device.
  • Check the battery life capabilities of your preferred eReader. The Paperwhite has an extremely long battery life, whereas the Fire is much less.
  • Decide how many options you want in a book buying capacity. For example, my library offers Hoopla as an eBook option, but I can’t use this app on my Paperwhite. However, it is available on my Fire or my Apple device.

Absolutely! The convenience alone makes an eReader worth it to most people.

Think how much easier travel is with an eReader. It is lightweight and stocked with books in your preferred language…no matter where in the world you are.

Cheaper books, being able to read in the dark, and with a Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition, you can also read in the bathtub or pool because it is waterproof.

No way! While there are many advantages to an eReader, paper books will never go obsolete.

There is no greater feeling in the world than the smell of the paper and ink in a brand new book. The musty old book smell should be bottled as an elixir. Sometimes, a person just needs to have the feel of a book in their hand, and favorite tomes should always have pride of place on the bookshelves.

One Last Thing About eReaders

I strongly believe that everyone should have access to an eReader. Often libraries have them to loan out on a temporary basis so you can try before you buy. But, in all honesty, you can’t go wrong with a good eReader. Make sure you choose the one that will be best for your lifestyle and read to your heart’s content.

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What kind of eReader do you own? Let me know in the comments!


  1. The layout of this post is top notch! I do really love the fact that eReaders allow you to look up words while you’re reading and to annotate without ruining a page.

    1. Thank you so much! That is one of the best things about eReaders! I love the highlight feature when I want to remember quotes and also being able to look up words and pronunciations.

  2. I’m a devoted e reader! I have an older version kindle but most of the time I use the kindle app on my phone or iPad…..I love that my device syncs to the last page read!

    1. Hi Carol! I love that feature too! I love all my devices for different reasons. The paperwhite is so light and easy on my eyes, but the Fire and the iPad both allow me to access more books. But, I would never give up my eReaders now that I’ve found out how awesome they are. 🙂

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