You want to buy an e-book reader for mom this holiday season so that she can catch up with her weekly book reading club. The biggest questions you will have are: Who needs these devices? And: Which one should I get?
Most commonly, those who find themselves traveling a great deal are the first to see how necessary it is to avoid carrying around the weight of one or more novels and guidebooks inside their luggage. E-book readers are a great option: newer devices weigh just 9 ounces or less, the e-ink monochrome screen makes reading in sunlight a possibility (most other devices use an lcd screen which gets washed out by direct sunlight), and the device form is slim and compact enough to carry anywhere you go! The average person won’t actually need to carry the maximum amount of available e-books that these digital book readers can carry, but they are capable of carrying thousands of books in the onboard memory (and much more when extended memory cards are utilized).
Once you decide that the e-book reader is definitely the way to go, you will find yourself looking at the many different options and wondering which one would be the right one for you. We carry models from many different manufacturers: Ectaco, Sony, Aluratek, Augen, and Viewsonic. If you follow customer reviews on our site, you will most probably want to grab either the Ectaco jetBook Lite – listed as one of our top sellers with an average review of four stars or the Augen The Book – which has an average rating of three stars. With these devices, you can listen to MP3s, look at image files, and read both free and DRM (digital rights managed) e-books.
With this much freedom in such a portable device, you may have to pick up two so that you and mom can both enjoy the freedom to read anywhere you want!