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When you choose ebook hardware, it’s best to look at the pros and the cons of popular ebook readers today for clues on what the best fit might be.
The Past Problems with Hardware
In the stone ages of ebooks (about three years ago), the ebook readers available were on computers, available as a download to let you read the book on your monitor. To put it mildly, they were horrible. You needed to have certain readers in order to read certain books and this was a problem that was causing ebooks to get a bad reputation. Add in to the mix that the pages of the ‘books’ were no different from the traditional computer screen images and the whole idea of an ebook just seemed silly, even a waste of time.
Why Book Lovers are Mad
You can’t replicate the feel of a book on an ebook reader screen, that’s true. Even if the Kindle might look great, it’s just not the same as an actual hardcover book where you can turn the pages as the story moves forward. Book lovers and their criticisms of ebooks were completely supported by the poor ebook hardware available in the past. The books were just too difficult to upload, to download, and to read. Few people were writing ebooks as well, causing the ebook revolution to seem like a fad which was going to burn out before it began.
How New Innovations Have Helped Ebooks
But since technology doesn’t like to settle for becoming obsolete, ebook hardware creators realized they needed to step up their game. They needed to do more with their books in order to create readers and devices that would make reading fun, even on a computer screen. The software became more reliable, the ebook readers became higher quality and the ebooks were easier to find online and through wireless networks. Some cell phones today can even provide ebook reading capabilities.
No longer is ebook hardware problematic for most readers. In fact, the newest complaint about ebooks is not that they are hard to read, but the fact that not every book is available online. Yet.