An eReader is a handheld device that allows you to read digital books (‘e-books’), magazines, newspapers or documents. 

Reading material is downloaded from online stores such as Amazon, Waterstones or Barnes and Noble via a wireless or 4/5G connection. You can also download books to a PC or Mac and then transfer them to your eReader via a USB cable.

One of the great draws of an eReader, is the ability to download free samples, to see if a book is to your liking before committing to pay. Amazon also offers Kindle owners a ‘Lending Library’ for free to premium (‘Prime’) members of the website. There are a large number of free ‘out of copyright’ classic books available to fill your library at no cost. 

Key benefits and features of an eReader:

  • Most models store at least 1,000 books. 
  • Screens allow you to read even in bright sunlight without glare. 
  • Some models include a built-in light for night-reading. 
  • Clear text and fonts, and a sharp display. Some later models allow you to customise the fonts that you see. 
  • Adjustable text size.
  • Built-in Wifi or, in some cases, 4/5G connection.
  • Battery life of at least a month on most models if Wifi is turned off.
  • Page-turning function so you feel as if you’re reading a real book – with turning buttons for left and right-handed readers. 
  • eReaders do not heat up like a laptop.
  • Books can be categorised or stored as collections.
  • Readers can make notes and highlight pieces of text. 
  • Your own documents can be saved to your eReader. 
  • Screen can be rotated for better viewing of pictures, diagrams, maps, etc.
  • Also able to read newspapers, magazines and web pages.
  • In-built keyboard or on-screen keyboard enables searching within a book, a library or online. 
  • You can add your own annotations to the text.
  • Automatic bookmark.

Last update June 2023



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