At a time when the press and the book world are losing their readers in favor of Internet, media players seem to be a good alternative now as a link between literature and technology. The digital revolution is underway: it is time to move to e-books. Yes, but how?
This is a handy guide to making the right as a student.
The Amazon Kindle:
After two very controversial versions, Amazon sells its third generation e-reader, the Kindle DX, since January. This model aims to convert all those who have not yet been seduced by the digital world.
Successfully, the DX corrects the defects of its predecessors: the black and white screen, moving from 15, 2 to 24 6 cm, nearly the size of an A4 sheet, greatly improves the comfort of reading. Storage capacity has also been strengthened. While the Kindle 2 stores only 1500 book with its 1.5 GB of internal memory, the DX has a storage capacity of 3, 3 GB or 3500 pounds: a significant increase! The download process remains so simple and rapid: a 3G access (free) to the Amazon shop allows you to purchase and download a book in only 60 seconds.
All these changes do not, however, make the Kindle DX the ultimate player. You must know that apart from the PDF, TXT, and MP3 files, other formats are supported after the conversion to AZW files. It is therefore not possible to upload documents such as Word, and the files you get on Amazon (in AZW) will not be readable be on other players other than the Kindle. The conversion process, though completely simple, is quite annoying: it necessitates that you send an e-mail to Amazon with the files that you wish to convert, and then wait to receive them once they are done. It is possible to receive them directly into your reader, but with a service charge.
To this weakness, one can add the Qwerty keyboard.
Opinion: A good products that do not yet quite for the consumption of students.
Price: $ 489 at Amazon.com
The Sony Reader Touch:
With its design, refinement, features, the Sony Reader seems to combine all the qualities. It is not too surprising since we know that the Japanese giant is a manufacturer of a console (PS3) and other portable electronic devices (PSP).
Presented in a lovely simili-leather envelope, the Reader is in the high-end, but do not put everything on aesthetics, however. On the screen of 15 cm, three fonts of reading (S, M, L) and 8 levels of gray are available. But the most interesting features is undoubtedly the ability to mark pages to resume playing where you left off, and creating annotations using a stylus (Touch Edition Reader). Without internal memory, you can store between 160 and 350 books (depending on model) but a memory card will expand capacity to 13,000 e-books.
The Reader supports many formats including the ePub, the main e-book format (you can therefore buy books in it on any site) and for any other incompatibility, a conversion software is provided.
But it biggest asset is that Sony is playing on its content. In addition to offering its users the opportunity to consult the 1 million eBooks of Google now in the public domain, it gives them free access to the contents of the New York Public Library, Manhattan’s largest library.
Opinion: Sony proves what it can do with this gadget.
Price: from $ 90 to $ 249.
Cybook of Booken:
If it does not seduce you by its all-plastic simple design, the main asset of Cybook is undoubtedly its size: its 12 cm (or 18 for the Cybook Gen 3) which allow it to fit in a pocket!
For the sake of size and lightness, the French company Bookeen had to do without a memory system developed. Thus, we get a player with a storage capacity equivalent to only 1GB, but nevertheless accepts MicroSD cards (2 or 4 GB for example), increasing the device’s memory beyond all expectations!
Concerning comfort level of the reader, the Cybook offers a choice of fonts and four levels of gray, but the little extra thing that clearly makes the difference comes from its G-Sensor technology that detects movements and adapts to the reader’s position: it is therefore possible to read in portrait or landscape.
It is undeniable that the reader has been central to the design of the Cybook: everything has been designed to facilitate its task. One can only appreciate the management of files that can be easily transferred via a USB port. Most text formats are supported (ePub, pdf, txt, html, doc …); all sites offering books are your libraries without restrictions.
Opinion: A very good tool for those who dream to bring their library in their pocket.
The Apple iPad:
The giant apple offers us a touch pad, posing as an intermediary between a smartphone and a conventional computer.
With WiFi, Bluetooth, and Photo, Music, multiple applications, the iPad closely resembles the iPhone, although the size of its screen is 24cm. Ssupporting PDF , txt, rtf, files make it certainly a good e-reader, but it will probably take another version of the iPad for it to align all the potential basic readers.
The Nook of Barnes and Noble:
It is an e-reader based on Android. The device was announced in the United States on October 20, 2009, and was released November 30. It includes Wi-Fi and AT & T 3G wireless connectivity, a six-inch E-Ink screen, and a separate smallest color touch screen, that serves as an input device.
Price: for U.S. $ 259.20