The 5 best e-readers you can buy



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TL;DR We binge-read novels on several e-readers to find the best ones. A few page turners later, we found that Amazon’s Kindle Oasis is the absolute best e-reader you can buy.

To a bookworm, there is no greater pleasure in life than diving into a good book. Although many people still prefer good old paper books, digital natives and people who travel a lot love their ebooks and e-readers.

E-readers have come a very long way since Amazon’s first Kindle came out in 2007. Amazon still offers the widest range of e-readers, which includes the humble Kindle and the Rolls Royce of e-readers, the Kindle Oasis.

Of course, there are other great e-readers out there from Amazon’s main competitors: Kobo and Barnes & Noble.

We’ve tested all the latest e-readers to find out which ones are best for all kinds of buyers. Whether you love page-turning buttons, enjoy reading in the bath, or just want a nice cheap e-reader, there’s an e-reader for you in our buying guide.

Note that all Kindles come in two versions: with special offers and without. If you choose the ones with special offers, you will see ads on the lock screen and potentially elsewhere, but you will save money.

The Kindle Oasis may be our top pick, but for various reasons laid out in the slides below, you should also consider the Kobo Aura One, Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite, the Barnes & Noble Glowlight Plus, and Amazon’s cheapest Kindle.

Author: Malarie Gokey
Twitter: @MalarieGokey

People still love reading paperback books!

57409586.jpgThe advantages of reading an ebook can be many and it could be in sync with your digital habits but people still prefer ‘paperbacks’ when it comes to reading a book. And we have proof!

TOIBooks recently conducted a Twitter poll and asked its readers to choose their reading preferences between an ebook, a reading app or a paperback. 82 percent people voted for paperbacks, 15 percent preferred ebooks and 3 percent preferred a reading app. This interesting trend signifies that we still believe in the power of touch. The feeling of holding a book and turning the pages is something that can never be done with an ebook or a reading app.

The advantages and disadvantages of a paperback versus an ebook have been discussed over and over again. Even though ebooks are comfortable and hassle free, several studies suggest that reading on paper is better for memory retention and focus. Plus, there is the nostalgia factor too. People love to own books and giving them a personal touch by writing name and date has been a centuries old habit.

According to a report by Goodereader, in 2016, paperback market grew 7.5 percent and ebook saw a drip of 18.7 percent in America. It reaffirms that print books will not die.

Another interesting trend that came up in this poll was the growing preference of reading apps. The trend of reading apps is catching up fast with the increased usage of smartphones and other smart devices. Push notifications, digital shelves, quick connect with the authors and curated collections are few features in a reading app that are bound to make you an addict.

So, whether you want to deep dive into the world of stories by turning pages or through increased screen time, books, in any form, will always be a gift you can open again and again!

Author: Times of India Team
Twitter: @timesofindia

Ottawa Public Library introduces ‘express’ ebooks for speed readers


The Ottawa Public Library is encouraging speed reading with a new “express” ebooks system, the first of its kind at a Canadian public library. JULIE OLIVER / OTTAWA CITIZEN

The Ottawa Public Library is encouraging speed reading with a new “express” ebooks system, the first of its kind at a Canadian public library.

Starting Wednesday, customers can borrow new and bestselling English-language ebooks for a loan period of seven days. The express system, previously only available for print books, now includes fiction and non-fiction ebooks.

“With a shorter loan period and a no-holds policy, express items help OPL optimize its collection, catering to fast readers,” a press release states.

The OPL’s website notes: “Ottawa Public Library eBooks get returned automatically once the loan period is finished so there will never be any late fees.”

Coun. Tim Tierney, chair of the library board, said the service will help readers discover new authors and enjoy their favourite genres in a “novel” way.

OPL customers with a valid library card can access express ebooks through the ‘cloudLibrary’ app on most devices, including computers, smartphones and Kobo e-readers.

Author: Naomi Librach
Twitter: @naomilibrach