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Today's ebook reader is a real alternative to the good old paper book. But how does an e-reader work?
If you don't really know what an e-reader is, you should know that it's an electronic device that lets you read digital books - also known as "ebooks".
Its operation can be compared to that of a smartphone or tablet, but with a few peculiarities that we'll look at together.
An e-reader is essentially made up of 3 components:
This is a rather crude simplification, but it will help you understand how a reading device works.
Its main advantage over any other device that displays an electronic book (ebook) is its e-ink screen.
The way e-ink works makes reading far more comfortable than reading on a computer, smartphone or tablet.
This is because, unlike a conventional touch screen, the e-ink screen has no powerful light underneath. What's more, when the screen is switched off, it continues to display text, which also consumes less energy.
Here's a diagram showing this style of screen:
On the e-reader screen, light is reflected before reaching the eye, which is not the case with the tablet and its "backlit" screen.
Now, here's what happens on a e-reader when you open an ebook:
E-readers have a very limited number of buttons, so they're very easy to use.
The device contains a battery and must be charged regularly (every 3 to 4 weeks if you read an average of 1h30 a day).
To use your e-reader, simply switch it on. Then you have access to a home screen that lets you do a number of things: open a book, buy a book, access your book library and manage your e-reader's settings.
You can take a look at our e-reader reviews to get an idea of the differences between the brands.
To buy books for an e-reader, you need to access the bookshop.
The good news is that all e-readers have a digital bookshop that can be accessed directly from the device's home screen, provided the device is connected to the Internet.
You can connect your e-reader to your WiFi network.
So you can buy a book directly from the e-reader, then download it (in under 2 minutes!) and start reading from the comfort of your living room!
More good news: not all books have to be paid for, and you can download free books onto your e-reader.
You have two options:
The best e-reader is the one that best suits your needs:
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Recognizing the need for an informed and reliable source for eReader-related content, Nicolas created MyEreader.net, where he currently serves as the lead writer. His well-crafted articles cover a wide range of topics, including eReader reviews, comparisons between various devices, tips for optimizing reading experiences, and discussions on the future of digital reading. Read more here
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