What do all those terms you see in ereader reviews actually mean? The world of ereaders and ebooks has developed its own secret language over the few years that they have been in existence, and many of you reasonably enough have trouble with what they actually mean.
Not all of us are serious computer buffs in fact, and are simply interested to know if a particular ereader or ebook is what we are looking for, and I gather from my mail bag, loads of you struggle with the whole pile of “in terms” that have grown up around these devices.
So, in the spirit of helpfulness, I shall endeavour to translate some of the most common terms you will come across when looking at ereader or ebook specifications.
So here we go………………..
A portable electronic device that is designed specifically for you to read ebooks (see “ebook” below) and nothing much more.
An electronic book designed to be read on an ereader, similar to any document you would read on a computer. These can be read on ereaders, tablets or computers.
Generally larger than ereaders, and also much more complex, basically all tablets (iPad, Galaxy and so on) are in fact computers built into a simple flat box, thus the term ‘tablet” as with the Biblical “tablets”. Highly portable computers in fact.
Tablets are only interesting if you wish to do much more than simply read electronic books – they cost much more than ereaders.
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