I can imagine that many of you who are contemplating leaping into the world of ebooks are very confused by all the arguments and counter arguments out there as to the comparative virtues of ereaders or Tablets for reading ebooks with, and might appreciate a sort of comparison between the two gadgets for this specific purpose. So I shall do my best here to give an unbiased look at the two systems.
The first thing you have to do though is to decide exactly what it is you wish to do with such a device. As with any other tool, before deciding on which to buy you need to know what it is you want it for.
So to get us started, I shall give a quick rundown of what each type of device is good for:-
With a Tablet you can do the following, when you use it as an ereader.
- Read magazines which use a lot of colour.
- Read interactive ebooks.
- Read ebooks that use videos and sound.
- Read ebooks that have a lot of complex illustrations. Comics for example.
- Read Coffee Table ebooks.
- Read novels.
- Make notes and highlight parts of the text.
- Change the type and size of the letters on the page
With a dedicated ereader you may do the following.
- Read novels.
- Make notes and highlight the text.
- Change the type and size of the letters on the page.
You would be forgiven if you took from the above lists the inescapable conclusion that a Tablet is absolutely the better of the two types of device, but there is actually more to it when you really look at the two types of gadget. As always there are other things to consider before making a decision.
I have listed the main benefits of a Tablet as an ereader, and happily ignored all their other abilities, since in reality a Tablet is actually nothing less than a highly portable computer, and is obviously capable of doing almost everything that you would normally do with a regular computer, and this of course is one of their main strengths. As opposed to the humble – and much cheaper – dedicated ereader, which can really only be used to read novels and text based ebooks with, and not much more. But it does do that relatively simple task perfectly.
An ereader is a device that is designed to do one thing only, and to do that one thing as well as the technology allows, whereas a tablet is a sort of universal tool, capable of doing many things very well, but perhaps slightly less well than a dedicated device can.