eBook reader comparison guide: how to buy

Looking for the best eBook reader? Before you buy an Amazon Kindle, Apple iPad or Sony reader read our guide to the best features you should compare

Some people may want to read PDF documents using an eBook reader – for example university notes, product manuals or technical documentation. Many eBook reader displays are 6 inches in size, which is substantially smaller than the A4 page layout of many PDFs. Depending on the eBook reader, some will display a PDF so that an entire page is visible on the screen and can be read all at once. Others will require you to zoom into the PDF, which generally offers a poorer reading experience. If you want to use the eBook reader to peruse PDF files, try the device in store to see if you are happy with the results.

Sony Reader
Most eBook readers offer a variety of font sizes

Free books and accessories

Everyone loves free stuff, and lots of eBook readers come loaded with free eBooks; sometimes thousands of eBooks. It's important to note that most if these book titles are now out of copyright and freely available to download, on sites such as Project Gutenberg. So don't be swayed to buy an eBook reader primarily due to the amount of old classics available on it, as generally these books will be available for download on the Web. Still, it does save you the trouble of downloading them yourself.

Other things to look out for include a headphone jack (for listening to music), memory card slots for additional storage and a bundled slipcase or carry bag. Some eBooks make your buy a protective cover seperately, so check the box contents before making your purchase.

Kogan eBook
The Kogan eBook Reader comes with 1500 free eBooks

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