So you’ve decided that you want to purchase a Kindle or other EReader device but are not sure which one is the right one for you? I’m happy to provide this simple guide which help you focus on what’s important to you and what’s not.
So EReaders are not just EReaders these days. They are often packed with features which complete the reading experience that you could not get from a traditional book. For example, when was the last time you had a book which was waterproof, allowed you to look up words via its in-built dictionary and provided a set of reading achievement awards for your kids.
The features you deem as essential will often dictate the price tag of the device. For example, if your device needs to be waterproof then you would need the Kobo Aura H2O. If you device needs to weigh less than 131 grams then you’ll need the Kindle Oasis. If you just need a device that is for reading and reading only then you may want to consider the Kindle 6”
Working out what features are key to your needs will help filter out those devices not suitable.
As mentioned above, you need to determine what features are important for you, which will determine the price of the device. An alternative approach is to set yourself and budget of what you’re prepared to pay and then explore what’s available within that range. Amazon’s site is great at allowing you to select filters to help with this process. The trend tends to be, the more you’re prepared to pay, they more features you’re likely to get.
The display will determine how crisp the text will appear on the device. The standard way of measuring this is PPI. For those of you not in the know, PPI stands for Pixels Per Inch which means the more pixels you have, the better! The best displays out there are the Kindle Paperwhite (300 PPI) and Kindle Oasis.
It’s also worth researching how customizable the reading experience is of each device (e.g. Font combinations, sizes, layout etc) as this can have a significant impact on those who have trouble reading smaller fonts. With that said, display isn’t everything and does heavily depend on the type of content you’re reading on a regular basis.
Who doesn’t like accessorising right? There’s nothing worse than getting a brand new device, only to find out you cannot make it your own due to lack of accessories or customization’s. Some key things I keep an eye out for are:
- Screen protectors
- Back and front panel decal customization’s
Before purchasing any device, it’s worth taking a look at what accessories you can buy to complement it. You may also find that some sites and stores offer bundle kits which include these as standard.
Where to buy
So you’ve done your research and know what features your Kindle or other device needs, what price you’re prepared to pay and what accessories you want to get for it. Next step is where to buy!
Now this is going to come down to your purchasing preference. Do you want to see the device in the flesh, have a play around with it and then make the purchase in store? Or are you the kind of person who is happy to watch a few youtube clips of it, read some reviews and then make the purchase online? It’s certainly worth shopping around here as normally stores (online or physical) will usually have some kind of sale on.
Amazon is a great site for having a broad range of Kindle’s and other devices for sale so might worth checking them out to see what the latest prices are.
For those of you who are tax savvy, it might also be worth considering purchasing the device abroad and having it shipped to your own country. This could provide significant savings, even with the additional charge on international shipping. Before taking this action, it’s worth considering taking advice from a financial professional.
Need a little extra help making the right choice?
You’ve come to the right place! I’ve specifically set this website up to help buyers pick the right device for them. For those who want an easy table to compare devices you can find it here. Need a little more in depth review on a specific device? No problem. I’ve currently reviewed the Kindle Paperwhite, Oasis, Voyage and Kobo H2o. I also picked out some top accessories for a variety of devices which you can view here. Finally, for those of you living in Auz, I’ve created a guide of where you can buy these devices in store here. Happy hunting!