Last week I bought an e-reader. I had a very specific reason. In connection with my new gig I recognized it would be prudent to read up on some subjects on which I’m presently a bit fuzzy which in turn entails buying and reading quite a number of relatively expensive books. Those books are available at significantly lower cost in electronic format.
Now buying something like this is a much more personal choice than you might think and the reality is that there is no one right answer. What looks fine to you might not look fine to me and vice versa.
After studying, reviewing, testing, and conferring on every e-reader and tablet I could put my hands on I finally decided (somewhat to my surprise) on the Kindle Fire HDX.
I found the ordinary Kindle e-readers completely unusable. I just couldn’t see them. I liked the top-of-the-line Nook but, sadly, the titles I wanted weren’t available in Nook format. The top-of-the-line Samsung tablet, too, was unusable. The text was just too blurry for my terrible vision.
It finally came down to the Apple iPad vs. the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″. They were very close but the Kindle’s combination of size, weight, and clarity of text were the determining factors for me. Its screen has the highest points-per-inch of any screen on the market of comparable size and viewed purely as an e-reader that made the difference to me. I’ve already probably saved the purchase price of the gadget in purchased books. Not to mention the space.