Tablets Vs E-Readers: Know the Differences between the Two Appliances

Learn more about the technical specifications and usability of devices

The number of Brazilians who reads digital books grows every day; At the end of last year, this number has already surpassed 9 million of readers. The arrival of great virtual bookstores in the country–like Amazon, Google Play and IBookStore–also encouraged the sector. Along with them e-readers (digital readers) officially launched here gave an extra strength to e-books.

Well, it seems that the example of countries like the United States, where e-books already sell more than paper books, Brazil also follows the same path; Even if it’s just a start. But, and when you choose where to read this digital book? In addition to the e-readers, there is also the option of tablets and smartphones, which bring several reading applications – including apps from the brands themselves manufacturers of digital readers.

One thing is certain, tablets and e-readers fulfill the function. You can read with full convenience and identical functions on both devices. But they’re appliances with different proposals and features. While the tablet is more focused on content consumption, Internet access and dozens of other possible functions with application download, e-reader is only to read digital books; But that has its advantages.

“With the tablet you can have your attention dispersed by entries, Facebook posts, Twitter, emails arriving. In e-reader is like the book: you read; You just read it. “Sentences Joaquim Garcia, director of Technology of the Culture bookstore.

In any way, tablets and e-readers do not compete with each other on the shelves. After all, the aim of the manufacturers of the two devices is that, in fact, they are complementary. That is, that you have an e-reader to read and a tablet to do whatever else you want. But if your business is really literature, maybe the e-readers are the most indicated–again, even though the  tablets bring identical apps to the digital reading.

We can start with convenience: The main e-readers of the market are lightweight, usually not exceeding the 200g. The battery life is another differential; While some e-readers can be used for up to 30 days with only one load, the tablet battery-if this is used for a whole day – it will normally not exceed 10 or 12 hours.

Joaquim Garcia highlights other points. “Another feature is the screen. She’s dull, she’s opaque, she has a treatment that prevents glare from the light. You can read in any environment. In an environment without much luminosity and an environment with extreme action of light. “he says.

We can’t stop commenting on the price too. While you already find e-readers from R $200, a large-brand tablet does not leave for less than R $500. Detail, we’re talking about recognized tablets in the marketplace. If you opt for a Xing-ling model you can find a lot cheaper than that, but it certainly won’t have much quality in your hands.

Summarizing, tablets and e-readers can live in harmony; But maybe there’s not so much room for both of us. Who has a tablet can opt for applications to read digital books with the same quality, but some different features. Now if the business is read and read only, e-readers are also pretty cool. Oh, and if you’re one of those who loves to share everything, some e-readers already allow you to share your reading stats and even snippets of favorite books on a specific social network.

So, what’s your choice? Leave your opinion in the comments; Does these industry forecasts that tablets and e-readers will live alongside in harmony is even doable? Or are the tablets going to dominate this market too? We, from the Digital look, we have the impression that the tablets will end up swallowing the e-readers, but that’s just a hunch. What do you think? Take part, have fun and good reading!

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