The difference between an Ereader and an Ereader and an eBook is very simple.

An EBook, is also known as an Electronic Book or a  Digital book,  and in some circumstances a talking book. So we have turned paper and print into a digital download that can come just as a plain text, or with illustrations, diagrams or photo’s.

The devices you use to read such books are called ereader, Ereader, EReader or eReader and are as varied in their capabilities as you could imagine and this can make the choice of which one very confusing and very costly if you don’t understand the difference.

An E reader is the computerized, hand held, portable device that stores the text and allows you to read it on a screen, or in some cases listen to the text being read.


The variety is huge I found 36 companies that produced a brand of EBook reader, ranging from the now famous (thanks to Ophrey) Kindle, produced by Amazon, The Nook is Barnes and Noble’s offering, Apple has the iPad, Sony has the Reader, and Samsung has the Papyrus down to The BeBook by Endless Ideas , The vPocket Book by Pocket Book or Notion Inks nifty Adam.

The first thing you need to decide is if you want the Electronic Paper Displays or will stick with Liquid Crystal Display. The difference is the ability to read in sunlight. Electronic Paper Displays enable non glare reading out of door, whereas the iPad is LCD and almost impossible to read in sunlight.

Feature Questions

Then you need to consider the features, The questions you need to ask are:

What do you want and does that EBook Reader have that feature, features or specific kind of feature.

  • Should you consider touch screen, stylus or neither?
  • Do you want a color color display or is greyscale sufficient for your needs?
  • What Wireless Networks does the reader Support, for example CDMA, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GSM? Make sure you know what works where you are and where you are likely to go.
  • Do you want Text to Speech capability?
  • How about an integrated dictionary?
  • Would you like there to be a directory organisation for your collections?
  • What capacity do you want, the range is from MB to GB’s?
  • Might you want additional storage if you need it? What are the options?
  • What other capacity building options does it have? For example Amazon Kindle has an archiving service, that stores your books until you want them again.
  • Do you to add peripherals to your device through USB port/s?
  • Do you want to browse the Web, download music, ebooks, answer email?
  • What are the file formats of the books you might want to read, not just the ones that are accessible when you buy. Most readers support the most popular ones but it’s well worth checking.

If specs like the above put you off, just talk to you reseller about the best for your needs.


  • In an EReader you get a compact way of storing, transporting and reading large numbers of books.
  • Buying a new book is fast and less expensive than buying a conventional book.
  • The ability to change font style and size is great for the young and the elderly and those who are vision impaired.
  • You get up to 14 days reading from one battery charge.
  • EReaders are forest friendly
  • Students, young and old, are steadily becoming used to ereaders and ebooks. Teenagers are enjoying the trendy aspect of a cool electronic device. One which seduces them into reading even more books.

We are galloping towards an exciting future, books and reading will never be the same.