Tablets And E-Book Readers Fight For Our Leisure Time

When they first appeared on the market, e-readers interested geeks and early adopters in the main. Once prices started to fall and the reader hardware was improved, a wider audience of book lovers really began to latch on to the advantages of e-readers. First and foremost, the e-ink display offered an excellent reading experience without the use of a back-light and therefore no eye strain. When all's said and done, if the reading experience had not been of a high quality, all of the other characteristics of e-book readers would be immaterial. However, it was, for the majority of users, as similar to reading text printed on paper as to make no noticeable difference. Many individuals also enjoyed the option of changing the font appearance and size - a handy benefit if you've misplaced your reading glasses.

Salient Points

As soon as Johannes Gutenberg created movable type, sometime around 1439, it was the most significant improvement in publishing and reading up to that point in time. As a matter of fact, many scholars regard Gutenberg's invention to be one of the most significant happenings in history, placing cheap and accessible publications in the hands of the man in the street for the first time ever. It was a leading element in the growth and development of Europe, and ultimately the world, and it provoked changes in the framework of society by greatly enhancing adult literacy.

For hundreds of years the form of the literary world was formed by Gutenberg's invention. There were enhancements in the efficiency of printing needless to say, but the end product - the book-- continued to be basically unchanged - until the appearance of e-books and e-readers at any rate.

Until fairly recently, the large majority of tablet computers were running Apple's iOS. However, in 2014, Android took over as the most commonly used operating system. There are many different producers supplying Android tablets, whereas iOS comes only from Apple. Apple are still the most significant single vendor of tablets. Tablets running Windows have a very low share of the available market. They account for short of 3 % right now, but that percentage may change as more and more tablet computers are bought for corporate use. The majority of companies work with Windows software and desktop or notebook PCs. It seems likely that company procurement managers will want tablet computers that will sync seamlessly with their alreadying existing software and hardware systems.

When e-book readers appeared on the marketplace, they provided a very accommodating package for reading and transporting e-books. They could keep thousands of electronic books in their on-board memory, and they were more compact and lighter than the average paperback. They also employed e-ink technology display screens, which were exceptional to read text on and had a very low power requirement.

E-readers can work for weeks between battery charges, so there's little danger of running low on energy when you're at an exciting part of your latest best-selling romance. Basically, e-readers were (and still remain) the perfect product for reading through text based e-books. It was a great combo; the e-reader hardware and the e-book products complemented each other perfectly, and each one fed off the success of the other.

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The earliest dedicated e-reader is generally considered to be Franklin's eBookMan. This was released in 1999, but it didn't use the e-ink technology display which characterises, and to a large extent exemplifies, modern e-readers. It suffered from a shortfall of e-books to read onit and production and development halted in 2002. The next major improvement in e-readers arrived in the shape of the Sony PRS-500, introduced in September 2006 and considered by many as being the first commercial e-reader. It came with a 6", e-ink technology display, but still suffered from a lack of suitable e-books. All the same, it was recognisable as a state-of-the-art e-reader - there are probably more than a few of them still operating today.

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