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Guide to know how to choose an eBook

The ebooks have become the ‘device’ of the year. However, their choice is much more difficult than what other gadgets such as an iPod or a PSP can have. Every two weeks, a new reader leaves the factories in Taiwan, ready to make its premiere. According to the latest wired magazine count, there are currently at least 12 different ebook readers in the market.

How to know which one best suits your needs?

All readers of digital books promise one thing: to show texts, mainly books. But there are also a number of features that must be taken into account: battery life, ease of transport, having a screen that does not disturb the eyes and can be easily read anywhere. Luckily, most ebook readers have these basic criteria. From the great ebooks hub it is important.

There are many devices to choose from, and there is also a lot of homogeneity in their appearance, form and function. Almost all readers are folio size. So should you buy the $ 360 Amazon Kindle that is, after all, the best-known reader of the Amazon brand, or the upstart $ 250 Cool-er e-book launched just a week ago?

Here we offer a series of features to consider before buying:

Location:  At the moment the Kindle 2 and the next Kindle DX use the Sprint EVDO network to offer the download of books for ebooks as well as magazines. But readers in other countries will, for the moment, have to use a trick to make the company believe that the billing address is a US address. If they do not, you will have a limited version that will only allow the device to receive the documents through its USB input.

Access to content: This is probably the most important factor when choosing an ebook. Most electronic book manufacturers have their own digital book store. And in this case size matters. The more publishers work with the digital store, the greater the possibilities that the book you want is available. This is the great advantage of Amazon and therefore of the Kindle and the Kindle DX. Amazon is the largest online store of books and its catalog of digital books is probably the largest in the world with more than 285,000 books.

Sony is trying to overcome this competitive disadvantage and a few dates ago announced a partnership with Google to add half a million classic books to its digital library. Sony readers will be able to get these books for free. At the end of 2008 Sony had approximately 100,000 titles in its bookstore. Other e-book readers such as iRexiLiad or HanlineReader do not have as much potential to download books directly, although their owners can buy books from other online bookstores.

The ePub, as explained by Wikipedia, is a resizable format, that is, in a digital EPUB book the content is marked, but its format is not defined, which adapts to the different screens of the multiple readers of ebooks on the market.