April 14, 2022 - 4 min read
Here’s the thing about the real book versus eBook debate. You don’t have to pick a side. Go hybrid and get the best of both worlds. Pile your bookshelf with treasured titles, then feed your book habit with an eReader, tablet or audiobook app so you’ll always have a story to dive into – or listen to – wherever you are.
Audiobooks and eReaders simply can’t be beaten for portability, convenience, and ease. Carry a whole library around in your handbag, or enjoy the latest bestsellers read aloud on your smartphone to enliven long commutes or dreary chores. Here’s how to join the eBook revolution.
No matter how devoted you are to the feel of paper in your hands, eBooks have perks that traditional books don’t. Digital books can boost your vocabulary with their built-in dictionary, switch up font size to be easy on your eyes, provide personalised picks just for you, and supply an instant holiday reading stash that won’t weigh down your suitcase. Plus, you can double down on all those psychological thrillers or romance romps you’d rather the whole world didn’t see!
Both devices will put a world of books at your fingertips, but eReaders and tablets deliver quite different reading experiences. Ask yourself these questions to help decide which category is best for you.
Want a reading device that’s trim enough to slip into a purse? Maybe you’re after a larger-screen device that can also stream your favourite shows. For comfortable reading, we recommend going no smaller than 6 inches.
If you intend to use your reading device mostly on the move, look for a model with a long battery life (eReaders are prized for this, with some running for months between charges).
Tablets have a glossy colour display, function like mini-laptops, and you can swipe, pinch or tap your way through an eBook or magazine. Would you rather read without the distraction of social media alerts and incoming emails? Designed primarily for reading, an eReader is your best bet.
If you love reading outside, it’s definitely worth investing in an eReader or a tablet with an anti-glare, paper-like display. Built-in backlight is also great for night readers and insomniacs (no need for the bedside lamp).
Audiobooks bring all the best stories (or nonfiction crackers) straight to your ears and are great for calming the mind before bedtime. Download the Harry Potter audiobooks to enjoy skilled narrators bringing beloved characters to life, or hear gripping memoirs read by the stars who wrote them.
Simply download an audiobook app to your smartphone or other mobile device (the Big Three are Amazon’s Audible, Audiobooks.com, and Google Play’s audio library), grab a good pair of headphones, earbuds or portable speakers and hit play!