Summer and E-readers

July 11th, 2013

Summer is known as a perfect time to dive into some lighter reading, especially mysteries, romance and fiction. In fact, as early as 1894, Boston librarians had identified this fun, summer reading trend. Today, 80 percent of Americans say they read at least occasionally for pleasure.

But compared to 1894, the way people are reading is changing. The Pew Internet & American Life study found that one-fifth of American adults (21 percent) reported that they have read an e-book in the past year. Many libraries now offer e-book borrowing services too.

Once you've selected your vampire novel or crime thriller, there is no shortage of e-readers to choose from to use. In fact, there are now even subcategories of e-readers depending on size, color and connectivity. CNET divides the category like this:

  • black-and-white e-ink readers ($69 to $149)
  • 7-inch color LCD media tablets ($150 to $300)
  • midsize color LCD tablets ranging from 7.9 to 9 inches ($269 and up)
  • full-size color tablets like the iPad (mostly $400 and above)

About 33 percent of Americans own some type of e-book device or tablet. Choosing one that works for you may depend on whether you read outdoors in the summer, your budget and if you want to access the web.

After choosing, be sure and also grab an IOGEAR GearPower Mobile Power Station to keep the device charged when you're at the pool or traveling. The Ultra Capacity Mobile Power Station boosts the highest capacity with 11,000mAh.

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Keeping items charged will keep you under your beach umbrella longer or reading through an entire flight. In fact, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is expected to relax the rules around using devices during takeoff and landing. That means more time with your gadget.

Interestingly, Pew also found that technology users (Internet users, cell phone owners, tablet owners and e-book reader owners) are more likely to be readers in general. So are you? What are you reading? Visit us at our Facebook or on Twitter and let us know.

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Gene Chi

Gene Chi

Gene Chi is a marketing and communications ninja who has worked in various industries including computer and consumer electronics for the past six years. He has a passion for all things that require a power source and is responsible for social media, event and public relations management at IOGEAR.