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Start Your Holiday Shopping Early! Try Out Different E-Readers at Library Program

Buying an e-reader is confusing! At Sunday's free Library program l try out different models, get your questions answered.

Has someone on your shopping list requested an e-reader as a gift? Kindle, Sony, Nook, Kindle Fire, iPad – there are so many choices! Need help deciding which one works best for you?  Come to the Digital Petting Zoo on Sunday, Nov. 11 at from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. During the drop-in session you can talk with our experienced staff members and representatives from the Verizon Wireless store to find out about different devices.

Actually, you’ll be able to do more than just talk with people – you’ll be able to actually hold and try out different devices.  “People really enjoy seeing how the titles look on the actual screens,” explains Karen Toonen, Adult Services Librarian at the Naper Boulevard Library. “Each of the devices is a little different in the way the words look on the screen and how you turn the pages.  Weight is also an important consideration for many folks.”

What else do people need to think about? “Well, some people read before they go to sleep and don’t want to disturb others,” Karen says.  “They need to think about a device with a backlight. This way you can read but your bedside lamp can be off.”

“Another consideration is whether you’re going to use the e-reader outside or in very bright light.  Some devices are better than others for these conditions. Don’t forget, too, about tablets. Some people like them because they have color displays and are great for reading magazines and children’s books as well as checking your email. But they’re also more expensive,” Karen adds.

Sunday’s Digital Petting Zoo is designed to help people with all these questions and considerations.  You’ll be able to actually try out different e-readers and tablets. Library staff members who are experienced in helping people with their e-readers will be present to discuss what works best for your preferences.  And representatives from Verizon can help with actual devices and share prices.

Surprisingly, the question isn’t whether to read print books or e-books.”  Research shows that people do both! Using an e-reader often allows people to read more in places or at times a print book isn’t as convenient,” Karen explains.  Stop by the Nichols Library on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and make up your own mind!

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