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Medical Mobile Apps: eReaders

eReaders are a great way to carry hundreds of books, journal articles, newsapapers, and magazines with you wherever you go. You can bookmark, highlight, search within, and make notes as you are reading as well!  Any device, such as a smart phone, can stand in as an eBook reader, but there are many advantages to an actual eBook reader.  These devices usually offer better readability especially in bright light and a longer battery life.  This is because eBook readers use a technology called e-paper.  If you haven't seen the difference e-paper makes, stop by the Library and check out a Kindle!

Amazon Kindle

Apple iPad

Provides a Pro Con List for Apple iPads
PROS CONS
Super long battery life (~1 mo) Battery life decreases when in 3G mode
Built in PDF reader Briefly blinks a black screen with page change
Holds 3500 books Fairly limited in where to obtain books
Available Wi-Fi, Cellluar models available Limited lending service (14 days) for certain books
1.8 million free titles available Advertisements available to offset price
Can read English content aloud Uses a closed proprietary eBooks format
Allows password protected PDFs  
Listen to music as you read  

Where to get materials?

For all but the Kindle Store, you’ll need to transfer the books manually using a computer and USB cable.

Nook

Nook

Provides a Pro Con List for Nook
PROS CONS
Super long battery life Limited lending service (14 days) for certain books
Built in Wi-Fi Color Nook-much shorter battery life
Use in portrait or landscape view  
Listen to music as you read  
Supports Microsoft Word format  
Color or eInk availability  

Where to get materials?

For all but the Nook Store, you’ll need to transfer the books manually using a computer and USB cable.

Kobo

Kobo eReader

Provides a Pro Con List for Kobo
PROS CONS
Unlimited sharing in family account Wifi only connects to Kobo store
2 week title lending to friends Small internal memory (stores 1000 books)
Preloaded with 100 titles Fewest free titles (under 300)
Long battery life Need Wi-Fi or computer to download
Lighter than a paperback Limited lending service (14 days) for certain books
Supports ePub & PDF Can't search ebooks, take notes or highlight text
Can't have multiple bookmarks in a single book

Where to get materials?

For all but the Nook Store, you’ll need to transfer the books manually using a computer and USB cable.

Sony

Sony Reader

Provides a Pro Con List for Nook
PROS CONS
Supports multiple eBook formats Battery life (~2 wks)
Supports ePub and PDF  
Easy to read, even in bright light  
Supports Microsoft Word format  
Touch screen & built in lighting available  

Where to get materials?

For all but the Nook Store, you’ll need to transfer the books manually using a computer and USB cable.

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Tiffney Gipson

Tiffney Gipson

Head, Collections

Kornhauser Health Sciences Library

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