There are many e-book publishing devices on the market today. Sometimes it’s hard to know which one does what. If you’re confused about publishing an e-book, how electronic readers work, or how the different e-readers compare, AuthorHouse is here to help. Here’s a little more information about some popular e-book reading devices:
The first version of the Amazon Kindle was released back in November 2007. Since then, three generations of the device have come out. The original Kindle features a 6-inch, 4-level grayscale display and has 250 MB of internal memory, enough to hold 200 non-illustrated e-books. The Kindle DX was released in the summer of 2009. This version of the Kindle has a larger screen and is the slimmest version of the device. The Kindle DX supports PDF files and has an accelerometer that allows users to smoothly rotate pages between landscape and portrait layouts. The Kindle has software applications for Windows, BlackBerry, Mac OS X and Android.
Barnes and Noble Nook
The Barnes and Noble Nook was released in November 2009. The Nook can access Barnes and Noble’s large library of e-books, and can also be used to read periodicals. The Nook has a 6-inch black and white E Ink display and a color touch screen, as well as WiFi and 3G connectivity. The Nook uses an Android-based operating system.
The Apple iPad
The Apple iPad was released in April 2010 and by the following September, it was reported that 7.5 million of them had been sold. The iPad is Apple’s wireless tablet computer. It was marketed as a platform for both audio and visual media. Apple offers an iBooks app which gives readers access to thousands of books*. The device also uses WiFi or a 3G mobile data connection. The iPad has a 10-inch liquid crystal touch screen display, and uses the same operating system as the iPod Touch and iPhone.
*To meet submission standards, please review your manuscript thoroughly to ensure spelling accuracy and correct rendering of any diacritical mark such as tilde, caret, acute accent, or the like.
Books written in languages other than Spanish or English are not submitted to iBooks Store due to Apple formatting restrictions. We are currently still trying to work with Apple to resolve this issue.
The Kobo eReader
The Kobo eReader is Border’s contribution to the e-book reading device market. It was released in May of 2010 and is smaller than the Nook and second generation Kindle. The Kobo has a 6-inch screen and can display eight shades of gray. It even comes loaded with 100 classic titles. The Kobo eReader can access more than a million books and supports ePub, Adobe and PDF files.