All about eBook readers and accessories
An electronic book reader or eBook is an electronic device that you can use for browsing files and documents that are usually referred to as electronic books or eBooks. It is a smart and very helpful device for reader fanatics and the ones that deal with documentation on a daily basis.
They are typically low-glare and have a black and white screen and are not backlit often. When compared to a desktop or even a laptop, eBook readers are usually thin and have comparatively long battery life. Most of the eBooks support all kinds of file document formats such as. dox and pdf etc. eBook reader and accessories manufacturers offer more than what is required in an eBook which makes choosing an eBook even more difficult.
If you are planning to buy an eBook reader and accessories, the following features will help you make the best buy.
The screen type in eBook is available in the form of electronic display as well as LCD touchscreen. Choosing a screen type depends on the reader’s requirement and convenience. eBook readers and accessories manufacturers like Amazon, Kobo, Bookeen, and Apple offer screen type in both formats. Make sure you compare screens to pick the best contrast and resolution out of the lot.
Size and weight
With the popularity that eBooks have gained in the recent years, there is a wide variety of sizes that eBook readers and accessories are offered. You can get smaller screen size offered by Kindle, Barnes & Noble. They are light in weight and are easy to carry around. Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, Apple iPad and iPad pro are the ones that are a bit larger in size and a tad bit heavy.
The interface or controls of eBook reader and accessories are unlike any other smart device. They come with button controls as well as touchscreens. A general rule entails that eBooks with button controls are less cumbersome and require less battery. Touchscreens can be smudge-prone and require more power than the others. Then again, it depends on the manufacturer and the quality of the product.
The popular formats of an eBook reader include EPUB, PDF, TXT, HTML etc. Make sure that the device you are planning to buy is capable of running these file formats. Check if the eBook reader is open to displaying more formats than its own proprietary formats. For instance, all devices are able to display a document in EPUB format whereas AZW format runs only on Kindle.
If you are planning to buy eBooks and accessories, decide on the factor if you want to buy the eBook only for reading purpose or do you want it loaded with other features as well. Various eBook carry features like music playback as well as web browsing, these eBook readers function almost like a mini-computer.
The internal capacity of an eBook reader determines the amount of media that can be stored in an eBook. Higher the memory of an eBook reader, higher the number of eBooks and related files can be stored in it. There are eBooks that come with an option of expanding the capacity in the form of external memory with the help of an SD card.
Price of an ebook reader
We come down to the final yet a crucial pointer that plays a deciding factor in selecting the best eBook reader and accessories for some buyers. Some analysts determine that $99 is the average price point of an eBook reader. Although a price tag is not an issue if you are really looking forward to purchasing an eBook reader with maximum features. But if you have a specific budget in mind, compare the prices of the eBook reader across platforms and then make a choice.
Are tablets losing their consumer baseRead more
The year 2017 has not been any good for the tablet market in the first quarter of the year. An estimated number of 53 million tablets were sold around the world at the start of the year. During the same quarter, the sales of tablets fell by 20% from 66 million tablets. This data was collected by International Data Corporation.
The shipment dropped by 15.6% over the year reaching to 174.8 million devices. When asked about the massive drop, Ryan Reith, an IDC vice president, said that Tablets without a dedicated keyboard are losing their relevance among consumers across the world. Therefore, the sales were falling worldwide. The statement was given to the Fortune.
Reith further added that countries in the regions such as Africa, Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe still brings hope for being profitable tablet market. Analysts believe that fall in tablet sales is brought by increasing popularity of smartphones, lack of innovation in tablets and longer upgrade cycles.
No doubt, Apple is still leading the tablet market. Company’s iPad devices are selling well. But its sales are too affected by falling market trend in tablets, according to IDC. Apple’s tablet shipment decreased by 19% over the years to 13 million devices in the fourth quarter. Apple’s iPad Pro that comes with the physical keyboard too can’t become hit among consumers. Apple’s sales of every ten iPad include at least one iPad Pro.
The smartphone maker Samsung too experienced loss in its tablet sales. The company’s fourth quarter shipments dropped 11% to 8 million tablets. Online retail giant, Amazon was third biggest tablet sellers during the fourth quarter with 5.2 million tablet sales. The company is more focused on attracting consumers towards Prime Subscription than on selling tablets.
Huawei, the Chinese smartphone maker, shipped 3.2 million tablets during the fourth quarter. The sale increased by 44% over the years. The company has succeeded in reaching out to the consumer in Asian, Middle Eastern and European markets. Its popularity among tablet user can be attributed to embedded cellular connectivity found in its devices. In the U.S., the shipment of Huawei tablet was almost non-existence.
3 ways to make hospitals saferRead more
Diseases and illness thrive in a stressful, unhealthy environment; whereas all growth and recovery take place in a safe, caring zone. This fact is of prime importance for hospitals as it’s the place one needs to stay in, for treatment and recovery from an illness. Here are top ways to make hospitals safer.
- No more breeding infections
For making hospitals safer, it’s crucial that the hospital shouldn’t be a breeding ground for infections. HAI (hospital-acquired infections) can be prevented with a proper safety regime followed by the health care professionals by using sterilized medical equipment, clean masks, hand gloves, gowns and white coats. Also, care must be taken that the patient does not get infected due to contaminated bed sheets, food, water, and medications. Certain germs can survive up to 72 hours on common contaminated surfaces; hence, it is important to educate the cleaning staff to follow a stringent hygiene process including their own hand hygiene.
- Support of the latest equipment
If the hospital isn’t equipped with the latest technology, this renders the doctors incapable of diagnosing diseases, and this may create a list of problems for the patient. However, when the doctors have all the latest equipment, a hospital becomes a one-stop place for treating a host of diseases and the patients can rely on the hospital as well. Often, patients are left in a state of trauma at the end of surgery when the doctors, in the middle of an operation, are helpless as they don’t have the latest treatment devices to help their patients, which is the last thing hospitals would want.
- Build a good network
Treatment is only possible when a hospital has an excellent network of anesthetists, surgeons, etc. who can detect and cure the disease. It’s only possible if the hospital has kept a reliable team of experts that the patients can rely on for their treatment. Once a hospital can set up a team like this, they can come close to being a good hospital for sure.
Every hospital needs to follow all measures possible to make them safer for an overall treatment of its patients.
- No more breeding infections