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In addition to upgraded hardware and a significantly improved selection of e-books, e-reader hardware asking prices were falling swiftly. The initial Kindle cost $399 when it launched in 2007. In February of 2009, the Kindle 2.0 launched at a price of $359.

This was reduced to $299 in October of the same year and in June of 2010, the Kindle 2.0 price was reduced to $189 - prompted by the launch of Barnes and Noble's Nook of course. At present, you can grab yourself an entry level e-reader with a touch screen for no more than $79 - although there are certainly premium versions being sold at considerably higher price tags. The fusion of reduced prices, increased supply of e-books and the extra benefits which e-readers have to offer has seen these gadgets establish themselves in the world of reading very quickly indeed.



The very first dedicated e-reader is usually considered to be Franklin's eBookMan. This was launched way back in 1999, but it did not have the e-ink technology display screen which characterises, and to a large extent defines, modern e-book readers. It suffered from a scarcity of e-books to read onit and production and development discontinued in 2002.

The next notable development in e-readers arrived in the shape of the Sony PRS-500 reader, released in September of 2006 and considered by many as being the first commercial e-book reader. It had a 6", e-ink technology screen, but still experienced a lack of suitable e-books. Nevertheless, it was recognisable as a modern-day e-reader - there are probably more than a few of them still in use today.




Towards the end of 2007, Amazon unveiled its initial Kindle e-reader. It was priced at $399 and was an odd looking device, with odd angles and a QWERTY keyboard that was downright eccentric. Nonetheless, it was seized upon by early adopters. The original Kindle was sold out in just five and a half hours and remained out of stock until April of 2008. It appeared that even Amazon was surprised at the demand for its new gadget. Apart from restocking its hardware, Amazon worked doggedly to ensure that there were an increasing number of Kindle books readily available for use with their new reader. By the time the upgraded Kindle 2.0 reader was released in early 2009, not only was the hardware much enhanced, but it was possible to get almost any book on the New York Times' bestseller list in e-book format.



A frequently forgotten aspect of e-readers and e-books is that, as well as modifying the way that people read books, they also alter the manner by which books are published. Publishing an e-book is a lot easier, less expensive and less fraught with risk than getting a run of paper books run off. Writers can publish their manuscripts at the press of a key, and this has resulted in numerous authors self publishing their books.

It goes without saying, some self published works are not very good at all - but the fact that quite a few of the titles in the various bestseller lists are self published says a lot. Countless writers who would definitely not have enjoyed the possibility to be published in the old paper and ink publishing world have gone on to enjoy enormous success as a result of self publication of their own novels.



E-readers are also terrific electronic devices for any person who needs to get their literary fix but be kinder to the environment at the same time. The reader devices makes use of resources obviously, but various reports have revealed that, provided that you read sufficient books before you update your e-reader, e-readers are a lot more environmentally friendly than paper books. They use no paper or ink - neither do they require any of the chemicals or energy required in the traditional print process.

What's equally important is that, since e-books are not a physical item, they do not have to be sent by rail or road. The precise amount of books required to make an e-reader the best environmental selection varies from one study to another, but assuming that you read a book weekly then an e-reader is probably the best alternative for you, in environmentally friendly terms at least.



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Amongst the key distinguishing aspects of today's e-readers is the e-ink technology screen. These use pigmented particles held in suspension in a viscous liquid and sandwiched in between a pair of electrical plates. By altering the current flowing in the electrical contacts, black or white particles, are positioned in view and this creates the text. It's a great way of displaying text and is, for the majority of people, every bit as good as reading text printed on paper. There's no back-light, so you experience much less eye strain than when reading on a typical computer screen, and you can decide on the font type and size that is best for you. All things considered, it's an extremely nice reading experience. After utilizing an e-reader for one or two hours, the majority of people will not realize that they're reading on an electronic instrument instead of dipping into the pages of a traditional printed publication.



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