Choosing an eReader – A guide for library users with disabilities
A reality of the changing literary market is that e-readers have become a major game-changer in terms of how we read books. In the last several years we’ve seen a number of different products hit the market, starting with Amazon’s Kindle and branching out to include devices such as the Borders/Chapters-Indigo Kobo, Apple iPad and Sony eReader, among others. There’s a substantial amount of controversy surrounding these devices from the publishing side, a lot of it having to do (not surprisingly) with money.
You’re probably wondering what this means for you – which devices are ideal for someone with a disability? Toronto Public Library offers extensive e-content available to download from the TPL site using OverDrive, including eBooks and audiobooks available in various formats. However, which of these popular eReaders the compatible with library downloads and various e-formats such as PDF or ePUB?
Staring with Amazon’s Kindle and continuing each week, we’ll give you a quick run-down of each device so that you get an idea of which product might be right for you, if you’ve considered purchasing an e-reader. With library users and people with disabilities in mind, each review will evaluate for compatibility with downloadable content from TPL, as well as the accessibility features (or possibly, lack thereof!) of each product.