Friday, March 11, 2011

How to choose between an E-reader or tablet for your legal reading needs

Should you buy a designated E-reading device like a Kindle or will you be better off with a tablet (like the iPad)?  This article from Law Technology News suggests that an E-reader might be the better way to go if you're concerned about cost, portability and especially eyestrain.

Many [E]-readers, including all Kindles, use E Ink, an 'electronic ink' display technology developed at MIT that's designed create the appearance of text printed on paper. E Ink is comprised of millions of tiny microcapsules, each about the diameter of a human hair. Each microcapsule contains positively charged white particles and negatively charged black particles suspended in a clear fluid. When a positive or negative electric field is applied, the corresponding particles move to the top of the microcapsule where they become visible to the user. This makes the surface appear white or black at that spot.

Katharine M. Nohr, a sports risk management attorney in Kaneohe, Hawaii, says that E Ink's superior readability led her toward a Kindle. 'I use a computer much of the day; my eyes need a break,' she says. 'However, reading a Kindle is similar to reading a book.'

According to the author, it's advantage E-reader when it comes to battery life too. Check out the other considerations here that will help guide you to the right choice for your particular needs.


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