Tips on Buying the Right E-Reader or Tablet

Are you looking for a new device that fits your lifestyle and lets you download free library content? Jefferson County Public Library has plenty of options for you!

If you're thinking about replacing an older tablet or e-reader, or if you're buying one as a gift, here are some tips with a focus on using JCPL's downloadable and streaming services.

Our handy compatibility matrix details all of JCPL's vendors and content and shows which devices work on each. One of the most versatile options is purchasing a tablet that supports both applications and internet use. With a Kindle Fire, Android or Apple product, you can access e-books and audiobooks, stream movies and music and read digital magazines on one device! PC Magazine, opens a new window discusses their top picks for tablets based on different user circumstances.

If a tablet isn't what you're after, perhaps you'd like a dedicated e-reader. E-readers are perfect for distraction-free, lightweight reading on the go. We recommend considering a product like a Kobo, Nook GlowLight or Kindle Paperwhite (note that a Kindle Paperwhite will only support e-books from one of JCPL's vendors: Libby). To weigh the pros and cons, we've gathered some articles from around the web to help you consider your options: PC Magazine, opens a new window and CNet, opens a new window both have current reviews of popular e-reader options.

Another great resource is Consumer Reports, which is free with your JCPL card! Check out unbiased product reviews, ratings, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.

Still unsure about which device to choose or want some help learning how to use your device? Book a Librarian, opens a new window for one-on-one assistance!