JCPL Tips on Buying the Right eReader or Tablet for Your Lifestyle

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 eReader, or if you’re buying one as a gift, here are some tips with a focus on using JCPL’s downloadable and streaming services, opens a new window.

Our handy library compatibility matrix, opens a new window details all of JCPL’s vendors and content and shows which devices work on each. One of the most versatile options is to purchase a tablet that supports both applications and internet use. With a Kindle Fire, Android or Apple product, you can access eBooks, audiobooks, stream movies and music, and read digital magazines, all 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 for distraction-free, lightweight reading on-the-go. Consider a product like a Kobo, Nook Glow Light, or Kindle Paperwhite (note that a Kindle Paperwhite will only support e-books from one of JCPL’s vendors: OverDrive and Overdrive’s Libby).

Another great resource is Consumer Reports, opens a new window, which is free with your library card. To weigh the pros and cons, we’ve gathered some current reviews of popular eReaders to help you consider your options: PCMag and CNet.

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!