JCPL Tips on Buying the Right E-Reader or Tablet for Your Lifestyle

Finding a new device that fits your lifestyle and lets you download free Library content is a frequent question heard at Jefferson County Public Library.

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, 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 e-books, 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. E-readers are perfect for distraction-free, lightweight reading on-the-go. We recommend considering 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). 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, opens a new window, which is free with your library card. Check out unbiased product reviews and ratings, as well as 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!