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I listened to the webinar “Hot eBook Devices for the Holidays,” presented by OverDrive trainers Tammi Cascone and Beau Livengood.  Their webinar recommendations form the documentation for this article.

You might be considering buying a new eReader this holiday season for yourself or a loved one.

You’ll want to think about these things first before buying an e-reader:

  • Price
  • Screen size
  • Actual device size
  • What will you use if for?  (e-books, audiobooks, Internet, viewing videos)
  • Keyword capability
  • Ease of use

A complete list of eReader devices compatible with OverDrive books can be found here

New eBook readers and portable devices that support OverDrive books this holiday season are:

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (compatible for US libraries only).  This device has a 6-inch lighted screen, weighs 7.5 ounces, has Wi-Fi access, 2 GB of internal storage and a long battery life.  The device’s profile is literally pencil-thin.  Tape on the light0-bulb icon on the top edge of the display to adjust the light.

Apple iPad® 4th generation with the OverDrive app for EPUB & MP3 for the Kindle app for Kindle Books.  It has a great screen (264 pixels per inch resolution), it’s fast, and has a long  battery life.

Apple iPad® mini with the OverDrive app for EPUB & MP3 and the Kindle app for Kindle Books.  It has a 7.9-inch screen, gibber than an iPhone, smaller than an iPad.  163 pixels per inch resolution, Wi-Fi and cellular service options available via AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon giving you portable Internet access.

Apple iPod touch®, 5th generation with the OverDrive app for EPUB & MP3 and the Kindle app for Kindle Books.

Barnes & Noble NOOK® Simple Touch™ with GlowLight™ (transfer titles to your device using Adobe Digital Editions).

Google Nexus 7 with the OverDrive app for EPUB & MP3 and the Kindle app for Kindle Books.  For roughly $200, you get a good screen, 16 gigabytes of memory, 216 pixels per inch resolution, easy to hold and store in a pocket.

Google Nexus 10 with the OverDrive Media Console v2.6 (or newer) installed on the device.   For roughly $400, it has a 300 pixels per inch density screen image, and would be good for users who prefer a bigger screen.

Microsoft Surface with Windows RT with the OverDrive app for EPUB & MP3 and the Kindle app for Kindle Books.  This device has a nice screen, and quick response time when searching.  It’s a big big for eading an eBook in bed, but good for the office.

New child-friendly eReader devices this season you can use to access OverDrive books are:

Fuhu Nabi 2 with the OverDrive app for EPUB & MP3 and the Kindle app for Kindle Books.  This device has a raised, plastic grid on the back, which kids can personalize with decorative tiles called KINABIs.  It comes loaded with many educational apps.  A chore calendar lets parents assign vlues to tasks.  By completing tasks, kids earn coins they can spend on games.  Mommy mode enables parents to creat a list of acceptable sites the child can visit.  It supports eBooks and audiobooks via the OverDrive Media Console for Android app.

Oregon Scientific MEEP! With OverDrive Media Console v2.6 (or newer) installed on the device.  This e-reader has good parental control options, allowing parents to monitor activity remotely and block access to Google Play Store.   It supports eBooks and audiobooks via the OverDrive Media Console for Android app.

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