The e-books have become stronger in recent years. Due to its practicality, the fidelity offered by electronic ink -which is very similar to paper- and the number of books that can be carried, but above all because of the difference in prices with traditional books. And, in this context, the Amazon Kindle is the best known, but it is not the only one.
There are several brands that manufacture these devices and they are available in Argentina. Although, we must clarify: it is not easy. The current offer is much less than what there used to be years ago. However, Kobo, Pocketbook, Noblex and even Eudeba, who published one in Argentina called Boris, have models that can be purchased locally. And indeed, these alternatives to Amazon’s e-reader have some advantages that make them worth considering.
Beyond these differences, why should you buy an electronic reader? In the first place, because in front of a tablet or a cell phone the screen it does not have the characteristic brightness of these gadgets that we use every day. And that, over time, damage the view and bother.
Second, there are other benefits associated with it, ranging from dimly lit screens for reading in darker environments to features like highlight, save notes and quickly look up words and chapters.
But one of the strongest points is the price difference. While a physical book can cost 3 thousand pesos, there are cases where the digital version costs 600.
And, in addition, for books that are free of copyright, ereaders allow you to pass formats such as MOBI and EPUB, which are available online, free of charge, or even on pages dedicated exclusively to downloading books that meet these conditions.
There is another not minor advantage: the battery lasts a long time. We can read intensely for 2 weeks without charging it, or up to a month if we read more moderately.
Here, the models that are available in Argentina, what formats they support and how much they cost. All recommendations allow you to buy within their own stores or in third-party online stores.
Ebooks, e-readers. Photo: Shutterstock
It’s the e-reader most popular in the world. Created by Amazon as a response to internal disputes that the company founded by Jeff Bezos had with publishers, it revolutionized the market.
In addition to allowing books to be purchased directly within the Kindle ecosystem, they can be purchased on the web and sent via an email that the Amazon account activates for the user, under the function “send to Kindle”.
This, in addition to being very useful, will support EPUB format againwhich is one of the most popular in the world, as of August this year.
Among its most useful features, has its own light for environments with low lighting (configurable) and is resistant to splashes (key for those who read in the bathtub or pool).
It had several models over the years and this is a point that needs to be clarified: nowadays, it is no longer necessary to go much higher than the Paperwhite 10.
This is one of the most used models, and it costs about 20 thousand pesos. If you want to jump to 11, which came out very recently, in our country you can get it for 45 thousand pesos.
Due to the differences between the models, which are minimal, It’s not worth buying the 11.
Supported formats: EPUB (since August this year), AZW3, AZW, TXT, PDF, MOBI, PRC, HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, PMP
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One of the most popular devices in the field of free culture, due to to the format that it always supported for uploading books (EPUB, precisely).
The latest versions come with a pencil to make annotations and also allows you to synchronize content from other applications such as Pocket to, for example, read a long note from the web on the device.
The problem is that the price was out of date: in Argentina you can get the Kobo Nia for about 33 thousand pesos.
Supported formats: EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR.
with display of 1024×758the national option has everything you need: front light, good image quality and 4gb storage. They all come with a good amount of space for books, which take up almost no storage in relation to other types of files (it is estimated that about 6,000 books fit in an average ereader).
It also supports format EPUB.
costs between 12 and 15 thousand pesosaccording to the seller.
Supported formats: Adobe DRM,PDF,EPUB,FB2,TXT,RTF,HTML,MOBI.
The premium version.
This premium option (very expensive, it costs about 130 thousand pesos) makes sense for those who read publications in color, such as graphic novels, comics and another type of content that demands more detail than a traditional book.
It has high image quality and, due to the target audience, it supports a large number of formats.
Supported formats: ACSM,BMP,CBR,CBZ,CHM,DJVU,DOC,DOCX,EPUB,EPUB(DRM),FB2,HTML,JPG,M4A,M4B,MOBI,MP3,OGG,PDF,PDF (editable),PNG ,PRC,RTF,TIFF,TRC,TXT.
Boris, the ereader of eudeba. Photo Eudeba
Boris is the national ereader of Eudeba, the publishing house of the University of Buenos Aires. It comes with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and allows expansion with a card Microusb up to 32 (Although not usually necessary).
It is compatible with all known online stores. The problem is that the official page lists it as currently out of stock.
It comes with 20 free ebooks, headphones (for audiobooks) and USB cable.
Supported formats: PDF & EPUB DRM, TXT, HTML, CHM, PDB, MOBI, FB2, DJVU, PDF, EPUB, DOC, MP3, WMA, JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF.