We know them as digital or electronic books, and they have many advantages: they require neither paper nor ink, they are affordable and we can store hundreds of books on a single device. Is it possible to be more efficient? Of course it is!
E-books and e-readers are not the same
Despite the fact that we often see both terms used as synonyms, the e-book is the electronic version of the book, and when we talk about the e-reader we are referring to the device or reader of these electronic books. We often come across multimedia e-books, which include audio formats with the narrated text and even video.
Rivers of ink… of the electronic kind
The arrival of electronic ink during the last decade has been a key factor in the optimisation of the consumption of these products. This technology enables us to equate the experience of reading using an e-reader to that of a book in paper format. The images are four times brighter than on a conventional liquid crystal monitor, and thanks to the absence of backlighting, we achieve an optimum display from all angles and in broad daylight. The energy consumption is very low, since it is only required when changing screen. Whilst we are reading, the consumption is zero.
Exceptional device: the e-reader
A digital book can be read normally using the majority of electronic devices on the market, all of which have their own advantages. As specific devices for e-books, we demand near perfection from e-readers. We need them to be intuitive and easy to use, light, with high contrast screens which enable us to read perfectly in broad daylight, compatible with all reading formats (PDF, HTML, DOC, JPEG,…) and, of course, that their energy consumption is minimal so that the period of time between recharges is as long as possible.
The secret lies in the case
One of the newly released e-readers which has a case fitted with a solar panel can not be missing from the classic list of devices that you would take to a desert island. These cases, as well as protecting the device from the elements, feed the battery of our e-reader, considerably increasing its battery life, one hour exposed to the sun being sufficient to enjoy approximately three days of reading.
The cases themselves also incorporate their own storage devices, which represents one advantage of the most ecological energy that we can find. Everyone knows that the sun is an inexhaustible source of energy, let’s make the most of it.
Did you know that…
The electronic edition of the latest novel by the US writer Paul Auster, “Winter Journal”, was published 12 days earlier than the printed version.