Many people will be getting ready to set off on their summer holidays around about now. However, this year, hand luggage may be just a little lighter than it has been previously.
Ebook readers have really caught on over the last two or three years – and they take up a lot less space than a collection of hardback and paperback books. A typical ebook reader will weigh somewhere between 6 and 8 ounces, and will have similar dimensions to a slim paperback novel.
Despite their diminutive size and weight, most ebook readers will allow their user to carry over a thousand ebooks with them wherever they go. That should be more than enough to last right through your annual holiday. And if you do run out of something to read then, as long as you can get to a wireless hotspot, you can download a new ebook in less than a minute.
The e-ink technology display used in modern ebook readers also offers some holiday benefits. E-ink displays don’t suffer from screen glare the way that computer displays can. That means that they can be read in bright sunshine – just like a “real” book.
E-ink displays also have a very low power requirement. That’s because they only draw power when the display is being changed. Many ebook readers will go for up to 8 weeks between battery charges – based on 30 minutes of reading a day.
Even allowing for the fact that you might read for more than half an hour a day when you’re on holiday, you will probably make it to the end of the fortnight without having to recharge your reader’s battery. That’s handy as it means that you won’t have to pack chargers and cables. It’s amazing how much space and weight cables and chargers can take up in your luggage, especially if you have a few electrical and electronic gadgets with you.