Electronic Books for Seniors – The Benefits

For those seniors who are a little intimidated by the internet, electronic books are a great alternative to computers. Instead, this is a new way of reading books that has become very popular among retirees.  Electronic books often provide a very easy way to learn about new things.

Those who are interested in electronic books will need a device such as the Kindle or Kindle DX. But before you buy one of these, you may want to learn more about the benefits of electronic books and why so many are turning to them.

  1. Easier to read than traditional print books. There are quite a few reasons for this. To start, a backlit screen helps to minimize eye strain. This makes these devices perfect for any reader, no matter if they have previous eye problems or not. Additionally, you are able to increase the font size and color with one click. So, if you are the type of person who has a difficult time reading small print, you are covered. Of course, there are a variety of accessories that can be purchased for your electronic book reader. For instance, maybe you need more light to see what you are doing. In this case you can purchase a reading lamp that connects directly into your device.
  2. Increased speed. Many people find it hard to believe, but reading electronic books is faster than traditional books. The main reason for this is simple: the number of words per line is reduced. In turn, you do not have to move your eyes as far and your speed will begin to increase. Also, page turning is instant – unlike the six seconds it takes on average when reading a paper book. This may not sound like a lot, but for every 10 pages this equals one minute. To take things a bit further, this feature will save you one hour for a six hundred page book.
  3. Save money on the cost of books. When was the last time you purchased a print book? If it was recently, you know that costs have soared. This is not the case with electronic books, though. Most publishers offer large discounts for electronic versions. Where you may pay $17 to $20 for a print book, the electronic version will sell for anywhere from $9 to $12. Tip: if you have a Kindle, you will receive your books from Amazon the same day they are purchased, without having to pay a shipping or delivery fee.

Now that you understand the three of the biggest benefits of electronic books, you will be able to decide if this an electronic you need to add to your collection.

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