Are E-Readers Still Worth Buying?

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite

I’ve been an e-book fan for as long as I can remember. Ever since I found myself stuck on a slow-moving mountain train with nothing but my PalmPilot and an e-book, I’ve been hooked on digital reading. Flash-forward some 15 years and e-books are everywhere, thanks in no small part to the Amazon Kindle — a dedicated e-reader with a special “e-ink” screen that I still consider a marvel of modern technology. (Know why Kindles and other e-ink devices have such phenomenal battery life? Because every pixel on the screen is either “on” or “off” until it needs to change. And only when you make a change — like, say, for turning a page — does the screen consume any power. Extraordinary!) Remember when the Kindle cost $399, and you couldn’t even get one for the first six months?

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Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).