Five Reasons to Buy an E-Reader Instead of a Tablet

Kindle PaperwhiteThe Age of the Ereader is drawing to a close. That’s the drumbeat this week, after iSuppli pegged the year-over-year decline of reader sales at a staggering 36 percent. It makes sense; why get a fuddy little Kobo when there are cheap Kindle Fires aplenty to be had? Turns out, plenty of reasons. Tablets are great, sure. But ereaders—in so many ways—are even better. Here’s why. They’re cheap. Okay, sure, you can get an $80 tablet from Walgreens. But you’ll hate it, and hate yourself for buying it. Entry price for a serviceable 7-inch tablet is $200, which—unless you’ve got very deep pockets—isn’t exactly pocket change. For just $70, though, you can get a very serviceable Kindle. Or an adorably tiny Kobo Mini for $50. You can pay more than that for an oil change.

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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).