Digital readers or ‘e-readers’ are used to download digitalised texts and ‘borrow’ items from libraries.  E-readers have a ‘virtual bookmark’, which remembers the last page that was read.  They automatically open on this page, removing the need for bookmarks or folded down corners.  E-readers also enable users to zoom into texts.  This is a bonus for partially sighted readers, who would normally be limited to reading Large Print editions of books. 

The newly launched Sony Reader Daily Edition is a wireless e-reader that enables people to both download books, and to ‘borrow’ books from local libraries.  Users can ‘borrow’ e-books for 21 days, after which they ‘expire’ from the reader.  This means that users never run the risk of returning a book late and accumulating a fine. 

Amazon’s Kindle DX is designed for reading newspapers and periodicals.  Over twice the size of Amazon’s earlier Kindle 2 model, it is intended to provide a tabloid-like reading experience.  Although the Kindle DX has a high graphics resolution and an A4-page sized screen, its black and white screen can limit the visual impact of photographs. 

Bookstore chain Borders has an e-book service, allowing shoppers to purchase and download e-books directly from the Borders website onto their e-reader. 

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the Bookstore 3 December, 2010

Borders has gone out of business

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