Choosing an e-reader, for example to give this Christmas, is not as simple a task as it may seem, and less when the recipient is an elderly person who may already show some problems of focus in vision, strength or understanding of increasingly complex new technologies.
eReaders: we offer you four alternatives to the Kindle according to your needs
Several factors must be taken into account to find the right e-reader, so that the reader does not tire of dealing with it, becomes discouraged and ends up leaving the reading. On the contrary, the correct choice can lead people with little reading habit to become voracious readers, which can undoubtedly bring them significant benefits at the brain level.
Factors to consider when choosing an e-reader for people over 65
1. Accessibility to texts
People over 65 are not so used to both physical and virtual buttons on the screen to get the pages of a book open; It does not mean that they are not capable, but that they are annoying operations that can induce mental fatigue.
That is why it is always better to give an e-reader focused on reading books than a tablet that has multiple functions, since in the latter the person must know how to choose a longer path to reach their goal.
On the other hand, the various functions must be very intuitive and easy to learn. For example, it is important to be able to put the large print and this must be done with one or two keystrokes. As well as accessing the integrated dictionaries to consult words.
The model that we recommend regarding usability is the Kindle PaperwhiteFor its size, larger than the basic Kindle, with a 6.8 “screen, its weight of 200 grams, its adjustable warm light, its variety of font sizes and its remarkable autonomy of 10 weeks.
But, above all, because of its access to books in electronic format from the Amazon store, something that greatly simplifies the achievement of new titles, either by the elderly himself or by younger relatives and who are better managed with Amazon systems. And it is also waterproof, that is, accident-proof.
A good e-reader for the elderly, and in general for everyone, should not only be light, but also easy to hold and store, handle and should even ensure a comfortable posture when reading it.
It must also be possible to decide whether to read vertically or horizontally, as well as the typeface of the letter that is most pleasant for us or the gesture that is most comfortable for us to turn the page.
All these features are in the e-reader Kobo Libra H2O, which with dimensions of 14.4 x 15.9 x 0.5 centimeters has a weight of 192 grams, covers a 7 “screen, superior to that of the Kindle Paperwhite. In addition, the battery lasts two weeks.
It has two side buttons to turn the page, a system that may be more comfortable than Amazon’s, consisting of pressing on the screens with a touch that is not always pleasant.
Regarding access to books, although it is not linked to any specific store, it does allow you to buy from the main online bookstores and send the books in the main formats by email, since the reader has Wi-Fi connectivity and an email address specific to it. With this, family members can send us recommended books.
3. Memory, autonomy and compatibility with the most common formats
Finally, the size of the screen does not have to be a limiting factor, since many times the price rises with the surface. We can choose a smaller screen, for example 6 “, as long as the font size can be increased and the page turn is comfortable.
We will surely save money if in return we obtain high compatibility with different formats, good autonomy and enough memory to store thousands of books without having to worry.
Our candidate in this sense is the Classic Kindle, a 6 “screen e-reader with Wi-Fi connectivity, a weight of just 174 grams and dimensions of 16 x 11.3 x 0.87 cm. It has a storage capacity of 8 gigabytes, that is, tens of thousands of books.
Its autonomy is weeks and with access to the most common formats (except ePub). It also allows access to the Amazon store, Kindle Unlimited, where there are many free books.
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