These basic devices are intended for reading ebooks and not much more. (We’ve included the more sophisticated devices from the same manufacturers in our post on tablets.)
Manufacturers and models:
- Enhanced features for reading, including variable display, dictionary support, search, notetaking, etc.
- Low cost
- Long battery life
- Single use (minimizes distraction)
- Wireless not required
- Single use
Things to consider and some opinions:
- These devices are designed for reading ebooks. If you want a device that does more, consider a tablet.
- While the use of these devices is limited, they are good at what they do. Not having access to a ton of other apps can also help students focus on reading. Having a few of these devices in a classroom or making them available for checkout from the library is a great way to encourage reading and provide some extra features like vocabulary support, searching, and variable display options.