Kindle vs Tablet: Which One is Best for Reading?

Wondering if you should buy a Kindle or a tablet for reading ebooks? Whether it's the simplicity of a Kindle or the versatility that tablets offer that's making the decision hard, we're here to help. We'll be weighing out the pros and cons of tablets and Kindles so that choosing your perfect reading buddy will be as easy as flipping a page! Keep reading to find out more.

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Why you should consider a Kindle

If you need a reason or two to jump ship to a proper e-reader like a Kindle, there are plenty of advantages to discuss! Kindles are some of the best ebook reader devices on the market and for those who just want to read, they're the best option. Here's why:

No distractions

Unlike most tablets, Kindle e-readers aren't full of distracting applications, so you won't have to worry about turning on Airplane mode or silencing any notifications. If you're easily distracted, a notification could tempt you into opening up an application and before you know it you've spent 2 hours scrolling on Instagram rather than reading! 

Designed for reading 

The Kindle was designed solely for reading, so you'll find more features suited to reading on the Kindle than you would on a tablet. When reading an ebook, you'll only see the page, so there are no other buttons or pop-ups to distract you. Plus, you can adjust the font on your Kindle to suit your eyesight!

Perfectly portable

Unless you've got an unusually small tablet like an iPad Mini, a Kindle tends to be much smaller in size and weight. This makes reading on the go much easier, as a Kindle will fit into most bags and even some large pockets. The light weight of the Kindle also helps as it's less of a strain on your hands and wrist while you're reading, whereas reading on a tablet that's quite heavy and bulky could be uncomfortable for long periods of time.

No glare here

Have you ever tried reading on a tablet in the sun? It's not ideal, but thankfully the Kindle has a non-glare screen! If you want to do a spot of reading outdoors in the daylight or on holiday, you'll have no problems with the sunlight glaring down on your screen.

Why you should consider a tablet

If you're not completely sold on a Kindle, then a tablet might be a better option for you. Here are some reasons why you should consider a tablet as an alternative to Kindle and other e-reader devices:

More bang for your buck

It's no secret that you can do far more things on a tablet than you can on a Kindle. While the Kindle does seem to be better for all things reading-related, if you want an e-reader that can offer a bit more, then a tablet will do the trick. You'll be able to listen to music, play games, browse the web and social media platforms as well as read your ebooks from a tablet – something that a Kindle can't do!

A library of book apps

Depending on the type of e-reader you get, you'll be stuck with a specific type of book library. For example, some e-readers use an app called Libby for readers to search and download books, while other e-readers might use a different app. Luckily for tablet owners, you have a wider variety of options.

Reading in colour

This one isn't too big of a deal unless you're looking to read comics, but most e-readers like Kindles don't have colour. Tablets however do, thanks to the backlit display and screen technology. If you're looking for an e-reader to read comics on or you just want to be able to experience colour on the pages of your ebook, then a tablet might be best for you.

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