E-Ink Vs. LCD: Which Is Best for Reading? Part Two

In a recent article, we discussed the difference between e-ink and LCD screens — and consequently, the difference between e-readers and tablets as it relates to reading e-books. While both devices are up to the task, each offers unique features that alter the reading experience. Here are a few more facts that will help you decide whether an e-reader or a tablet is the best device for your to read e-books on:


Because the e-ink takes next to no power to display and change, the battery life in e-readers far surpasses that of any full-featured tablet out there. If you don’t want to have to worry about charging your device every day — or find yourself in the terrifying situation of being at the climax of an incredible book only to run out of juice — you’ll definitely want to consider an e-reader.

Currently, e-ink screens don’t display colors. If you’re planning on reading books with illustrations, keep in mind they’ll be in black and white. E-readers also can’t play video, so multimedia experiences are right out.


LCD screens are just like a computer screen. This means reading in the dark won’t be a problem. (Though it might hurt your eyes.) In bright sunlight, though, you might have a tough time seeing the screen. No laying down in an idyllic, sundrenched field with only a good book to keep you company, that’s for sure.

While LCD screens might offer a number of benefits, the price will reflect this — meaning you’ll probably pay more than you would for an e-reader. If you go with any fancy accessories or spring for 3G capabilities, you’ll be paying even more.

The battery life of a tablet with an LCD screen is considerably shorter than the battery life of an e-reader. Don’t forget your charger or you’ll be stuck without anything to read.

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