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5 Reasons to Begin a New Chapter with Tablets and eReaders

by Michele Dawson

If you love to read, you probably have a small library with you at all times. Even if you prefer paper, you may discover that making the transition from newspapers and books to tablets and eReaders comes with a lot more advantages than you might think. Here's why.

1. You can customize your reading experience. Do you need reading glasses to get through the newspaper? With a tablet or eReader, you can enlarge and even change fonts until you find one that's perfect for you. You can also adjust the brightness of your screen. Some devices will even let you change the page to a dark background with white lettering.

2. You can get books when you want them. Your friend just emailed you a review for a fantastic new book that you can't wait to read. At midnight. The stores aren't open, but you can get on your eReader or tablet and purchase and download almost any book, newspaper or magazine you'd like. No matter where you are or what time it is, you can access what you want. Plus, you can read reviews and book samples online before deciding whether to make a purchase.

3. You can travel light. When you travel, the last thing you want to do is weigh down your baggage with all your reading material. With a tablet or eReader, you can bring along as many beach reads as you want. Take your device with you on business trips to help pass the time at the airport, or leave it in your purse or backpack for the daily commute.

4. You can sometimes read for free. If you didn't do the required reading in high school, there's still time! There are lots of free books available online, including a variety of classics. Many local libraries have programs to borrow e-books and download them to your device. When the lending period expires, the book is returned automatically, unless you renew. That way, you won't have to worry about late fees.

5. You can make your mark. Love leaving notes in the margins? Forget the red pen. Tablets and eReaders allow you to easily take notes or highlight text as you go. This comes in handy if you're reading a travel guide for an upcoming trip, learning a new skill or reading something particularly hilarious. You can easily mark the best parts and take your own notes. Some eReaders even allow you to share comments and see what other readers have marked up. And if you come across a word you don't recognize, you can click on it and access its definition in the dictionary.

Tablets and eReaders make it easy to switch between the Sunday crossword, a biography, or your favorite magazine—no matter where you are.