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Which eBook reader is best for reading Medical textbooks?



Here is some offbeat stuff which is getting relevant for medical education today. These days we are seeing a changing trend where most of the medical students are dumping paper textbooks and switching to eBook reader devices. But when you decide to buy one, choosing the best one becomes a tough task. I currently own a iPad Air 2 and have been satisfied accept for the eBook portability issues. Reviewing the best ones here:

iPad series

The latest models include iPad Pro, iPad Air 2,  iPad mini 3 and iPad Mini 2.

Pros:

  • Versatility to do much more than just reading books
  • Can be used for many medical apps
  • Excellent screen resolution and no eye fatigue even after reading for long hours. This is single best quality of ipads which makes it a best device for reading medical textbooks
  • Can display diagrams, surgical images, graphs and schematics in full color
  • Don't hang
  • Kindle books can be accessed by installing Kindle app


Cons:

  • Costly
  • Compatibility issues if you want to move a book from your ipad to other device or vice e versa. It is possible but requires effort.
  • Distractions in reading by other features like social media apps

Below are some good ipad models (Wifi models are better value for money than 3G/4G models, as you can use your phone to create a hotspot):

Apple iPad Pro Tablet (9.7 inch, 32GB, Wi-Fi Only)



Apple iPad Air 2 Tablet(9.7 inch,32GB,Wi-Fi Only)



Apple ipad Mini 3 Tablet (7.9 inch, 16GB, Wi-Fi)



Apple iPad Mini 2 Tablet (7.9 inch, 32GB, Wi-Fi Only)




Android based tablets


Pros:
  • Versatility to do much more than just reading books
  • No compatibility issues while transferring downloaded pdf documents and books
  • Cheaper than iPads
  • Can be used for medical apps in android market
  • Can display diagrams, surgical images, graphs and schematics in full color
  • Kindle books can be accessed by installing Kindle app

Cons:

  • Some of them take some time to respond to load large books
  • Screen quality not as good as ipads
  • Distractions in reading by other features like social media apps

Below are some good android based tabs for Medical textbook reading:

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 10 Tablet (10 inch, 16GB, Wi-Fi Only)



Samsung Galaxy Tab E SM-T561 Tablet (9.6 inch,8GB,Wi-Fi+3G+Voice Calling)



Kindle series

Pros:
  • Basic eInk Kindle good for light reading but not good for seeing image loaded content like Anatomy atlas or Surgical textbooks
  • Good for bedtime reading
  • Lesser strain on eyes 
  • Cheap
  • Kindle doesn’t offer easy access to Facebook or Twitter avoiding distractions


Cons:
  • Not possible to take notes
  • No color images
  • Slower in response time
  • On screen keyboard is not good
Below are the available Kindle models: