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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. Many of the exam preparation resources are also available online along with MCQ question banks and Online Mock tests, both in form of websites and Apps. So having a good  tablet with handwriting function is becoming a necessity.

But when you decide to buy one, choosing the best one becomes a tough task.  In this post I will be guiding you on eBook readers which are best for reading Medical textbooks. I currently own a iPad 7th generation Wifi with 32GB and have been satisfied accept for the eBook portability issues difficulty in downloading free ebook (quite a few work arounds are there to tackle these issues). Reviewing the best ones here:

iPad series


The latest models include following:

Latest Apple Tablets
Apple iPad (2019) Wi-Fi + Cellular Link (Click here)
Apple iPad (2019) Wi-FiLink (Click here)
Apple iPad mini (2019) Wi-Fi + CellularLink (Click here)
Apple iPad mini (2019) Wi-FiLink (Click here)
Apple iPad Pro (11-inch) 2018 Wi-Fi + CellularLink (Click here)
Apple iPad Pro (11-inch) 2018 Wi-FiLink (Click here)

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 value for money ipad models and comparison between them  (Wifi models are better value for money than 3G/4G models, as you can use your phone to create a hotspot):

Models Apple iPad 10.2-inch (Latest Model) Apple iPad Air (3rd Generation) Apple iPad mini (Latest Model)
Ratings 4.2 out of 5 stars (68) 4.6 out of 5 stars (874) 4.6 out of 5 stars (292)
Display 10.2‑inch Retina display 10.5‑inch Retina display with True Tone 7.9‑inch Retina display with True Tone
Secure authentication Touch ID Touch ID Touch ID
Chip A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture, Embedded M10 coprocessor A12 Bionic chip with 64‑bit architecture, Neural Engine, Embedded M12 coprocessor A12 Bionic chip with 64‑bit architecture, Neural Engine, Embedded M12 coprocessor
Camera 8MP camera with HDR and 1080p HD video 8MP camera with HDR and 1080p HD video 8MP camera with HDR and 1080p HD video
Video 1080p HD video recording 1080p HD video recording 1080p HD video recording
Apple Pencil Compatibility Apple Pencil Apple Pencil Apple Pencil
Smart Keyboard Compatibility Compatible with Bluetooth keyboards Compatible with Smart Keyboard and Bluetooth keyboards Compatible with Bluetooth keyboards
Connector Lightning connector Lightning connector Lightning connector


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:









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