So, the 2012 Olympics have finally come to an end. Two weeks of sporting greatness that even had a chronic sportophobe like me gripped is over for another four years.
Now there are no more medals to be won, a lot of us will be off on that long-overdue summer holiday before autumn draws in.
Whether it’s sitting on a beach for two weeks, or enjoying a more active break, there’s one thing we all take with us on holiday – a good read. If you’re a dedicated holiday bookworm, an eReader is an absolute travel essential these days. So if you’re heading for the sun soon, pick one up as soon as possible.
When we think of eReaders, Kindle is the first name to come to mind. The iPad of the eReader world, the Kindle is a great device that didn’t earn its reputation by mistake.
The Kindle Touch was launched earlier this year, bringing touchscreen capabilities to make for smoother usability. At £109 for the Wi-Fi model (there’s no real need to get the 3G version), this device is great for the hardcore readers out there.
Now, believe it or not, there are other eReader manufacturers out there. One that has been plying its trade for a while now is Kobo, delivering some great devices that undercut Amazon on price.
The Kobo Touch was released before Christmas, and has so far proved a hit with users. The Touch’s body has an air of quality that the Kindle simply doesn’t, and the £79 price tag makes it even more attractive.
Another manufacturer that’s been operating in the eReader market for longer than you might think is Sony, with a wealth of devices on offer.
One of the most recent is the Sony Reader PRS-T1. This is one of the lightest eReaders on the market, not to mention one of the best looking.
At £130, Sony is asking rather a lot for the PRS-T1, but with a sleek design and great portability, you could do a lot worse.