The first e-reader was released way back in 1998. The Rocket eBook generated very little interest and sellers quickly discontinued it. Sony next released e-reader models in 2004 and 2006. Amazon's first Kindle came out in 2007 and sold out in five and a half hours. Consumer views on e-readers changed drastically over the decade. The rapid rise in popularity is due to a combination of factors; the convenience is undeniable, and manufacturers continue to improve the technology. Today, tablets and smartphones are almost interchangeable with e-readers, as most have e-reader apps and settings.
One of the most challenging aspects of e-readers is reading in direct sunlight. Enjoying a book on the beach with an e-reader isn't as easy as it looks. A regular paper book does not have a reflective surface, but some e-reader screens do. This is an improvement many manufacturers have focused on recently. They boast a paper-like reading experience, regardless of the location or lighting.
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