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10 Modern Technologies Baby Boomers Are Using

Kindles and Other E-readers

As wonderful as it is to stroll through a giant bookstore that's honeycombed with bookshelves, it's less wonderful to dedicate an increasingly large amount of space in your own home to storing the books you've accumulated.

Until the emergence of e-readers (or e-book readers), one might have to dedicate a separate bag for carrying the books one intended to read on vacation. Now, thousands of books can be transported in and accessed by a device with dimensions similar to a book, but thinner. E-readers are portable devices that can store text from digitized books, newspapers and magazines. They have wireless capabilities that allow owners to download books or other documents using Wi-Fi or 3G networks. They're also noted for having long battery lives -- in some cases, a full charge can power an e-reader for a month or longer.

As e-readers become more popular, digital book sales continue climbing. In fact, online retail giant Amazon is now selling more e-books than hardcover books and paperback books combined [source: Miller].

Boomers are a promising demographic for e-readers (and sellers of e-books), since they (specifically older boomers) are the most likely of any age group to make a purchase online [source: Pew].

Boomers are increasingly looking for large-print books, and the ability to change the font size of text on e-readers is very alluring. Additionally, some e-readers have features that give a voice to the words on the page.

Best yet? Libraries now offer a free digital-book lending service.

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