Do Chromebooks make good ereaders?

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Chromebooks as ereaders?

Chromebooks have proven amazingly popular, with various models showing up on Amazon's bestseller list. But how well does a Chromebook work as an ereader? One redditor asked about it and got some helpful answers in the Chrome OS subreddit.

Raylad asked his question about Chromebooks as ereaders:

I'm an avid reader, and I've been considering purchasing a chromebook to not only enjoy the bigger screen for reading, but I'd like to be able to use it to browse and navigate my textbook pdfs for school as well.

Does the chrome OS excel here? Sorry for the silly question... I just want to have all the facts before I buy. Thanks!

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His fellow redditors responded with their thoughts about Chromebooks as ereaders:

VictoryGoth: "You should consider the Chromebook Flip. You can hold it like a tablet but it also has the added functionality of a laptop with trackpad and keyboard."

Welbinator: "Do you often find yourself reading on a computer screen? It's definitely much different than reading on say, a Kindle or a Nook. If you think you can handle staring at a bright screen reading text for long periods of time, then sure! I do most of my reading on an Android tablet and it seems fine to me. The Chromebook will offer a bigger screen.

In fact, you may consider the Asus Flip. It's a Chromebook that flips all the way around into a "Tablet mode".

Also, there is a Kindle Cloud Reader in Chrome, so if you have ebooks you bought on amazon, you can access them."

Willyo561: "What you will gain from going to a chromebook will be content creation over a e reader or tablet. Writing notes etc will be a lot easier on a chromebook."

Grimreeper: "The PDF experience will be better on a Chromebook compared to a phone or a Kindle. How it compares to a tablet or other laptop/desktop will probably come down the screen.

Some newer monitors (not sure if any laptop displays at the moment) have special "reading" modes that are supposed to drastically reduce the amount of blue light, increase contrast and reduce brightness. Not sure how useful this is though."

Shanman3us: "Along these lines I have yet to find an .epup/.pdf reader for Chrome OS that allows annotation and highlighting. I mainly use Epub files. I too want to replace my tablet for the Asus flip. For my Nexus 7 I have Moon+ reader pro. Is there anything similar to that for a Chromebook?"

Keheliya: "Try uploading epubs and pdfs to Google books https://play.google.com/books/uploads It supports annotations/highlighting and also bearable rendering."

Welbinator: " I really enjoyed my Acer C720. It's light, inexpensive, and performs well (has a Haswell generation celeron Processor).

I eventually upgraded to the Pixel, which obviously is amazing. But if the Pixel is more than you're looking to spend, I (and many, many others) believe the Acer C720 (or C720P if you want a touchscreen) is the best Chromebook you can get for the money. 11.6" screen, so you'll have considerably more screen realestate than your Nexus 7, but it's not super big and cumbersome."

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