Nice post on e readers BH. Hard copy is no doubt the best for a static situation. A few studies seem to show retention is better when working with paper rather than electronic format.
I have a large regular book library of several thousand titles and three kindle readers. I study history and read a lot (well I suppose that’s understated) and enjoy reading on the small backlit kindle at night. The adjustable font size is a wonderful feature especially for those of us who have lived long enough to develop presbyopia and being backlit, it requires no external light that might disturb my spouse. In the airplane mode (not receiving/emitting rf), my small readers are good for about 40 hours continual use without a recharge and are well stocked with 600 some odd useful titles.
Adjacent to my large ruck is a protected storage container that contains a small format Kindle, solar charger, AN/PVS-14 Gen III+ with helmet/weapon mount, and a Surefire. One quick grab updates my BOB with electronics.
E readers do have their use, even more so in that situation where one might be on foot for an extended period of time.
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