Which tablet is the best for reading your “scary stories” by guest blogger Andrew Lisa

Best Tablet Computers with which to Read Your Scary eBooks


From Bram Stoker to Stephen King, horror lovers are lucky to live in an age in which every scare, sleepless night, and standing hair is available for the taking without a visit to the bookstore or a library.

Tablets bring the scares to you, but which one is right? Check out this list before you decide which tablet you’ll use to scare yourself to death.

2014 is shaping up to be the best year so far for tablets and e-readers.

Apple iPad Air

The Apple iPad Air is lighter, thinner, and more powerful than its predecessors, but it brings all the awesomeness of the previous generation’s brilliant Retina Display. Just 9.7 inches at its longest, and weighing in at a single pound, the iPad Air can be held comfortably with one hand and is the lightest in its class. Driven by a new 64-bit A7 CPU, it’s got not just muscle, but nearly 12 hours of battery life. As competitors nibble away at the edges, iPad Air proves Apple is still a force to be reckoned with.

Entry price: $499.

Kindle Fire HDX

When you think of horror eBooks, you think of Amazon – and if you’re only in it for the reading, the Amazon Kindle Fire might be the best in its class. When coupled with an Amazon Prime membership ($79/year), the seven-inch Kindle Fire HDX brings with it an incredible array of books, movies, and television programs for free. Its super-fast quad-core speeds, backed up by a 1920 x 1200 screen, definitely beat out the Nexus 7 – all with more than eight and a half hours of battery life. Live video support is available literally at the touch of a button – the Mayday button, that is – on the tablet 24/7.

Entry price: $199.

Lenovo Miix 2

For Windows lovers, the Lenovo Miix 2 is powered by a quick Atom Bay Trail CPU and puts the entire Windows 8.1 experience in your hands with a sharp-looking eight-inch tablet. Even better, the pricey Office Home & Student software comes built in at no extra cost. Its 1280 x 800-pixel display is nice and bright, but not offensive, and works perfectly with the Live Tile interface.

Entry price: $299


When it comes to bang for the buck, there is ASUS’s MeMO Pad HD 7, and there’s everything else. A nice, bright 1280 x 800 screen is backed up by a powerful quad-core processor. For the price, it has a very high-quality camera both in the front and the rear, and comes with a full 16GB of internal storage. Not enough room? It accepts micro SD cards for expansion. Nearing 10 hours of battery life and including a wide array of custom Android features, there is simply nothing better for the price.

Entry price: $129.99

Horror book lovers rejoice – the perfect tablet is out there for you.

With an incredible array of affordable, powerful tablets to choose from, this year is shaping up to be the best so far for mobile media. Get a tablet, get a subscription, and get reading!

Andrew Lisa is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. He writes about technology and electronics.

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