Like many tablets and personal computers, there are a variety of different operating systems available for ebook readers. These mobile operating systems all operate differently, some of them being more user friendly than others. There are currently four main operating systems that are available for ebook readers today.
The Linux-based Android operating system is the most popular, open source operating system currently available for ebook readers. Using eDGe ereader technology, readers can enjoy the benefits of having an ebook reader with a convenient Google toolbar. With this toolbar, you can read ebooks, browse or reference the internet, and run other applications available through the Android Applications store, or a brand-specific store if one exists.
Most Google Android ebook readers can browse the internet (through a Wi-Fi or 3G network connection), watch videos, and play games. The Google Android operating system is one of the most user friendly ereader operating systems on the market.
Currently, Linux is the second most popular operating system used for ebook readers. While it is not as flashy as the Google Android system, it is very user friendly and easy for reading ebooks. Many early ebook readers are run off of a Linux operating system. While they can run some 3rd party applications, they are very limited in other functionality since there are not as many applications designed for ereaders running Linux - most desktop Linux programs just won't run here. Users can usually browse the internet on these ereaders and read most formats of ebooks. Most non-Android Linux OS ereaders are more cost effective than Google Android tablets, if you do not mind somewhat more limited functionality.
Windows (CE or Mobile)
For windows users, this can be one of the most user friendly digital ebook readers, and should integrate smoothly with most desktops/laptops running newer versions of Microsoft Windows. The operating system is easy to navigate, comparable in layout to Apple's iTunes system. While the Windows operating system for ereaders is very user friendly, you must own a Windows system to update your ebook reader. Many ereaders that run Windows are fast and capable enough to be considered mini-computers, which means they tend to be pricier than their competition.
This is a simple ebook operating system used in many 3rd party ebook readers. While ereaders running this system tend to be inexpensive, it is not as widely supported as most other operating systems on the market. It can read a limited variety of ebook files, video files, and music formats. Don't expect it to support applications or digital bookshops that would be used on other ereaders.