We don't always do special blog posts announcing that a certain product has received a CNET Editors' Choice Award, but in the case of our two new winners--the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook Color--we're taking a moment to explain our decision for a couple for reasons.
For starters, in the case of the third-generation Amazon Kindle, the product has already been out a few months. So why award it an Editors' Choice now? Well, we had been leaning for a long while toward stamping it with an "EC," but upon hearing rumors that Barnes & Noble might have a new Nook, we decided to hold off until everything was out for the holiday season before making a final decision.
As it turned out, the new Nook was a color product, and though Barnes & Noble has released its new
That doesn't mean the e-ink Nooks should be be ruled out when you're shopping for e-ink e-book readers. They offer better compatibility (EPUB support), the option to lend certain titles to fellow Nook users, and virtually unlimited full-book browsing when you log in from a hot spot within a Barnes & Noble store. If any of those features--or the LCD navigation screen--appeal to you, don't hesitate to buy a Nook. But we had to pick one e-ink reader, and the Kindle is it.
As for color-display e-readers, the iPad remains the strong choice for those looking for a multifaceted device that does more than reading, but in terms of dedicated e-readers in the sub-$250 range, the
So, there you have it. Until this point, we hadn't doled out any Editors' Choice Awards in this category, largely because it has evolved--and continues to evolve--so quickly. We expect to see new e-readers at CES 2011 (January) along with a lot more Android tablets that should become more compelling digital-reading devices as they get more affordable. If you're shopping in the meantime, the Kindle and Nook Color are our top choices, depending on your price range and screen preference (e-ink versus color LCD).
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