Get a Kobo Mini e-reader for $39.99

That's $30 less than the cheapest Kindle, which lacks a touch screen and includes ads. Plus, the Mini can fit in your pocket.

For a mere $39.99, the pocket-friendly Kobo Mini offers a touch-screen interface.
For a mere $39.99, the pocket-friendly Kobo Mini offers a touch-screen interface. Kobo

This is an update of a deal I wrote about back in February.

With tablet prices dipping below $150 and even $100, it's no surprise to see e-reader prices in free-fall. So why not scoop one up and enjoy the benefits of an eye-friendly screen, ultra-light design, amazing battery life, and distraction-free reading?

And here's one of the best deals I've seen yet: For a limited time, you can get the Kobo Mini e-reader for $39.99, plus $8 for shipping. That's $20 less than the last time I wrote about it and $30 less than Amazon's entry-level Kindle. It's available in black or white.

The Kobo Mini has a touch screen, whereas the $69 Kindle does not. It's a slightly smaller screen, too (5 inches), meaning it's a bit easier to pocket. And at 4.7 ounces, it's the lightest e-reader currently available.

I also like that it has a removable back cover you can swap for a sold-separately color one. Points for style.

As with other e-readers, you can browse and buy books right on the device (assuming there's a Wi-Fi connection available). You can also stock it with EPUB and Adobe DRM books, and a Kobo rep told me it's possible to side-load books purchased from Barnes & Noble (though doing so obviously requires connecting to your PC, a minor hassle).

Even so, the Mini might be a tough sell for anyone already vested in, say, Amazon's ecosystem. That's the key reason I probably wouldn't buy one myself, even with this incredibly attractive price.

On the other hand, this could make a great gift for someone who doesn't yet own an e-reader. Check out CNET's review of the Kobo Mini , then hit the comments to let me know what you think. Would you choose this over a non-touch-screen, ad-powered Kindle?

Bonus deal: Now this is interesting. 1SaleADay has the refurbished Acer DA220HQL 21.5-inch all-in-one PC for $299.99 shipped. The interesting part: It's a touch-screen system powered by Android 4.0. Specs include a 1080p display, wireless mouse and keyboard, stereo speakers, Bluetooth, and other PC-like features. Might be an ideal system for a kitchen or bedroom. Check out Engadget's hands-on look at the system.

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