The affordable Kobo Mini is a likable touch-screen e-ink e-reader that's too small for some and not quite small enough for others.
Kobo Glo ( pink)
The Kobo Glo is an excellent Kindle alternative, especially for readers seeking EPUB compatibility and international options.
Amazon Kindle ( 2012, special offers)
The $69 Amazon Kindle is an excellent no-frills e-book reader for anyone who’s willing to forgo a built-in light or a touch screen.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G
With an excellent built-in light and Amazon's best-in-class e-book selection, the Kindle Paperwhite rises to the top of the e-reader pack.
Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight
The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight sets the standard for e-ink e-readers going forward and is well worth the extra money if you do a lot of nighttime reading.
Kobo Vox ( green)
While it's relatively affordable, the Kobo Vox is a truly unexceptional Android tablet, with nothing to recommend it over the identically priced Kindle Fire.
Amazon Kindle Touch ( with Special Offers, Wi-Fi)
The Kindle Touch is Amazon's best e-reader to date.
Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1RC ( red)
While there's no compelling reason to buy it over the Kindle Touch, the Sony Reader Wi-Fi is a very solid e-reader.
Amazon Kindle 2011 ( with Special Offers, Wi-Fi)
If you don't want to spend the extra $20 to upgrade to the forthcoming touch-screen version, the entry-level 2011 Kindle is a great choice for an ultraportable and superaffordable no-frills e-ink reader.
Archos 70 ( 8GB)
The Archos 70 offers more horsepower and features than any other tablet under $300, but its limitations make it more of a toy than a tool.