Kobo Wireless eReader ( WiFi, lilac)
Though the Kobo Wireless eReader is a serviceable e-book reader with built-in Wi-Fi, it's worth spending the extra money to get the Kindle or the Nook instead.
Barnes & Noble Nook Color
Barnes & Noble's Nook Color is a capable color touch-screen e-book reader that offers much of the functionality of an Android tablet for half the price of an iPad.
Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650PC ( red)
The Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650 is a slick e-book reader that's anchored by an impressive and easy-to-use touch interface, but the glaring omission of wireless connectivity will be a deal-killer for many--especially at this price.
Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350PC ( pink)
If you can overlook the fact that it's missing wireless connectivity, the Sony PRS-350 is a very nice little e-reader that's anchored by an impressive and easy-to-use touch interface.
Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G ( with Special Offers, graphite)
The third-generation Kindle's winning combination of noteworthy upgrades--an improved screen, better battery life, lighter weight, and lower price--vaults it to the top of the e-book reader category.
Pandigital Novel Color Multimedia eReader
The feature set of the affordable Pandigital Novel looks good on paper, but this color e-book reader and multimedia device is hobbled by its extremely slow performance and unresponsive touch screen.
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Amazon Kindle DX ( white)
Though it has a hard time competing with Apple's iPad in terms of functionality, the less-expensive 2010 Kindle DX will appeal to those looking for a large, dedicated e-reader with an e-ink display.
The Kobo eReader isn't a bad little basic e-book reader, but it's just not a compelling deal now that the more full-featured Barnes & Noble Nook has matched its low price.
Barnes & Noble Nook ( 3G/Wi-Fi)
The Nook Wi-Fi doesn't quite measure up to the Kindle in terms of design and overall performance, but it's a worthy alternative if you're looking for a more open e-reader that supports the EPUB format.
Amazon Kindle ( global wireless, 2009 version)
While the new internationalized Kindle looks exactly like the earlier U.S.-only model, this e-reader, which uses AT&T's data network for wireless access, represents an incremental improvement to the Kindle line--just as serious competition is ramping up in the e-book market.
Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-600SC ( silver)
While it's an improvement to the company's previous touch-screen model, Sony's Reader Touch Edition PRS-600 is saddled with a screen that's short on contrast and prone to glare--and it lacks the wireless convenience of Amazon's identically priced Kindle.
Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300 ( blue)
While Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300 has a basic feature set, its $200 price tag, compact size, and Epub file compatibility make it an appealing e-book reader.
Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-700BC
The PRS-700 takes one step forward for Sony digital readers--and a couple leaps back.
Amazon Kindle ( first generation)
With its free built-in wireless capabilities and PC-free operation, Amazon's Kindle holds a distinct advantage over Sony's Reader and is a promising evolution of the electronic book--but Amazon needs to bring down the pricing for both the device and the content to attract a wider audience.
As shown: $399
Newer model available starting at: $259
Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-505 ( red)
While the PRS-505 Reader Digital Book is not without flaws, Sony's improvements make this model easier to recommend.
Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader System
Though the Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader System is an impressive platform for reading e-books and other documents, the price and availability of compatible "books" makes it a tougher sell.
Franklin eBookman EBM-911
Though lacking in features, the EBM-911 is great as a basic handheld with e-book- and audiobook-reading abilities.
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RCA REB1100 eBook
Though portable, RCA's REB1100 eBook offers limited book selection and document format support.
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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite ( 2015)
The third-generation Paperwhite now sports the Kindle Voyage's high-resolution display, but otherwise looks and costs the same as the previous model.
Kobo Aura H2O
Kobo's new e-book reader is designed for reading in the bath, by the pool or waiting grimly in the rain for your bus.