E-readers

Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1WC
REVIEW

Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1WC (white)

While there's no compelling reason to buy it over the Kindle Touch, the Sony Reader Wi-Fi is a very solid e-reader.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 17, 2011
Amazon Kindle 2011
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on September 29, 2011
4.5 stars User rating out of 4 votes

MSRP: $79.00

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Iriver Story HD
REVIEW

Iriver Story HD

The Iriver Story HD is a decent e-reader for fans of Google Books, but it's tough to recommend over its identically priced competitors, which offer touch screens and 3G.

3 stars Editors' rating on July 27, 2011
Kobo eReader Touch Edition
REVIEW

Kobo eReader Touch Edition (lavender)

Though the Kobo eReader Touch Edition doesn't quite measure up to the Nook Touch or the Kindle, it's a respectable and affordable touch-screen e-reader with a lot of pluses.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 16, 2011
4.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch Reader
REVIEW

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch Reader (Wi-Fi)

The new touch-screen Nook is a major advancement over its predecessor and offers some real advantages over the 2010 Kindle.

4 stars Editors' rating on May 31, 2011
4.3 stars User rating out of 8 votes
Archos 70
REVIEW

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.

3 stars Editors' rating on April 1, 2011

MSRP: $274.99

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Sony Reader Daily Edition PRS-950SC
REVIEW

Sony Reader Daily Edition PRS-950SC (silver)

Sony's flagship e-reader, the Daily Edition PRS-950, is a capable, well-designed e-reader that offers both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity--but at $300, it's too expensive.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on February 3, 2011
3.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $299.99

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Kobo Wireless eReader
REVIEW

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.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on January 24, 2011

MSRP: $139.00

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Barnes & Noble Nook Color
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 15, 2010
2 stars User rating out of 14 votes
Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650PC
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 8, 2010

MSRP: $229.99

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Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350PC
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on September 26, 2010
Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 22, 2010
Pandigital Novel Color Multimedia eReader
REVIEW

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.

2 stars Editors' rating on August 17, 2010

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Amazon Kindle DX
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 2, 2010
0 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Kobo eReader
REVIEW

Kobo eReader

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.

2 stars Editors' rating on July 8, 2010
1 star User rating out of 17 votes
Sony Reader Daily Edition PRS-900BC
REVIEW

Sony Reader Daily Edition PRS-900BC

Though there's a lot to like about the Daily Edition, the dazzle of Sony's first e-reader to integrate cellular wireless connectivity is diminished by its lackluster screen and high price tag.

3 stars Editors' rating on January 26, 2010

MSRP: $399.99

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Barnes & Noble Nook
REVIEW

Barnes & Noble Nook (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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 24, 2010
Amazon Kindle
REVIEW

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.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 7, 2009

MSRP: $189.00

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Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-600RC
REVIEW

Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-600RC (red)

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.

3 stars Editors' rating on September 11, 2009
Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300
REVIEW

Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300 (silver)

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.

3 stars Editors' rating on September 8, 2009
2.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote