E-readers

Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-600SC
REVIEW

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.

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
Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-700BC
REVIEW

Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-700BC

The PRS-700 takes one step forward for Sony digital readers--and a couple leaps back.

3 stars Editors' rating on November 25, 2008

MSRP: $349.99

Amazon Kindle
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 20, 2007
Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-505
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 14, 2007
Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader System
REVIEW

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.

3 stars Editors' rating on June 28, 2007
Franklin eBookman EBM-911
REVIEW

Franklin eBookman EBM-911

Though lacking in features, the EBM-911 is great as a basic handheld with e-book- and audiobook-reading abilities.

3 stars Editors' rating on April 25, 2001

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RCA REB1100 eBook
REVIEW

RCA REB1100 eBook

Though portable, RCA's REB1100 eBook offers limited book selection and document format support.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on February 22, 2001

Pricing not available

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
EDITORS' TAKE

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
EDITORS' TAKE

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.