Jag Venugopal's Blog

June 21, 2010

Buying an eBook reader? You’ve got some great deals available

Filed under: Digital Living — Jag @ 2:15 pm
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Barnes and Noble has now introduced a Wi-Fi only version of its Nook e-reader for $149. Additionally, the 3G version now costs $199, a reduction of $50.  Amazon has followed suit with the Kindle for $189. Be forewarned, though, that a new Kindle is expected late in summer 2010.  

Right now, the juggernaut is Apple’s iPad which can do much more than just book reading for a pricier $500. The advantage with the iPad is that its a full-page screen and can display PDFs while retaining all their formatting. Neither the Kindle nor the Nook (in their 6-inch version) will display PDFs without “reflowing”, which totally munges the formatting. For most people that can afford it, the iPad is the better purchase — it does a lot more than books, and the screen is nice and bright, and fast.

However, if you travel a lot, and want something compact that has excellent battery life, that you can carry with you, then the devices from Sony, Barnes and Noble or Amazon are all good purchases.

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