Which E-Reader You Choose for Holiday: Kindle, Nook or Sony Reader

By Dipankar Das, Gaea News Network
Monday, November 22, 2010

ereader E-readers are expected to catch many eyeballs during the upcoming holiday season. For me, it is not a clear cut solution to select the right one without knowing the fundamentals. I tried to cover different aspects of e-Readers in this article from buyer’s perspective. It is very crucial to consider Digital Management Right before you buy e-Readers. E-Book can not be copied endlessly with the help of DRM.

  • Amazon Kindle: This e-Reader is the most popular one in the market because of its simplicity. You will be able to browse the book anywhere where you get AT&T signal. The price of the model with 6″ screen that supports Wireless is $189. Amazon recently launched Wifi only Kindle that costs $149. The  Kindle DX with a 9.7″ screen size comes with $389. The downside of Kindle is that you can not use it with other e-Reader without taking off the DRM and that is illegal.
  • Barnes and Noble Nook: This device has expandable memory and supports books from the library. You can also lend books to other Nook owner. This e-Reader gives you one hour free reading of e-Book while you are at Barnes and Noble store. The Wi-fi model with 6″ screen is priced at $149 and the wireless unit costs $199. The downside is that if you purchase the book from Barnes and Noble store, it will be locked for ever.
  • Sony Reader: Most of the readers still consider it the best one because it supports the open standard. You can borrow the books from the third party retailer and can read it. All three models have note-taking right on the page in e-ink using the included stylus and all of them have touchscreen option. The size of Sony device is much smaller than the other two e-readers and they are also lighter.
    The touch and Daily Readers have memory slots. You can carry the other model ie the 5″ Pocket edition to anywhere. The Pocket one is 5.7″ x 4.1″, 33″ thick and it weighs only 5.5 ounces.  All of the models are on sale at Sony Style till the end of the month and they are priced at $199, $249 and $149.
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