Why Buy an eBook Reader?

From the African jungles in Michael Crichton’s Congo to the farmlands of China in Pearl S. Buck’s The Good Earth to right at home with the magazine Martha Stewart Living, books expand horizons. We’ve all heard since shows like Wishbone and Reading Rainbow that books have the power to take us anywhere. One library,so many possibilities.

eBook readers take it one step further. One device holds about a library and gives you as many of your favorite book titles at your fingertips as you could ever really want. Plus, they make it easy to take notes, save clippings of quotations and highlight passages we want to be able to find again. eReaders are about readability. They are designed to make your reading experience more enjoyable and less of a hassle. Nobody wants to take a stack of books with them on a business trip or long roadtrip. They’re convenient, portable and good for the environment. In fact, the only real downside we can see to an electronic book over a real paper book is that you’ll have a few more problems if you accidentally spill your coffee on it or get splashed at the pool.

Find out if a reader such as the Kindle 3, Kindle DX or the BeBook Neo is right for you as we give you some of the reasons for switching to digital. Here at TopTenREVIEWS you’ll find reviews and comparisons of the best eBook readers out there and some of the content that can be available. Also do not forget to take a look our selection of articles on eBook readers. At TopTenREVIEWS We Do the Research So You Don’t Have To.™
 

What to Look for in an eBook Reader

Most people only know Kindle. But there is a variety of eReaders available, some with other features that may be more attractive than the Kindle. Here are the factors we considered to effectively compare these electronic books.

Design
From touchscreens to LED backlights to the Read to Me feature on the Kindle 2, there are a lot of features that will help your reader disappear so it’s just you and the text. Features like the touchscreen, screen size and type and the wireless capabilities were given more weight.

Content
Some of the eReaders have hundreds of thousands of titles available from a dedicated service while others can support a few files found on the internet. We rated the number of content available for the device and how many different types of book files each device can support.

Memory/Battery Life
The life of your eReader is crucial. Nobody wants their reading device to run out of power before the climax of their novel. The number of pages that can be turned on a single charge and the amount of memory available for storing books makes the eReader experience more enjoyable.

Additional Features
There is always room for features while enjoying to a book. Some of these include the number of grayscale levels, audio formats, image formats, text-to-speech feature and so much more.

The best eBook readers will have a good combination of each of these features and will disappear as you read, just like a normal book would.

 
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eBook readers take reading to a new level of ease no matter where you are. Bring the whole library; whether it’s to India or the backyard.

Rank #1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
Excellent score   Excellent
Very good score   Very Good
Good score   Good
Fair score   Fair
Poor score   Poor
Kindle 3 Kindle DX BeBook Neo Barnes & Noble Nook Alex eReader Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-600 Pandigital Novel Kobo eReader COOL-ER Astak 5" EZ Reader Pocket PRO
Kindle 3 Kindle DX BeBook Neo Barnes & Noble Nook Alex eReader Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-600 Pandigital Novel Kobo eReader COOL-ER Astak 5" EZ Reader Pocket PRO
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Lowest Price Buy Kindle 3
$139.00
Buy Kindle DX
$359.00
Buy BeBook Neo
$299.00
Buy Barnes & Noble Nook
$199.00
Buy Alex eReader
$399.00
Buy Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-600
$169.72
Buy Pandigital Novel
$179.99
Buy Kobo eReader
$149.00
Buy COOL-ER Classic
$249.00
Buy Astak 5" EZ Reader Pocket PRO 5" EZ Reader Pocket PRO
$189.00
 
Overall Rating Excellent Excellent Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Good Good
Ratings
Design Excellent Excellent Very Good Excellent Excellent Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Good
Content Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Very Good Excellent Very Good Very Good Very Good Good
Memory/Battery Life Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Very Good Excellent Very Good Very Good Very Good Good
Additional Features Excellent Excellent Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Good Good
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View Screenshots View Kindle 3 screenshots View Kindle DX screenshots View BeBook Neo screenshots View Barnes & Noble Nook screenshots View Alex eReader screenshots View Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-600 screenshots View Pandigital Novel screenshots View Kobo eReader screenshots View COOL-ER screenshots View Astak 5" EZ Reader Pocket PRO screenshots
Design
Screen Size (diagonal inches) 6 9.7 6 6 6.0 & 3.5 6 7 6 6 5
Touch Screen    Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark    
Screen Type E-Ink E-Ink E-Ink E-Ink E-Ink E-Ink TFT LCD E-Ink E-Ink E-Ink
Resolution 600 x 800 824 x 1200 600 x 800 600 x 800 600 x 800, 320 x 480 600 x 800 600 x 800 600 x 800 600 x 800 600 x 800
Overall Size (Inches) 7.5 x 4.8 x 0.335 10.4 x 7.2 x 0.4 7.7 x 4.8 x 0.4 7.7 x 4.9 x 0.5 8.9 x 4.7 x 0.4 6.9 x 4.8 x 0.4 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 7.2 x 4.7 x 0.4 7.2 x 4.6 x 0.4 6 x 4.1 x 0.4
Weight (ounces) 8.7 18.9 10.5 12.1 11 10.1 16 8 6.3 6
Content
Dedicated Content Service Check Mark Check Mark   Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark   Check Mark  
Newspaper/Magazine Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark   Check Mark    
Blogs Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark   Check Mark    Check Mark  
Memory/Battery LIfe
Internal Memory 4GB 4GB 512MB 2GB 256MB 512 MB 1GB 1GB 1GB 512MB
Battery Life (Page Turns)   Up to 7500 Up to 7000 Up to 5500 Up to 7,500 Up to 8000   Up to 8,000 Up to 8000 Up to 8000
Removable Memory    16GB   2GB Up to 32GB Up to 32GB Up to 4GB Up to 4GB Up to 16GB
Additional Features
Text to Speech Check Mark Check Mark      Check Mark    Check Mark
Grayscale Levels 16 16 16 16 8 8 16 8 8 8
Recharge Time 4.5 Hrs. 4 Hrs. 3 Hrs. 3.5 Hrs. 3 Hrs 4 Hrs. 4 Hrs 3 Hrs 4 Hrs.  
Audio Formats MP3, Audible, AA, AAX MP3, Audible, AAX MP3 MP3 MP3, WAV, MIDI MP3, AAC MP3, AAC, WAV MP3, Ogg MP3 MP3
Document Formats Kindle (AZW), PDF, TXT, MOBI, PRC, HTML, DOC Kindle (AZW), PDF, TXT, MOBI, PRC EPUB, DRM, PDF, TXT, HTML, RTF, MOBI, CHM, PDB. EPUB, PDB, PDF TXT, EPUB, PDF, HTML BBeB, PDF, Word, EPUB/ADEPT EPUB, PDF EPUB, PDF, Adobe DRM PDF, EPUB, FB2, RTF, TXT, HTML, PRC PDF, DOC, ePub, LIT, PRC, MOBI, WOLF, DJVU, HTML, TXT, CHM, FB2, PPT
Image Formats JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF   JPEG BMP, JPG, PNG, TIFF, GIF
Internet Capabilities
Wireless Wi-Fi 3G, Whispernet Wi-Fi 3G, Wi-Fi Wi-Fi   Wi-Fi    
 
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Lowest Price Buy Kindle 3
$139.00
Buy Kindle DX
$359.00
Buy BeBook Neo
$299.00
Buy Barnes & Noble Nook
$199.00
Buy Alex eReader
$399.00
Buy Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-600
$169.72
Buy Pandigital Novel
$179.99
Buy Kobo eReader
$149.00
Buy COOL-ER Classic
$249.00
Buy Astak 5" EZ Reader Pocket PRO 5" EZ Reader Pocket PRO
$189.00
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