eBook readers: Six of the best

eBook readers: Six of the best

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    Much of the hype around the iPad hasbeen its anticipated primacy in the eBook readermarket. However, although the iBookstore willdoubtless be a smooth unit, the iPad does not have an e-ink screen. These devices do, which meansthey reduce eyestrain and have phenomenalbattery life. They’re all real page-turners…

     

    Read below for our eBook readers: Six of the best

     

     

    Best… For holiday reads

    COOL-ER eBook reader

    £190, www.coolreaders.com

    There are no frills likeWi-Fi or a keyboard toentertain here, just MP3playback – maddeninglyvia a 2.5mm jack only –and Sudoku. Still, textlooks very clear on thesix-inch screen, thefour-way controller offersnippy navigation and ithas its own eBook store.The 1GB of storage isenough for 800 books,there’s a SD slot shouldyou need more, and thebattery lasts for 8,000page turns. It supports 19file types including PDFand ePub which can beeasily transferred from aPC or Mac. The Cool-ermay be light on features,but it’s a solid option.Brightly-coloured, too.

    Love Compact, easy touse, own eBook store.

    Hate Lacks stand-outfeatures. Feels cheap.

     

     

    Best… File support

    iRiver Story

    £230, www.iriver.eu.com

    Text looks sharp on theStory’s e-ink screen, butpage turns are sluggish– the slowest on test. Youcan transfer up to 1,500books, including PDF andePub files, to the 2GBmemory – an SD slot isalso included – viaAdobe Digital Editionsand Microsoft Officedocs are also supported.With a sturdy buildand QWERTY keyboard,the Story is similar to theKindle, except there’s noWi-Fi or 3G connectivity.You do get a comic bookviewing mode, supportfor MP3 and WMA filesand a voice recorder, butother e-readers do moreand cost less.

    Love Wide file support.QWERTY keyboard.

    Hate Overly expensive.Requires you to installAdobe Digital Editions. 

     

     

    Best… for simplicity

    ELONEX EREADER

    £180, www.elonex.com

    The Elonex has a solid ifuninspiring spec sheet.There’s 512MB ofinternal storage forhundreds of books andan SD slot for thousandsmore, a six-inch screenand support for TXT,ePub and PDF files.text is sharp andlegible from differentangles and file transferhas plug-and-playsimplicity. You get astandard 8,000 pageturns from the battery.It’s a lightweight 180g,but not as durable as theKindle or Story, nor asresponsive as the Kindleor Opus. The black bodyat least makes a changefrom regulation white.

    Love Lightweight. Sharpscreen. Stylish casing.

    Hate Limited features.Often slow to respondto commands.

     

     

    Best… portability

    CYBOOK OPUS

    £200, www.bookeen.com

    The Cybook opus is thesmallest, most portablereader here and whilethere’s no space for akeyboard, you do get amicroSD slot and 1GB ofstorage for 1,000 books.the five-inch screenis big enough to readcomfortably, with textrotating automaticallybetween landscape andportrait mode. The Opusis one of the fastestresponding e-readers ontest, although it can’tcompete with the Sony’sexcellent touchscreen.there’s no MP3 supportor 3.5mm jack, but mostfile types are accepted,including HTML, TXT,ePub and PDF. For £200it’s a tad basic, though.

    Love Compact and easyto use. Rotating screen. 

    Hate Lack of features.Cheap-feeling buttons.

     

     

    Best… for touchscreen addicts

    SONY READER TOUCH EDITION

    £250, www.sony.co.uk

    The Sony PRS-600 is theonly eBook reader to havea touchscreen, and itssterling six-incher is quickand intuitive, but alsoprone to reflections andharder to read in dim light.The 512MB storageholds 350 books, withMemory Stick and SDslots for more. Generousfile support includesePub, BBeB, Adobe PDFand TXT, downloadablevia PC or Mac usingeBook software orplug and play. However,the touchscreen is asmuch a curse as ablessing, and without 3Gor Wi-Fi Sony can’t quitecompete with the Kindle.

    Love Touch interface.Dual memory card slots.Extensive file support.

    Hate Reflective screen.Less internal storage thanmost. No 3G or Wi-Fi.

     

     

    Best… Overall Quality

    Amazon Kindle

    £245, www.amazon.com

    The Kindle has built-in3G, providing wirelessaccess to Amazon’sextensive – 330,000titles and counting –book, newspaper andmagazine store. Order abook and it downloadswithin a minute, billingyour Amazon account.Text is clear on thesix-inch screen. There’s2GB of internal storage– about 1,500 books –but no card slot andextra features include akeyboard and text-to-speech.There’s supportfor PDF, TXT, MP3 andWord files, but not theopen-source ePubformat. Note: the Kindleis only available from theUS. Import is easy, but byno means inexpensive.

    Love 3G connectivity. Amazon store access.

    Hate Expensive. No ePub.

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