I’ve compiled the features & tech specs of the eBook readers out on the market and whittled them down for your convenience. Major product perks are in bold–which one will you buy?

Amazon Kindle (6″ screen, 2GB, 10 oz.) = $259
Amazon Kindle DX (9.7″ screen, 4GB, 19 oz.) = $489

  • Audiobooks, eBooks, newspapers, and magazines are available.
  • Supports TXT, MP3, and Audible natively; many other file formats by conversion.
  • 3G wireless and has a basic web browser.
  • 16 levels of gray; 4 days of battery life with wireless on, 2 weeks of battery life without.
  • Charges via USB or power adapter. Has 3.5mm audio jack and built-in stereo speakers.
  • Features image zoom, bookmarking & annotations, dictionary, and text-to-speech.
  • International version of the Kindle has global wireless access.
  • *Kindle DX auto-rotates for reading in landscape or portrait mode and supports PDFs.

—–Barnes & Nobles Nook (6″ EInk + 3.5″ color touchscreen, 2GB expandable, 11.2 oz) = $259

  • eBooks, magazines, and newspapers are available.
  • Supports EPUB, eReader, PDFs, image & MP3 files.
  • 3G Wireless and Wi-Fi, but no web browser.
  • 16 levels of gray; 10 day battery life without wireless.
  • Features bookmarking & annotations, dictionary, and text-to-speech.
  • Charges via USB or power adapter. Has 3.5mm audio jack and built-in mono speaker.
  • *Lend books out to friends & family on their computers, cell phones, or Nooks.
  • Personalized screensavers, wallpapers, and backplate; runs on Android OS.

—– Sony Pocket Reader Edition PRS-300SC (5″ screen, 512MB, 8 oz.) = $199
Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-600BC (6″ touchscreen, 512MB expandable, 10 oz.) = $299

  • >1 million public domain books available from Google. Magazines & newspapers TBA.
  • Supports ePub, PDF, BBeB Book and other formats by conversion.
  • No wireless and no web browser.
  • 8 levels of gray; 2 weeks battery life.
  • Charges via USB and has a 3.5mm audio jack.
  • *Touch edition supports freehand annotation, images & MP3 files.
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