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This year has been a busy one for e-readers. Just in the last five months, four new devices have been announced, including two last week. Pr…

This year has been a busy one for e-readers. Just in the last five months, four new devices have been announced, including two last week. Prices continue to drop — Kindle With Special Offers came out at $114 — and new features are being added. The Kobo, Nook and Kindle all have social-networking options, for example, and wth the exception of Sony’s devices, WiFi is now standard on e-readers. Given all this activity, it seemed a good time to update our popular e-reader chart, which compares prices and features across the devices.

One note: You’ll notice that the iPad isn’t in this version of the chart: We’ve decided that, with the introduction of so many new tablets over the past year, they deserve a chart of their own, so that is forthcoming. We left the Nook Color in, though: While it has a few tablet-like features, it lacks a real web browser and is really still an e-reader, albeit a bright and colorful one.

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  1. It would have been useful to know which of those e-readers can handle video. 

  2. @contentnext-2505:disqus the only one that can handle video is the Nook Color. The rest of them are just dedicated e-readers, no video.

  3. Mindbendingpuzzles Wednesday, June 1, 2011

    One thing that often gets overlooked in the comparison between E-readers is that it isn’t really about the reader at all. It is really about the books that you can read on it. A reader needs to be “good enough”. Most of the devices mentioned above are already “good enough” and prices are coming down all the time while functionality is going up. I suspect that in the relatively near future cheap powerful readers will become ubiquitous.

    Two far more important questions to ask are: “Are the books I want to read available on this device?” and ” Is this format likely to survive so I don’t get landed with a library of obsolete ebooks”

    Unfortunately the current array of proprietary formats makes this a very difficult decision and I cannot say which format is most likely to win out in the long run. I personally have bet on Adobe drm epub because it seems to have the widest number of sellers onboard but your guess is as good as mine

  4. The Kobo ereader is amazing. Try some of the different ereaders and see
    what I mean. It also has the most available books out of all the
    ereaders and about the best price too.

    1. @gurunick:disqus hey, the new one hasn’t been released yet! :)

  5. i have had my nook simple touch 2nd gen since the 7th they were shipping them friday the 3rd works verry well it doesnt web browse at all not that the 1st gen was even worth trying to web browse with it was rough

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