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When Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) introduced the first Kindle four years ago, the e-reader market barely existed and e-books were almost a novelty. Sony (NYSE: SNE) e-readers were already on the scene but the Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) Nook wasn’t even on the drawing board. Last week, Amazon changed the e-reader game again with new dedicated e-readers that can be bought for under $100 and a media tablet that could do the same for that category if it delivers as promised.
There are too many e-readers to cover them all so we’re keeping it simple, comparing Amazon’s Kindle lineup with some of its main competitors, the Nook Simple Touch and Nook Color, Sony Reader WiFi Edition and Kobo’s Touch. Although it’s a tablet, we included the Kindle Fire because of its e-reader origins and its new role at the head of the Kindle family. Check out our chart:
We’ve updated our September 2011 chart to show Sony’s most recent e-reader offering, the Sony Reader WiFi, instead of the Sony Touch.