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Now that touchscreens are making their way into the ereader market, the timing is right for the arrival of the Kobo Touch Edition. Even though the Nook and the Kindle Touch may be more popular in the states, the Kobo ereader is more popular world wide. The Kobo is indeed a viable alternative to the Nook and Kindle, as a pure ereading device. It has two attractive features that make it different from the Nook and Kindle Touch. First the ebook reader's file format is the same one offered by Kobo's ebook store, the relatively open E-PUB format, which uses Adobe's D.R.M. Unfortunately you can't side load books purchased from Amazon, Apple, or Barnes and Noble onto the Kobo Touch, even though it has a sd card slot and usb port.

 

All those retail giants use exclusive ebook formats, which enslaves their customers to their respective devices and apps. However, the books you purchase for the Kobo Touch can be side loaded onto all the other ebook readers and tablets in the market place. That's a good thing if you ever want to switch to a different ereading device, since your purchases aren't held hostage to a particular device from a single company. The second thing Kobo has going for it is that it has come up with an awesome idea to change a solitary activity such as ereading into a truly social activity. It has achieved this by adding a social game called Read On, to its ereader.

 

Read On gives you achievement based rewards and feedback on your reading prowess. You earn badges, goodies and prizes as you reach certain plateaus. In conclusion, for those looking for strictly an ereading device, the Kobo Touch is a nice little option. It's small enough to fit into your pockets and can do more with a PDF then either the Nook or the Kindle Touch. It isn't format restrictive like the Kindle and the Nook, so you can load just about any ebook file, onto the device. Even though the Kobo eReader Touch Edition is missing features I think would make it better, it still remains one of the best E-Ink options, available in the world.

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Sony Reader Pocket Edition

Sony Reader Pocket Edition

 

 

The Sony Reader Pocket Edition better known as the PRS-300, is about as inexpensive as pocket readers can get. It may lack extras that some of the other ebook readers offer, however; the Sony Reader Pocket Edition top-flight design and usability amply compensate for the missing features. Controls are simple and intuitive, starting with a big four-way navigation and selection wheel located in the center of the case, below the screen. The up and down buttons move a heavy black arrow through menus; the left (backward) and right (forward) buttons initiate page turns. You can easily jump to a specific page number by employing a vertical column of numeric buttons to the right of the screen, and then clicking the selection button on the navigation wheel. The number keys also offer an alternative way to the nav wheel for selecting menu options.

To keep the price low, Sony cut corners on font size options, so the Sony Reader Pocket Edition is a poor choice for people with impaired vision who need extra-large fonts. The Pocket Edition lacks audio support altogether. Reading on the Pocket Edition is easy and intuitive. The books I've read on it looked really good and flowed neatly. Page turns were responsive and pretty much on par with other devices. The Sony Reader Pocket Edition is an appealing choice, not just for buyers on a budget but for anyone who wants a small ebook reader to carry in a purse or backpack. Also, there is a higher priced, touch screen version for those of you adept at using the Iphone and Ipad.

THE GOOD: With its sharp 5-inch screen, the Sony Reader Pocket Edition is much more compact than the Kindle and fits comfortably in one hand when reading; font size is adjustable; decent battery life; Sony's eBook Library software is now both Windows- and Mac-compatible, with best sellers costing $9.99 (just like Amazon); E-pub file compatibility lets you access thousands of free classic Google Books and loaner files from many local libraries; also displays Word and PDF files.

THE BAD: No expandable memory; battery is sealed into unit; screen may be too small for some people; limited zoom function with PDF files; cannot display JPEGs or play back MP3 files; not as zippy as the step-up PRS-600.
 
CONCLUSION: While the Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300 has a basic feature set, its affordable price tag, compact size, and E-pub file compatibility make it an appealing ebook reader.
 

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Ebook Reader Comparison

               

Ebook Reader Comparison

 

NOOK COLOR OR KINDLE 3

 

 

In this article we will be doing a short but informative ebook reader comparison, between the Nook Color and the Kindle 3; the latest ereaders by the respective retail giants. Even with the growing use of smartphones and tablet computers, ebook readers don't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Both the Nook and the Kindle, today’s top two ereaders, have undergone some interesting changes over the past year. Barnes & Noble and Amazon, the retail giants behind the two devices respectively, have put a lot of effort in these improvements to make ebook reading a more pleasurable and enjoyable, experience for users.

The Nook Color and the Kindle 3 are two of the most featured packed ereaders on the market. Most websites and users will genuinely agree, that they are at least in their top 3 of all ebook readers, currently available. As its name implies, the Nook Color incorporates a full-color 7in LCD touch screen that is capable of displaying up to 16 million colors. This naturally opens up a new world of reading possibilities, including comics, children's stories, magazines, text books etc. Other impressive features found on the Nook Color include MP4 video playback, full color Web browsing, apps and games such as angry birds and a MicroSD slot for additional storage.

The Kindle 3 (3G Wi-Fi), meanwhile, sticks to a grey-scale E-Ink display, but with highly improved contrast. While it lacks some of the Nook Color's multimedia features, the Kindle 3 is more portable and costs significantly less than its Barnes & Noble rival. In the table below, we compare how the Kindle 3(Wi-Fi 3G) stacks up against the Nook Color:

Amazon Kindle vs NookColor: specs

 

Feature Amazon Kindle 3 NookColor Verdict?
Screen size 6in 7in NookColor
Display resolution 800×600 pixels 1024×600 pixels NookColor
Display technology 4-level grayscale VividView LCD NookColor
Touch screen No Yes NookColor
OS Linux (2.6.10 kernel) Android 2.1 Draw
CPU Intel PXA255 ARM Cortex A8-based Ti OMAP 3621 (800 MHz) Draw
Supported files AZW, PDF, TXT, MOBI, PRC, MP3, AA EPUB, PDF, XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPTX, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, MP3, AAC, MP4 NookColor
Internal memory 4GB 8GB NookColor
Memory card slot No Yes (Micro SD) NookColor
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n Draw
3G HSDPA network support Yes No Kindle 3
Radio No Yes NookColor
Battery life 4 weeks (approx.) 8 hours (approx.) Kindle 3
Dimensions 191×135×18mm 205x127x12mm Kindle 3
Weight 241g 422g Kindle 3
Keyboard QWERTY Touch screen Kindle 3
Web browsing Yes Yes Draw
Price US$149 US$199 Kindle 3

Its obvious that the Nook Color beats the Kindle 3 when it comes to display technology and file support. The Kindle 3, on the other hand, wins out in price and portability. So if you're looking for a gadget that can do a variety of multimedia tasks, the Nook Color is what you are looking for. However, if you just want an affordable and easy-to-carry ebook reading device, with a few extras thrown in, get a Kindle 3. For more in depth information about each device, refer to their individual review pages, within this website. I hope this ebook reader comparison, between the top 2 ereaders on the market today, helped you.

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Kobo Ereader Review

Kobo Ereader Review

 

In this article we will be doing a Kobo ereader review. The ebook reader market just keeps growing, with all sorts of products—some of which are much too expensive for mainstream buyers. The Borders-backed Kobo eReader is different. Its less expensive than the Barnes and Noble Nook, Amazon Kindle, and the Sony Reader Pocket Edition. The Kobo eReader also comes with 100 preloaded classic titles to get you started, like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Moby Dick. If you don't need over-the-air(Wi-Fi) book purchases, it's a solid low-cost choice. Kobo also offers free apps for the iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Palm Pre, and Android devices. You can sync your books across multiple platforms—this way you can pick up where you left off using any device.                                             

The Kobo eReader's 1GB of internal memory can hold about 1000 e-book titles; an SD card slot at the top of the device offers extra storage if you need it. The e-Reader can access over a million books and e-Pub, Adobe D.R.M, and PDF files are supported. You can download or buy books at KoboStore.com or Borders own ebook store. There is no wi-fi store like the other main stream ereaders on the market; so the big question for you is, do you need a connected reader? The Kobo eReader removes the instant gratification you'd get with a Kindle or Nook. Those devices let you browse, buy, and download books over the air in moments, wherever you can find a cellular signal. If you don't need wireless book downloads, though, the Kobo eReader is a solid choice at a cheap price.
 

THE GOOD: Relatively compact, lightweight, and affordable; integrates nicely with Borders ebook store; built-in Bluetooth; expansion slot for additional memory; $20 gift card bundled with unit; good battery life (up to two weeks). The original Kobo has been discontinued and replaced with a WiFi version, so consumers are finding great unbelievable deals on the original Kobo. The WIFI version is also a good bargain at only 99$.

THE BAD: No Wi-Fi or 3G wireless(original Kobo); somewhat generic feel to the whole device; screen contrast could be better in the original Kobo; however that has been improved in the wireless version.
 
CONCLUSION: The original Kobo is a steal at the price it is now, thanks to the new wifi version and Borders liquidation sale. If you decide to go with the WiFi version which I recommend, then disregard this review because I mainly focused on the original Kobo in this review. The Wi-Fi version retails at a very low 99$ price tag, a steal in my opinion. The Kobo Wireless eReader adds some of the features the first Kobo was lacking, which makes it a viable competitor to the Kindle and the Nook. If simplicity at an affordable price is what you're after, the Kobo Wireless eReader or the original Kobo eReader will serve you well. I hope this Kobo ereader review helped you.

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Nook Ereader

 

 

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In my opinion, the Nook Ereader better known as the Nook Color, is the surprise deal of the season. When it comes to the books race, Barnes & Noble seems to be catching up with Amazon.com. If you have an interest in switching to ebooks, and you choose either the Nook or the Kindle, you will find plenty to read. Overall, the Nook color can give the android powered Samsung Galaxy Pad a run for its money, despite being cheaper it's still fully featured. At half the price of an Ipad,the Nook Color appears to have found itself in a pretty distinct niche, of either being a poor man's Ipad, or a rich man's second tablet.

THE GOOD: The Nook Color features a vibrant touch screen 7 inch display. It performs pretty fast; It has built in wi-fi; You have access to the entire Barnes and Noble book store. It has 8 GB of on board memory plus an expansion micro SD slot if you need more. It supports PDF, Word, and E-PUB files. JPEG, PNG, GIF, and BMP image files are viewable, and you can use any personal photo as wallpaper for the device. It plays mp3 and most other common audio files. Most children's books have voice over tracks that read to kids; don't feel guilty about using that feature every once in awhile parents. Books download extremely quickly to the device. In many cases, you can be reading a new book in less than 10 seconds; in some cases 5 seconds.

The Nook color also has an enhanced web browser with the support of Adobe Flash Player for mobile videos rendering, which provides you with interactive experiences. You immediately get access to the android market place which features over a million apps; including your favorite, angry birds. It’s also preloaded with Nook apps such as Pandora Internet radio, Chess, Crossword, Sudoku and media gallery. The gallery has over a million free books ready for instant download. You can also subscribe to news stand favorites such as the New York Times, U.S. Weekly and many other newspapers and magazines.

THE BAD: Eight hours of battery life for reading pales in comparison to other e-ink readers on the market. Off course, like all other popular ebook reading devices, there is no, replaceable battery. There is also no on-board camera, which is the main reason this device is so affordable.
 
CONCLUSION: The Barnes & Noble's Nook Color is a very capable color touch-screen e-book reading tablet, that offers much of the functionality of an Android tablet for half the price of an IPad, which is pretty cool. It has all the important features of the Kindle 3 and all the important features of any, available android tablet and that's what makes it stand alone as the best hybrid(mix) of any device on the market. If the Samsung Galaxy Tab and The Apple Ipad had a baby it would be named the Nook Color. I love it so much because i am a serious ebook reader that wanted the enjoyment that came along with owning a tablet. So if a Kindle is just to boring for you and an Ipad is just to expensive; have no fear the Nook Color is here. I hope this Nook ereader review helped you.

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Amazon Kindle Review

 

Amazon's third generation reading device, comes out of the gate looking really strong. We can't, start this Amazon Kindle review, without talking about the new graphite finish which looks and feels really cool. The Kindle 3 is also lighter and slimmer than the Kindle 2, but best of all its wifi and 3G models have newly lowered prices. Although the market is now flooded with cheap ebook readers; none of them even comes close to having the features included with the Kindle 3. It's arguably still the leading name in the field, and amazon is already touting its 3rd model as the best selling ever.

THE GOOD: Price 189$. The Kindle 3 manages to stay at a low price despite the large improvements over the Kindle 2. It also has both wifi and 3G. There is free book browsing and buying at AT&T WiFi hotspots. There is also a 139$ model that includes WiFi but no free 3G. There are 8 fonts available which are more sharper in the Kindle 3 than in previous models. In my opinion the most impressive feature is the battery life. 1 month with wireless off and up to 10 days with wireless on. It's slimmer and more compact than the Kindle 2. It features a large library of hundreds of thousands of ebooks, newspapers, magazines and blogs via Amazon's familiar online store. With the improved, pdf reader; you can now add notes and highlights which is really cool. It adds accessibility for blind and low vision readers with its text to speech menus and its ability to make super large fonts. The text to speech app reads home page lists, item descriptions, and menus to you. With 4 GB of internal memory, its capable of storing up to 3,500 electronic books. It can also play mp3 and aac audio.

THE BAD: No expansion slot for adding memory. No protective carrying case included. The battery is locked in the device, so it can't be removed or replaced. There is no feature to lend ebooks to a friend, like the LendMe app the Nook has. There is no E-PUB support or touch screen ability. If you envision taking notes with a stylus than the Kindle 3 isn't the right ebook reader for you.

CONCLUSION: The Kindle 3 combines solid improvements (lower price, 50% better screen contrast, compactness, faster page turns, better PDF support, WiFi, lighter weight, longer battery life) with an even sharper focus on reading and simplicity. The third-generation Kindle's winning combination of noteworthy upgrades vaults it to the top of the e-book reader category. I hope this Amazon Kindle Review was helpful to you.

 
 

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Pandigital Ereader Review

Pandigital Ereader Review

 

 

Are you still undecided on which ebook reader is right for you; well maybe this Pandigital Ereader review can help you. Pandigital has officially ,entered the eReader market with the release of the Pandigital Novel. One of the top names in digital photo frames, Pandigital uses their knowledge of digital screens by creating an ebook reader with a TFT LCD color screen, an average memory capacity and Wi-Fi capability. From their success with digital photo frames, Pandigital knows how to create a display screen with impressive features and they proved that once again with the Novel. This eReader has a 7-inch LCD color touchscreen, which is relatively large for eBook readers, aside from models such as the Kindle DX.

The Novel can lend content via the LendMe feature. This allows users to share eBooks with friends and family for up to 14 days. However, while the book is lent out, the owner cannot read the book. This really shouldn’t be that big of a deal because if one was to lend a paperback book, they couldn’t read the book at the exact time as the borrower. The Novel has access to browse and shop eBooks from Barnes and Noble. The device also has access to more than half a million free classics. The eBook reader supports PDF, ePUB and HTML formats.            

The Novel comes with 1GB of internal memory. This will hold plenty of books, however, if you are the avid reader, the Novel also offers SD card support up to 32GB. The battery life of the Novel is approximately six to seven hours while in reading mode. The Pandigital ereader also runs of the android operating system and it is compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems. Features to make reading easier and more enjoyable are abundant in this eReader. The Novel offers a built-in dictionary, word search, multiple bookmarks and even text highlighting. This can make studying or just reading for pleasure a more satisfying experience.

Users are able to surf the internet with the Pandigital ereader. It features Wi-Fi capabilities, email access and a web browser. The ability to listen to music, watch videos and play games are also available on the Novel. Of course, you can’t have a Pandigital product without having a digital photo frame. The eReader comes with digital photo playback functions and becomes a photo if placed in the desktop stand that is included with the device.

THE GOOD: E-book reader with color touch screen; built-in Wi-Fi; access to Barnes & Noble eBook store; SD expansion slot for additional memory; Web browser and e-mail capabilities; displays images and some video formats; support for audio and MP3 playback.

THE BAD: Interface can be more intuitive; touch screen isn't as responsive as the Ipad or Iphone touch screens and it operates slightly, slower than other tablets and ereaders on the market.

CONCLUSION: Even though Pandigital hasn’t perfected the eReader industry yet, they made a good impression with their first eReading device. The Pandigital Novel needs some improvement before being on top but with a few of the kinks straightened out; it will be an eReader that they can be proud of. I hope this Pandigital ereader review helped you.

 

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