Unless you've been living under a rock you've might have heard about the transition from the printed word to "ebooks". Up until a few years ago, the display screens on ebook devices have lack the paper like readability that the new generation models have. Models such as Amazon's Kindle, Sony's PRS-700, Barnes and Nobles' nook and the new Apple iPad have each addressed these concerns and gone beyond book simulation by offering a multitude of added features.
I set out on a little research project to purchase one for the wife here's my quick take on the leading book readers...
Kindle (perfect for the traveling reader)
Pros: Large library access, quick downloads (60 sec or less from purchase) directly to the device no computer necessary, free 3G wireless access to Amazon.com , eink screen
Cons: Only works with Amazon books, not compatible with local online libraries.
Sony PRS-700 (Best Value)
Pros: Better compatibility (will work with your local library), touch screen page turning, eink screen.
Cons: Need computer access to load books, lacks 3G WiFi
Barnes&Noble nook (new kid on the block)
Pros: Touch screen. 3G&WiFi, able to share books with other nook readers, free reading available in B&N stores.
Cons: Touch screen key board is a little unresponsive, first generation platform
Apple iPad (way more than a book reader)
Pros: it's made by apple so you know it's cool (I'm a little bias, long time apple fan here), full function entertainment device, tablet computer.
Cons: $$$, all the features require LOTS of power (10 hour battery life compared to 2 weeks on the Kindle), first generation so bound to get better next version.
So, I decided on the Kindle.
Wife travels a lot so the wireless book download feature is a huge plus.
Cost of the 6" screen model (similar to a paper back in size) $250.00. Not exactly breaking the bank here. It's slim, light and the screen reads like paper. And lastly it's proven as the leader in ebook readers at the moment.
I'll let you know how it goes and please let me know your thoughts as well :)