Mother's Day is coming and you might be wondering if an e-book reader would make a nice gift. You've heard of the Kindle, the Nook, and what about the pricey iPad?
Consumer Reports just looked at nine different e-book readers to find the best ones for bookworms-moms included.
The iPad is a tablet computer with a color screen that you can also use to read e-books. It is backlit, so even in the dark you can easily keep on reading.
But it weighs twice as much as most e-book readers. And in bright sunlight it can be hard to read.
Paul Reynolds of Consumer Reports says, "This iPad is versatile and it does most things pretty well. But it's not the best choice just for reading e-books."
So for simple book reading, should you go for the Kindle or a different e-book reader?
The Nook is heavily advertised by Barnes and Noble, but testers had some issues with it.
Rich Frisco of Consumer Reports says, "One of the problems with the Nook is its interface. This little screen is all you get for navigating around, picking books, moving through pages, and typing in titles for searches and such."
In the end, Consumer Reports says opt for the six-inch Kindle. It's easy to use, loads quickly, and costs about $260 at Amazon.com.
For the time being, the wireless Kindle also has the added bonus of an extensive library of e-books, available at Amazon.com.
Bestsellers typically rang from $10-$15, and the download is free.