New Top=Rated E-Book Reader

Thinking about getting an e-book reader? Amazon's Kindle is the best-selling brand, but two new ones break new ground, including a latest Nook from Barnes & Noble.

The Kindle e-book reader from Amazon has been on the market a long time.

Helise Harrington, e-book reader, says, "What's wonderful about the Kindle is that you can have 20 books, and you can read whatever you're in the mood to read."

But there's a new chapter being written in the world of e-book readers.

Up until now, you've basically had two choices-a black-and-whie e-ink e-book reader that lacks a built-in light, or a color reader with a backlit LCD screen. But both have drawbacks.

In Consumer Reports' tests, e-ink readers perform better in bright light-best for reading outdoors. But to read in the dark, you need to attach a book light.

Backlit LCD screens are great for reading in the dark-no light needed-but in bright light these have trouble with glare and washout. Other issues?

Paul Reynolds of Consumer Reports says, "An LCD screen makes battery life a lot shorter than an e-ink screen. And e-ink models are usually a lot lighter, too, which matters a lot when you're reading for hours."

This Ectaco Jetbook Color is the first color e-ink reader. Testers found the colors aren't true. Also, the page turns are super-slow.

The Nook SimpleTouch with GlowLight is also new.

It has a touch screen and uses black and white e-ink technology. And for reading in the dark, the screen lights up.

Reynolds says, "This GlowLight Simple Touch was as easy to read as the best readers we've tested."

In the end, Consumer Reports top rates the $140 Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight-end of story.

If you're looking for a less-expensive e-book reader, the $80 Kindle with Special Offers e-book reader also did well in Consumer Reports tests.

It doesn't have a light or a touch screen, but you can't beat the price.


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