The Pros And Cons Of Different E-Book Readers
An at-a-glance look at the pros and cons of each of the main e-book readers on the market. For more on the pros, cons and specs of each model, compare ebook readers at www.electronicbookreaders.co.uk.
SonyPRS-505 Reader (the Ford of ebook readers)
Very reasonably priced
Sleek, thin and light
Everybody’s got one
No search function
It’s about time there was a second version – so there probably will be soon
Amazon Kindle (The Toyota of ebook readers)
Wireless connectivity / downloading
Amazon has an unparalleled library of e-books and an easy interface for browsing it.
Only truly supports ebooks in its proprietary (.azw) format
Amazon 2 due out in Q1 2009 – so you may be better off waiting for that.
Clunky controls and ugly design.
It’s too large.
Bookeen Cybook (The Renault of ebook readers)
150 titles pre-installed
One of the cheaper / best value readers
Disctionary lookup function
Page-turn mechanism (very slightly) more awkward than for most readers
Hanlin V3 (the BMW of ebook readers)
Very similar to Sony (in size, shape, weight and functionality) but seems more substantial.
High battery life (8000 page turns)
Comes with USB adaptor – good for MS Office documents
Beebook (the Fiat of ebook readers)
Comparatively low price.
Not so easy to read from away from sunlight
No outstanding features – no element of it seems superior to the Sony reader
Irex Iliad (the Volvo of ebook readers)
8 inch display (6 inches is standard)
Great annotation and search functions.
Lowish 15 hours battery life
Phil is a PPC specialist, former Google employee, and sometime poet, striving to remain on the right side of geeky.