An Indian Civilizational Perspective

E-readers options for the users

We all know that iPad is the killer for most e-readers, like Kindle. But the market has lot more e-readers than just the Kindle. Here is a list of most of the e-readers.

Amazon Kindle: By far the most popular. DX: $489, Smaller version is from $259. It has a large e-book library but no touch screen. Holds up to 1500 books at one time. The entire library is over 500,000 books and the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read, including 105 of 112 New York Times® Best Sellers, plus U.S. and international newspapers, magazines, and blogs. Even Drishtikone.com is offered on Amazon Kindle.

Kindle DX International also ships in 100 countries

Barnes & Noble nook: is the e-reader from the large book seller Barnes & Noble. It is based on the Android platform and includes Wi-Fi and AT&T 3G wireless connectivity.

nook also has a “LendMe” feature, using which people can share some books (licensing applicable).

Sony Reader editions: Pocket Edition is PRS-300 ($199.99) and Touch edition is called PRS-600 ($299.99). The 3rd edition is PRS-900, known as the “Daily Edition” ($349.99).

enTourage eDGe: is by enTourage Systems. It works as a e-reader, netbook, notepad, and audio/video recorder and player in one. You could read e-books, surf the Internet, take digital notes, send emails and instant messages, watch movies and listen to music. So, it comes pretty close to what iPad can do for you!

It also has a video camera to record still images or movies as MP4s or 3GP files. eDGe also uses the Google Android operating system.

It is being sold for $499 and has a dual screen!

Interead’s cool-er: is sold for $249. Its operating system is Linux, has a 1GB storage with Samsung S3C2440 ARM 400MHz processor.

Kobo’s e-reader: is selling for $149. it is pre-loaded with 100 classic books and can sync library to computer but doesn’t feature 3G connectivity.

There are some more coming in the future. But currently these are the only serious options for the users.

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