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Reading in the digital era means picking the right reading device as much as picking the right book. So we’ve prepared a very selective chart listing some of the e-reading devices—from tablet computers to dedicated e-readers and smartphones—likely to be popular during the holiday season. And remember, in the future, we’ll probably have more than one reading device, anyway. We’ve also added a little digital technology to our analogue print pages. If you have an iPhone or other smartphone, use the phone’s Web browser to go to QMCodes’ mobile Web site (m.qmcodes.com) and download software that will turn your phone into a bar code scanner. Once installed, you’ll be able to use your phone to scan the bar code graphic next to each device on the printable PDF version of this story, and you’ll get video content on each one. You can also just click the links below. Also see “A Link to the Future,” a profile of QMCodes, a company using bar code technology to help link publishers and readers.

E-Ink Readers



Amazon Kindle 3
• $139 (Wi-Fi); $189 (3G/Wi-Fi).
• 700,000 titles.
• 6-in. grayscale e-ink screen; Amazon OS.
• The new and improved champ of e-ink readers.



Sony Reader Pocket
• 5-in. ($179).



Sony Reader Touch
• 6-in. ($229).



Sony Reader Daily
• 7-in. ($299;3G/Wi-Fi).
• 200,000 titles.
• Grayscale e-ink screens; Linux OS.
• More powerful, faster page-turns, and slick redesign, but pricey.



Nook
• $149 (Wi-Fi); $199 (3G/Wi-Fi).
• 500,000+ titles.
• 6-in. grayscale e-ink screen; Android OS.
• B&N’s initial foray into the digital reader marketplace.



Kobo
• $139 (Wi-Fi).
• 200,000 titles.
• 6-in. grayscale e-ink
screen; Linux OS.
• Canada’s finest digital reader.



Bookeen Cybook Opus
• $190 (USB only).
• 200,000 titles.
• 5-in. grayscale e-ink screen; Linux OS.
• The most popular e-reader you haven’t heard much about.

Phones/ Handhelds



iPhone 4
• $199 (16GB) to $299 (32GB).



iPod Touch 4
• $230 (8GB) to $399 (64GB).
• Minimum 700,000 titles through Kindle app.
• 3.5-in. backlit color screen; iOS4.
• Excellent e-readers in addition to everything else they do.



Droid X
• $200.
• Minimum 700,000 titles through Kindle app.
• 4.3-in. backlit color screen; Android OS.
• Look out, Apple; sales of phone and tablet Android devices are growing fast.

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