Kindle vs. Nook vs. iPad: Which e-book reader should you buy?

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Shopping for an e-book reader? At first glance, the task seems daunting–there are more choices than ever before. The good news is that the list of worthwhile choices is actually pretty short. The other good news? Prices and features are better than ever.

When we say “e-book readers,” we’re now really referring to three classes of products: black-and-white e-ink readers ($ 80 to $ 150); 7-inch color LCD media tablets ($ 200 to $ 250); and
full-size color tablets like the iPad (most $ 400 and above). The market has consolidated around a handful of major players: Amazon, Apple, and Barnes & Noble are the leaders, with Kobo, Samsung, Sony, and a host of Android tablet manufacturers bringing up the rear.

Choosing among those three categories of readers is the dilemma facing any shopper today. But don’t worry; CNET’s here
to help. If you’re an experienced shopper, you can jump straight to our current
recommendations
— or check our lists of top e-book readers
and top tablets. And, if you’re just trying to decide between a
Kindle Fire and a Nook Tablet, check out Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet: How to choose. But if you’re looking for… [Read more]

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