Amazon Kindle Capacity: About 1,500 books.* Size/weight: 8 by 5.3 by .36 inches; 10.2 ounces. Pros: Downloads books in less than a minute; font looks like real print; works over a wireless connection; plays audio files. Cons: Some users complain that the screen can scratch easily; you can buy books only from Amazon. Library:Amazon.com, which has more than 350,000 titles. Best sellers cost $10; older books range in price. Newspapers and magazines also available.
*In all cases, capacity is ultimately determined by book length.
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For the Reader Who Doesn’t Want to Be Weighed Down
COOL-ER Capacity: About 800 books. Size/weight: 7.2 by 4.6 by .43 inches; 5.6 ounces. Pros: Doubles as an MP3 player; lightweight; comes in eight colors, including red and purple. Cons: Font is distinctly digital; no wireless connectivity; scroll wheel is tricky for left-handers to manipulate. Library:COOL-ER bookstore, with more than 1 million titles. No newspapers or magazines. Best sellers cost $8 to $23; prices vary widely for other books.
Foxit eSlick Capacity: Up to 1,000 books with the included memory card. Size/weight: 7.4 by 4.7 by .4 inches; 6.4 ounces. Pros: Doubles as an MP3 player; lightweight, compact, and very portable; zooms in on documents to 800 percent; text is clear. Cons: No WiFi; reads only PDFs and text files. Library: No branded library. But anything you can turn into a PDF is readable―for example, the PDF books on google.com/books or planetebook.com.
Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300SC Capacity: About 350 books. Size/weight: 6.25 by 4.25 by .41 inches; 7.8 ounces. Pros: Least expensive in its class; screen has a paperlike look; longer-lasting battery than most; fits in a jeans pocket or a small purse; available in three colors. Cons: No WiFi; doesn’t play audio files. Library:ebookstore.sony.com, which has 200,000 titles. Best sellers cost $10 to $15; others are usually less. You have access to free books from Google. No newspapers or magazines.
Capacity: More than 30,000 books (if that’s the only thing you’re downloading).
Size/weight: 9.6 by 7.5 by .5 inches; 24 ounces.
Pros: Closest experience to reading an actual book; font style and size can be customized for easy reading; books with images or illustrations are in full color; has a multitude of functions beyond reading books.
Cons: High price tag; heavier than other e-readers; LED screen can be difficult to read outdoors.
Library: Download books from the built-in iBookstore, which has more than 60,000 titles, or add ePub-formatted books to iTunes on your computer and sync them in the app on your iPad. Most bestsellers are priced around $13.