The e-Readers Coming To Kick Kindle's Butt This Christmas



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It could be a very merry Christmas for Amazon (AMZN) this year.Research firm Forrester predicts 3 million e-readers will be sold in the U.S. this year.

They’ve penciled in the Kindle taking a 60% share.

But with the market expected to more than double in the next year, the Kindle is already getting plenty of competition.

Take the iRex, which will sell at Best Buy stores and run on Verizon Wireless’ network starting late this month.

Like the Kindle, the iRex and whole slew of other e-readers available this holiday season all offer “e-ink” like screens, which means they are easy on the eyes and work in bright sunlight. Some have differentiated themselves with touchscreens and in-store distribution deals.

December will witness the arrival of the Sony Reader Daily Edition, complete with AT&T’s 3G Wireless and Wi-Fi connectivity, something the Kindle does not have.

Barnes & Noble will supposedly release its own e-reader this November. Not much has been revealed, but it seems to be your basic e-book reader… with one exception. rumour has it that this device will be an Android piece.

Read about the e-readers  →

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Features:

  • 6′ e-ink display with built-in keyboard; 10.2 oz.
  • 3G wireless availability
  • E-book store: Amazon Kindle Store
  • Holds over 1,500 books
  • The big complaint? Their PDF conversion process
  • International model costs an extra $20 with each overseas download an extra $1.99


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Features:

  • 9.7′ e-ink display with built-in keyboard minus the numbers keys.
  • The heaviest e-reader at 18.9 oz.
  • Same 3G Wireless capability as the U.S.-only Kindle
  • Holds up to 3,500 books, and supports PDF files


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Features:

  • 5′ non-touchscreen, e-ink display and a light 7.76 oz.
  • No wireless
  • E-book store: The eBook Store from Sony
  • FREE downloads from public libraries and Google Books
  • Holds up to 350 books (512 mb); no expansion slots
  • Sold in Best Buy with the entire Sony Reader line
  • Comes in black, silver, rose


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Features:

  • 6′ touchscreen, e-ink display; 10.1 oz.
  • No wireless
  • E-book store: The eBook Store from Sony
  • FREE downloads from public libraries and Google Books
  • Holds up to 350 books (512 mb) and dual memory expansion card slots
  • Comes in black, silver, and red


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Available: December 2009

Features:

  • 7′ touchscreen, e-ink display with stylus and virtual keyboard
  • AT&T 3G Wireless and Wi-Fi
  • E-book store: The eBook Store from Sony
  • FREE downloads from public libraries and Google Books
  • Holds up to 1,000 books (2 gb); plus expansion slots


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Available: Late October 2009

Features:

  • 8.1′ touchscreen, e-ink display with stylus
  • 3G wireless in U.S. and abroad
  • E-book store: Barnes & Noble, Newspaper Direct, and Libre Digital
  • Sold in Best Buy
  • Holds up to 1500 books (2 gb)


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Features:

  • 5′ non-touchscreen e-ink display, 5.3 oz. (Lightest e-reader on the market)
  • No wireless capability
  • E-book store: Books on Board
  • Holds over 1,000 books (1 gb)


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Features:

  • 6′ non-touchscreen e-ink display, 6.2 oz.
  • No wireless capability
  • E-book store: Cooler Books
  • FREE downloads from Google Books
  • Holds 1,000 books (1 gb) plus 4 gb expansion
  • QVC will begin selling the Cool-er in early December
  • Comes in 8 iPod Nano-like colours


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Features:

  • 6′ non-touchscreen e-ink display, 6.4 oz.
  • No wireless capability
  • Includes 2 gb SD card along with 512 mb internal


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Available: November 2009

Features:

  • 6′ touchscreen, e-ink display with virtual keyboard
  • E-book store: Barnes & Noble
  • Wireless connection is expected


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content=”Price: $249 (follow their 5-step ‘How to buy V5’ process here)

Features:

  • 5′ non-touchscreen e-ink display, 5.64 oz.
  • No wireless capability
  • ‘Memory extension up to 16 gb’


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