More and more I am seeing people wonder which ebook Reader to buy. My suggestion, if possible, is to wait until September. In September, it is anticipated that the new Apple Tablet will be announced, the Sony Readers will be released into the wild and will be found at Costco, Sams, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Target, and other various retailers, and details for a new slimmed down Iliad for sub $400.00 should become available.
On the market today, there are a number of alternatives for ebook reading:
- Dedicated eInk Devices (Kindle, Sony, BeBook, COOL-er)
- Netbooks (various brands with screen size from 7″ to 11.5″)
- Handhelds (iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Palm Pre)
I’ve made up a little comparison chart for major features. If you are in the market for an ebook reader, wait to see what Apple announces and take a trip to one of your local retailers to check out the new Sony Readers. I think the Sony 300 could put the eBookwise out of the market unless the backlit LCD is a deal breaker. The clarity of the eink device, though, trumps the eBookwise LCD in my opinion.
Edited: I put the table on a different page. Also, I did not include devices that cannot read a DRM format.