Consumer Reports: Best E-Readers

August 2, 2011 8:13:26 PM PDT
These days, more and more people are trading regular books for e-book readers, such as the Nook from Barnes & Noble. Sales of e-book readers have almost doubled in the last year. If you're looking to buy an e-book reader, you have a many more choices. In the past six months, lots of new ones have hit the market.

Consumer Report tested more than a dozen e-book readers, including the best-selling Kindle. Testers have also begun evaluating the new Kobo e-book reader from Borders.

A key test is how easy the screen is to read. Consumer Reports checked to see how clear and crisp the type is in different conditions. In one assessment, testers use lights to simulate outdoor sun. Readers with backlit screens have problems with glare. Those that don't have a backlight are much more readable in bright light.

Another test sizes up how quickly the pages turn, which can make a big difference. Consumer Reports says there are three e-book readers worth considering: the Nook Simple Touch Reader, the Kindle Wi-Fi, and the Kobo eReader Touch Edition. They each cost around $140.

You can save some money by getting Amazon's Kindle Wi-Fi with Special Offers. It displays ads and costs $115, a $25 savings. You'll also get special offers on lots of stuff, including discounts from

If color is a priority, Consumer Reports says the $250 Nook Color is your best choice. It offers rich color and is great for people who read lots of magazines.