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When you’re planning to buy an eReader, you need to make sure you understand clearly what you want the device to do for you. If all you want to do is read, then a traditional eReader will suit you fine. I tend to favor the Kindle or Nook, because they have the largest companies and catalogs behind them. They’re the most likely to stick around a long time.

If, on the other hand, you want the broader range of things that tablets offer, consider the iPad. While their prices may be lower, the competing tablets from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo aren’t as refined, powerful, or user-friendly as the iPad. They also don’t have nearly the variety and quality of apps offered for the iPad.

Remember, too, that it’s not always an either/or choice. I’ve been a happy iPad user for a couple of years, but I’m about to get my first eReader, a Kindle. I love the power and versatility of the iPad, but I’m looking forward to the easier reading offered by the eInk screen and the Kindle’s lighter weight. The iPad is a tremendous device but with the prices of eReaders falling all the time, being a two-device book lover makes sense for more and more people.

Check out the following chart for a side-by-side comparison of your choices.

eReaders Compared


Kindle

Kindle Fire

Kobo

Kobo Vox

iPad

Nook

Nook Tablet

Reader

Device Price

$109-$189

$199

$99

$199

$499-$829

$99-$199

$249

$129

Memory (in GB)

2 – 4

8

2

8

16 - 64

2

16

2

Max. Books Held

3,500

6,000

1,000

10,000

12,000

1,000

10,000

Up to 1,200

Screen Type

eInk

LCD

eInk

LCD

LCD

eInk

LCD

eInk

Screen Size (in inches)

6

7

6

7

9.7

6-7

7

6

Read in Dark?

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

Battery Life

2 months

8 hours

10 days

7 hours

10 hours

2 months

11.5 hours

1 month

Internet Connection

Wi-Fi and 3G

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi and 3G

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi

Choice of Book Stores

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

Apps

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Games

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Weight (in ounces)

5.98 – 8.7

14.6

6.5 – 7.8

14.2

21.3

7.48 – 15.8

14.1

5.9

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