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Experts prefer Amazon's Kindle to any other e-book reader on the market. Compared with its closest rival, the Barnes & Noble Nook (*Est. $150 to $200), reviews find the Kindle slimmer, lighter and its grayscale screen a bit easier to read. The Kindle also has a longer-lasting battery (up to a month of reading on a single charge) and more memory (about 3,500 e-books' worth). The Kindle isn't only the best e-book reader in reviews, it's also one of the least expensive, whether you pick the base version (*Est. $140) that downloads e-books via Wi-Fi or the step-up version (*Est. $190) that adds a free nationwide AT&T 3G wireless connection (3G also works in more than 100 countries). The Kindle also plays music and audiobooks. There's a text-to-speech function (to turn written books into spoken ones) and a basic web browser, but reviews say these don't work very well. The Kindle cannot read the widely used ePub format, unlike the Nook, so you can't check out public library e-books. For purchasing books, you're largely limited to, which fortunately has a huge e-book store where most books sell for $10 or less.

Amazon Kindle models
Grouped by product lines
Kindle (original) (White)
Release date: November 19, 2007
Kindle 2 (White)
February 23, 2009
Kindle 2- International (White)
October 19, 2009
Kindle 3- 3G and Wi-Fi (White/Graphite)
August 27, 2010
Kindle DX (original) (White)
June 10, 2009
Kindle DX International (original) (White)
January 19, 2010
Kindle DX International 2 (Graphite)
July 1/7?, 2010
Kindle 3- Wi-Fi (Graphite)
August 27, 2010
Kindle 3 with Special Offers - Wi-Fi (Graphite)
May 3, 2011
Kindle 3 with Special Offers - 3G/Wi-Fi (Graphite)
May 25, 2011

There are four new KINDLE READERS to choose from; the Kindle 3G + WiFi,, the Kindle 3 WiFi, KINDLE WITH SPECIAL OFFERS and the Kindle DX 3G, plus of course a few older models that you may still be able to get your hands on; the Wireless Kindle 2 (there were two versions, a US and an International one) and the old DX.
Below is a brief introduction to each. For more detailed specifications check out the individual product pages on the KINDLE eBook Reader site, or click the images alongside each, for current pricing and details.

Latest Generation Kindle Readers:

These are the current generation Kindles. The best so far and the only ones to buy if you want a new ebook reader in the range.

Kindle 3G + Wifi

Perhaps the most well known Kindle at the moment is the latest, most advanced version of their popular six inch reading device. Available in the traditional white, or a graphite gray color, it takes the good bits about the Kindle 2 and then just keeps on getting better and better. Key changes involved the speed of refresh, huge improvements to clarity and definition on the display plus a boost to both memory and battery life. Oh and whilst keeping the screen the same size they managed to make the whole thing smaller, lighter and thinner! Features include:

6″ (on diagonal) paper-like screen.
7.5″ x 4.8″ x 0.335″ in size.
Weighs 8.7 oz.
Stores up to 3500 books.
International wireless coverage in 100 countries using 3G mobile networks.
60 second downloads in wireless areas.
Wi-fi capability too, so if you have an internet wireless router you can use the wi-fi signal for all internet access as well as free hotspots around the world.
New Pearl e-ink display that has 50% better contrast and the sharpest text.
Ability to display non Roman fonts including Chinese, Japanese, Greek and Russian.
Battery life up to one month.
Improvements in Read to Me, Basic Web Browsing and MP3 player (Experimental Features).
Find out all about the great new KINDLE 3 in our more detailed article.

Kindle 3 Wi-Fi Reader
The Kindle 3 Wifi reader is exactly the same as the model above. The only difference is that you cannot buy it in the white color option, and it has no 3G capability.

Fear not though, it is currently $50 cheaper than the model above and can still get you one minute downloads using its wi-fi capacity. Simply access the Kindle book store using a wi-fi hotspot at home or away and you will hardly notice a difference. For secure wi-fi connections you will need to tell the Kindle reader the correct password. But once accessed initially, the reader remembers passwords for all the internet connections you use. If you have regular wi-fi hot-spot access such as by having your own wireless internet router at home this is by far the most obvious choice Kindle to buy since it comes with that excellent price saving.

You can find out more about deciding on whether the KINDLE WIFI OR 3G are is the best option in our more detailed article.

Kindle With Special Offers (Ad Supported)
This is the Kindle 3 available in both wi-fi only, or 3G and wi-fi versions. But it costs you $25 less than normal because it is ad supported. This means the screen-savers are not iconic authors as for the other ad free Kindles. Instead you get advertisements. But since these only appear when the device is idle (and also at the foot of the home-screen) they shouldn’t get in the way, and may prove a useful way to bag a bargain priced Kindle.

Released in May 2011 for US customers only initially, we can only wait and see if these become available internationally too.

The Admash program will also allow users to rate the ads and presumably you will eventually get more targeted ads as well as special offers and promotions you may be interested in.

Kindle DX Reader – Global 3G – Graphite
For those that want a 3G connection that works for free all around the globe (well in over 100 countries so far) and wants a massive 9.7″ display, the Kindle DX 3G is the one. These are rather more pricey than the six inch models, but for work, study, newspapers and image displays that larger screen might be important enough to you, for the price not to matter. The latest DX has a better display and more stylish design than the old version, but is still not quite as new and improved as the six inch Kindle 3′s mentioned above. This one comes in the cool graphite color only. Here’s what you get:

9.7″ (on diagonal) paper-like screen (with 50% better contrast than previous models).
10.4″ x 7.2″ x 0.38″ in size.
Weighs 18.9 oz.
Stores up to 3500 books.
3G wireless coverage globally in over 100 countries.
60 second downloads in wireless areas.
Read to Me, Basic Web Browsing and Listen to Music or Podcasts (Experimental Features).
Auto Rotating Screen allows you to read in landscape or portrait mode.
Built in PDF reader.
For most of us the smaller ebook readers are more desirable, as we want something to take the place of a paperback novel. But the large format of the KINDLE DX does have its place, and devoted fans of course.

Previous Generations of Kindle Reader:

The following have all been updated. However from time to time some may be bought refurbished, second hand or on special discount sales such as the Kindle 2 Black Friday 2010 deal. They were all great at the time, but have really been outdone by the latest versions. Unless you can an extremely good deal on an older model, I would stick to the current generation Kindles instead. But, I wouldn’t upgrade for the sake of it either. If you are enjoying your older version without any problem I see no reason to buy a newer model unless one of the later features will improve you reading experience considerably.

The Kindle 2 Global Ebook Reader

This is the Kindle Ebook Reader you must choose if living outside the United States as it is the only model that may currently be shipped internationally. It offers one of the most favorably reviewed electronic reading devices today. Features include:

6″ (on diagonal) paper-like screen.
8″ x 5.3″ x 0.36″ in size.
Weighs 10.2 oz.
Stores over 1500 books.
International wireless coverage in 100 countries.
60 second downloads in wireless areas.
More detailed benefits of the KINDLE 2 can be seen in our previous article.

The Amazon DX US Wireless Reading Device

The Amazon DX is a larger version of the Kindle 2, with bigger screen and improved memory. The Kindle DX is now available with international wireless capability and delivery is possible to over one hundred countries world-wide. Features of the Amazon DX include:

9.7″ (on diagonal) paper-like screen.
10.4″ x 7.2″ x 0.38″ in size.
Weighs 18.9 oz.
Stores up to 3500 books.
3G wireless coverage across the United States.
60 second downloads in wireless areas.
Read to Me, Basic Web Browsing and Listen to Music or Podcasts (Experimental Features).
Auto Rotating Screen allows you to read in landscape or portrait mode.
The DX is a particularly popular reading device for those interested in newspapers and journals as the large display makes these particularly easy to enjoy. At the moment though, if you want wireless downloads outside of the United States you will need the back up of the Kindle 2 International model.

No more! The Kindle DX is now available with all the wireless capability world-wide as the Kindle 2 – Fast downloads from all around the world, delivery and support to over 100 countries!

The Kindle 2 US Edition

This is the 2nd Generation Kindle Wireless Reading Device available only for delivery to US based customers. It uses the free and extremely fast Whispernet system through the Sprint 3G network to allow fast, free downloads right across the United States. This model is currently (Nov 09) $50 cheaper than the Global Wireless version but of course will not offer the facility for American travellers abroad to download new material direct to their reader like that one would. Features include:

6″ (on diagonal) paper-like screen.
8″ x 5.3″ x 0.36″ in size.
Weighs 10.2 oz.
Stores over 1500 books.
3G wireless coverage across the United States.
60 second downloads in wireless areas.
Beta or experimental features including Speak to Me (audio feature), PDF conversion, basic web browser plus listen to music and podcasts on your Kindle 2 as you read.
It seems likely that AMAZON will phase out the US Wireless Edition of the Kindle 2, simplifying matters with just one Kindle Global product. Finding out WHERE TO BUY is pretty simple too. Only one site will ship any Kindle product to your door! And, for international customers they now supply chargers for your region, rather than the old US ones that used to be sent to all buyers no matter where they were.

Kindle eBook Readers

So if you are looking to get an electronic reading device, these are the choices of Kindle eBook Reader to Buy. There is more detailed information regarding benefits and specifications that apply to all models on the Kindle eBook Reader site. Hopefully this article will have explained some of the differences to allow you to choose the right Kindle for you. Since the latest generations tend to be far better in terms of speed and display we really don’t see much point in buying an old one unless you can get a very good deal on it.

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Kobo launches new e-Reader Touch edition

Kobo has announced a touch-enabled e-Ink Wi-Fi e-Reader with a processor specially develop...
Kobo has announced a touch-enabled e-Ink Wi-Fi e-Reader with a processor specially developed for such devices and multiple language support
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While I'm a big fan of the Kindle 3, I think that Kobo may have got it beat with its new eReader Touch Edition. Featuring the latest Pearl e-Ink technology that so improved Amazon's models last year, Kobo's new Wi-Fi-enabled device also boasts optical touchscreen interaction courtesy of Neonode, is powered by a processor specially developed for e-Readers and comes with support for multiple language

There has recently been some talk of our hunger for e-ink-based digital reading devices lessening in favor of LCD readers, tablets or even smartphones sporting reading apps, yet sales figures appear to tell a different tale. In July last year, Amazon announced that sales of eBooks had overtaken those of hard back printed books, and has just revealed that the format has overtaken the paperback to become its most popular format.
I have to admit that my 3G Kindle is never far from my eyes and the e-Ink screen is a pleasure to view, but despite my overall satisfaction with my move from printed to digital reading, I do have a few niggles. Keyboard and 5-way controller input and navigation is OK but touch would be better. Even though I haven't yet filled up the device's 3GB of available internal memory to bursting point, expansion via media card is something I would have liked to see. The lack of support for the ePub format is also a bit of a pain.

The new 6-inch eReader Touch Edition from Kobo appears to satisfy all those requirements and more. The latest high-contrast e-Ink technology with 16 levels of gray scale is featured but touch interaction has also been provided with the inclusion of Neonode's new zForce infrared touch technology first announced at the beginning of last year. Users can now tap or swipe to turn a page instead of using navigation buttons - in fact, there are no navigation buttons save for a home button underneath the display.
Gone, too, are the physical keys of a built-in keyboard, the new device features a virtual onscreen keyboard instead. Image and document zoom, touch highlighting and predictive search also feature.
Whereas the Kindle's content home screen is a little basic, the new Kobo's library view offers a mosaic of book cover images, multiple views and a number of ways to sort content for easy location. Reading comfort is enhanced by the choice of two font styles and 12 font sizes.
Kobo promises a snappy and responsive user experience thanks to the inclusion of the new Freescale i.MX508 processor, which comprises an ARM Cortex A8 800MHz processor and an integrated e-Ink controller. There's 1GB of onboard storage and expansion via SD card, 802.11b/g/n wireless connectivity and there's a distinctly international flavor with versions available in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian.
Users can choose from over 2.3 million books, newspapers and magazines from the Kobo Store - including a million free titles - or import ePub and PDF files from other sources via the mini-USB port.
At 4.5 x 5.5 x 0.4-inches (114 x 165 x 10 mm), the Kobo eReader Touch Edition is thinner than the Nook Wi-Fi, but not quite as slim as the Kindle, and is lighter than both at just 7.05 ounces (200g). Its battery is said to be good for up to two weeks or 10,000 page turns between charges and it comes in lilac, blue, silver or black with a soft quilted back.
It will be available in the U.S. from early June for a suggested retail of US$129, with international editions ready for shipping the following month.
Readers may also be interested to learn that with a new kid on the Kobo block, the price of the first generation non-touch Kobo Wireless e-Reader gets reduced to US$99 effective immediately.
The following video shows what the new e-Reader can do: