Amazon Kindle2, the undisputed leader
Amazon clearly dominates the market since it launched its first Kindle in 2007. In its online bookstore it has a catalogue with more than 350,000 digital titles, most at 9.99 dollars (whereas books on paper may cost 30 dollars). Kindle2 is available in 100 countries and major improvements have recently been introduced, such as the possibility of working with PDF files and longer battery life. Price: 259 dollars.
Amazon Kindle DX, serving the press
With a 9.7 inch screen (slightly smaller than a sheet of A4), Kindle DX is much bigger than Kindle2 (6 inches). Thus it is the best option for reading newspapers and magazines. Price: 489 dollars.
Nook, Amazon’s alternative
Towards the end of 2009 the sector’s other giant, Barnes & Noble, with a virtual library containing more than a million titles, presented Nook, with a touchscreen, a battery that lasts up to ten days and connections to 3G and Wi-Fi networks. Price: 259 dollars.
4.- Sony Reader Daily Edition, an all-in-one product
The most serious offering from the Japanese brand Sony includes a 7 inch screen (slightly bigger than normal) and integrated 3G connectivity. The screen is touch-sensitive, with 16 levels of grey, allowing documents to be viewed in good quality. Price: €280.
5.- iLiad 2nd Edition, quality comes at a price
Those who know what they’re talking about say this is one of the most comprehensive eReaders, albeit with an uncompetitive price. Its features include the possibility of writing or drawing on the screen. Price: €569.
6.- Cool-er, a matter of elegance
The British manufacturer Interead has gone for a light eReader, distinctly more stylish than other products available on the market. Simple, with good performance and more eye-catching than the rest. Price: €225.
7.- iRex, the biggest on the market
In 2008 the Dutch firm iRex Technologies promised to shake up the market with its iRex, the eReader with the biggest screen: 10.2 inches and resolution of 1024 x 1280 pixels. It is expected to be upgraded in 2010. Price: €599.
8.- Elonex 600EB, an inexpensive option
The British firm Elonex launched its eReader in July 2009, with support for the most popular formats (TXT, PDF and HTML), an optimal battery for its size and a highly suggestive price: €220.
9.- iRiver Story, the Korean offering
The Koreans have been the last to join the market but are offering a very decent product. The iRiver Store recognizes the classic eBook formaterials (ePub, PDF and TXT) and also files from the main Office programs (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Price: €259.
10.- Papyre 6.1, Spain is also in the field
The Granadan firm Grammata has been present on the vibrant eReader market since 2008, when it launched its small Papyre 6.1. This is a small, unpretentious product which, for instance, lets you listen to music in MP3 format as you read a book. Price: €299.