E-books have numerous benefits. Eliminating paper saves resources. E-book readers take up little room in travelers’ backpacks and purses, and yet can store the equivalent of a whole bookshelf. You don’t have to go anywhere to buy or borrow an e-book title. For the vision-impaired, the ability to adjust font size can mean the difference between being able to read a book and having to hope that the publisher will eventually release an audio version. Some e-book readers double as music players, and some even have a speech capability for reading books aloud.
We recently completed thorough hands-on testing of several of the top e-readers available today and came to a surprising conclusion: Our number one choice isn’t from Amazon at all; it’s the Sony Reader Touch Edition. Of course, no company’s lead in the rapidly evolving e-reader market is safe. For full reviews of the e-book readers in this roundup, click on the links below.