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Don’t Waste Your Money: The Best E-Readers

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Posted at 9:40 PM, Jun 26, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-26 21:40:49-04

The Kindle e-book reader from Amazon has been the market leader for a long time.

But there`s a new chapter being written in the world of e-book readers.

Up until now, you`ve basically had two choices— a black-and-white e-ink, e-book reader that lacks a built-in light, or a color reader with a backlit LCD screen. But both have drawbacks. 

In Consumer Reports tests, e-ink readers perform better in bright light and are best for reading outdoors.  But to read in the dark, you need to attach a book light.

Backlit LCD screens are great for reading in the dark, but in bright light these have trouble with glare and washout.

The Ectaco Jetbook Color is the first color e-ink reader.

But testers found the colors aren`t true and the page turns are super-slow.

The Nook SimpleTouch with GlowLight is also new.

It has a touch screen and uses black and white e-ink technology. And for reading in the dark, the screen lights up.

In the end, Consumer Reports top rates the $140 Barnes & Noble Nook SimpleTouch with GlowLight.