If you're in the market for a wireless e-book reader, Amazon's Kindle is no longer the only game in town. The Sony Reader Daily Edition ($400; December 2009) packs built-in, service charge-free AT&T 3G networking for downloading new books on the go, and also offers a seven-inch touch-capable E-Ink screen with 16 levels of grayscale for crisp text and images, and native support for PDF, JPEG, BBeB Book, RTF, and TXT files.
Amazon is going the bigger is better route with the Kindle DX ($489). With a 9.7-inch paper-like e-ink screen (2.5x bigger than the standard Kindle), and measuring just over 1/3 of an inch thin (like a magazine), the new DX is definitely tall and slim. The new Kindle DX also gets auto-rotation (read in portrait or landscape mode), better image and photo display, native PDF support, 4GB of storage (good for up to 3,500 books), wireless 3G access, and a handy text-to-speech feature.
With over 500,000 units sold, the Amazon Kindle e-book reader might just be the coolest thing to happen to books since Gutenberg, but just because something isn't broken, doesn't mean you can't make it better. Enter Kindle 2 ($359), a svelte device overhaul featuring the sort of upgrades that seem to imply that Amazon actually listens to its customers. Weighing in at just 10.2-ounces, the K2 has a larger screen than its predecessor and can still hold a charge for days. It includes the built in 3G wireless (for no extra fee), allowing you to download content, lookup subjects on Wikipedia and more. If you found you ever found yourself on the verge of ordering a Kindle, but couldn't pull the trigger, your salvation is here. Kindle 2 will ship on Feb. 24, so pre-order yours today.
While it's not the sleekest looking gadget out there, Amazon's new Kindle ($400) may finally make eBooks mainstream. The portable reading device uses free, built-in EVDO wireless to download digital books, magazines, newspapers and blogs for reading on the go. It sports a super crisp E-ink display that works great even in bright sunlight, and can hold over 200 titles. There are almost 90,000 books now available for Kindle, with most costing $10.