Nook GlowLight

When you choose to compete with giants like Amazon, you've definitely got your work cut out for you — but Barnes & Noble's new Nook GlowLight ($120) may have just what it takes to make a go at it. While it may never be able to boast the kind of ecosystem available with Amazon, its feature set and competitive price point make it an option worth considering. They've stuck with e-ink, and made the reading experience better than ever, with 60 percent more pixels, no glare, and a higher 1024 by 768 resolution. They've also put it on a diet, reducing overall weight by nearly a fifth, while the four gigs of storage will hold up to 2,000 books, and the battery will last up to eight weeks on a single charge.

  • Kindle Fire HDX

    Continuing its transition away from simple e-reader to fully-functioning tablet, the Kindle Fire HDX ($380) packs more power, an improved display, and productivity apps that make it a serious competitor. It features a 2.2GHz quad-core processor that is three times more powerful than its predecessor, with two gigs of RAM and a dedicated graphics card. The display features incredible pixel density (339 PPI), on a nearly nine-inch screen for a better reading and viewing experience. Additional features include a "Mayday" button that lets you call Amazon for help any time, an eight megapixel rear camera, and the ability to connect to 4G LTE.

  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2

    Your favorite e-reader just received an impressive update, in the form of Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite 2 ($120). While it still has everything you loved about the first Paperwhite — a glare-free display for easy reading in direct sunlight, eight weeks of battery life, built-in WiFi and free 3G, and Amazon's generous selection of books — the update gives readers an even better experience. Its new display features higher contrast, with whites so white and blacks so black it feels almost like reading a book, while a built-in light helps prevent eyestrain at night. A faster processor, more accurate touch response, Goodreads integration, and more make this a worthwhile purchase, especially if you're still flipping old-fashioned pages. Available this month.

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