Find Of the Month: Well Read

Word on the street is that one of this year’s hottest holiday gifts for readers at any age, are the plethora (okay, three) eReaders out there. Although you can also read digital books on the likes of iPads and iPhones, the eReaders are specifically designed for reading and reading alone – with instant downloads right to your device and storage space for thousands of reads, even a bookophile like myself will admit it sure beats hauling around a dozen hardcovers for wherever your journeys make take you this Christmas.

For a quick breakdown of the three products on the market in Canada, read on:

Amazon Kindle – $139 USD
The Kindle is the original ebook reader, and therefore has a bit of a leg up in terms of working out the kinks. The latest incarnation boasts a thinner profile, lighter weight, and faster download speed, plus graphics so real it’s hard to believe you aren’t looking right at the page. With space for 3500 documents and a notebook size, it’s easy to slip into your purse, briefcase, or carry-on for easy reading. Plus, Kindle boasts the largest library – 630,000 of the books on Amazon are available for instant download, with many┬ámore frequently being added. Admittedly it sucks to have to go through the US site for Kindle servicing, but if you want the original, this is the way to go. There are also two other Kindle readers available with souped up wireless features and a bigger reader screen.

Indigo Kobo eReader – $149
Canada’s biggest online bookseller’s response to the invasion of Kindle is the equally stylish and sleek Kobo eReader. Available in four pastel metallics, the Kobo comes prepackaged with 100 classics and 2 bestsellers so whoever you’re gifting can crack open their Kobo and get reading right away. The Kobo has the same lightweight, thin, true-to-life design as the Kindle, however it only stores 1,000 books (but really, when will you ever max out either of those?). The plus is that Indigo and Chapters are all over the place, so getting customer service is a lot easier, and the set it launches with is a handy bonus as well.

Sony Reader – $179 (compact) or $229 (full)

The compact Sony Reader is the smallest on the market – a pro and a con, depending on how you look at it – but it boasts a larger reader list than the Kobo, with storage space for 1,200 titles. It also has the steepest price, which on a surface level doesn’t make much sense. With the same patented E Ink technology the other readers have, it mainly offers up more style over substance, although it does have a relationship with Google that allows you to access the 1,000,000+ free public domain titles available from their catalogue. In fact that’s the Sony Reader’s main advantage – allowing you to read more formats from more sources, including (wait for it…) your public library.

So there you have it! The Kindle boasts the most advanced features plus free WiFi, while the Kobo is a Canadian brand with a great starter package. The Sony reader offers the sleekest design with cross-format compatibility, but really, you’re in good hands with any of these items.

One Response to “Find Of the Month: Well Read”
  1. your sister says:

    Hm, not sure which one I want…we will have to discuss favourites when you visit!

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