I'm campaigning for an e-reader for Christmas. I usually only ask for one or two things, because I prefer giving sweet gifts to receiving them. So this year, my one request is an e-reader.
But I can't decide which one I want! Kindle? Nook? Those are less expensive than the . . . iPad. An iPad can do a lot more than be an e-reader, but I already have a MacBook Pro, an iPhone, and an iPhone touch. Would it be redundant?
I read so much that any e-reader would be used to its capacity. I thought that maybe some of my loyal readers would be facing the same dilemma, so I consulted CNET.com to help clarify some of my worries.
First, figure out what functionality you want. Do you really just want to read, with no bells or whistles? Or do you want to run the gamut of high-tech features? For simple e-reading, consider the Amazon Kindle (no touch screen, $79), the Amazon Kindle Touch ($99-$189), or the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch ($99).
If you want something a bit more substantial, try the middle-of-the-road reading tablets, like the Amazon Kindle Fire or Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, which come in at under $250 and boast features like enhances wireless capabilities and access to a specialized Android app store (Kindle) or the Nook Store app platform (Nook, obviously.) If you want to use your e-reader to watch Netflix or Hulu, this might be a better option for you.
And then there are the full-fledged tablets like the iPad 2 or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which boast a whole lot of crazy awesome features . . . but a much heftier price tag.
Me? I think I really just want something to read books on, so the basic Kindle or Nook would be good for me. But as always, before making an electronics purchase, consult your sources -- CNET.com is among the best on the internet for electronics comparisons, so be sure to do a whole lot of research before committing to a big purchase!