Amazon's Kindle versus the Sony Reader
With the Kindle from Amazon, Karen Taggart says her whole library is at her fingertips whether she's reading at home or on the road.
"I keep it in my car for carpool with the kids. I take it everywhere with me. It's in my bag -- everywhere," she said.
Paul Reynolds of Consumer Reports is also impressed with the Kindle 2.
"The type is crisp and you can easily change the size. Turning the page is about as fast as turning the page on a real book, and if you get tired of reading, the kindle will read to you," Reynolds said.
And he found the Kindle surprisingly simple to use.
"No computer is needed. You connect wirelessly to Amazon's huge collection of e-book titles, pick the book you want and it downloads directly to the Kindle in less than a minute," he said.
There's no connection charge, and a bestseller costs about $12 US.
Sony has an e-book reader too -- called the Reader. The newest one has the same screen size as the Kindle and costs about the same.
Sony's bookstore has fewer titles, but you do get easy access to Google's library of free classics.
But with the Sony, there are a lot more steps. You have to install software on your computer then download the book, and then you have to transfer it with a USB cord.
For e-readers on the go like Karen Taggart, Consumer Reports says the wireless Kindle is a lot easier to use.
Lighter than the average paperback, and less than a centimetre thick, the Kindle can carry up to 1,500 books. You can select from more than 90 magazines and newspapers including the Globe and Mail.