These days, more and more people are trading regular books for e-book readers, like the Nook from Barnes and Noble. Sales of e-book readers have almost doubled in the last year alone.
"It's easy, I can immediately get whatever books I want, I don't have to worry about ordering them or going to a bookstore."
"I can sit in my easy chair and plug it in and get going."
Consumer Report tested more than a dozen e-book readers, including the best-selling Kindle. Testers have also begun evaluating the new Kobo e-book reader from Borders. A key test - how easy the screen is to read.
"We're looking to see how clear and crisp the type is in different conditions."
In one assessment, testers use lights to simulate outdoor sun. Readers with backlit screens have problems with glare. Those that don't have a backlight are much more readable in bright light. Another test sizes up how quickly the pages turn, which can make a big difference. In this side-by-side comparison, the e-book reader on the right takes twice as long to turn a page.
Consumer Reports says there are three e-book readers worth considering - the Nook Simple Touch Reader, the Kindle Wi-Fi, and the Kobo eReader Touch Edition. They all cost around 140 dollars. If color is a priority, Consumer Reports says the 250-dollar Nook Color is your best choice. It offers rich color - great for people who read lots of magazines.