3 Reasons The Time Is Right To Buy An E-reader


E-readers are one of the most sought after high-tech gifts this holiday season. Amazon's Kindle e-reader has broken sales records. Barnes & Noble's Nook e-reader is in short supply. And Sony has just begun shipping its Daily Edition e-reader. Here are three reasons why the time is right to buy an e-reader:

1. Great Content: It's all about content. The e-readers give users instant access to hundreds of thousands of books and tens of thousands of major newspapers and magazines and, in at least one case, more than 1 million titles.

Amazon's Kindle, the best selling of all the e-readers, provides access through its e-bookstore to over 390,000 books, newspapers, magazines and blogs.

The Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader e-bookstore features an amazing one million titles that cover every conceivable category from biography and memoir to romance to children's literature. In fact, the Barnes & Noble e-bookstore is a book lover's paradise.

Sony's e-bookstore for its Daily Edition e-reader, meanwhile, features access to more than 500,000 public domain books from Google optimized for Sony's Daily Edition.

From The Wall Street Journal to The New York Post to all the New York Times best-sellers and classic literature, it's all a click away with e-readers.

2. The Technology Is Ready For Prime Time: You've got to give it to the e-reader manufacturers. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony and other e-reader makers are engaged in a "Clash of The E Book Titans" that has resulted in breakthrough technology in a relatively short period of time .

The e-reader players have each brought to the table a wide array of robust technology features, leading to a knock-down battle to provide superior usability and features. And the winners are passionate readers.

Barnes & Noble's Nook features a full-color touchscreen and a "lend me" feature that allows users to transfer a title to another Nook, iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry, PC or Mac. What's more, the Nook has memory expansion that can hold up to a 16-GB Micro SD card to hold 17,500 e-books.

The Sony Reader Daily Edition features a 7-inch touchscreen and free 3G wireless for the life of the device.

3. The Price Is Right: The time is right to buy an e-reader. All of the major players are offering great prices.

Amazon is providing potential Kindle buyers with a last-minute gift by offering a $259 price tag and free two-day shipping on all orders in the continental United States placed on December 23 at www.amazon.com/kindle.

Barnes & Noble is selling its Nook e-reader, which will be available February 1, for $259 with free shipping. What's more, Barnes & Noble provided a $100 online gift certificate for consumers who ordered its Nook e-reader but won't get it in time for Christmas.

Finally, Sony's Daily Edition, which packs a powerful collection of public domain books, is priced at $400.

Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble's Nook and Sony's Daily Edition e-readers are all great products. Users really couldn't go wrong with any one of them. Bottom line: the time is right for readers to move from the printed word to the e-word.