Kindle vs. Nook vs. iPad: أي قارئ الكتاب الإلكتروني يجب عليك شراء؟
This story has been updated to reflect the release of the new third-generation Kindle models and the announcement of new Sony Readers, among other new details.
Yes, it's true: now is a better time than ever to be in the market for an e-book reader. Hardware prices are more affordable than ever, and more titles are available electronically--anywhere from hundreds of thousands to millions, depending on whether you include the huge library of free public-domain titles--than at any point in history.
The market has consolidated around a handful of major players: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, and Apple. Recently updated products from the first three include excellent options in the sub-$200 (and even sub-$150) price ranges. Also, a flood of new reading-centric apps continues to solidify the Apple iPad's position as the premium media tablet of choice.
With these new variables, now is a perfect time to re-evaluate the e-book reader landscape and figure out which product is best for you. If you're an experienced shopper, you can jump straight to our list of top e-book readers; however, everyone else can consult this quick guide, which boils the purchase decision down to six questions