New Cheapism Research Identifies Affordable Ereaders for Modern Bookworms

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Top picks include the Barnes & Noble Nook, Amazon Kindle Touch, Sony Reader Wi-Fi, and Kobo eReader Touch -- all with E Ink Pearl screens and at least 2GB of internal memory.

Ereader reviews indicate that must-haves include a screen that's easy on the eyes, a touchscreen and navigation system that's easy to master, and a battery that lasts several weeks between charges; all are present in the top picks on Cheapism’s list.

Cheapism.com, a review site dedicated to finding quality low-cost products, has identified the best ereaders under $150. The new Amazon Kindle Touch bests other cheap ereaders with 4GB of internal storage but lacks the option for external memory; instead it allows users to store Amazon-purchased materials online in the Amazon Cloud. Other top picks in this growing category include the Sony Reader Wi-Fi, the Barnes & Noble Nook, and the Kobo eReader Touch -- all of which boast 2GB of on-board memory and the option of using a microSD card as well. All the recommended products are Wi-Fi ereaders that feature E Ink Pearl displays, which mimic the look of printed text on paper and can be read even in bright daylight without looking washed out.

To arrive at these recommendations, Cheapism evaluated features and performance. Ereader reviews indicate that must-haves include a screen that's easy on the eyes, a touchscreen and navigation system that's easy to master, and a battery that lasts several weeks between charges; all are present in the top picks on Cheapism’s list.

Experts say an important feature is the ability to accept multiple ereader formats, including the popular EPUB text format, which enables users to purchase books from many online stores. All of the top picks accept this format except the Kindle Touch, which supports Amazon’s proprietary AZW format, as well as other popular text file formats, such as TXT and PDF. Plus, it is one of the few in its category to accept MP3 and audiobook files.

About Cheapism.com
Called by The New York Times “a Consumer Reports for the cheap,” Cheapism.com is a review site that serves consumers on a budget who want the best value for their money. Cheapism is the only review site that focuses exclusively on low-price products, a part of the market often overlooked by experts.

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