Are you on the fence about getting an e-reader? There is no time like the present. There are more devices available today than ever before, though only two manufacturers really stand out in terms of quality versus affordability: the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook.

There are two basic types of e-readers: the black and white e-ink-only readers, and the color LCD models. Both have pros and cons that you’ll want to understand before making a choice. The e-ink versions generally have a longer battery life and offer the best paper-like reading experience. These e-readers are usually less expensive than their full-color counterparts.

The color, LCD-based models offer a more tablet-like experience, combining e-book reading with other entertainment options, such as games, apps, and Internet browsing. However, the LCD-based e-readers don’t compare in terms of speed or functionality to actual laptop computers.

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