DREAMBOOK 7-INCH WIRELESS COLOR EBOOK PLAYER W97 AMAZON KINDLE DX
Pioneer, $159 pioneer.net.au
★★ On paper, this stacks up as an e-reader. It supports the open file standard ePub, unlike the Kindle, and it has built-in wi-fi support, unlike the Sony. It feels solid and tends to lean towards Amazon styling with a qwerty keyboard and back and forward keys. It also has a SD memory card slot, so its 2GB memory can be expanded to 16GB. It supports music playback, video, pictures and a variety of document types including PDF and Word. And, unlike others, it has a colour screen. But the Dreambook’s software is, at best, odd. It’s based on Linux and it’s buggy. The interface didn’t feel intuitive — it’s not a touchscreen and the enter key is tiny. Of the cheap import army, the W97 hardware is passable and might make a good entry-level reader. Amazon, $US379 amazon.com/kindle
★★★ The Kindle DX Graphite is the daddy of Amazon readers. It’s big, with a 9.7-inch display rather than the standard 6-inch type, and the most expansive offering the online book giant sells. The DX is crisp and offers a much better reading experience than anything with a backlit screen, such as a tablet. The big Kindle has a 4GB memory that, for a dedicated reader, should be more than ample and will store up to 3500 books. The DX supports PDF and Word document viewing and it works well on the larger screen. Sneaking away from the ‘‘dedicated reader’’ title, the DX also supports MP3 and AAC music files so you can listen to music while you read. On the downside, it does not support ePub files, so there can be no grabbing free books from the slew of online offerings other than Amazon.