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Extra! Extra! Compare E-Book Readers

Today's e-readers speak volumes: As in, you can pack hundreds of books into one sleek gadget. Thanks to significant price cuts, the time to buy is now.

By Christina Tynan-Wood

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Barnes & Noble Nook
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Nook (Barnes & Noble)

Overall dimensions: 7.7" x 4.9" x .5"

Screen size: 6" display for reading; 3.5" LCD for navigation

Weight: 12 ounces

Barnes & Noble's answer to the Kindle is especially nifty if you like to hang out at your local B&N store. There are two wireless offerings—$149 for Wi-Fi only, $199 for 3G and Wi-Fi, both with a small touchscreen for navigating the high-contrast e-ink screen above it. This is also how you stock your virtual bookshelves—simply tap the Shop button and off you zip to the online store, where you can buy books, find free tomes, and subscribe to magazines and newspapers. (Though the selection is not quite as vast as Amazon's.)

If your friends also have a Nook, you can lend them books right from yours; the device will retrieve them when the loan period is up. In-store, your Nook will get free access to Wi-Fi and a constantly changing array of content that's available only while you are on-site. But be forewarned: If you enjoy playing Sudoku, having a Nook may mean you are constantly tempted to ignore work deadlines—or your kids.

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