Curl Up With a Good E-Reader

Prices have come down, and the user experience has improved.

Hand-held electronic book readers -- better known as e-readers -- have finally caught on. Digitized books account for just 1.4% of book sales, but sales of e-readers themselves are expected to double in 2010, bringing the total number purchased to ten million. Amazon’s Kindle is the best-selling model, but Barnes & Noble’s Nook has generated a lot of buzz, and a new touch-screen version of the Sony Reader should be available by the time you read this. Even more e-readers will arrive in 2010: Several prototypes debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show, in January.

An e-reader can store more than 1,000 books and can run for days between charges. The best e-readers have built-in wireless Web connections that make it easy to sample, download and buy books, as well as newspapers and magazines.

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Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance