E-Book reader roundup: Will Kindle catch fire?

My firm, College Prowler, sells higher-education guides. A slew of next-generation electronic books now hitting the market might seem the perfect solution for us. Why deal with printing or inventory? But I'd had bad experiences with earlier e-book models when we founded the company in 2002. Is the e-book finally ready to do for publishing what the iPod did for the music industry? To find out, I put the latest models to the test.

The KINDLE
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The KINDLE
$399

The Amazon Kindle is the best e-book reader yet. It has a sleek design and a great screen, and most important, it can connect to the Internet. Logging on to the Kindle Store from anywhere and buying blogs, books, or magazines is easy. But scrolling through pages was slow, especially on the rudimentary web browser. Button design is a major weakness. I accidentally pressed the next page button a lot.

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Last updated January 16 2008: 3:59 PM ET

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