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 ILIAD
iRex Technologies
The ILIAD
$699

The iLiad was unbearably slow and fairly large. I found I couldn't easily make notes or highlight text with the stylus. I loved its expansion slots for adding memory and its international power adapter. It can download books, but it has no Web browser.

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Last updated January 16 2008: 3:59 PM ET

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