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Sound byte: Amazon Kindle Touch vs. B&N Nook Simple Touch e-book readers

Consumer Reports News: December 09, 2011 03:08 PM

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If you're shopping for an inexpensive e-book reader for the holidays, you'll find some difficult choices ahead of you: Amazon's Kindle Touch with Special Offers and Barnes & Noble's Nook Simple Touch.

Both $99 devices made the list of Recommended digital book readers in Consumer Reports' latest report and Ratings of e-book readers. But Consumer Reports web associate editor Carol Magis highlights in this Sound Byte podcast the e-book reader features which helped the Nook Simple Touch top the Kindle Touch in our Ratings.

Another option for inexpensive e-readers: The Sony Reader Wi-Fi, which is also counted as a recommended e-book reader. For holiday shoppers, Sony cut the price of the PRS-T1 to $99.

For more help on choosing the right digital book reader is right for you, check out Consumer Reports' Buying guide to e-book readers.

About Sound Bytes
Every week, Consumer Reports experts produce a short (less than two minutes in length) audio segment which cover a wide variety of issues regarding consumer electronics and technology. These small "sound bites" can be heard on Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline. The Sound Byte that is featured in the Consumer Reports Electronics Blog is a segment that aired on last weekend's Into Tomorrow over-the-air broadcast.

About Into Tomorrow
Now in its 15th year, Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline covers the Latest in Consumer Electronics & Technology available today and... into tomorrow. The show airs on over 160 AM and FM radio stations around the U.S., on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, radio stations in Germany, Bermuda, New Zealand, Canada and several other sources including Mobile Broadcast Network, BeOS Radio, Sprint Radio, TiVo, and many others—every weekend. "Into Tomorrow" is also heard around the world on the Armed Forces Networks in several other countries. You can also catch all Into Tomorrow episodes on the Web. (The most recent show is usually added about three or four days after it has been broadcast on the radio.)

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