There’s been a dizzying array of new eReaders this year, both hardware and software. Here are eBookNewser’s top three, and its bottom one. UPDATED.
Kindle 2: For better or worse, it’s the industry standard, and it works the best: you can download your books on it without any trouble, and with the iPhone, PC, and soon-to-come Mac apps, you can sync between devices. The design is pretty sleek, though far from perfect. There are tons of valid complaints (DRM, Amazon’s price control and creepy industry power, poorly placed buttons), but it’s still the eReader that makes the most sense to buy.
ScrollMotion Iceber Bookshelf: This is the best-thought-out eBook platform for iPhone. ScrollMotion can be frustrating, because its books–frontlist titles from the major houses–are generally priced the same as the hardcovers. But ScrollMotion has thought harder than any other company about how to maximize the iPhone’s small screen for reading, and the cute interface on the newly designed bookshelf app is fun to use. (See image above.)
Sony Reader Daily Edition: Despite the fact that it’s not the coolest eReader company on the scene, Sony may well be the most open–it handles all kinds of files. And the touch screen on this edition is a nice touch. The 3G access is long overdue, but at least Sony caught up. The future of eReaders is probably closer to this open model than Kindle’s micromanagement of the macrocosm.
Update: This blogger would also like to add Aldiko, the eReader app for Andriod at Mike Cane’s suggestion, and on the advice of his sibling bloggers at Galleycat. This blogger hasn’t gotten to try it yet, but he’s heard nothing but good things.
eBookNewser’s Least Favorite eReader
The Nook: It looks cool, but they rushed it, can’t get it to work, right, and, really, it’s all bling and no soul. Two screens? Who needs that. What we need is one screen that’s not eInk.