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Look for budget ebook readers with an E Ink screen. Displays with a touchscreen and an integrated light are preferable but a little pricier. Any ebook reader should support several ebook formats, including EPUB or AZW (the proprietary Amazon format) and Adobe PDF files. Almost all budget ebook readers include 2GB of internal storage, but only 1GB of that space is available for the user's virtual inventory. Not to worry though -- 1GB can hold more than 1,000 ebooks. Ebook readers with microSD card slots offer the opportunity to build a nearly unlimited library. Wi-Fi is now a common feature in even budget ereaders, making it easy to find, buy, and download books. Just remember that leaving the Wi-Fi turned on will drain the rechargeable battery pretty quickly; leave the Wi-Fi off, and the ereader can last as long as two months between charges.

Display Size Display Technology Book Formats Other Formats Connectivity Storage Weight
Kindle estimated price $69
6 inches E Ink AZW, PDF, TXT JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, HTML, DOC 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi 2GB + Amazon Cloud storage 5.98 ounces
Nook Simple Touch GlowLight estimated price $99
6 inches E Ink touchscreen EPUB, PDF JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi 2GB + microSD 6.95 ounces
Nook Simple Touch estimated price $79
6 inches E Ink touchscreen EPUB, PDF JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi 2GB + microSD 7.48 ounces
Sony Reader PRS-T2 estimated price $70
6 inches E Ink EPUB, PDF, TXT JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi 2GB + microSD 5.9 ounces
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