How many books do you have on PDF? Have you ever tried reading ane-Book on a laptop or PC? It’s both painful and draining. Amazon pushedeBook sales through the sale of the Kindle. The original Kindle hadissues. But that was yesterday. Today it’s the Kindle 2.

Kindle 2. Mobile reading.

Kindle 2. Mobile reading.

So what’s nice about the Kindle 2? It’s got a keyboard.
Sony’s got “gestures” which means you can swipe your finger left orright to navigate between pages. Very cool. Kindle 2? It’s got amini-joystick. Not cool.

In a more detailed review of the two devices, PC World chooses the Kindle 2 for presenting book information:

Incidentally, Amazon reported decent results.Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said sales of the Kindle had “exceeded ourmost optimistic expectations.” This toy alone will be the channel thatAmazon will use to push sales of eBooks. Let us say it together: fatmargins (never mind the losses it will probably take selling eachKindle).

I test-drove the Sony Reader. I liked it. For Canadians the SonyReader is a more easily accessible choice. Plus, I am not motivated inbuying a Kindle 2 when a Kindle 3, with a larger screen, is rumored tobe in the works.

So why buy book reader? Why not get a netbook that does otherthings? For techies and people who are easily distracted, the bookreader makes sense. It is made to do one thing: display eBooks forreading. Netbooks can do this but then it can do everything else. Intime, the mind gets bored and distracted, and the netbook loses itsfunction as an eBook reader on a subway.

The Sony Reader and the Kindle are thin, light, and functional. Thefaceoff isn’t between the two readers, but between alternative options.I believe that these readers will grow in popularity, and will mostcertainly complement the online book store concept.