Road Warrior: E-Readers

Padding a suitcase with books and magazines is a thing of the past, thanks to the recent explosion of electronic reading devices.

Padding a suitcase with books and magazines is a thing of the past, thanks to the recent explosion of electronic reading devices. Thousands of books, magazines and newspapers can be downloaded to a digital reader, giving travelers immediate access to a personal library at a fraction of the bulk and weight. Below, Consulting considers the pros and cons of four of the most popular devices.

Libre Libre$149; www.aluratek.comGiven the price, Aluratek’s Libre is a good starter model. It has a smaller screen (5 inches), a shorter battery life (a claim of 24 hours, although some think that’s a bit optimistic), doesn’t have a backlight, and isn’t quite as user friendly as its competitors. But at less than half the price of other options, it’s certainly worth considering.

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