Stuff's ebook reader round-up

iRex Iliad Book Editon £500www.iliadreader.co.ukBigger and more expensive, but with an 8.1in touchscreen for navigating and annotating. It has a

iRex Iliad Book Editon £500

www.iliadreader.co.uk

Bigger and more expensive, but with an 8.1in touchscreen for navigating and annotating. It has a simple-to-use page-turning rocker bar all down one side which we like and, among other formats, it’s compatible with MobiPocket, which has more than 80,000 ebooks in its library.

Stuff says: 4 stars

www.mybebook.com

This little-publicised and rare reader is nonetheless a strong rival for the Sony. It has a similarly-sized screen, and a more utilitarian plastic finish. It’s also more expensive, but has twice the on-board memory and is compatible with more formats, including MobiPocket. Its interface and text rendering aren’t nearly as slick as the Sony, though.

Stuff says: 4 stars

www.amazon.com/kindle

Currently US-only, so we haven’t tested it, but the Kindle appears to be the killer eBook device, because content – bought books, news and RSS feeds – are delivered wirelessly over-the-air to the device. Instantly. No news on a UK version… yet.

www.sony.co.uk

The first ebook reader to really enter the public consciousness, its metal casing, leather cover and crisp display give it a luxury feel that sets it apart from the competition. It's also the cheapest of the lot

It works with Adobe Digital Editions DRM, so you can buy and download ebooks from Waterstones.com. For the moment, the Sony reader is the pick of the bunch.

Stuff says: 5 stars