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Group test: what's the best e-reader?

The top e-book readers you can buy

If you like the idea of having the world’s library at your fingertips, you’ve probably considered an e-book reader. PC Advisor outlines the best electronic readers for 21st-century bookworms.

5. Kobo Touch

While many people may be happier with the Kindle's keyboard, we could easily be persuaded to put up with a slightly less touch-typeable on-screen keypad in return for the smaller footprint and lighter weight. The company is obviously betting that a relatively basic reading device like the Kobo eReader Touch Edition can hold its own against the more expansive – and expensive – multitasking e-readers and tablets such as the $249 Nook Color and, of course, Apple's iPad 2.

4. TrekStor Pyrus

The TrekStor Pyrus would make a good choice of ebook reader if you’re happy to hunt down most titles yourself and install them manually. Device navigation is generally well-implemented and you get a generous 4GB internal storage. Although a no-frills device, it’s solidly built and easy to use.

3. Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1

The Sony Reader Wi-Fi lacks the menu finesse and social media hooks that Barnes & Noble's Nook Simple Touch boasts. But its new pricing puts it right in line with its e-reader competition, and as a result it's an attractive choice, especially for people who prize light weight, navigation flexibility, and easy access to reading text PDFs.

2. Amazon Kindle Touch

Both the hardware and navigation of the Kindle Touch won us over. With solid Kindle Store integration, near instant book downloads and even a usable web browser, this is the best Amazon e-book reader so far.

1. Amazon Kindle 5 (2012)

Given that last year's Kindle cost £89, the new version is great value at £69. Yes, you're effectively locked into Amazon's system, but that's like being locked into Willy Wonka's chocolate factory: no-one is going to mind. The choice of books is first-class, as is the reading experience.

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