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Kit of the Year E-book viewers prompted plenty of Register Hardware reader interest during 2009, a year in which market stalwarts Sony and Amazon finally saw some notable rivals, iRiver in particular. In response, perhaps, Amazon started offering the US-centric Kindle to overseas buyers - will ours arrive in time to change the selection here? But Brits will have to wait longer for Sony's US-only wireless Reader Daily Edition.

iRiver Story

iRiver Story
RH Editor's Choice

With its speedy menus, decent built-in music player, strong battery life and handy ancillary features, the Story looks a winner - provided you're running the latest firmware. If you want Santa to stick an e-book reader under the Christmas tree this year, then the iRiver Story is a sound choice - literally.

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Reg Rating 80%
Price £229

Bookeen Cybook Opus

Bookeen Cybook Opus
RH Recommended Medal

We found the Bookeen Cybook Opus very easy to use and it's certainly one of the best devices in its class. It's not cheap: we haven't seen the Opus available for less than £210 and more often than not as much as £250, the same price Sony is asking for its 6in, eight-greyscale, audio-enabled PRS-600. Sony also offers the £180 PRS-300, which, like the Opus, has a 5in screen - but no Jpeg support and no memory card slot. Of the two, we'd rather have the Opus.

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Reg Rating 80%
Price £250

Sony Reader PRS-600 Touch Edition

Sony PRS-600 Reader Touch Edition
RH Recommended Medal

The Touch Edition Reader carries across all the strengths of the original but combines them with a touchscreen UI that makes navigation much easier. It also brings some handy new functionality to the party, including an excellent built-in dictionary, and the ability to make and save notes and memos.

A welcome if rather expensive update of the original.

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Reg Rating 80%
Price £250

Best of the Rest

Sony Reader PRS-300 Pocket Edition
The e-book reader for everyone?

Interead Cool-er
Work in progress.

iRex Digital Reader DR1000S
Paper tiger?

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