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Xmas Gift Guide World+Dog might fancy a glossy, colour tablet, but for the more literary inclined an e-book reader will likely prove a more suitable option. Yes, they're not as flash as fondleslabs, but their screens are legible both indoors and out, and their batteries last an age between charges. And, to please the canny gift buyer, they're relatively cheap too.

Reg Hardware would recommend any of the following five e-book readers, but if we had to pick one... well, you'll find our Editor's Choice product on the next page. So, in reverse order of rating we have...

Bookeen CyBook Orizon

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Bookeen's Orizon is getting long in the tooth, is bigger then most 6in readers, not only in size but also in price. But it has the requisite Wi-Fi connection, unnecessary Bluetooth and - for folk who were hoping to get a tablet this Christmas - has a touchscreen and accelerometer-driven screen rotation. Its 2GB of book storage is expandable too with Micro SD cards of up to 8GB capacity.

Bookeen Cybook Orizon e-book reader
Reg Rating 70%
Price £140
More Info Amazon

Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G

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Keen to be able to buy a book anywhere? Then the third-generation Kindle - now renamed the Kindle Keyboard - is for you, thanks to its built-in cellular connectivity. If you can get a mobile phone signal, you can access the Amazon ebook shop and buy. And you don't pay any extra for the service beyond the cost of the reader and the price of the book. It has Wi-Fi too. The only snag: it's a mite more bulky than the higher scoring 6in readers, though it does have 4GB of book storage on board.

Amazon Kindle 3
Reg Rating 80%
Price £149
More Info Amazon

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