EREADER UPDATE

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If you haven’t bought a Kindle for $259 or an iPad for $500, the $149 Aluratek Pro Reader looks like a good option. It comes with 100 free books: These include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Frankenstein, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, etc. You can get over one million more free titles from ebook sites like books.google.com and gutenberg.org.

The Aluratek has a slot for an SD memory card – the same kind used with digital cameras. (The iPad and Kindle do not have an SD card slot.) That means you can have separate libraries to plug in and out as you choose. It can handle cards with a capacity of up to 32 gigabytes (a little over two gigabytes would hold the entire Encyclopedia Britannica). It can even play music while you read. Find it at Aluratek.com.

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