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E-reader basics

Five relatively inexpensive e-readers with monochrome screens and Wi-Fi:

*Barnes & Noble Nook -- $139, 7.5 ounces. Touch screen. Value score: 9 out of 10.

*Kobo eReader Touch Edition -- $130, 7.1 ounces. Touch screen. 8 out of 10.

*Kindle with Special Offers 3G -- $164, 8.7 ounces. Has ads in screen saver and top menu, cellular wireless connection. 6 out of 10.

*Kindle with Special Offers -- $114, 8.5 ounces. Has ads in screen saver and top menu. Along with 3G, largest in test. 4 out of 10.

*Aluratek Libre Air -- $130, 6 ounces. Only one in test with reflective LCD rather than e-ink. Smaller screen than the rest, shorter battery life. 2 out of 10.

-- Associated Press