Another e-book reader announced; this is getting confusing!

Samsung has announced a new e-book reader, the Papyrus. The device is due out in Korea this June. Engadget has the details here.

Are you finding that it's getting hard to keep track of all these e-readers popping up like mushrooms after a summer rain? It was bad enough when we had to decide between Kindle and the Sony Reader, but the decision gets more confusing seemingly every day. Thankfully the folks at Wired are aware of our befuddlement, and they've posted E-Book Reader Roundup: Samsung's Papyrus Joins the Crowd which offers quick looks at eight of the e-readers that are either available now or in the near future.

If nothing else, the comparison quieted my own griping about the price of the Kindle and Sony Reader. $300-$360 looks quite reasonable when contrasted with the $600 iRex Illiad or the $1000+ Fujitsu Flepia. Granted, the latter is color (see more details of the Flepia).

But that color issue throws a whole new variable into the works. Buy a black & white e-reader now, or wait to see how quickly the color systems improve (and drop in price)? I still think the Kindle, with its easy access to the Amazon store, and the Sony Reader, with the announcement that Google is going to format half a million public domain books for it (see Public-Domain Books Will Be Formatted for Sony Reader at Sci-Tech Today) remain the 'sure' bets, but that Plastic Logic beauty calls to me.

What about you? Have you already bought an e-book reader? If so, are you happy with it? Or are you still on the fence? If so, what would sway you? Please leave a comment!

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