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After decades of numerous efforts to digitize our texts, retail markets are finally starting to fall victim to the digital paperback. According to USA Today, Borders has announced that they will liquidate more than $700 million of the company’s 259 stores’ inventory including book shelves, displays, music, videos and of course, books.
Barnes & Noble was able to survive the recent plunge of tree-killing texts by offering its answer to the Amazon Kindle, what it calls the Nook, which starts at $139, a mere $25 more than Amazon’s e-reader, the Kindle.
With new tablet options abound, consumers are stuck with the decision to buy something full-color bright LCD screen such as the Apple iPad 2, or a battery-saving black-and-white maverick as Sony, Barnes and Noble and Amazon, among others, all offer now.
There are certainly advantages to both products. Google has even entered the race by adapting their popular smartphone operating system, Android, into a tablet version. Last week, CNET rated the 5 best Android tablets on the market with hardware manufacturers such as Samsung, Acer and Asus rounding out the top. Even so, most of these options will set you back $300-$600.