PCMag’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2011: Tablets and Ebook Readers

PCPCMag's Reader's Choice for Tablets and eReadersMag’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards for Tablets and eBook Readers was posted last month, but I just now ran across it. Some of their results are what I would have expected, but some of the data was pretty surprising to me.

Tablets

It’s no surprise that the Apple iPad was chosen as the favorite. What did shock me was that the Asus Eee Pad Transformer was also chosen as a top pick. I’ve never even seen one of these sold in a store. I knew that these devices existed but I didn’t think that anybody actually used them, because as someone who provides tech support for this category of devices, nobody has ever asked me a question about them. It seems like it could be a cool device to own because of its flexibility … maybe it’s just being overshadowed by the larger companies?

eReaders

A quote from the article: “If you needed any evidence that Amazon and Barnes & Noble are the leaders in ebook readers, look no further than our Readers’ Choice scores. They far outscore the other ebook reader manufacturers: Sony and Pandigital, the only others we got enough responses to include.” (emphasis mine)

Apparently they let people fill in their own answers, and almost everyone wrote in Amazon Kindle or B&N Nook. The only other devices that people mentioned often enough for PCMag to get enough data for were the Sony Reader and Pandigital Novel. I’m not doubting their data, but I find this hard to believe. There are about a zillion different eReader devices available and some are quite popular, like the Kobo eReader or BeBook. It seems quite odd to me that at least the Kobo didn’t get enough mentions to be included. It’s not surprising that the Kindle and Nook were the most popular, for the same reason mentioned in the article: they are tied to previously established bookstores. Most people will buy eReaders from those companies because they are already shopping at those stores.

Check out the article‘s second and third pages for charts.

What is your choice for best tablet or eReader? Anything besides the iPad, Kindle, or Nook?

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I love reading and I love technology. eBooks are an interesting combination of the two.

2 responses to “PCMag’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2011: Tablets and Ebook Readers”

  1. Michele Hembree says :

    Great article but I have a Creative Ziio “7” and I can’t seem to download adobe epub or pdf books. I have Adobe Digital Editions but they don’t support my Creative. I have contacted Creative support and they are no help at all after three emails, they have not answered my first question. I have Overdrive Media and the Kindle app on my Creative. After trial and error, I have the removed the DMR and was able to download an epub but the first chapter was missing on my tablet but it was on Digital Editions. Do you have any suggestions.

    Thank you.

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