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Buying a Cheap Used E-Book Reader: Tips & Recommendations

written by: Kristina Dems•edited by: Linda Richter•updated: 3/12/2011

If you're looking for a cheap used e-book reader, the first thing you should determine is what you're looking for in an e-book reader. Price and condition come next among your considerations.

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    In buying a used e-book reader, you most probably already know what you are looking for. If you don't, that's the first thing you need to determine. Decide on the features you want in an e-book reader and then set your budget for it. Choosing to go for a used e-book reader means you're putting importance on the item's price instead of condition, which is, of course, also an important consideration. Picking a cheap used e-book reader involves the right timing and dedicating a considerable amount of time finding the right price that fits your budget.

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    When to Get a Used E-book Reader

    The best time to look for a used e-book reader is when a newer model of the e-book reader you want has just been released. After the release of a new model--sometimes even before it--owners of new e-book readers tend to get rid of their old models. This is when you will see a spike in the number of used e-book readers on sale. This will give you more choices both in terms of e-book readers and price. If the e-book reader you want has a new model getting released in the near future, it would be beneficial to wait until it gets released. If there's no new model in the horizon, any time is the best time to look for one.

    A used and cheap e-book reader may not mean that it is technically cheap by most people's standards. It can mean that its price is considerably lower than its selling price when it was still new. That being said, here are some recommended used e-book reader models that are on sale with a significant price difference compared to new ones.

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    Pandigital Android 7 1GB Color Multimedia eReader

    Pandigital Android The Pandigital eReader gives you a wide e-book selection by being able to get content from Barnes & Noble, the Internet and your local library. It can store up to 1GB worth of content, so that's a lot of reading materials you can bring with you everywhere you go. You can get a used one from for at least $100.

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    Sony Digital Reader

    Sony Digital Reader Pocket Edition Sony Digital Reader Touch Edition The pocket edition is a lightweight e-book reader with 3 adjustable font sizes and support for PDF, TXT, RTF, BbeB and Microsoft Word files. It can store up to 350 e-books. The touch edition has a 1280x1024 resolution and its touchscreen display is in color. The e-book formats it supports are ePub, BbeB, PDF, TXT, RTF, Microsoft Word, JPEG, PNG, GIF and BMP. Used Sony Digital Reader Touch Edition devices go for at least $129 while the Pocket Edition units go for at least $69.89.

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    Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook Reader (WiFi only) Barnes & Noble NOOK eBook Reader (WiFi + 3G) Barnes & Noble's e-book reader is one of the most popular e-book readers around, so if you are looking for a cheap used e-book reader, one of your best bets would be the NOOK. Its best feature is its E Ink display that emulates the look of paper. It has a touchscreen navigation so it combines the best of E Ink technology and the sleek and popular feel of touchscreen devices. Prices for used WiFi-only NOOKs start at $109 while the WiFi and 3G ones go for at least $149.

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