Amazon revolutionized the e-reader with its original Kindle device, and now it takes another much-needed step forward with the Kindle 3. With wider support for fonts, including Caecilia, Sans-Serif, Cyrillic, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters as well as Greek and Latin scripts, and a choice between Wi-Fi and 3G versions, it’s getting harder to justify those huge stacks of books cluttering up your home library.

The Wi-Fi version brings longer battery life, and runs on the low end of the $139-189 price range. 3G, however, makes up for the larger price tag by offering the convenience of constant connectivity. Both weigh in at a lighter weight of 8.5 ounces and deliver 4GB of storage space, twice that of its predecessor. Voice command options sweeten the deal, so you no longer have to use your fingers when the time comes to turn a page.

iPad it isn’t, but for a device specifically designed to enhance the reading experience of your favorite novels, you could do a lot worse than placing this on your list of must-buy gadgets.

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