- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 1, 2010

THE IMPROVEMENTS: The Nookcolor dispenses with its predecessor’s e-ink screen and has a larger color display for better reading and navigation.

HOW IT STACKS UP: The Associated Press review finds that it’s the best dedicated e-reader on the market so far. At $249, it is great for consumers who are not yet willing to spring for a pricier tablet computer such as the iPad.

THE FUTURE: E-readers aren’t likely to get much better, at least not when it comes to the hardware. Maybe they’ll become a bit slimmer and lighter and have longer-lasting batteries, but there won’t be much time for big improvements, because within a few years, general-purpose tablets such as the iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab will have taken over this niche.