The PRS-505 lacks the Kindle’s wireless features or the built-in backlight of the $400 PRS-700. But the screen is among the more legible, and even newcomers can get the hang of importing books from a desktop machine. Plus, it can read the IDPF’s ePub standard and even encrypted PDF, among other formats. See an Amazon page for more details, including reader reviews.
So how much to pay? Circuit City is advertising the readers for $259.95 by mail—some $100 cheaper than the Kindle. The 505’s list price is about $300.
Other interesting choices for disappointed Kindle shoppers might be the Cybook ($269 from Books on Board) or the $198 jetBook, which, however, has just a five inch LCD screen without a backlight and currently can’t read DRMed books. The Cybook’s screen, in my opinion, is one of the most legible when you use the “embolden” feature, which bolds text and increases perceived contrast.