With a spate of new eReaders and tablets hitting the market, we thought it worth spelling out some of the features and specs of the major players to help you discern which is right for you – or at least help you figure out what the differences are. Bear in mind, there is no real apple-to-apple comparison here (no pun intended). eReaders have black and white “eInk” screens and are designed to be fairly basic – the introduction of the latest $79 Kindle is the best proof of that. Tablets, on the other hand, are designed to be something like a laptop in your palm – and can be used for reading, gaming, browsing, streaming, recording, and many other “-ings” to boot. In the end, your (and your readers’) preferences may be driven by your choice of book retailer as much as by the features of any given eReader.

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Last month was a big month for Kindle announcements. A new, lower-priced Kindle ($79 for the ad supported version, $109 for no ads), a Kindle Touch Wi-Fi ($99 with ads, $139 for no ads), a Kindle Touch Wi-Fi/3G ($149 with ads, $189 for no ads), and the Android-based Kindle Fire Tablet with color touch screen ($199) will all hit the market by November 15th, 2011.

The Kindle is likely to be the hottest selling item this holiday. It should also keep its place as the world’s best-selling e-reader.  Knowing these facts makes it all the more important to learn how to prepare your eBook for publishing on Kindle.

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