The market for tablet style eReaders and standard eReaders seems to be changing every second, with new and improved models being introduced onto the market constantly.
However this is a good thing for the savvy consumer as unlike when they first came out, you do not have to pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars to get a quality functioning eReader, thanks to consumer demand and heavy competition between the major players.
These days some of the best products are available for under $ 100 and even if you bought the cheapest product on the market you would not be sacrificing value or functionality.
Barnes and Nobles Nook range and Amazon's Kindle are undetected the best known products on the market, and possibly the most popular. But there are indeed other brands on the market if you did not want to go for one of the top brands.
One cheap eBook reader alternative to the Nook or Kindle and one that has a great reputation is the Kobo Touch Edition. For $ 129. It can not take claim to being the cheapest eBook reader on the market, however it is an affordable alternative to a Kindle or a Nook.
There is a more basic Kobo model as well the Kobo Wireless and while being functional it just does not seem to cut the grade when compared to the Kindle or Nook on value for money.
One can not discount the major players though, as they are becoming increasingly competitive on price and it may be a surprise to some that the cheapest eReader currently is the Amazon Kindle.
In November 2011 the Kindle base model starts at $ 79 for a 6 "wireless device ($ 109 regular price with no discounts applied.) Barnes and Nobles Nook 1st Edition is the next cheapest eBook reader going for $ 89.
These are the standard models however, with basic features. If a touchscreen reader is more your style then again, Kindle has a model at $ 99 – the cheapest touchscreen around.
One up from that at $ 139 is the Kindle Touch with 3G again beating all other models to take the prize for cheapest 3G eReader on the market.
Although they may not come under the category of the cheapest eBook readers, some of you may be more interested in the new "tablet" style eReaders, with full color touchscreen features, that go beyond the standard eReader devices and offer internet search capacity, ability to watch movies, download apps and listen to music all on the one device.
Barnes and Nobles Nook Color is one of the cheaper versions of these Android Tablets and starts at $ 249.
The Amazon Kindle Fire – the newest Amazon Kindle on the market is also reasonably priced for the holiday season selling for $ 199 and is the cheapest of these color eReader devices.
Pandigitals Novel eReader is also priced at $ 199 and describes more recognition as it is a decent alternative to the Nook and Kindle devices. Offering all the capabilities as the Nook and Kindle devices of internet, movies, apps and music it also doubles as a Pandigital digital photo frame.
Finding the cheapest eReader really comes down to your needs for your eReader. If all you want is an eBook reader without the additional features of the new tablet varieties, like internet browsing, then do not waste the money on one of these new varieties and go straight for a standard eReader like the $ 79 kindle or the $ 89 Nook .
Or if you want a standard eReader but prefer a touchscreen, then pay that little extra and get the kindle for $ 99.
In the end, it really is all up to you and the functionality you require from your eBook reader.