Consumer Reports: As a reader Kindle wins. I have been a very happy Kindle user for more than a year.
The iPad is vastly more versatile than the Kindle, with a growing range of apps, including those for interactive magazines and newspapers, to exploit its almost unlimited possibilities. If e-book reading will be just one of a number of activities you plan to do regularly on your new device, and your budget runs to $500 or more, consider an iPad.
If, on the other hand, you want only a device for reading e-books, the Kindle is smaller, a little easier on the eyes, and a whole lot easier on your wallet. For now at least, it’s the better choice for most e-bookworms.