Originally Posted by JSWolf
Kobo should be out. Also, Kindle PW should be out as well given that there are numerous screen issues and you won't be able to easily send it back. That leaves Sony and B&N.
Given prices and devices, I would suggest going for a Sony PRS-T2.
Based on the fact the OP is someone on a really tight budget, your advice is to buy the most expensive e-reader, dismiss the Kindle PW but ignore the fact there are far cheaper Kindle's available, and rubbish all Kobo's because their firmware isn't perfect. That is pretty unhelpful.
Hitesh1, where can you buy from if buying new and not via ebay?
Also when you rule out a small screen do you just mean the Trekstor Mini (with it's 4.3" screen), would the Kobo Mini or Sony PRS-350 (they have 5" screens, compared to the standard size of 6") be ok?
The Kobo's do have a reputation for buggy firmware but it doesn't make them unusable, and plenty of people are happy enough with them. If you can get a cheap deal on a Kobo Touch for example, take it!
The cheapest options new
are the basic Kindle - 69$ (USD) @ Amazon, Kobo Mini £50 (GBP) @ WH Smith, or the Nook Simple Touch which has already been mentioned.
You could also look at used or refurbished, you should be able to find things like the Kindle Touch
, Kobo Touch
& Sony PRS 650
on ebay for reasonable prices (though more than your original $30 budget!). Or a cheaper option would be the Kindle Keyboard
You can get the Kindle Touch refurbished from Amazon via the UK website
for £65. Sadly I don't see it on the Amazon.com.
Sony Outlet UK
did have refurbished PRS 350's for £50, but they are sold out. They do have the PRS T1 at £79. Can't see anything on the US site currently. Also in the UK Morgan Computers often have refurbished Sony Readers for sale, though sadly no 650 or 350s at the moment, although they do have the slightly older PRS 600
or PRS 300
for £40 & £30 respectively. They are still quite old though, just not as old as the PRS 505.