Originally Posted by cassidym
True, CR is somewhat American-centric but they do review lots of non-US made products. For example in this issue they review small and mid-sized SUVs and devote as much space to VWs, Toyotas and KIAs as they do to Jeep, Chevrolet and Buick.
And Sony eReaders are as easy to get in this country as a Kindle.
Oh, they don't much care where the product is made--they have long been notoriously fond of non-american cars--or who sells it. It is availability they go by.
If you have to mail-order the product from upper Mongolia you won't find it at Consumer's Report.
In previous years they *have* covered other brands:
Kobo, Ectaco, Bookeen, and Sony have been covered along with Kindle and Nook.
Sony and Kobos are as easy to get as Kindles and Nooks... *if* you know they exist. Most newbie buyers, however, have never heard of Kobo much less Pocketbook, Onyx, Bookeen... Visibility of second tier brands is almost nil outside the ebook-centric websites. Not a good situation but that is where we stand.