There are a few gadgets that divide opinion in the TechRadar office and none more so in recent months than electronic readers, or 'ebooks' as we now refer to them.
This new category really does seem to engender strong reactions in readers – veering between vehement hatred through to cannot-live-without adoration. The latest ebook on the block, the Cool-er, launches this month courtesy of British start-up Interead and we're offering you the chance to win one of two Cool-ers (worth £189 each) along with £60 of free vouchers to spend on a few of the 750,000 ebooks over at the new online store at coolerbooks.co.uk
The Cool-er is by far the cheapest, smallest and lightest ebook to date and fits snugly in a suit pocket or manbag. Nattily, it also looks a damn sight funkier than the sober, scholarly aesthetic chosen by competing ebook manufacturers over at Sony and Amazon.
Ardent traditionalists that are quick to declare ebooks "a passing fad" are soon won over when they realise that the Cool-er's e-ink tech really DOES work – and is a very similar experience to reading a paperback.
Interead is marketing the idea of the electronic book as a fun entertainment device and, as such, in comparison it makes Sony's poor old Reader seem rather dull and overly serious-minded. The company's founder Neil Jones says he was tired of ebook readers that were unwieldy, expensive and restrictive in terms of their ability to let you choose and share a wide range of ebooks. In addition to that, the Cool-er is both PC and Mac compatible.
This competition is now closed. The winners are Paul Stokoe and Jai Parmar.