Those looking for a cheap ebook reader but don't want to spend £100 on an Amazon Kindle, might consider the Binatone 2283 which is currently on sale via a reputable Ebay seller called 3Monkeys, which appears to be the front end outlet of a major online UK retailer.
The reader comes with a 6-inch e-ink screen that supports a resolution of 800x600 pixels. It has 2GB built in memory, an SD card slot that can support up to 32GB which is enough to store up to 5000 books and its battery has enough juice for 7,000 page turns.
The device - which is covered by a one year warranty - comes with a black pouch and supports a variety of ebook formats; TXT, PDF, HTML, CHM, RTF, FB2, EPUB, TCR, Open E-book, Open reader, MOBI.
It doesn't have either touchscreen capability or a physical keyboard which means that annotation will be a difficult task altogether. Likewise, it doesn't come with Wi-Fi capabilities which rules out any untethered data transmission.
In comparison, the non-3G version of the Amazon eBook reader costs £111 while a Sony Reader can fetch up to £114. Alternatively, Disgo has cut the price of its 7-inch colour tablet - the Disgo 6000 - to a mere £60 which makes it a rather attractive alternative.