Best E-Reader 2017:
The Ultimate Guide to Ebook Readers

Ebook readers at a glance

Some brands achieve such market dominance and mind share, that their name becomes synonymous with the whole product category. Xerox, Jeep, Jacuzzi and Band-Aid are just a few examples.

When it comes to ebook readers, Amazon’s Kindle is well on its way to becoming one of such brands. Even though Kindle was not the first e-reader on the market (in fact first commercial e-readers were introduced back in 1998) but it has become so popular that we began to associate the whole product category with its name.

There are, however, a few more established brands in this niche and some of their offerings are quite popular among book lovers. While it’s hard to say any particular model is the best ereader for everyone, we’ve tried to explain how you should approach choosing the ebook reader that fits your reading style best below.

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This is a really long article (4,400+ words on the last count!). To make it easier to navigate, you will find a handy Table of Contents below.

In a hurry? Here are the models we discuss below:
(Click to see the current price on Amazon)

Best E-reader OverallAMAZON KINDLE PAPERWHITE
Best Waterproof E-readerBARNES&NOBLE NOOK GLOWLIGHT PLUS
Best Large Screen E-readerKOBO AURA ONE
Best REALLY Large Screen E-readerONYX BOOX MAX CARTA

What is it?

image of kindle ereaderE-reader or ebook reader is a portable device that allows you to read e-books. Most e-readers have E Ink display which provides great screen readability and tremendously improves the battery life

Who is it for?

Anyone reading books or periodicals, really. Gone are the days when e-readers were reserved for bookworms and geeks. Modern ebook readers have gorgeous screens, hold the battery charge for weeks and easily hold thousands of books

How much does it cost?

Generally e-readers cost between $50 and $300, with most falling in the $80-120 range

What are the best e-readers out there? Isn’t Kindle the best?

Kindle is an amazing product and it is a great pick for most users, but in some cases a different device might work better for you. We have compiled a list of best e-readers for every use in our Top Picks section

HOW DO THEY COMPARE TO EACH OTHER?

We have compiled a huge Ultimate Ebook Reader Comparison Table just for this purpose

Ebook Readers Buying Guide

Most ebook readers look very much alike on the outside, but there are a few differences on the inside, both in hardware and in software.

When choosing an e-reader you will see different specs, including display, supported formats, storage and others. We’ll go through each of them one by one and explain what they mean.

As usual, this is a rather long guide, so to make it easier for you to navigate around, you can find a detailed table of contents on the right of this page

Step 1

Display: Size, Resolution, Backlight

image of a person reading an ebook reader

One of the best things about ebook readers is that they come with the E Ink display. E Ink screens have been specifically created to be as paper-like as possible.

E Ink screens:
1. provide great contrast,
2. offer wide viewing angles and
3. have ultra-low power requirements

E Ink corporation logo

E Ink Corporation logo

All this, coupled with the fact there is no backlight, means you will be able to read the ebook for hours without getting the eye fatigue so common with tablet displays or computers. You can also expect at least a few weeks of battery life (depending on your reading habits, of course).

E Ink displays have been around for almost 10 years now and there are multiple product generations available. You’re likely to see one of the following used in your ereader of choice:

  • E Ink Pearl. Announced in 2010, this is one of the first generations of the product. It’s still used in many entry-level models
  • E Ink Carta. Announced in 2013 this is an updated version of E Ink displays with increased pixel density of 212 ppi. Older generation Kindle Paperwhites and Kobo Aura use this technology
  • E Ink Carta HD. The latest generation of E Ink displays feautures the highest 300 ppi pixel density and is used on most recent ebook models, including Nook Lowlight Plus, Kindle Paperwhite/Voyage/Oasis and Kobo Aura H20/One

There are three main specs when it comes to e-reader displays:

  1. screen size,
  2. resolution/pixel density, and
  3. backlight (which is usually, in fact, front light)

Screen size
The most popular screen size among ebook readers by far is the 6″. All Kindles have a 6″ screen, as well as NOOK by Barnes and Noble and many other models. 6 inches hits the sweet spot for most people – it’s large enough for comfortable reading experience and it’s small enough to fit in most handbags and purses.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a smaller screen e-reader nowadays, though there are some older models still available online.

If you’re after a large screen ebook reader (comics and manga lovers, among others, enjoy the larger screen space), there are models with 6.8″ and even 7.8″ screens.

Resolution/pixel density

picture if a smartphoneSimilar to smartphone, tablet and computer displays, the higher the pixel density (usually defined in PPI or pixels per inch) the sharper the image will be. While this metric is crucial for smartphones, computer screens and tablets, it’s way less important for ebook readers, since text does not have to be as sharp as a picture or illustration.

Cheaper models, including the original Kindle and Kobo Touch 2.0, have a smaller 167 ppi resolution. More expensive ones come with a higher pixel density of up to 300 ppi.

Built-in light

First generation of ebook readers had no backlight and to use them at night you had to either sit by the lamp or use a clip-on reading light.

Newer generations of e-readers come with adjustable built-in backlight, allowing you to change the screen brightness depending on the conditions. Most manufacturers install several white LED lights on one or more sides of the screen. Most models feature between 4 and 10 LEDs (Kindle Oasis is the champion here with 10 white LEDs. Generally, the more LEDs, the more uniform the overall lighting will be, though there are other things in play here as well.

Some models (Kobo Aura One) even feature additional RGB LEDs that allow you to change the color settings to reduce the blue-light exposure, which is what keeps you up and may cause issues with sleep when reading before bed. This is a very welcome addition to the ereader technology and we’re keen to see how it plays out in the longer term.

Step 2

Size and Weight

hand holding kindle ebook reader

Kindle Oasis only weighs 131g

You will be holding the ereader a lot, so it makes sense it should be comfortable and easy to hold for extended periods of time, including holding it with one hand only.

Most ereaders weigh around the 7 oz (200g) mark. One of Kindle Oasis’s selling points is its weight which is lowest in its class at only 4.6oz (131g).

Step 3

Page turn buttons

First generation ereaders all had physical page turn buttons, either on both sides or on just one side of the device. Recently, these have been mostly replaced with touchscreens, where you have to tap or swipe the screen to turn the page.

If you prefer the feel of the physical page turn buttons, your options are quite limited at the moment. Out of all the most popular models, only Kindle Voyage and Kindle Oasis come with dedicated page turn buttons – Voyage has one button each side, while Oasis has both buttons on the right side.

  • image of Nook ereader

    NOOK by Barnes & Noble utilizes touchscreen for page turning

  • image of Kindle Oasis ereader

    Kindle Oasis has both page turn buttons on the right side

  • image of Kindle Voyage ereader

    Kindle Voyage has page turn buttons to the left and to the right of the screen

Step 4

Storage

symbol of memory cardStorage is simply how much available storage you have on your device. Most ereaders have between 4GB and 8GB available.

With the average ebook size at around 2MB you can expect to fit at least several thousand books on your ereader before you start running out of space. So we wouldn’t worry about this spec that much, unless you have a lot of books, comics and PDF files (known to take a lot of space) that you need to carry around.

Step 5

Connectivity

Connectivity is how your ereader connects to the online book store to download new books.

symbol of wifi

connectivity

All ereaders can use WiFi to do that, and three Kindle models (Paperwhite, Voyage and Oasis) have 3G-enabled versions, that allow you to download ebooks even when there’s no WiFi network around (the device itself is slightly more expensive, but there’s no ongoing service fee afterwards).

For the majority of users, 3G is probably not really required. Unless you spend months in the wild (and even then you could just download a bunch of books in advance), you should be fine with the WiFi-only ereader.

Step 6

Formats supported

image of different file formats

file formats

Ebooks are just files and they come in a variety of different formats. Some are proprietory like Amazon’s AZW and AZW3, used in Kindles. Others, like EPUB, are vendor-independent and are natively supported by the largest number of ereaders (with the exception of Kindles).

If you know you will be reading books in EPUB format, you might want to look at Kobo or NOOK options.

Certain software programs (like Calibre) allow you to convert books from one format to another, but that might be considered illegal in some countries and the converted text might have readability issues.

Step 7

Library DRM compatibility

Several years ago libraries started lending ebooks to its members. This eliminated the need to physically go to the library and made it possible to check out the new book from the comfort of your home.

If you plan to use this feature a lot, it might be wise to research what formats are the books in. Kindle will only read it’s proprietary format, so if you plan to use your Kindle to read the lent books, make sure they are available in the Kindle format. Confirm at Overdrive or on your local library’s website.

Many libraries and websites will only offer ebooks in the EPUB format. They will not open on the Kindle and you would need to convert them first.

Kindle books are currently only available in the US libraries.

Step 8

Waterproof

image of a waterproof ereader in the water

waterproof e-reader

Enjoy reading near the pool or in a bathtub? Fear your beloved e-reader might not survive the next drop? Consider getting a waterproof ereader. Both Kobo and NOOK come in waterproof editions. You can actually even use them underwater, if you so wish.

Step 9

Battery life

image of a battery

battery

Battery life obviously depends on the usage, but an average model will last around a month with some of the best ereaders hitting the 2 months mark, based on 30 minutes reading per day.

To extend the battery life, turn off the WiFi and lower the back light.

Frequently Asked Questions about ebook readers

When purchasing a Kindle Amazon allows you to spend a bit less by allowing them to show you the “Special Offers” on the lockscreen of the device. That means that when the screen is locked and the device is not in use, Amazon will show you product recommendations and deals on the lockscreen. You may later pay to remove them if you so wish.
Consider what you will be doing most with the device. If the answer is “reading”, you can’t go wrong with the dedicated reading device.
If you answered “reading and browsing, note taking, etc.” than you might be better served by a tablet device. Sadly, even the best ereader will be outperformed in the browsing department by most tablets.

Benefits of e-readers:
1.Ereader displays are much easier to read outdoors
2. Ereader displays also don’t strain your eyes during long reading sessions as much as tablet displays do’
3. Ereaders are usually lighter and smaller than tablets – easier to grab when you’re heading out

Our Top Picks

Now that you know what to look for when choosing ebook readers, here are some of our top picks.

Ultimate Buying Guides’ Top Picks:

Best e-reader overall

It’s not easy to choose just one best e-reader, but we feel that Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon will be the best choice for most people. While we wish it was waterproof and could read EPUB files, the combination of sharp screen, high quality backlight and Amazon’s unrivaled ecosystem makes Paperwhite the most balanced e-reader out there. Amazon also tends to keep the price very affordable, especially if you go for the Special Offers edition, which we recommend.

The best e-reader overall

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

a picture of the best ereader Kindle Paperwhite

 

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Kindle Paperwhite offers sharp 300ppi E Ink Carta HD screen with uniform backlight, up to 6 weeks battery life and weighs just 7.2 oz/205 grams. The best part is all that comes at very affordable price

Why did we choose Kindle Paperwhite?

Amazon managed to pack some pretty attractive features into a very moderately-priced package with Kindle Paperwhite

PROS:

  • 300ppi E Ink Carta HD screen
  • top quality backlight for easy reading at night
  • Amazon’s book collection is still the best out there

CONS:

  • Paperwhite (or any other Kindle) is not waterproof, so take it to the pool or the tub at your own risk
  • does not support highly popular EPUB format
  • outside of the US you might have a hard time trying to borrow ebooks from public libraries

OVERALL:

Since Amazon makes the most revenue from selling the ebooks, they can afford to produce a high-quality ereader at an affordable price point, which is what they did with Paperwhite. If you don’t plan to read a lot in the tub or at the pool, and plan to get the most of your books from Amazon, you should be happy with the Paperwhite

OTHER OPTIONS TO CONSIDER:

Barnes & Noble NOOK GlowLight Plus (if you’re looking for a waterproof ebook reader, this is it. The specs are extremely close to Paperwhite’s and the B&N book library is only slightly behind Amazon in terms of the number of titles available),

Kobo Aura One (if you don’t mind the added bulk and would rather have the added screen space, Kobo’s Aura One provides a generous 7.8″ of screen space in a waterproof body while managing to keep a surprisingly low weight of only 8.1 oz/230 grams. It also features a sharp 300 ppi display and is the only ereader to offer the RGB LEDs for reducing the blue light exposure)

Best waterproof ereader

If you enjoy reading in the bath or near the pool, or find yourself often at the beach with a book in your hand, you might want to look for a waterproof ereader. NOOK by Barnes&Noble as well as some Kobo models are IP67 or IPX8 certified and will withstand not only a splash, but can actually be used underwater if you so wish. Just don’t dive too deep with them – 1 or 2 meters deep is what these devices can handle. Also, don’t forget that saltwater can cause corrosion and destroy electronics, so if you drop your ebook into the sea, make sure you rinse it with some tap water afterwards.

We think Barnes&Noble NOOK GlowLight Plus is the best waterproof e-reader currently available for most people. It comes with a sharp 300 ppi screen (similar to what top-of-the-line Kindles come with), uses 5 LEDs for backlight and weighs just below 7 oz. It’s IP67 certified, which means it is “waterproof in fresh water for up to 30 minutes at a maximum depth of 3.28 feet and protected against ingress of dust, dirt and sand”.

The best waterproof ereader

Barnes&Noble NOOK GlowLight Plus

a picture of top waterproof ereader Nook GlowLight Plus

 

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This underrated Kindle’s rival matches most specs of the Amazon hit and also adds waterproof and EPUB support into the mix

Why did we choose NOOK GlowLight Plus?

Birders value wide field of view, low weight and ruggedness above all, and these binoculars deliver on all these aspects.

PROS:

  • great sharp 300 ppi screen
  • waterproof IP67
  • low weight of only 6.9 oz
  • reads EPUB
  • B&N offers free in-store service in one of their 650+ locations, as well as one hour of free in-store reading time a day

CONS:

  • some people find they tend to occasionally hit the Home button below the screen when reading
  • does not read MOBI files, so if you have an extensive Kindle books library, you will need to convert them before you can read them on the NOOK
  • lack of built-in browser means you might have issues when trying to sign-up into some WiFi networks

OVERALL:

Nook offers great value for money by combining most of Paperwhite’s specs with a waterproof body. If you like to read near the pool, on a beach or in the tub – NOOK will put your mind at ease and allow you to fully focus on the bookyou’re reading

OTHER OPTIONS TO CONSIDER:

Kobo Aura One (if you don’t mind a slightly higher price, some added bulk and would rather have the added screen space, Kobo’s Aura One provides a generous 7.8″ of screen space in a waterproof body while managing to keep a surprisingly low weight of only 8.1 oz/230 grams. It also features a sharp 300 ppi display and is the only ereader to offer the RGB LEDs for reducing the blue light exposure, considered to mess with your circadian rhythm and your sleep patterns)

Best large screen ereader

Most e-readers have a 6″ screen – manufacturers have found this size to provide the best readability while still keeping the size and weight reasonably small.

However, for some users the 6″ screen is just not enough. They might prefer larger screen when reading, they might be using the e-reader for technical documentation and large PDF files, or they might just have large hands and would appreciate a larger device. That’s where the large screen ebook readers come in. Sadly, because of the higher price associated with producing a large screen device, there are only a few options on the market. Most people just go for a tablet instead, though they sacrifice the battery life and the e-paper display.

If you just want a slightly larger screen, you will love Kobo Aura One. It comes with a 7.8″ 300ppi screen, is waterproof up to 2 meters and weighs only slightly more than most of its 6″ counterparts. It also features 9 white LEDs frontlight and even 8 RGB LEDs for cutting out the blue light, known to ruin the good night’s sleep when reading before bed.

If 7.8″ seems too small, there are a few larger options. ONYX has a few large screen models, including ONYX BOOX Prometheus with a 9.7″ display and ONYX BOOK MAX with a giant 13.3″ display (which has recently been updated with a high-resolution Carta display and increased contrast ratio). Michael Kozlowski from Good e-Reader has created his own large screen ebook reader called the Good e-Reader 13.3. At the time of the writing, it’s still at the crowdfunding stage with the first units slowly making its way to their owners.

The best large screen ereader

Kobo Aura One

a picture of the best large screen ereader Kobo Aura ONE

 

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While technically the 7.8″ screen on Aura One is not that large, it’s still significantly larger than the standard 6″ screens of NOOKs and Kindles

Why did we choose Kobo Aura One?

Kobo managed to tick most of the boxes with Aura One. It comes with a beautiful sharp 300 ppi screen, it’s waterproof up to 2 meters and it’s the first Kobo device with the Overdrive support, which means you can borrow ebooks from your public library right from your Kobo catalog

PROS:

  • 7.8″ 300ppi E Ink Carta HD display
  • waterproof IPX8 – up to 60 minutes in 2 meters of water
  • Overdrive support
  • 8 RGB LEDs for cutting down the blue light
  • it’s surprisingly light for its size at only 8.1 oz / 230 grams

CONS:

  • occasional lags in the softare have been reported, requiring multiple taps
  • as with most auto-adjusting frontlights, it can be hit-or-miss and might adjust too much from time to time. We usually stick to adjusting the frontlight manually, anyway

OVERALL:

Aura One has hit the right spot with many ebook lovers, who craved a larger screen (which might explain the availability issues when it just came out). If the 6″ display is just not big enough for you, but a 10″ and above would be an overkill, Aura One is a great option that hits all the boxes without really cutting any corners – it’s waterproof, has a great sharp screen and supports a wide variety of formats. It also comes with the Overdrive support and even saves you sleep by cutting down your blue light exposure

The best really large screen ereader

ONYX BOOX MAX CARTA

a picture of Onyx Boox Max Carta - the best very large-screen ereader
 

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At 13.3″ this is a BIG e-reader. This updated version comes with a 2200×1650 resolution and 207ppi pixel density E Ink Carta display

Why did we choose Celestron SkyMaster 25×100?

An updated ONYX BOOX MAX CARTA features a much sharper 13.3″ display and weighs just above 500g. It comes with 16GB onboard memory and a memory card slot and, as many larger screen ereaders, comes with a stylus.

PROS:

  • huge 13.3″ E Ink Carta screen with 207ppi and improved contrast ratio of 15:1
  • 16GB storage and memory card slot
  • reasonably low weight for the screen this size

CONS:

  • as all large screen readers, there’s no frontlight
  • price can look prohibitive

OVERALL:

ONYX BOOX MAX CARTA boasts a high resolution 13.3″ display, supports a lot of popular formats and still weighs a reasonable 556 gram

Ultimate Ebook Readers Comparison Tables

Best ebook readers compared

  • Price
  • Display Size
    The display size in inches
  • Display Type
    The type of display used:
    E Ink Pearl - oldest generation display
    E Ink Carta - newer generation display
    E Ink Carta HD - latest generation display
  • Resolution
    PPI - Pixels Per Inch The higher the number, the sharper the image on the screen
  • Built-in light
    Unlike tablets, ereaders utilize front-light by installing a number of white LEDs on the sides of the screen. Generally, the more LEDs, the more uniform the lighting will be. Kobo Aura One also utilizes RGB LEDs which allow you to reduce the blue light exposure which is what keeps us up at night
  • Page Turns
    How do you taurn the page - is it touchscreen only or can you use physical buttons
  • Connectivity
    How do you connect to the online book shop to download new books
  • Storage
    Storage space available for books (an average ebook size is around 2MB)
  • Micro SD
    Slot for Micro SD card
  • Formats supported
    Which ebook formats does the e-reader support
  • Library DRM compatible
    Will you be able to borrow ebooks from libraries
  • Size
    The size of the e-reader
  • Weight
    The weight of the e-reader
  • Waterproof
    Is the e-reader waterproof
  • Battery Life
    Battery life (usually based on 30 minutes reading time per day with WiFi off)
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Kindle Front, Store - Black
  • 6"
  • E Ink Pearl
  • 800x600
    167 ppi
  • Touchscreen
  • WiFi
  • 4GB
  • Natively:
    Kindle Format 8 (AZW3)
    Kindle (AZW)
    TXT
    PDF
    unprotected MOBI
    PRC;
    Through conversion:
    HTML
    DOC
    DOCX
    JPEG
    GIF
    PNG
    BMP
  • US Only
  • 6.3" x 4.5" x 0.36";
    160 x 115 x 9.1 mm
  • 5.7 oz
    161g
  • up to 4 weeks
  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
  • Kindle Paperwhite - Black and White_150x150
  • 6"
  • E Ink Carta HD
  • 1440x1080
    300 ppi
  • Yes, 4 white LEDs
  • Touchscreen
  • WiFi or WiFi+3G
  • 4GB
  • Natively:
    Kindle Format 8 (AZW3)
    Kindle (AZW)
    TXT
    PDF
    unprotected MOBI
    PRC;
    Through conversion:
    HTML
    DOC
    DOCX
    JPEG
    GIF
    PNG
    BMP
  • US only
  • 6.7" x 4.6" x 0.36";
    169 x 117 x 9.1 mm
  • 7.2 oz
    205 g;
    (7.6 oz
    217g for 3G model)
  • up to 6 weeks
  • Amazon Kindle Voyage
  • Kindle-Voyage_150x150
  • 6"
  • E Ink Carta HD
  • 1440x1080
    300 ppi
  • Yes, 6 white LEDs
  • Touchscreen + physical buttons on the sides
  • WiFi or WiFi+3G
  • 4GB
  • Natively:
    Kindle Format 8 (AZW3)
    Kindle (AZW)
    TXT
    PDF
    unprotected MOBI
    PRC;
    Through conversion:
    HTML
    DOC
    DOCX
    JPEG
    GIF
    PNG
    BMP
  • US only
  • 6.4" x 4.5" x 0.30";
    162 x 115 x 7.6 mm
  • 7.2 oz
    205 g;
    (7.6 oz
    217g for 3G model)
  • up to 6 weeks
  • Amazon Kindle Oasis
  • Kindle Oasis, Side_150x150 (1)
  • 6"
  • E Ink Carta HD
  • 1440x1080
    300 ppi
  • Yes, 10 white LEDs
  • Touchscreen + physical buttons on the right side
  • WiFi or WiFi+3G
  • 4GB
  • Natively:
    Kindle Format 8 (AZW3)
    Kindle (AZW)
    TXT
    PDF
    unprotected MOBI
    PRC;
    Through conversion:
    HTML
    DOC
    DOCX
    JPEG
    GIF
    PNG
    BMP
  • US only
  • 5.6" x 4.8" x 0.13-0.33";
    143 x 122 x 3.4-8.5 mm
  • 4.6 oz
    131g;
    (4.7 oz
    133g for 3G model)
  • up to 8 weeks
  • Barnes & Noble NOOK GlowLight Plus
  • 02_GlowLightPlus_Front_chptr1_150x150
  • 6"
  • E Ink Carta HD
  • 1440x1080
    300 ppi
  • Yes, 5 white LEDs
  • Touchscreen
  • WiFi
  • 4GB
  • EPUB
    PDF
    ADOBE DRM EPUB and PDF
    JPG
    GIF
    PNG
    BMP
  • 6.4" x 4.7" x 0.34";
    164 x 120 x 8.6 g
  • 6.9 oz
    195g

  • IP67
  • up to 6 weeks
  • Kobo Touch 2.0
  • Touch2_150x150
  • 6"
  • E Ink Pearl
  • 800x600
    167 ppi
  • Touchscreen
  • WiFi
  • 4GB
  • EPUB
    EPUB3
    PDF
    MOBI
    PDF
    JPEG
    GIF
    PNG
    BMP
    TIFF
    TXT
    HTML
    RTF
    CBZ
    CBR
  • 4.5" x 6.2" x 0.36";
    115 x 157 x 9.2 mm
  • 6.5 oz
    185g
  • up to 2 months
  • Kobo Aura
  • KoboAura_150x150
  • 6"
  • E Ink Carta
  • 1024x768
    212 ppi
  • Yes, 5 white LEDs
  • Touchscreen
  • WiFi
  • 4GB
  • EPUB
    EPUB3
    PDF
    MOBI
    PDF
    JPEG
    GIF
    PNG
    BMP
    TIFF
    TXT
    HTML
    RTF
    CBZ
    CBR
  • 4.4" x 6.2" x 0.33";
    113 x 159 x 8.5 mm
  • 6.3 oz
    180g
  • up to 2 months
  • Kobo Aura H20
  • koboaurah20_150x150
  • 6.8"
  • E Ink Carta HD
  • 1440x1080
    265 ppi
  • Yes, 5 white LEDs
  • Touchscreen
  • WiFi
  • 4GB
  • EPUB
    EPUB3
    PDF
    MOBI
    PDF
    JPEG
    GIF
    PNG
    BMP
    TIFF
    TXT
    HTML
    RTF
    CBZ
    CBR
  • 5.1" x 7.1" x 0.38";
    129.7 x 179.5 x 9.7 mm
  • 8.6oz
    245 g

  • IP67
  • up to 2 months
  • Kobo Aura One
  • AuraOne_150x150
  • 7.8"
  • E Ink Carta HD
  • 1872x1404
    300 ppi
  • Yes
    9 white LEDs + 8 RGB LEDs
  • Touchscreen
  • WiFi
  • 8GB
  • EPUB
    EPUB3
    PDF
    MOBI
    PDF
    JPEG
    GIF
    PNG
    BMP
    TIFF
    TXT
    HTML
    RTF
    CBZ
    CBR
  • 5.4" x 7.7" x 0.27";
    138.5 x 195.1 x 6.9 mm
  • 8.1oz
    230 g

  • IPX8
  • up to 1 month

Best waterproof e-readers

  • Price
  • Display Size
    The display size in inches
  • Display Type
    The type of display used:
    E Ink Pearl - oldest generation display
    E Ink Carta - newer generation display
    E Ink Carta HD - latest generation display
  • Resolution
    PPI - Pixels Per Inch The higher the number, the sharper the image on the screen
  • Built-in light
    Unlike tablets, ereaders utilize front-light by installing a number of white LEDs on the sides of the screen. Generally, the more LEDs, the more uniform the lighting will be. Kobo Aura One also utilizes RGB LEDs which allow you to reduce the blue light exposure which is what keeps us up at night
  • Page Turns
    How do you taurn the page - is it touchscreen only or can you use physical buttons
  • Connectivity
    How do you connect to the online book shop to download new books
  • Storage
    Storage space available for books (an average ebook size is around 2MB)
  • Micro SD
    Slot for Micro SD card
  • Formats supported
    Which ebook formats does the e-reader support
  • Library DRM compatible
    Will you be able to borrow ebooks from libraries
  • Size
    The size of the e-reader
  • Weight
    The weight of the e-reader
  • Waterproof
    Is the e-reader waterproof
  • Battery Life
    Battery life (usually based on 30 minutes reading time per day with WiFi off)
  • Barnes & Noble NOOK GlowLight Plus
  • GlowLightPlus300x300
  • 6"
  • E Ink Carta HD
  • 1440x1080
    300 ppi
  • Yes, 5 white LEDs
  • Touchscreen
  • WiFi
  • 4GB
  • EPUB
    PDF
    ADOBE DRM EPUB and PDF
    JPG
    GIF
    PNG
    BMP
  • 6.4" x 4.7" x 0.34";
    164 x 120 x 8.6 g
  • 6.9 oz
    195g

  • IP67
  • up to 6 weeks
  • Kobo Aura H20
  • koboh20front_300x300
  • 6.8"
  • E Ink Carta HD
  • 1440x1080
    265 ppi
  • Yes, 5 white LEDs
  • Touchscreen
  • WiFi
  • 4GB
  • EPUB
    EPUB3
    PDF
    MOBI
    PDF
    JPEG
    GIF
    PNG
    BMP
    TIFF
    TXT
    HTML
    RTF
    CBZ
    CBR
  • 5.1" x 7.1" x 0.38";
    129.7 x 179.5 x 9.7 mm
  • 8.6oz
    245 g

  • IP67
  • up to 2 months
  • Kobo Aura One
  • koboaurafront_300x300
  • 7.8"
  • E Ink Carta HD
  • 1872x1404
    300 ppi
  • Yes
    9 white LEDs + 8 RGB LEDs
  • Touchscreen
  • WiFi
  • 8GB
  • EPUB
    EPUB3
    PDF
    MOBI
    PDF
    JPEG
    GIF
    PNG
    BMP
    TIFF
    TXT
    HTML
    RTF
    CBZ
    CBR
  • 5.4" x 7.7" x 0.27";
    138.5 x 195.1 x 6.9 mm
  • 8.1oz
    230 g

  • IPX8
  • up to 1 month

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  • Display Size
    The display size in inches
  • Display Type
    The type of display used:
    E Ink Pearl - oldest generation display
    E Ink Carta - newer generation display
    E Ink Carta HD - latest generation display
  • Resolution
    PPI - Pixels Per Inch The higher the number, the sharper the image on the screen
  • Built-in light
    Unlike tablets, ereaders utilize front-light by installing a number of white LEDs on the sides of the screen. Generally, the more LEDs, the more uniform the lighting will be. Kobo Aura One also utilizes RGB LEDs which allow you to reduce the blue light exposure which is what keeps us up at night
  • Page Turns
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  • Connectivity
    How do you connect to the online book shop to download new books
  • Storage
    Storage space available for books (an average ebook size is around 2MB)
  • Memory card slot
    Slot for memory card
  • Formats supported
    Which ebook formats does the e-reader support
  • Library DRM compatible
    Will you be able to borrow ebooks from libraries
  • Size
    The size of the e-reader
  • Weight
    The weight of the e-reader
  • Waterproof
    Is the e-reader waterproof
  • Battery Life
    Battery life (usually based on 30 minutes reading time per day with WiFi off)
  • Kobo Aura One
  • koboauraonefront_300x300
  • 7.8"
  • E Ink Carta HD
  • 1872x1404
    300 ppi
  • Yes
    9 white LEDs + 8 RGB LEDs
  • Touchscreen
  • WiFi
  • 8GB
  • EPUB
    EPUB3
    PDF
    MOBI
    PDF
    JPEG
    GIF
    PNG
    BMP
    TIFF
    TXT
    HTML
    RTF
    CBZ
    CBR
  • 5.4" x 7.7" x 0.27";
    138.5 x 195.1 x 6.9 mm
  • 8.1oz
    230 g

  • IPX8
  • up to 1 month
  • ONYX BOOX Prometheus
  • prometheus_300x300
  • 9.7"
  • E Ink Pearl
  • 1200x825
    150 ppi
  • Yes
  • Touchscreen +
    physical buttons on the right side
  • WiFi
  • 16GB
  • Text: TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2, FB2.zip, DOC, DOCX, PRC, MOBI, CHM, PDB, DOC, EPUB
    Graphic: JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP
    Others: PDF, DjVu
  • 10.1" x 7" x 0.37";
    258.2 × 177.3 × 9.5 mm
  • 15.9 oz
    450 g
  • Li-on, 3000 mAh
  • ONYX BOOX MAX
  • booxmax_300x300
  • 13.3"
  • E Ink Mobius
  • 1600x1200
    150 ppi
  • Touchscreen +
    physical buttons on the bottom of the device
  • WiFi
  • 16GB
  • Text: TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2, FB2.zip, DOC, DOCX, PRC, MOBI, CHM, PDB, DOC, EPUB
    Graphic: JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP
    Others: PDF, DjVu, MP3
  • 12.8" x 9.3" x 0.29";
    325 × 237 × 7.5 mm
  • 16.9 oz
    480 g
  • Polymer Li-on, 4100 mAh
    up to a month
  • ONYX BOOX MAX CARTA
  • booxmax_300x300
  • 13.3"
  • E Ink Carta
  • 2200x1650
    207 ppi
  • Touchscreen +
    physical buttons on the bottom of the device
  • WiFi
  • 16GB
  • Text: TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2, FB2.zip, DOC, DOCX, PRC, MOBI, CHM, PDB, DOC, EPUB
    Graphic: JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP
    Others: PDF, DjVu, MP3
  • 12.8" x 9.3" x 0.29";
    325 × 237 × 7.5 mm
  • 19.6 oz
    556 g
  • Li Po 4100 mAh
    up to a month
  • Good e-Reader 13.3
  • goodereader133_310x180
  • 13.3"
  • E Ink Mobius
  • 1600x1200
    150 ppi
  • Touchscreen
  • WiFi
  • 4GB
  • not specified
  • 12.2" x 9.2" x 0.26";
    310 x 233 x 6.6 mm
  • 12.34 oz
    350 g
  • Li-ion 1270 mAh
    up to 4 weeks