Nothing beats a relaxing evening at home with a good book. Of course, not everyone has room for stacks of books, let alone a library. But that shouldn’t stop you from reading. Reading is definitely difficult because you have to take frequent breaks to offload books to other people or to second-hand shops. Fortunately, e-readers present a better option that keeps all your books stored on one device (or in the cloud), making it easy to read a book and then move on to the next one. another no worries. And if you’re someone who enjoys reading in bed or lying down, the best e-readers are well-lit and much easier to handle than an unlit book that requires you to turn pages.
Sure, you could use your phone, but that’s not a great experience. The thing about dedicated e-readers: They don’t have email, the internet, social media or other entertainment options to distract you from reading. They also have great battery life. Unlike popular phones and tablets, which can be washed out in direct sunlight or have a terrible and painful glare, many e-readers use E Ink technology, which produces something of a monochromatic text display.
I love E Ink displays because the suspended layer and matte screen make your e-reader look like printed paper. That’s probably the best e-reader feature if you have sensitive vision, since it’s much kinder on the eyes. The glare-free touchscreens are once again a joy to read on a device. The best e-reader models are now water resistant, so they are perfect for reading at the beach or by the pool. You may find that your a local library offers free e-book downloads to its members
and free e-books are widely available and easy to find online.
A lot of people are still attached to their physical book collections, and I can’t blame them. But with an e-reader, not only do you have the freedom to bring as many books as you want, you can search and highlight passages of text and easily change the font size. Many also come with a note-taking lifestyle, and you’re out of luck if you don’t have a reading light. All the best e-readers on the market have self-illuminating screens.
The list below (which I update periodically) consists mainly of Amazon Kindle e-reader devices, including the classic Amazon Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle Oasis, because I believe it is still the best digital “ecosystem” for your best programmer. reader experience. Amazon offers many budget options and low subscriptions, as well. And while Barnes & Noble is still making their Nook e-reader, I wouldn’t rush to recommend it. If you want to steer clear of Amazon products, I recommend choosing the Kobo model instead.
So, are you ready to start reading again? Whether you’re big on biographies, bad at fantasy, into sci-fi or want to do a graphic novel, you’ll find the best e-reader for your needs digital book on this list.
One of the problems with already having a great, sophisticated e-reader like the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is that it’s hard to make it much better. The same could be said for Apple’s iPhones and plenty of other devices. But with an e-reader, you’re dealing with a limited feature set and a core technology, E Ink, that’s pretty much stuck in neutral.
Unsurprisingly, then, the new 11th-generation Kindle Paperwhite (2021) (2021) ($130) isn’t a huge upgrade over the 2018 Kindle Paperwhite. Although we can give Amazon credit for improving it with new features – that is, a larger 6.8-inch display with an upgraded lighting scheme and USB-C charging – which offers enough improvements to entice you to buy one, whether you already own a Paperwhite or not. It’s our CNET Editors’ Choice Award winner in the e-reader category.
Note that the new version costs $10 more than the previous Paperwhite. And a step-up model, the Paperwhite Signature Edition, adds wireless charging and extra storage — 32GB instead of 8GB — as well as an auto-adjusting light sensor for $190. A Children’s Edition is also available. As with previous Kindle models, expect the new Paperwhite to go on sale from time to time throughout the year. It should cost around $100 during sales.
Read our Kindle Paperwhite (2021) review.
Amazon’s top-of-the-line E Ink e-reader was updated in 2019 — but this Kindle e-reader device is essentially identical to the previous Kindle Oasis except for one key difference: It has a new integrated color-adjustable light. which allows you to customize the color tone from cool to warm, depending on whether you are reading during the day or at night. You can also schedule the screen temperature to automatically update at sunrise and sunset — not unlike the Night Shift mode on Apple devices.
At $250 for the basic configuration, the Oasis is expensive for an e-reader. Most people will be happy with the more affordable Paperwhite for their Kindle e-book reading, but if you want the best of the best with an anti-glare screen for your reading experience — and don’t mind paying a premium of – – arguably the Oasis is the one. The Kobo Forma, which also sells for $250, has an 8-inch screen, larger than the Oasis’ 7-inch.
Read our Amazon Kindle Oasis (2019) review.
The 2019 version of Amazon’s entry-level e-book reader, which Amazon simply calls the Kindle, has a self-illuminating screen and an upgraded design. At $90 this e-book reader is already affordable, but this Kindle device is regularly on sale for as little as $55. I prefer the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, which has a high-resolution display (text and images appear slightly sharper), is waterproof and has a better lighting scheme. But if you don’t want to spend a lot on an e-reader, the standard Kindle is a good choice, especially when it’s discounted.
Read our Amazon Kindle (2019) review.
Rakuten makes a line of Kobo e-readers that are not only powered by the Kobo store but also natively support 14 file and e-book formats (EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ and CBR). In other words, if you get your e-books – or any other digital documents – from anywhere apart from Amazon, this device is a Kindle alternative that will probably read them. The Kobo device has its own e-book store with thousands of books, and has built-in support for checking out e-books from local libraries through the OverDrive service. (You can get library books on Kindles through the Libby OverDrive app, but it’s not as smooth a process.)
The Kobo Libra H20, which sells for $170, sits in the middle of the line and, as the name suggests, is completely waterproof. It has a 7-inch HD E Ink display (1,680 x 1,264-pixel resolution), a built-in light and no ads (you have to pay $20 to remove them from Kindle devices).
Available in black or white, you can use the Kobo Libra in portrait or landscape mode. Other Kobo e-reader devices include the entry-level Kobo Nia ($100), Kobo Clara HD ($118) and Kobo’s flagship reader, the Kobo Forma ($250), which has a larger 8-inch high-resolution screen.
There was a select group of readers who loved the 9.7-inch Kindle DX, which was discontinued several years ago. iPad-sized E Ink “tablets” have been made by Sony and others, but they are often expensive. Kobo is now trying to fill that jumbo e-reader niche with its 10.3-inch Elipsa, which is sold as an “Elipsa Package” and includes a SleepCover and a stylus. The screen is quite sharp and easy to read with an E Ink Carta 1200 touchscreen that has a resolution of 1,404 x 1,872 (227 PPI) and a dark mode.
Despite having a quad-core 1.8 GHz processor with 32GB of storage, an E Ink device like this still feels quite sluggish compared to an iPad (using an Apple Pencil). But performance is pretty decent and battery life remains a strong point for E Ink devices — like other e-readers, the Elipsa’s battery life is rated in weeks rather than hours.
The Elipsa natively supports 15 file formats (EPUB, EPUB3, FlePub, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR) and weighs 13.5 ounces (383g), plus the cover adds extra weight, making this a rather heavy e-reader. However, you can use the case to support the e-reader so that you don’t have to hold it while reading, taking notes or reviewing and marking documents.
Not for all large e-readers, but if you like to see a lot of words on a page or increase the font size, this Kobo e-reader is a nice choice. They are also good for viewing PDF files.
The LifeBook P10 is another option for a bit less, but CNET hasn’t reviewed that model yet.
If you don’t want to pay a premium for the larger Kobo e-readers, the $120 Clara HD is another good option. It’s a simple e-reader with Kobo’s ComfortLight Pro integrated lighting and a 300ppi (1,072 x 1,448 resolution) “HD” display, 8GB of storage and a 1GHz processor.