The Best Ebook Reader

The Best Ebook Reader

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (10th generation)

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (10th generation)

The best ebook reader for most people

The Kindle Paperwhite’s great display, even lighting, waterproofing, and affordable price, coupled with Amazon’s vast collection of reading material, make it the best device dedicated to reading.

Buying Options

$130 from Amazon

May be out of stock

The Kindle Paperwhite’s screen has the same 300-dots-per-inch pixel density as every comparable and premium ebook reader, meaning it displays crisp, easy-to-read text and clear images. The Kindle Paperwhite is light and small, with a side-lit screen that allows you to read in dim lighting. Amazon also offers the most impressive catalog in terms of scope and price, as well as partnerships that, for example, let you easily check out free books from many public libraries. This newest model is waterproof and includes Bluetooth so you can stream audiobooks, both nice extras.

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Kobo Clara HD

Kobo Clara HD

A non-Kindle option

If you don’t want an e-reader from Amazon, this is the next-best choice. It’s not waterproof, there’s no Bluetooth, and the device isn’t tied into the Amazon ecosystem, but the hardware is otherwise nearly identical and the book selection is similar.

Buying Options

$130 from Kobo eReader Store

Amazon makes the best e-readers, but if you don’t like the Kindle devices or Amazon as a company, the Kobo Clara HD is the best alternative. It’s equipped with a similar 300 ppi screen, it has adaptive backlighting, and the hardware looks and feels as good as a Kindle, with a similar plastic body that feels light but not cheap. The big difference is that the Kobo lacks Amazon’s tightly integrated ecosystem, so you can’t (for example) toggle between reading and listening to your books.

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Kobo Libra H2O

Kobo Libra H2O

Physical page-turn buttons and a larger screen

The Libra H2O matches almost all the features of the Kindle Oasis for less money, minus the Amazon ecosystem. It’s waterproof, has physical controls and a 7-inch screen, as well as screen light color temperature adjustment for late-night reading.

Buying Options

$170 from Kobo eReader Store

If you’re looking for a bigger screen and a physical page-turn experience, the Kobo Libra H2O is the best option for a high-end e-reader. It matches the features of more expensive Amazon options at a fraction of the price, with a comfortable design and durable construction.

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Source: The NY Times
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