There is no great pleasure in life than immersing yourself in a good book with a steaming cup of coffee over the weekend. Bookworms will definitely give a nod to this idea. Though many readers still prefer physical books (paperbacks and hardbacks), there are some tech-savvy users and digital natives who frequently travel and love to carry around their eBook readers and tablets with them.
Amazon was the first to introduce its own eReader, Kindle back in 2007. Since then, eBook readers have come a long way. In fact, Amazon still continues to offer the widest range of eBook readers including the Kindle 2016, Kindle Voyage, Kindle Paperwhite, and the king of eBook readers, the Kindle Oasis.
Following the footsteps of Amazon, its competitors, Kobo and Barnes & Noble did not stay behind and emerged to bring out their e-Readers in the market. However, only a few of them have been able to earn appreciation from the customers. The choice of eReader is getting slimmer for the user with the passage of time as only Amazon and Kobo are now seen launching a range of new models recently. That doesn’t mean people have stopped reading eBooks. It’s just that they have started reading eBooks on their smartphones or tablets.
Having said that, it is important to understand why we must have a dedicated eReader for reading eBooks. Smartphone and tablets are devices made for carrying out multiple tasks simultaneously. The more tasks you carry out on your device, the slower its processor becomes and the sooner its battery dies out. Consequently, when you begin reading an eBook on your device, it will soon run out of battery. Therefore, you must invest in an eReader which has been specifically built to fulfill your reading purpose. There are also plenty of other reasons why investing in an eBook reader is a good idea. They’re quite handy, much lighter than an actual book. They can store thousands of books, which means that you do not have to carry around books with you on travel and make some space for them when you can have all of them stored in an eReader. The plus point is, eBook readers are also a lot cheaper than other best eReader tablets or iPads. So, whenever there’s an ongoing debate about an eReader vs tablet, our pick would definitely be an eReader. Similarly, you may come across best eBook reader apps on the internet but instead of picking them up, we would recommend you get a dedicated eReader.
Which is the Best eBook Reader Out There?
With so many eBook readers out there, we made sure to test some of them and curated a list of the best ones for you. In this list, you will come across the series of eReaders started by Amazon (Kindle) and Kobo. Let’s quickly go through them so you can decide which one’s the most suitable for your needs.
Amazon Kindle Oasis
The new eBook reader in the series designed and marketed by Amazon, Kindle Oasis, is quite impressive. It features a variety of incredible features – a large screen, an added light sensor, and waterproofing. There’s also an addition of a Bluetooth that comes with wireless headphones for listening to audiobooks. The device is pretty remarkable and does not let anyone point out any drawback in it except for its high price. Priced at $349, this Kindle is still quite expensive for the users, therefore they might want to stick to the cheaper versions of Kindle such as Kindle 2016 or Paperwhite to accomplish their reading purposes.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Kindle Paperwhite is one of the most popular Kindles from Amazon. As far as the user reviews and feedback is concerned, this Kindle is considered an excellent eBook reader. With a superb build, design and a brilliant display, this device provides access to an unmatched library of eBooks. It’s also not expensive as compared to Kindle Oasis and can be purchased for $119. The only minor objection we have about this device is its battery life which is also not cheapest. Apart from its battery life, we do not have anything to quibble. In fact, we would highly recommend users to go for the Paperwhite, 2015 vintage. Again, if the price is your major concern, then the best option would be going for Amazon Kindle 2016 (8th generation) as it only costs $79.99, much lower than Paperwhite.
Amazon Kindle Voyage
Many users spend a lot of time deciding which Kindle they should opt for – Paperwhite or Voyage. Both the Kindles more or less have the same features, with Voyage offering an extra resolution, page-turning buttons, and a sleek design. But are these features really essential to have? If you do not pay much heed to these features and are only concerned with getting an access to thousands of eBooks then you’re better off with Paperwhite. However, if your pocket allows you to spend $199 to get those additional features, then you can go for the Voyage and we bet you won’t be disappointed. Apart from being a bit expensive than Paperwhite, Voyage also offers a better reading experience but then again, the difference is too slight to notice.
Kobo Aura One
After recommending the Amazon Kindle series, let’s talk about the eReaders offered by Kobo. Aura One is definitely over-priced ($268.90) but some of its extraordinary features justify its price really well. To begin with, it has an excellent waterproofing. Tucked into a sleek, lightweight framework, its large screen which is not only sharp but also offers incredible night-time reading options to its users. Now moving towards the downside, the Kobo store is slightly behind Amazon’s Kindle store especially when it comes to curation. Moreover, the features making the library management easier such as wide cross-device syncing and free 3G are present in the Kindle store but missing from the Kobo store. Nevertheless, with the Kobo Aura One, you do get Overdrive which is an excellent way of borrowing free high-quality library eBooks.
Kobo Aura H2O
The reason for putting Kobo Aura H20 on this list is its water resistance. One can also make a guess by just looking at its name as it totally revolves around water – H20. This is the only device of its kind that holds the ability to withstand 1 meter of water for around thirty minutes. However, its waterproof feature also comes at a cost of $168.58, which makes it slightly expensive than the Kindle Paperwhite. If the waterproof feature is not the first thing you want from an eBook reader, then you should not go for this device as there are also a few downsides to it. The interface of this device is a bit unresponsive and the processing is also slow. Even the menus, settings and other controls take a bit longer to display on the screen. When you flip to the next page on the device, you can still witness faint after-effects of previous pages, images, or texts. Though Amazon Kindles also have this downside, still they’re not less responsive and more expensive than Aura H20. We would only recommend this device if waterproofing is really significant to you.