Top eBook Readers

Our picks for the best e-readers on the market

An e-reader is perfect for bookworms. These handy handheld devices have the ability to store thousands of books, and the best of them use what is known as e-ink technology to create an excellent reading experience that isn’t hard on the eyes. Use your e-reader to access online bookstores, where you can instantly download your choice of the latest bestsellers, the favorites of yesteryear or must-read literary classics. In addition to a readable screen, look for e-readers that offer touch screen controls, a long battery life and plenty of storage for all your favorite books.

Here are our picks for the top-performing e-readers on the market:

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Amazon Kindle 3

There is a lot to like about Amazon’s Kindle e-reader, and little to dislike. The easy to read e-ink screen offers more than 15 different shades of black and gray, allowing you to customize your reading experience according to your preferences and lighting conditions. The Kindle e-reader also offers very fast download times, allowing you to start reading a book less than a minute after initiating a download. Amazon also supports a huge library of books, magazines, newspapers and more. Lightweight, portable and high-performing, the only drawback of the Kindle e-reader is that its Wi-Fi connection can run a little slowly at times. Otherwise, you’re virtually assured of being satisfied with this product.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 8.7 ounces
  • Thickness: 0.335 inches
  • Screen size: 6 inches
  • Recharge time: 4.5 hours
  • Internal memory: 4 GB (more can be added with additional memory cards)
  • Number of compatible file forms: 7, including MP3 files
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Nook Simple Touch

Barnes & Noble’s Nook Simple Touch rivals the Amazon Kindle 3, outperforming it in some ways but coming up short in others. At the end of the day, it may be a matter of preference.

The Nook Simple Touch offers what’s known as the LendMe feature, which allows you to access materials from local libraries free of charge. This feature is unique to the Nook and very worthwhile if you want to expand your reading repertoire without paying through the nose. However, the Nook Simple Touch comes with a very meager 2 GB of internal memory, and only supports a trio of file forms. It is lighter than the Kindle 3, though, but it is also slightly thicker with a shorter battery life.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 7.48 ounces
  • Thickness: 0.47 inches
  • Screen size: 6 inches
  • Recharge time: 3 hours
  • Internal memory: 2 GB (more can be added with additional memory cards)
  • Number of compatible file forms: 3
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Amazon Kindle DX

The Kindle DX e-reader was launched to much fanfare, and it does deliver on its promise in several important regards. You can access content very quickly, and this reader has one of the largest screens on the market. The screen size makes it very easy to read, and this product scores high marks from avid readers for being easy on their eyes. However, it is heavier than most e-readers, significantly bulkier, and has a relatively slow reaction time to user input.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 18.9 ounces
  • Thickness: 0.4 inches
  • Screen size: 9.7 inches
  • Recharge time: 4 hours
  • Internal memory: 4 GB (more can be added with additional memory cards)
  • Number of compatible file forms: 5