To a bookworm, there is no greater pleasure in life than diving into a good book. Although many people still prefer good old paper books, digital natives and people who travel a lot love their eBooks and e-readers.
EBook readers have improved substantially since Amazon’s first Kindle release in 2007. Amazon still offers the widest range of e-readers, which includes the humble Kindle and the Rolls Royce of e-readers, the Kindle Oasis.
Of course, there are other great e-readers out there apart from Amazon from their main competitor known as Kobo.
We’ve tested the latest e-readers to find out which ones are best for all kinds of buyers. Whether you love page-turning buttons, enjoy reading in the bath, or just want a nice cheap e-reader, there’s an e-reader for you in our buying guide.
The best eBook reader overall
Why you’ll love it: Amazon revolutionized the e-reader with the Kindle Oasis’ daring design, great page-turn buttons, sharp screen, and giant eBook library.
Amazon’s Kindle is the pioneer and has hegemonized the e-reader world ever since the first Kindle arrived in 2007. I’ve always been a fan of paper books, and although I had dabbled in reading ebooks on my phone, I had never owned an e-reader. That is until I saw the first Kindle Oasis and fell head-over-heels in love with it. Now, there’s a second Oasis and it’s even better than the first.
Up until the Kindle Oasis arrived, all e-readers looked similar with little to no differences: small, rubbery, chunky little tablets with E Ink screens and stored eBooks. The Oasis changed all that. Amazon’s daring design removes the cheap, rubbery bezels around the screen and leaves you with a slick panel of glass and a sharp, crisp E Ink screen. The new model is even thinner than the first Oasis, plus, it’s waterproof.
The asymmetrical design puts two page-turning buttons on the slightly thicker side of the e-reader along with the battery. On the opposite side, the bezel is super thin, as is the e-reader’s body.
The Oasis is incredibly light to hold, and the battery life is impressive. You can go weeks on a single charge. The screen measures 7-inches diagonally, and you can adapt the brightness.
You can get either 8 or 32GB of storage, depending on how big your library is. You can also pair the e-reader with Bluetooth headphones to listen to audio books with Audible.
Although the Kindle Oasis is ridiculously expensive at $249.99 and up, it will last you many years before you need to replace it.
- It has bright with a clear screen.
- It has excellent page-turning buttons which let you feel as if you are reading an actual book.
- It is super thin and contemporary design.
- It has robust Kindle eBook store and a library book is easily accessible.
- It has a waterproof design.
- It works with Audible.
- It has a subscription package for unlimited reading of e-Books.
- It doesn’t have EPUB file format support.
- It is really expensive compare to other Kindles.
The best big-screen eBook reader
Why you’ll love it: You can read in the bath with the water-resistant Kobo Forma and enjoy your favorite books on its big 8-inch screen.
Over the years, Kobo has proven itself to be Amazon’s Kindle’s main competitor. Its e-readers are more open to lots more diversity of files, including graphic novels. You’ll want to get your hands on the Kobo Forma if you’re not an Amazon user, you typically own EPUB ebooks, you enjoy reading graphic novels, or you want to have access to more file types on your e-reader.
You’re not limited to ebooks from Kobo’s store, either. As long as the file type is supported by Kobo, you can drag and drop the content from your computer onto the Kobo when they’re connected with a USB-to-Micro-USB cable. The Forma even has the popular library app OneDrive pre-installed, so you can easily hook up your library account on your e-reader.
When I’ve tested Kobo’s e-Readers, I’ve been impressed with just how easy it is to get library books on the e-reader. You simply tap on the OneDrive icon, log into your account, and borrow eBooks right on your Kobo.
Perhaps the best thing about the Kobo Forma is that it is water resistant enough to take in the bath or to the beach. Anyone who enjoys reading in or near water will love knowing that even if your e-reader takes a spill into the water, it will survive. It can survive in 2 meters of water for up to 60 minutes without being damaged.
The giant 8-inch screen is crisp, sharp, and even offers a blue-light filter to help minimize the amount of blue light the screen emits. Studies say that blue light disturbs sleep cycles and keep people up at night, so Kobo has followed in the footsteps of phone makers like Apple by adding a night-time mode that yellows the screen. It’s a great feature for people who tire of bright screens quickly.
The Forma also has page-turning buttons like the Kindle Oasis, which make it easier to read one-handed. It’s also the lightest and thinnest eBook reader that Kobo has ever made, which makes it’s very portable.
- It has a water-resistant design.
- It has a very huge screen perfect for reading books.
- It has a blue-light filter to reduce stain in the eyes.
- It supports EPUB file formats.
- It is easy to get library books as it supports OneDrive integration.
- It also supports graphic novels.
- It has a long lasting battery life.
- It has page-turning buttons which let you feel as if you are reading an actual book.
- It is high range Kindle device and quite expensive.
- It does not have e-Book subscription service like that of amazon’s kindles.