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If the definition is used loosely, then the term e-book reader can be used to refer to any device enabling the user to read e-books, including smartphones, PDAs, pocket PCs, and tablet computers. However, the term is more often used to refer to a specific kind of device, which has a special display screen optimized for long hours of reading. An e-book reader is also known as a portable electronic device for reading digital books and periodicals, (better known as e-books) and is normally designed to operate over long hours by consuming minimal power.

Most e-book readers use e-ink displays. E-ink displays closely mimic the appearance of paper on ink and are less strenuous to the eyes than most LCD or LED displays. They are also practically glare-free and allow the device to be used even under direct sunlight.  You can change the font size and style and tap a word to look up a definition, or in some cases, make annotations and many e-book readers let you borrow books for free from your local library. Some can play downloadable audiobooks, too.

E-readers are usually smaller and lighter than tablets, which makes them more portable and easier on your wrists while holding. And their non-glare screen makes them better for reading in bright sunlight, which is not so easy to do on a backlit tablet. In other words, e-readers are ideal for a beach or by the pool. Waterproof technology for e-readers is relatively new and has been undergoing constant refinement but almost all commercial-grade e-readers are now waterproof. They are also generally more affordable than tablets, starting at about $89 for an entry-level model from a brand name like Kindle or Kobo. E-readers also have a battery that lasts one to two months, on average, compared with 10 hours at most for tablets.

Early e-readers did not have touch screen instead they relied on physical buttons to turn the pages of an ebook. Once touch screens become the norm around 7 years ago, page turn buttons have more or less disappeared. Some models still employ them, in order to hold the device in one hand and press a button to turn the page, but it’s the exception and not the norm.

The vast majority of e-readers are employing all of the latest and greatest technology that is currently available. Almost all models now have a front-lit display, with LED lights alongside the bottom of the bezel and project light upwards, so it does not directly shine into your eyes. This is great for reading in low-light conditions or in bed. Amber LED lights are the new norm; they provide a candlelight effect, muting the white screen into various degrees of orange.

With that little introduction done about eBook readers below are s0me of the best of them that are currently available on Amazon.

Best eBook readers in 2021: Review and Buyers Guide

 

  1. Kobo Clara HD 6″ Carta E Ink Touchscreen E-Reader:

The Kobo Clara HD is the perfect reading companion for any book lover. The 6 high definition Carta E Ink touchscreen delivers a print-quality reading experience and the comfort light PRO provides the best light no matter the time of day, gradually reducing blue-light exposure for more comfortable nighttime reading.

With this eBook reader, you also get to store up to 6, 000 eBooks with 8GB of memory and weeks of battery life on a single charge dependent on your individual usage.

Features:

  • Color: Black
  • Item Weight: 76 Ounces
  • Item Dimensions: LxWxH 33 x 0.33 x 6.28 inches
  • Screen Size: 6 Inches
  • Connectivity Technology: Wi-Fi
  • Supported File Format: BMP, RTF, GIF, PNG, HTML, JPEG, MOBI, TXT, TIFF, CBR, PDF, EPUB, CBZ
  • E Ink touchscreen
  • 8GB memory
  • Comfort Light: Built-in

 

  1. BOOX Note2 10.3 E-Reader:

This device is equipped with an Octa-core 2Ghz Processor and supports high-speed computing for smooth performance. The Boox e-reader also comes featuring OTG support which means that you can attach SD cards, keyboards, mouse, and other extended tools to your device with no driver needed.

Having an android 9.0 OS, the Boox Note2 has taken its capacity to a whole new level for substantial improvements on software features. This eBook reader also comes equipped with a fingerprint scanner which will strengthen the security of your personal information and you get to simply unlock your device by just tapping on the back navigation button.

Features:

  • Screen: 10.3″ E Ink flexible screen with cover-lens
  • Resolution: 1872×1404 (227dpi)
  • Touch: Capacitive touch + Electromagnetic touch
  • CPU: Octa-core 2.0GHz Processor
  • RAM: 4GB LPDDR3 memory
  • ROM: 64GB EMMC storage
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi (2.4GHz + 5GHz) + BT 4.1
  • Documents Formats: PDF, EPUB, TXT, DJVU, HTML, RTF, FB2, DOC, MOBI, CHM…

 

  1. Kobo Aura – eBook reader:

This e-reader is pretty much one of the best on the market. The size is perfect, the screen amazing and the battery life is awesome. The backlight on this does not cause any eye-strain and is so easy to adjust. There is no glare (like on a tablet or phone) so reading in the daytime outside is not an issue.

The main reason to buy the Kobo Aura is its versatility since it functions w/both .epub and .mobi file formats (for some reason Amazon still refuses to incorporate .epub support for Kindle). Unfortunately, it is definitely slower than Kindle paperwhite, and the screen isn’t as responsive (swiping down ends up as a click in 1/2 of the time). In addition, shopping for books is harder as the Kobo store pretty much sucks. If you’re okay with these 2 shortcomings, this is the basic e-reader to get if you already have dozens of .epubs you can’t read on your Kindle.

Features:

  • Color: Black
  • Item Weight: 24 Ounces
  • Item Dimensions: 91 x 4.45 x 3.54 inches
  • Screen Size: 6 Inches
  • Connectivity Technology: Wi-Fi
  • Memory Storage Capacity: 4 GB
  • Display Technology: E Ink
  • Supports Bluetooth Technology: Yes

 

  1. Pocketbook e-Book Reader ‘Basic Lux 2’:

This device also comes with built-in foreground lighting for a comfortable reading experience anytime and anywhere. It comes inclusive with highly responsive scroll buttons and an illuminated display which makes for pretty good ergonomics for hours of reading.

With this eBook reader, you get to have access to pre-loaded e-book and dictionaries for instant reading and 17 book formats are supported without conversions while additional support for 4 image formats such as JPEG, BMP, PNG, and TIFF can also be done by this device.

Features:

  • Color: Black
  • Item Weight: 44 Ounces
  • Item Dimensions: LxWxH 91 x 5.12 x 7.09 inches
  • Screen Size: 6 Inches
  • Human Interface: Input Buttons
  • Connectivity Technology: Wi-Fi
  • Memory Storage Capacity: 8 GB
  • Display Technology: E Ink
  • 24 cm (6 inch) E Ink Carta HD display with 16 grey levels.

 

  1. Libra H2O eReader:

Carry your favorite books with you wherever you go with the Kobo Libra H2O eReader. This waterproof device holds thousands of books so you’ve always got something to read while traveling, waiting for an appointment, or relaxing by the pool. It boasts E ink technology for a display that’s as close to paper as you can get and is easy to read, even in the sunlight. It is comfortable, even when holding it in one hand thanks to the physical buttons, is water-resistant, and gives you the option to read with a warmer (more orange) light.

This Kobo is very light, has a really nice finish and it feels solid. The display is sharp; the adjustable brightness and color temperature is very useful. The physical page turn buttons it is equipped with are handy. The reader is fast and Kobo’s eBook library offers a great choice for reasonable prices, but it’s also very easy to move files onto the reader with the USB cable.

Features:

  • Color: Black
  • Item Weight: 64 Ounces
  • Item Dimensions: 5.67 x 6.26 x 0.2 inches
  • Screen Size: 7
  • Human Interface: Input Touch screen
  • Connectivity Technology: Wi-Fi, HDMI
  • Memory Storage Capacity: 8 GB
  • Display Technology: E Ink

 

  1. Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch eBook Reader (Wi-Fi Only):

One of the easiest to use with a really good reading screen and long battery life, this device is pretty much a good, basic touch screen e-reader with a very clear screen. It’s a fairly light little machine, weighs about the same a Kindle device. There are two aspects that make Nook superior to Kindle though: one is the expandable memory card slot. I’ve always liked the ability to add e-books from other vendors to my Nook. The second is the ability to customize screensavers. Yes, it seems like such a minor thing, but it is a cool feature for personalization and you might get to like it.

This device also comes featuring the screen having no backlight, and some might feel it is important to protect their eyes. If you feel the same way, this reader is perfect for you, and it will definitely help your sleep, especially if you do your reading in the evening. The price is well worth it. Clear, simple with a reasonable battery (as long as you disable Wi-Fi).

Features:

  • Color: Black
  • Screen Size 6 Inches
  • Memory Storage Capacity: 2 GB
  • Item Dimensions LxWxH: 5 x 5 x 7 inches

 

  1. eboxer-1 E-Book Reader:

This product also adopts an E-Ink electronic ink screen with the advantages of readability, flexibility, and low power consumption. Compared with other display technologies, the E-Ink electronic Ink screen has better reflectivity and contrast ratio. They look like ink on paper, a medium that people feel comfortable reading and handling. With the relatively small 6 inch screen and an 18g weight, you can easily grasp with one hand, easy to carry and you can enjoy reading anytime and anywhere.

Features:

  • Color: Gray
  • Memory: 8G
  • Item Weight: 68 Ounces
  • Item Dimensions: 89 x 4.72 x 0.2 inches
  • Screen Size: 6 Inches
  • Display Technology: E Ink
  • Supported File Format: MP3, TXT, TIFF, PDF, BMP, RTF, GIF, PNG, EPUB, HTML, CBZ, WAV

 

Conclusion

As the name suggests, e-readers are ideal for people who simply like to read. They’re designed primarily for downloading electronic books, magazines and newspapers from a wireless store. E-Reader technology moves at a snail’s pace and many people are happy with their older devices, because of the lack of innovation. Listed above are some of the very best currently available on Amazon.