Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
Reviewing 3 of the best e-book readers on the market now
spotlight AP

Reviewing 3 of the best e-book readers on the market now

  • 0
{{featured_button_text}}

E-readers like Kindles only use power when the content of the screen changes. Because of that, Kindles have a long battery life.

While you can read a book on any phone or tablet with apps like Apple Books, Kobo, Kindle or Nook installed, a much more enjoyable and far less distracting reading experience awaits with a dedicated e-reader.

Dedicated e-readers don’t have social media, email, the internet or other entertainment options to lure you away from your book, and they have great battery life to boot.

Unlike tablets and smartphones, which can get washed out in direct sunlight, many e-book readers use E Ink technology and are water-resistant, so they’re great for reading by the pool or at the beach without eye strain. Your local library may well offer free e-book downloads for its members, and free e-books abound online.

While many people are still attached to traditional books, e-readers offer a wealth of advantages. Any category of e-book can be accessed with a quick download, whether you’re looking for classic literature or the latest guilty pleasure thriller. You can change the font size, search and highlight passages with a touch screen, and never have to worry about a reading light — all of the best e-readers on the market have self-illuminated screens.

Here are three of our top e-reader selections:

Best all-around e-reader

Kindle Paperwhite

PLG-CNET-2-MCT

While the waterproof Kindle Paperwhite lists for $130, it regularly gets discounted to $90 (and sometimes even $85). (Sarah Tew/CNET)

This is the Goldilocks in Amazon’s Kindle line and the current CNET Editors’ Choice Award winner for e-readers. It has a “flush-front” waterproof design with a back made of a softer, grippy material instead of hard plastic, and a plastic screen that Amazon says is shatter- and scratch-resistant. It also has built-in Bluetooth, so you can download Amazon Audible audiobooks and listen to them with wireless headphones.

$129.99, amazon.com

Best premium e-reader

Kindle Oasis

_KindleOasis_CMYK.jpg

The latest version of Amazon’s top-of-the-line E Ink e-reader now includes a color-adjustable integrated light that allows you to customize the color tone from cool to warm, depending on what time of day you’re reading.

The Oasis is expensive for an e-reader. Most people will be happy with the more affordable Paperwhite for their basic Kindle needs, but if you want the best of the best with a 7-inch, antiglare screen for your reading experience, the Oasis is arguably the one.

$249.99, amazon.com

Best non-Amazon e-reader

Kobo Libra H20

_KoboLibraH20_CMYK.jpg

Rakuten’s Kobo e-readers support 14 file formats natively. In other words, if you get your e-books — or any other digital documents — from any place besides Amazon Kindle, this device will probably support them. The Kobo has its own e-book store, plus built-in support for checking out e-books from local libraries.

As its name implies, the Kobo Libra H20 is fully waterproof. It has a 7-inch HD E Ink display and no ads (you have to pay $20 to remove them from Kindle devices). Available in black or white, readable in portrait or landscape mode.

$169.99, us.kobobooks.com

___

Locations

Stay up-to-date on what's happening

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

In Maggie Nelson’s “Bluets,” her 2009 collection of poems on grief and loss, loneliness is “solitude with a problem.” Which is a useful way of understanding loneliness. Being alone and feeling lonely are not always the same thing. Except, of course, it’s complicated. Emily Dickinson wondered: Was loneliness “the maker of the soul”? Or its “seal”? Does loneliness define you? Or exacerbate ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, July 24, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2021 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2021, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Black Ice. Brad Thor. Atria 2. The Cellist. Daniel Silva. Harper 3. ...

FICTION: A heartfelt story set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula about a single mom trying to provide for her gifted daughter. "Tin Camp Road" by Ellen Airgood; Riverhead Books (304 pages, $27) ——— With close to 9 million acres of forest framed by 1,700 miles of shoreline, it's hard to beat the vast, pristine beauty of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. For Laurel Hill and her daughter, Skye, there is ...

The Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen brotherhood of man mission continues. “Renegades,” the podcast collaboration between the former president and the Boss has been repurposed and will be released as a book this fall. “Renegades: Born in the USA,” the book adaptation, will be released Oct. 26, Penguin Random House announced on Thursday. The 320-page tome will retail for $50 and include ...

Time again for a paperback roundup! Here are six new ones, all guaranteed to take you somewhere far from your armchair or front porch. "Transcendent Kingdom" by Yaa Gyasi (Vintage, $16). The author of "Homegoing" returns with the tale of a graduate neuroscience student from an immigrant evangelical family. "Triumphant as the journey of a first-generation American to a Stanford Ph.D. might ...

NONFICTION: Anna Qu tells the harrowing tale of working in her parents' sweatshop. "Made in China" by Anna Qu; Catapult (224 pages, $26) ——— To write about trauma, memoirist Debra Gwartney advises, "when the action is hot, write cool." Anna Qu's debut memoir "Made in China: A Memoir of Love and Labor" embodies this guidance. Qu writes with clarity and restraint about her Cinderella-terrible ...

"The Irish Assassins: Conspiracy, Revenge, and the Phoenix Park Murders That Stunned Victorian England" by Julie Kavanagh; Atlantic Monthly Press (480 pages, $28) ——— All history is complicated, of course, the deeper you dig and the more points of view you seek. But I'm not sure any history is more convoluted than modern Irish history, with allegiances to churches, causes and ancient grudges; ...

It's been only a few months since I took on the monumental task of organizing my books, and once again, they are a mess. Last September, I went through every book in the house and decided on what to keep and what to give. The "to give" pile turned into dozens of piles, bags and boxes, filling our front porch. I hauled tables out into the front yard, invited friends and neighbors to stop by, ...

FICTION: Fierce and funny stories about the lives, loves and private hauntings of Cambodian Americans. "Afterparties" by Anthony Veasna So; Ecco (272 pages, $27.99) ——— Anthony Veasna So's collection, "Afterparties," is extraordinary, both for its underexplored subject matter and for the fierce and funny voice detailing the lives of Cambodian Americans in California, from Stockton to Silicon ...

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

Trending

Breaking News