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Europe eBook Reader Table

 

.This chart compares all 19 e-ink based eReaders easily available in Europe . Only currently marketed products are listed--for instance, Sony no longer sells the PRS 500, so we only list the 505 (which had dominated the European market as the Amazon Kindle hadn't been released.) With the October 2009 release of the international model of the Kindle 2 (available solely direct from Amazon.com in the US), we expect the European eBook reader market to be shaken up.

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  Table Definitions

.Value Rating: Includes price and our assessment of what you get for your money. There are some very pricey eReaders out there which aren't good value, and cheap ones which don't deliver.

. Features Rating: Includes the eReader's capabilities, display quality, wireless connection, formats, ease of file transfer, etc..

. Usability Rating: How fun and easy it is to use, how often it crashes or how badly buttons are designed. This is the most subjective of the measures, generated from our testing experience as well as user comments from across the net and blogosphere.

. Screen Size / Greyscales: The personal eBook reader size is fairly standard at 6 inches diagonal, or 600x800 pixels as many judge this an ideal paperback-type size for casual, one-handed reading. Bigger isn't necessarily better. The number of greyscales is important if you'll be displaying pictures; early readers did 4, recent ones do 8, and the best models do 16.

. Connectivity: Most eReaders use a USB 2.0 cable to connect and charge to a computer, but a few have WiFi/Bluetooth and only the Kindle 2 has a cellular 3G data connection allowing wireless ebook downloads and basic web surfing.

. Memory: This is built-in memory that comes with the eReader out of the box. Most readers allow you to add more memory via various slots.

. Battery life: Most eBook readers list this in page turns/refreshes, as maintaining an e-ink display "on" draws no power, but when you add functions like wireless, touchscreen, etc., battery life diminishes rapidly, so consider estimates rough.

. Weight: eReaders currently weigh surprisingly little, usually less than a paperback.

. Audio: Nearly all eBook readers have a headphone slot, and some even have speakers.good if you like background music.

. Input Device: These vary from physical keyboard, to touchscreen to D-pads.

. Screen Refresh: How long it takes to refresh the entire e-ink screen.

. File formats supported: The number of format types the eReader supports. This is perhaps not a very useful metric, as if you only use PDFs and MOBI files for instance, it doesn't matter how many more are supported. See eBook reader Basics for if you require more detailed info.

. Release date : When the current model was released--useful as it gives an indication. Newer is usually better, but some older models like the Sony PRS-505 remain a good value favorite with high specs.

. Notes: Some prominent notes on distinguishing features--see detailed review pages for more.

. Price: These are prices in euros for the European market where available. As we try to list all major eBook readers worldwide, and not all are released in all markets, we have tables for UK eReaders, US eReaders, and Asian eReaders priced in local currencies and with local buying options.

 

Comparison of All 19 e-paper eBook Readers in Europe
Readers
(click to see review)
Amazon Kindle 2 Review
Amazon Kindle 2
Amazon Kindle DX Review
Kindle DX
Sony PRS 300 Review
Sony PRS-300
txtr Reader eBook Reader Review
txtr Reader
iRex Iliad 2 Review
iRex Iliad 2
Sony PRS 600 Review
Sony PRS-600

Our Ratings
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Features:
Usability:

 
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Screen size / greyscales


6''
16 greyscales
9.7''
16 greyscales
5''
8 greyscales
6''
16 greyscales
8.1''
16 greyscales
6''
8 greyscales

Connectivity

US-wide cellular free data signal, also USB 2.0 cable US-wide cellular free data signal, also USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G internet (optional) WiFi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable

Memory

2 GB 4 GB 440MB 8 GB 256 MB 380MB

Battery


~ 2 weeks ~ 2 weeks 7,500 pages
(~2 weeks)
Unknown 15 hours 7,500 pages
(~2 weeks)

Weight

10.2 oz 18.9 oz 7.76 oz 10.5 oz. 15.3 oz 10.1 oz


Audio


Headphone jack and speakers Headphone jack and speakers None Unknown Headphone jack and speakers Headphone jack

Input device


Keyboard and Directional Pad Keyboard Directional pad Capacative slider Touchscreen Touchscreen

Screen refresh

.9 seconds .9 seconds Unknown Unknown 1.3 seconds Unknown

File formats supported

15 15 7 5 9 13

Released


Feb 09 Jun 09 Aug 09 Dec 09 Mar 08 Aug 09
Notes Unique for global internet capability & browser, most popular eBook reader, all orders from Amazon US 2.5 times bigger screen area than Kindle 2, with same global internet capability, orders from Amazon US One of the cheapest, no frills/low feature eReader on the market Only selling in Germany, pricey 3G monthly fees, otherwise excellent reader Large screen (not necessarily better for casual reading) aimed at business; pricey, but very high quality Upgrade to PRS 700 with touchscreen, but touch display shows glare

Price

~€181 ($259) ~€347 ($489) for international version ~€181 €319 ~€494 ($699) ~€288
Link to purchase Purchase Amazon Kindle 2 Purchase Amazon Kindle DX Purchase Sony PRS 300

Purchase txtr Reader eBook reader

Purchase iRex iLiad 2 eReader Purchase Sony PRS 600
  Amazon Kindle 2 Kindle DX Sony PRS-300 txtr Reader iRex iLiad 2 Sony PRS-600
             
Readers
(click to see review)
Sony PRS 500 Reader Review
Sony PRS 505
BeBook Mini ebook Reader Review
BeBook Mini
Azbooka N516 eBook Reader Review
Azbooka N516
COOL-ER eBook Reader Review
COOL-ER
Cybook Opus eReader Review
Cybook Opus
iRiver Story Reader Review
iRiver Story

Our Ratings
Value:
Features:
Usability:


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Screen size / greyscales


6''
8 greyscales
5''
8 greyscales
5''
8 greyscales
6''
4 greyscales
5''
4 greyscales
6''
8 greyscales

Connectivity

USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable

Memory

256 MB 512 MB 512 MB 1 GB 1GB 2 GB

Battery


7,500 pages
(~2 weeks)
8,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
9,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
7,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
8,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
7,000 pages
(~2 weeks)

Weight

9 oz 6 oz 5.8 oz. 6.13 oz 5.3 oz 10 oz


Audio


Headphone jack Headphone jack Headphone jack, speakers, microphone Headphone jack None

Headphone jack, mike, and speakers


Input device


Directional pad Directional pad Directional pad Directional pad Directional pad Keyboard

Screen refresh

.8 seconds Unknown <=1 seconds .8 seconds .9 seconds Unknown

File formats supported

12 23 9 9 9 13

Released


Oct 07 Oct 09 Jul 09 Jun 08 Jul 09 Nov 09
Notes Old but still popular; has dominated Europe market due to value and Kindle unavailability This Hanlin V5 variant is very cheap and has a good number of features. Small, average eReader (Hanvon N516 variant) for Ukranian/Russian market Same basic hardware as Cybook Gen 3, looks cool, but few features; backordered Lightest eReader on the market, some bugs, but a good no frills option EU and Korea only, Kindle clone, but cheaper feel and no internet

Price

~€266 $199 ~$230 ~€215 ~€155 ~€268
Link to purchase Purchase Sony PRS-505 Reader

Purchase BeBook Mini eBook reader

Purchase Azbooka N516 eBook reader

Purchase COOL-ER eReader Purchase Cybook Opus eReader Purchase iRiver Story
  Sony PRS-505 BeBook Mini Azbooka N516 COOL-ER Cybook Opus iRiver Story
             
Readers
(click to see review)
Bebook eBook Reader Review
Bebook
Woxter Scriba 150 eBook Reader Review
Woxter Scriba
Hanvon N516 Handybook eBook Reader Review
Hanvon N516
Cybook Gen 3 Reader Review
Cybook Gen 3
iRex Digital Reader Review
iRex Dgtl Reader
NUUT 2 NP-602 Reader Review
NUUT 2

Our Ratings
Value:
Features:
Usability:


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Value Rating
Features Rating
Usability Rating

Screen size / greyscales


6''
4 greyscales
5''
8 greyscales
5''
8 greyscales
6''
4 greyscales
10.2''
16 greyscales
6''
8 greyscales

Connectivity

USB 1.1 (old and slow connection) USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable, WiFi, Bluetooth USB 2.0 cable

Memory

512 MB 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB 1 GB 1 GB

Battery


7,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
9,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
9,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
8,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
15 hours 7,500 pages
(~2 weeks)

Weight

7.76 oz 5.8 oz. 5.8 oz. 6.13 oz 20.1 oz 10 oz


Audio


Headphone jack Headphone jack Headphone jack Headphone jack Headphone jack and speakers Headphone jack

Input device


Directional pad Directional pad Directional pad Directional pad Touchscreen Directional pad

Screen refresh

.8 seconds <=1 seconds <=1 seconds .8 seconds .85 seconds Unknown

File formats supported

24, but some are crash prone 9 9 10 17 9

Released


Oct 07 Jul 09 Jul 09 Oct 07 Nov 08 Nov 2009
Notes Basic eReader, but Sony PRS-505 does more and is cheaper. Variant of the Hanlin V5 Small, expensive eReader, Hanvon N516 variant only for European export Small, expensive eReader difficult to buy outside China, missing key ebook formats Very light in weight and features, but expensive for what you get World's largest eReader and most expensive, aimed at business users South Korean reader, company's first inhouse design, heavy and not yet polished

Price

~€282 €229 ~€170 ~€192 ~€630 ($895) ~€293 / $375
Link to purchase Purchase BeBook eReader

Purchase Woxter Sciba 150 eBook reader

Purchase Hanvon Handybook N516 eBook reader

Purchase Bokeen Cybook Gen 3 eReader Purchase iRex Digital Reader Purchase NUUTBook 2
  Bebook Woxter Scriba 150 Hanvon N516 CyBook Gen3 iRex Dgtl Reader NUUT 2
             
Readers
(click to see review)
Eclicto ebook Reader Review
Eclicto
Ganaza GeRs Reader Review
Ganaxa GeR2
Pocketbook 301 Reader Review
Pocketbook 301
     

Our Ratings
Value:
Features:
Usability:


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Value Rating
Features Rating
Usability Rating
     

Screen size / greyscales


6''
4 greyscales
6''
4 greyscales
6''
8 greyscales
     

Connectivity

USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable      

Memory

1 GB 128 MB 512 MB      

Battery


7,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
8,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
8,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
     

Weight

6.13 oz 7 oz 6.13 oz      


Audio


Headphone jack Headphone jack Headphone jack      

Input device


Directional pad Directional pad Directional pad      

Screen refresh

.8 seconds .9 seconds .6 seconds      

File formats supported

9 Unknown 17      

Released


Jun 09 Sep 07 07      
Notes Same basic hardware as COOL-ER, looks cool, but few features. Small-run French reader similar to Cybook, not for export Ukrainian reader, similar to Cybook, optional but showing its age, now for export      

Price

899 zł (~$315) Unknown ~€194      
Link to purchase

Purchase eClicto eBook reader

Purchase Ganaxa GeR2 Reader Purchase Pocketbook 301 eReader      
  Eclicto Ganaxa GeR2 Pocketbook 301      
             
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These are the main eBook readers available in the US. If you want to see a table of all eReaders, including hard-to-get models and country specific ones, see our Worldwide Table, or if you are from a different region, try our UK Table, European Table , or Asian Table.

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