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eReader Ranking Tables:
Worldwide eReaders (36)
US eReaders (23)
UK eReaders (13)
European eReaders (19)
Asian eReaders (16)
Large eReaders (12)
In Development (14)
 

Worldwide eBook Reader List

 

.This chart compares 36 e-ink based eReaders released worldwide which we're aware of. Only currently marketed products are listed--for instance, Amazon no longer sells Kindle 1, so we only list Kindle 2. Many of these products are variants on Taiwanese or Chinese products which have been released for specific countries, and may be difficult to import.

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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 dollars for the US market. As we try to list all major eBook readers worldwide, and not all are released in all markets, so we have tables for US eReaders, UK eReaders, European eReaders, and Asian eReaders priced in local currencies and with local buying options.

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Comparison of 36 e-paper eBook Readers Worldwide
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
Sony Daily Reader Review
Sony Daily Readr
Cybook Opus eReader Review
Cybook Opus

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Screen size / greyscales


6''
16 greyscales
9.7''
16 greyscales
5''
8 greyscales
6''
16 greyscales
7''
16 greyscales
5''
4 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) US-wide cellular free data signal, also USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable

Memory
 
2 GB 4 GB 440MB 8 GB 2 GB 1GB

Battery


~ 2 weeks ~ 2 weeks 7,500 pages
(~2 weeks)
Unknown 12,000 pages
(~2.5 weeks)
8,000 pages
(~2 weeks)

 Weight
 
10.2 oz 18.9 oz 7.76 oz 10.5 oz. 12.7 oz 5.3 oz


Audio


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

Input device


Keyboard and Directional Pad Keyboard Directional pad Capacative slider Touchscreen Directional pad

Screen refresh


.9 seconds .9 seconds Unknown Unknown Unknown .9 seconds

File formats supported
15 15 7 5 13 9

Released
 
Feb 09 Jun 09 Aug 09 Dec 09 Dec 09 Jul 09
Notes Unique for global wireless/ internet capability & browser, most popular eBook reader 2.5 times bigger screen area than Kindle 2, now with the same global internet capabilities The cheapest, no frills/low feature eReader on the market Only selling in Germany, pricey 3G monthly fees, otherwise excellent reader Sony's first wireless model, but no internet, touchscreen shows glare--backordered to mid-Jan Lightest eReader on the market, some bugs, but a good no frills option

Price
 
$189 $469 for US version $489 for international $199 €319 $399 $220

Link to purchase
 
Purchase Amazon Kindle 2 Purchase Amazon Kindle DX Purchase Sony PRS 300

Purchase txtr Reader eBook reader

Purchase Sony Daily Reader Purchase Cybook Opus eReader
  Amazon Kindle 2 Kindle DX Sony PRS-300 txtr Reader Sony Daily Readr Cybook Opus
             
Readers
(click to see review)
Barnes & Noble Nook eReader Review
B & N Nook
iRex Iliad 2 Review
iRex Iliad 2
Sony PRS 600 Review
Sony PRS-600
Sony PRS 500 Reader Review
Sony PRS 505
BeBook Mini ebook Reader Review
BeBook Mini
Azbooka N516 eBook Reader Review
Azbooka N516

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Screen size / greyscales


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

Connectivity

US-wide cellular free data signal, Wifi, also USB 2.0 cable WiFi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable

Memory

2 GB 256 MB 380MB 256 MB 512 MB 512 MB

Battery


~10 days 15 hours 7,500 pages
(~2 weeks)
7,500 pages
(~2 weeks)
8,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
9,000 pages
(~2 weeks)

Weight

11.2 oz 15.3 oz 10.1 oz 9 oz 6 oz 5.8 oz.


Audio


Headphone jack and speakers Headphone jack and speakers Headphone jack Headphone jack Headphone jack Headphone jack, speakers, microphone

Input device


Touchscreen on lower LCD Touchscreen Touchscreen Directional pad Directional pad Directional pad

Screen refresh

Unknown 1.3 seconds Unknown .8 seconds Unknown <=1 seconds

File formats supported

9 9 13 12 23 9

Released


Nov 09 Mar 08 Aug 09 Oct 07 Oct 09 Jul 09
Notes Groundbreaking design w/color LCD subscreen, but given flaws we'd wait until a 2nd generation 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 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

Price

$199 $699 $299 $299 $199 ~$230
Link to purchase Purchase Barnes & Noble Nook eReader Purchase iRex iLiad 2 eReader Purchase Sony PRS 600 Purchase Sony PRS-505 Reader

Purchase BeBook Mini eBook reader

Purchase Azbooka N516 eBook reader

  B & N Nook iRex iLiad 2 Sony PRS-600 Sony PRS-505 BeBook Mini Azbooka N516
             
Readers
(click to see review)
Foxit eSlick Review
Foxit eSlick
Astak EZPro Reader Review
Astak EZPro
Fujitsu FLEPia eBook Reader Review
Fujitsu FLEPia
COOL-ER eBook Reader Review
COOL-ER
Pocketbook 360  Reader Review
Pocketbook 360
Borders Elonex Reader Review
Borders Elonex

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Screen size / greyscales


6''
4 greyscales
5''
8 greyscales
8'' with 260,000 colors 6''
4 greyscales
5''
16 greyscales
6''
4 greyscales

Connectivity

USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable WiFi , Bluetooth, USB 2.0 USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable

Memory

2GB 512 MB 4 GB 1 GB 512 MB 1 GB

Battery


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

Weight

6.4 oz 6 oz 13.5 oz. 6.13 oz 5.3 oz 6.13 oz


Audio


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

Input device


Directional pad Directional pad Touchscreen and directional pad Directional pad Directional pad Directional pad

Screen refresh

.9 seconds Unknown 1.8 seconds for basic colors .8 seconds .9 seconds .8 seconds

File formats supported

8 (plus others via conversion to PDF) 17 Microsoft Office files, XDMF, .book, others unknown 9 17 9

Released


Jul 09 Oct 09 Apr 09 Jun 08 Aug 09 Jun 09
Notes Basic Bookeen variant with flaws, but PDF support is best on market The EZ Reader Pocket Pro is cheap and has a fair number of features. Expensive first color eReader, only available in Japan Same basic hardware as Cybook Gen 3, looks cool, but few features; backordered Surprisingly good small Ukrainian eReader, budget option if you don't need connectivity Same basic hardware as COOL-ER, looks cool, but few features.

Price

$259 $229 99,750 Yen (~ $1,010) $259+$20 shipping $240 £180
Link to purchase Purchase Foxit eSlick Purchase Sony Astak EZ Pro Reader

Purchase Fujitsu FLEPia eBook reader

Purchase COOL-ER eReader Purchase Pocketbook 301 eReader Purchase Borders Elonex
  Foxit eSlick Astak EZ Pro Fujitsu FLEPia COOL-ER Pocketbook 360 Borders Elonex
             
Readers
(click to see review)
iRiver Story Reader Review
iRiver Story
Astak Mentor eReader Review
Astak Mentor
Bebook eBook Reader Review
Bebook
Onyz Boox60 eBook Reader Review
Onyx Boox60
NUUT 2 NP-602 Reader Review
NUUT 2
Astak EZReader Review
Astak EZReadr

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Screen size / greyscales


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

Connectivity

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

Memory

2 GB 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB 1 GB ? MB

Battery


7,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
8,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
7,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
8,000 pages (~ 4 days w/stylus) 7,500 pages
(~2 weeks)
8,000 pages
(~2 weeks)

Weight

10 oz 6.2 oz 7.76 oz 10.5 oz. 10 oz 7.2 oz


Audio


Headphone jack, mike, and speakers

None Headphone jack Headphone jack Headphone jack Headphone jack

Input device


Keyboard Directional pad Directional pad Touchscreen w/stylus, directional pad Directional pad Directional pad

Screen refresh

Unknown Unknown .8 seconds Unknown Unknown Unknown

File formats supported

13 9 24, but some are crash prone 13 9 17

Released


Nov 09 Oct 09 Oct 07 Oct 09 Nov 2009 Oct 09
Notes EU and Korea only, Kindle clone, but cheaper feel and no internet The Mentor (EB600) is cheap, but light on features, with little but a Sudoku game to distinguish it. Basic eReader, but Sony PRS-505 does more and is cheaper. Variant of the Hanlin V5 Solid eReader from newcomer to the industry, but the expense is not justified. South Korean reader, company's first inhouse design, heavy and not yet polished The EZ Reader is overpriced for the number of features and lack of internet connectivity.

Price

€299 / £229 $239 $280 $349 ~€260 / $375 $279
Link to purchase Purchase iRiver Story Purchase Sony PRS-700 Reader Purchase BeBook eReader

Purchase Onyz Boox60 eBook reader

Purchase NUUTBook 2 Purchase Sony PRS-700 Reader
  iRiver Story Astak Mentor Bebook Onyx Boox60 NUUT 2 Astak EZReadr
             
Readers
(click to see review)
Cybook Gen 3 Reader Review
Cybook Gen 3
iRex Digital Reader Review
iRex Dgtl Reader
Woxter Scriba 150 eBook Reader Review
Woxter Scriba
Hanvon N516 Handybook eBook Reader Review
Hanvon N516
Soribook Reader Review
Soribook
Hanvon 510 Reader Review
Hanvon 510

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Screen size / greyscales


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

Connectivity

USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable, WiFi, Bluetooth USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable

Memory

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

Battery


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

Weight

6.13 oz 20.1 oz 5.8 oz. 5.8 oz. 6.13 oz Unknown


Audio


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

Input device


Directional pad Touchscreen Directional pad Directional pad Directional pad Directional pad

Screen refresh

.8 seconds .85 seconds <=1 seconds <=1 seconds .9 seconds Unknown

File formats supported

10 17 9 9 10 9

Released


Oct 07 Nov 08 Jul 09 Jul 09 Unknown Nov 08
Notes Very light in weight and features, but expensive for what you get World's largest eReader and most expensive, aimed at business users Small, expensive eReader, Hanvon N516 variant only for European export Small, expensive eReader difficult to buy outside China, missing key ebook formats Higher-spec S. Korean version of Cybook, but not exported Chinese model not for export, currently world's smallest e-paper display

Price


$350 $895 €229 ¥2,288.00 (~$330) / £150 Unknown $295
Link to purchase Purchase Bokeen Cybook Gen 3 eReader Purchase iRex Digital Reader

Purchase Woxter Sciba 150 eBook reader

Purchase Hanvon Handybook N516 eBook reader

Purchase Soribook eReader View Hanvon N510 Reader
  CyBook Gen3 iRex Dgtl Reader Woxter Scriba 150 Hanvon N516 Soribook Hanvon 510
             
Readers
(click to see review)
Eclicto ebook Reader Review
Eclicto
STAReBOOK Review
STAReBOOK
Ganaza GeRs Reader Review
Ganaxa GeR2
Pocketbook 301 Reader Review
Pocketbook 301
Viewsonic VEB612 eBook Reader Review
Viewsonic 612
NUUT NP-601 Reader Review
NUUT NP-601

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Screen size / greyscales


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

1 GB 128 MB 128 MB 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB

Battery


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

Weight

6.13 oz 6.2 oz 7 oz 6.13 oz Unknown 6.2 oz


Audio


Headphone jack Headphone jack Headphone jack Headphone jack Headphone jack Headphone jack

Input device


Directional pad Directional pad Directional pad Directional pad Directional pad Directional pad

Screen refresh

.8 seconds .9 seconds .9 seconds .6 seconds Unknown Unknown

File formats supported

9 2 known Unknown 17 6 3 known

Released


Jun 09 07 Sep 07 07 Oct 09 07
Notes Same basic hardware as COOL-ER, looks cool, but few features. Chinese/ Taiwanese aging eReader not for export, similar to Cybook Small-run French reader similar to Cybook, not for export Ukrainian reader, similar to Cybook, optional but showing its age, now for export Run of the mill reader with some complaints of bugs South Korean reader not for export, similar to Cybook

Price


899 zł (~$315) Unknown Unknown $275 $259 $310
Link to purchase

Purchase eClicto eBook reader

Purchase STAEeBOOK eReader Purchase Ganaxa GeR2 Reader Purchase Pocketbook 301 eReader

Purchase Viewsonic VEB612 eBook reader

Purchase NUUT NP-601 eReader
  Eclicto STAReBOOK Ganaxa GeR2 Pocketbook 301 Viewsonic 612 NUUT NP-601
             
Readers
(click to see review)
Hanvon N518 Reader Review
Hanvon N518
Hanvon N520 eBook Reader Review
Hanvon N520
Pixelar Reader Review
Pixelar Ereader
     

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Screen size / greyscales


5''
8 greyscales
5''
8 greyscales
       

Connectivity

USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable        

Memory

512 MB 4 GB        

Battery


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

Weight

5.8 oz. 6.9 oz.        


Audio


Headphone jack Headphone jack, speakers, and microphone        

Input device


Touchscreen and directional pad Keyboard and directional pad        

Screen refresh

<=1 seconds <=1 seconds        

File formats supported

14 14 (21 promised eventually)        

Released


Jul 09 Jul 09        
Notes Sold in Germany as Hexaglot N518--more capable/touch version of N516 Cheap but capable mini-Kindle clone minus wireless--good budget option        

Price


€279 £179        
Link to purchase

Purchase Hanvon WISEreader N518 eBook reader

         
  Hanvon N518 Hanvon N520 Pixelar Ereader      
             
             

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 US Table, UK Table, European Table, or Asian Table.

 

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