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Guide to eBook Readers

 

.We compare 36 eBook readers on sale worldwide, so you can pick the model best suited to you. If you're new, check out eReader Basics first, or go straight to the Comparison Table below. Just click on the reader picture for our independent review and a link to a site where you can purchase the e-reading device.

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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, we have tables for UK eReaders, European eReaders, and Asian eReaders priced in local currencies and with local buying options.

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US eBook Reader Comparison Table
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
Sony Daily Reader Review
Sony Daily Readr
Cybook Opus eReader Review
Cybook Opus
Barnes & Noble Nook eReader Review
B & N Nook

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Screen size / greyscales


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

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

Battery


~ 2 weeks ~ 2 weeks 7,500 pages
(~2 weeks)
12,000 pages
(~2.5 weeks)
8,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
~10 days

 Weight
 
10.2 oz 18.9 oz 7.76 oz 12.7 oz 5.3 oz 11.2 oz


Audio


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

Input device


Keyboard and Directional Pad Keyboard Directional pad Touchscreen Directional pad Touchscreen on lower LCD

Screen refresh


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

File formats supported
15 15 7 13 9 9

Released
 
Feb 09 Jun 09 Aug 09 Dec 09 Jul 09 Nov 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 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 Groundbreaking design w/color LCD subscreen, but given flaws we'd wait until a 2nd generation

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

Link to purchase
 
Purchase Amazon Kindle 2 Purchase Amazon Kindle DX Purchase Sony PRS 300 Purchase Sony Daily Reader Purchase Cybook Opus eReader Purchase Barnes & Noble Nook eReader
  Amazon Kindle 2 Kindle DX Sony PRS-300 Sony Daily Readr Cybook Opus B & N Nook
             
Readers
(click to see review)
iRex Iliad 2 Review
iRex Iliad 2
Sony PRS 600 Review
Sony PRS-600
Sony PRS 500 Reader Review
Sony PRS 505
Foxit eSlick Review
Foxit eSlick
Astak EZPro Reader Review
Astak EZPro
COOL-ER eBook Reader Review
COOL-ER

Our Ratings
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Screen size / greyscales


8.1''
16 greyscales
6''
8 greyscales
6''
8 greyscales
6''
4 greyscales
6''
8 greyscales
6''
4 greyscales

Connectivity

WiFi, Bluetooth, 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 380MB 256 MB 2GB 512 MB 1 GB

Battery


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

Weight

15.3 oz 10.1 oz 9 oz 6.4 oz 6 oz 6.13 oz


Audio


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

Input device


Touchscreen Touchscreen Directional pad Directional pad Directional pad Directional pad

Screen refresh

1.3 seconds Unknown .8 seconds .9 seconds Unknown .8 seconds

File formats supported

9 13 12 8 (plus others via conversion to PDF) 17 9

Released


Mar 08 Aug 09 Oct 07 Jul 09 Oct 09 Jun 08
Notes 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 Basic Bookeen variant with flaws, but PDF support is best on market The EZ Reader Pocket Pro (EB05EZPRO) is cheap and has a fair number of features, but is still fairly bland. Same basic hardware as Cybook Gen 3, looks cool, but few features; backordered

Price

$699 $299 $299 $259 $229 $259+$20 shipping
Link to purchase Purchase iRex iLiad 2 eReader Purchase Sony PRS 600 Purchase Sony PRS-505 Reader Purchase Foxit eSlick Purchase Sony Astak EZ Pro Reader Purchase COOL-ER eReader
  iRex iLiad 2 Sony PRS-600 Sony PRS-505 Foxit eSlick Astak EZ Pro COOL-ER
             
Readers
(click to see review)
Pocketbook 360  Reader Review
Pocketbook 360
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

Our Ratings
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Screen size / greyscales


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

Connectivity

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

Memory

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

Battery


8,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
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)

Weight

5.3 oz 10 oz 6.2 oz 7.76 oz 10.5 oz. 10 oz


Audio


None

Headphone jack, mike, and speakers

None Headphone jack Headphone jack Headphone jack

Input device


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

Screen refresh

.9 seconds Unknown Unknown .8 seconds Unknown Unknown

File formats supported

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

Released


Aug 09 Nov 09 Oct 09 Oct 07 Oct 09 Nov 2009
Notes Surprisingly good small Russian eReader, budget option if you don't need connectivity 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

Price

$240 €299 / £229 $239 $280 $349 ~€260 / $375
Link to purchase Purchase Pocketbook 301 eReader Purchase iRiver Story Purchase Sony PRS-700 Reader Purchase BeBook eReader

Purchase Onyz Boox60 eBook reader

Purchase NUUTBook 2
  Pocketbook 360 iRiver Story Astak Mentor Bebook Onyx Boox60 NUUT 2
             
Readers
(click to see review)
Astak EZReader Review
Astak EZReadr
Cybook Gen 3 Reader Review
Cybook Gen 3
iRex Digital Reader Review
iRex Dgtl Reader
Pocketbook 301 Reader Review
Pocketbook 301
Viewsonic VEB612 eBook Reader Review
Viewsonic 612
 

Our Ratings
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Screen size / greyscales


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

Connectivity

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

Memory

? MB 512 MB 1 GB 512 MB 512 MB  

Battery


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

Weight

7.2 oz 6.13 oz 20.1 oz 6.13 oz Unknown  


Audio


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

Input device


Directional pad Directional pad Touchscreen Directional pad Directional pad  

Screen refresh

Unknown .8 seconds .85 seconds .6 seconds Unknown  

File formats supported

17 10 17 17 6  

Released


Oct 09 Oct 07 Nov 08 07 Oct 09  
Notes The EZ Reader is overpriced for the number of features and lack of internet connectivity. Very light in weight and features, but expensive for what you get World's largest eReader and most expensive, aimed at business users Ukrainian reader, similar to Cybook, optional but showing its age, now for export Run of the mill reader with some complaints of bugs  

Price

$279 $350 $895 $275 $259  
Link to purchase Purchase Sony PRS-700 Reader Purchase Bokeen Cybook Gen 3 eReader Purchase iRex Digital Reader Purchase Pocketbook 301 eReader

Purchase Viewsonic VEB612 eBook reader

 
  Astak EZReadr CyBook Gen3 iRex Dgtl Reader Pocketbook 301 Viewsonic 612  
             
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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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.

Online eBook reader prices and terms change frequently; check company website for the latest.

 

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