eBooks are actually still selling really well as a lot of people see them as having many different benefits to an actual book. eBooks offer more practicality with the ability to open them up on whatever device you’re on, assuming you use a service that supports multiple platforms. eBooks also offer the ability to offer you more information, for example, in the Google Play Books app, you can highlight a word and get a definition on it or highlight a sentence to remember later and so on. But what are the best devices for reading eBooks? Well, that’s what we’re here to clear up today.
5. Nook Glowlight ($95)
The Nook Glowlight is on this list as an alternative to having anything from Apple or Amazon. If, for some reason, you have no ties to either then the Book Glowlight is a really decent eReader that offers a back-lit screen with a really white panel and a high-resolution display to make the text as easy to read as possible. It also features a battery life of up to 8 weeks which is something quite spectacular when we compare it to the likes of our next member on this list.
4. iPad Air 2 ($454)
The iPad Air 2 is by far the best tablet you can buy right now. Nothing from Sony, Samsung or even Google themselves can really compare to the incredible support for apps and reliability, let alone the build quality of Apple’s prime tablet. Reading eBooks on the iPad Air 2 is a dream too, offering up quite a few selections of services to choose from, including Amazon, Google, Nook and more. The display offers up a “retina” resolution which isn’t quite as high a pixels per inch as some of the other offerings on this list but with a screen size nearly double that of some of the other listings, it hardly needs it. The iPad Air 2 received a weight and thickness drop from the original air which helps with portability and holding the device when you read on it too. However, being, by far, the most expensive offering on this list and reading books not being its primary use, it couldn’t be number one. Oh and it has a battery life of 10 hours as opposed to the weeks and months of the other competitors.
3. Kobo Aura H20 ($220)
If you’re often finds yourself only reading books by the pool or in the bath or have ever fancied reading whilst showering then the Kobo Aura H20 is by far your best option. The Kobo H20 isn’t the best looking or the nicest made eReader on our list, but with a sharp 6.8″ screen, a solid build and 2 months of battery life, it’s definitely a contender on our list. However, Kobo’s store is missing some key books and unfortunately tends to offer more educational booklets when searching than the preferred mainstream fiction novel you were looking for. However, with more customization and the ability to import almost any eBook file onto the Kobo, you still could well find that book you wanted and read it on your Aura H20.
2. Kindle Paperwhite (2015)
When the original Kindle Paperwhite first came out, it revolutionised eReader displays offering up an almost unbelievably white display to the almost unbelievably black text. This made it far easier on the eyes and far easier to read in general. Along with Amazon’s incredible line-up of books, their anti-glare screen technology and a big reputation for offering a solid performance on their Kindle platform in general, the Kindle Paperwhite was the best eReader you could buy for a long time. It still would be today if Amazon hadn’t introduced an absolute monster of an eReader that is probably the best eReader we’ve ever seen. The Voyage. The new Kindle Paperwhite however, now offers up a 300PPI screen to rival the Voyage’s… however it still isn’t quite as clear and beautiful.
The Kindle Voyage is the king of eReaders and there’s no doubt about it. It’s the fastest, it’s the most well built, it’s the thinnest, it’s the lightest, it’s got the most storage, it has the best display and it is just the best. The Voyage also offers some really neat features such as a feature called PagePress which are little grey dots on the side of the kindle that will recognise a press and will automatically change the page for you. The display on an eReader is by far the most important part of the device. The Voyage’s display is a 6″ 300PPI display that offers the best contrast and resolution you’ll see on any eReader. The front lighting on the latest Kindles are what have really propelled them being more practical than books, allowing them to be read in any light. The Voyage features ambient lighting to make this even more automated too. And finally, Amazon measure their eReaders’ battery lives in weeks, not hours or days and the Voyage will last you around 4 weeks of use, which may not be as long as others on this list, but who’s really going to be away from a plug socket for over 4 weeks?