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Kagoo Score - Our unique E-book readers rating considers: 300 US prices • 2,300 expert & user reviews • 84 product comparisons • 160 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite ‑ 8th Gen

222 Reviews
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$107.99

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161g
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800 X 600 pixels
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Jun 2016
The highest scoring ereader under $500, with multiple awards and a stunningly reasonable price
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89

Kobo Aura

242 Reviews
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$59.85

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174g
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1024 X 768 pixels
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6"
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Jul 2016
The highest rated ereader under $100, with great features
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83

Amazon Kindle Touch ‑ 4th Gen

91 Reviews
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$44.95

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191g
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800 X 600 pixels
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6"
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Oct 2013
A top-value and multi award winning 191g touchscreen E-reader, with good features
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82

Kobo Glo HD

71 Reviews
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$173.21

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180g
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1448 X 1072 pixels
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6"
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Apr 2015
A multi award winning and top-value 180g touchscreen E-reader, with good features
#5

80

Pocketbook Touch Lux 3

13 Reviews
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$171.90

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208g
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1024 X 758 pixels
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6"
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Apr 2017
A cheap and award winning 208g touchscreen ereader, with good features
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80

Tolino Vision 3 HD

9 Reviews
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$30.51

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174g
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1448 X 1072 pixels
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6"
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Nov 2015
A critically acclaimed and low cost 174g touchscreen E-reader, with good features
#7

79

Boox N96ML

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$40.99

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470g
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1200 X 825 pixels
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9.7"
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Sep 2016
The best scoring E-reader under $50, with good features
#8

77

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G ‑ 6th Gen

67 Reviews
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$209.00

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215g
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800 X 600 pixels
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6"
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Jun 2014
A good value for money and multi award winning 215g touchscreen E-book reader, with good features
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77

Kobo Aura H2O

4 Reviews
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$181.18

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207g
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1440 X 1080 pixels
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6.8"
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Mar 2017
A positively reviewed and good spec 207g touchscreen E-book reader
#10

77

Inkbook inkBOOK Prime

6 Reviews
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$139.00

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6"
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Sep 2016
An award winning and cheap touchscreen 1280 x 825 pixels resolution E-reader, with good features
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76

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G ‑ 7th Gen

867 Reviews
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$139.95

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217g
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800 X 600 pixels
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6"
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Jul 2015
A good spec and multi award winning 217g touchscreen ereader, with a reasonable price
#12

75

Inkbook Classic 2‑6

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$89.00

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550g
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800 X 600 pixels
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6"
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Dec 2016
A good spec and low cost 550g touchscreen E-book reader
#13

74

Amazon Kindle Voyage

938 Reviews
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$182.41

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180g
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1024 X 768 pixels
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6"
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Nov 2014
A good spec and multi award winning 180g touchscreen E-book reader
#14

73

Energy Sistem Ereader Max

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$134.92

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160g
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800 X 600 pixels
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6"
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Sep 2017
A cheap and good spec touchscreen 800 x 600 pixels resolution E-reader
#15

71

Pocketbook Basic Touch 2

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$129.90

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180g
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800 X 600 pixels
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6"
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Dec 2016
A good spec and cheap 180g touchscreen E-reader
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71

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite ‑ 7th Gen

6 Reviews
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$109.00

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205g
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1024 X 768 pixels
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6"
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Jun 2014
A good spec and classic 205g touchscreen E-book reader
#17

70

Onyx BOOX N96

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$465.00

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509g
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1200 X 825 pixels
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9.7"
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Sep 2016
The highest scoring E-book reader under $1,000
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70

Pocketbook Basic 3

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$114.90

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170g
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6"
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Jun 2017
A good spec but only moderate value for money 170g touchscreen E-book reader
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68

Kobo Clara HD

4 Reviews
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$159.95

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166g
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1024 X 758 pixels
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6"
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Apr 2018
A good spec and award winning 166g touchscreen E-reader, with the latest technology
#20

66

Kobo AURA One

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$239.98

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230g
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7.8"
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Jul 2016
A good spec but only average value for money 230g touchscreen E-reader

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is the average battery life of an e-book reader?
AMost e-book readers have a battery life of several weeks, perhaps as long as several months if not used regularly.
QHow do I put books onto an e-reader?
AMost e-readers have a link to a dedicated store, where you can buy and download books. Some also allow you to add books and documents directly via USB.
QWhat is the difference between a back light and a front light?
ABacklights are placed behind the screen, and shine light through the screen in order to make it readable. Frontlights are placed in front and to the side of the screen - they shine light down onto the screen rather than through it. This means the light isn't shining directly into your eyes, making it softer and easier to read at night.

E-Book Reader Buying Guide

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What is an E-Book Reader?

E-book readers have quickly become a common site on trains, planes and subways the world over - a simple tablet dedicated to displaying book in the simplest, most natural way possible. With excellent battery life, easy-to-read screens and capacity for thousands of books at once, e-book readers are a good way to make sure you always have something to read on your commute or holiday!

Most e-readers use a technology called ‘e-ink’ to display the books - this is uses microscopic particles suspected in a liquid film under the screen. Some of these particles are positively charged and coloured white, and others negatively charged and coloured black. By running a charge through the liquid, the white or black particles can come to the surface, allowing letters and text to form.

Because the charge is only required when the text changes, e-ink has an extremely low power draw - power is normally only used when the page is ‘turned’ (refreshed). This means that most e-readers have an extremely long battery life - they can last for weeks and even months between charges, depending on how fast you read.

Benefit of an E-book reader over mobiles/tables

When e-readers were introduced, many people wondered - you have your phone/tablet with you already, why not just use that to read books, and save yourself having to carry around another device? A fair question, and e-readers have multiple advantages over using your phone:

  • The e-ink display draws very little power, meaning you won’t use much power, compared to draining your phone/tablet battery reading on it.
  • E-ink displays are also very easy on the eye, and can help prevent eye strain caused by long reading sessions.
  • Most e-readers have a larger display than phones, making reading easier and also helping to ease eye strain.
  • E-readers are free from notifications, apps and other distractions that would stop you from concentrating on your book.

That said, if you do want to read books on your phone/tablet, many of the major e-reader makers have apps for those devices, allowing you to start reading a book on one device and pick it up seamlessly on another, so you can have your literary cake and eat it too.

Display

One of the biggest concerns when picking an e-book reader is the display. The quality of the text on an e-reader display is measured in Dots Per Inch (DPI). The higher the DPI, the more particles make up each letter on the screen, leading to smoother, clearer text that is easier to read. Most e-readers have a DPI of somewhere around 2-300, although top-tier models can rise as high as 600 DPI, for extremely crisp and clear text.

Tied into the DPI is the size of the display. Most e-readers are the size of small tablets - slightly larger than a paperback book. There are larger models - some go as large as 8”, meaning they are more unwieldy to carry, but can display more/larger text at once.

Battery Life

As mentioned above, because e-readers draw very little power, they have a very good battery life. Even the most basic of e-readers will have a battery life of weeks, with many able to function for a month or more between charges. Some higher-end readers have larger batteries, but these are only worth seeking out if you spend a long time travelling or away from any power - for most people a month’s charge will be more than enough.

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Wifi/4g Connectivity

Nearly all e-readers apart from the very cheap models will have some form of wifi connection to allow the device to connect to the internet to download new books. Some more expensive models will also have 3G connectivity, meaning it can connect to the net from anywhere, and doesn’t have to be on a known wifi network. This can be helpful since it allows you to buy and download new books from anywhere - even half-way round the world - as long as you have a cell phone signal.

Ebooks themselves are very small files, since they usually lack any images/video/etc. This means that even a modest e-reader can hold hundreds, if not thousands of ebooks at once. Some readers have more capacity than the norm, but most users will struggle to fill even half of a standard reader’s capacity.

Stores

The biggest difference between all the various ranges of e-readers is the online stores they have access to. This denotes what books you can buy at what price. Kindle’s only have access to the Amazon store, while the Kobo reader has it’s own store. Amazon is far-and-away the biggest of these stores, but it doesn’t contain everything - and some of it’s publishing policies rub people the wrong way. Other stores have their own positives and negatives, so it is worthwhile does a bit of checking to see if the store for your chosen reader has a good selection before you commit to buying it.

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File Formats

Alongside buying books from an online store, it is also possible to load books onto an e-reader as individual files. These files could be downloaded from a different store, received directly from the publisher (in the case of small independent labels) or even your own work.

Different e-readers have support for different types of files. One of the most popular file format is the epub (electronic publication) file - these are used for a lot of publicly available books, such as Project Guttenberg, which aims to make much of the classic literature in the world available freely. However the Kindle doesn’t directly support the epub format - meaning you’ll have to transfer it to another format if you want to use it.

If you are going to be using e-readers for independent (non-store) files a lot, it’s worth taking a look at ‘Calibre’, which is a free program for converting ebook files between different formats. The site is here: Calibre

Backlights

One of the most helpful additions to e-readers is a backlight. While lacking in very cheap models, most mid-range readers have a light built into the screen, which allows you to read in low-light conditions. Many have several different levels of brightness as well - higher brightness can be helpful in certain situations, but lower brightness will help conserve battery power.

Waterproofing

Waterproofing is currently limited to a small collection of e-readers, but is immensely helpful if you can get it. Having a water-resistant device means that you can happily read everywhere from the beach to the bath, and don’t have to worry about damaging your device if it gets a bit damp.

E-Book Reader Retailers, Prices and Features

Ereader Prices

We currently list 24 E-readers ranging from $30 to $805. On average, a new E-reader costs $228 and 80% of E-readers are priced between $45 and $549. The most expensive E-reader that we found is the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 7th Gen at $805, and the cheapest is the Tolino Vision 3 HD at only $30.

E-Book Reader Brands - Price Range

Onyx ereaders range in price from $549 to $549, and the average price of Onyx ereaders is $549 which is the highest average price of all E-book reader brands.

Onyx BOOX E-book readers range in price from $225 to $769, and the second highest average E-book reader price out of all brands is Onyx BOOX E-book readers with an average price of $439.

Amazon E-book readers range in price from $45 to $805, and the third highest average ereader price out of all brands is Amazon E-book readers with an average price of $250.

E-Book Reader Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 787 expert reviews and 1,914 user reviews for E-book readers available online and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of E-book reader.

Biggest Ereader Retailers

The biggest ereader retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 22 current ereader offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Amazon US with 11 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Amazon US when it comes to ereaders. Target is the third biggest retailer with 2 current offers.

When Are Most New E-Readers Released?

July to September is the most common period for new ereaders to be released in. That means that most of the latest ereader technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. The biggest month in 2017 for new E-reader releases was July, with four new ereaders released that month. September was the biggest month in 2016 for new E-readers, with 13 new E-readers released that month. Six new ereaders were released in June 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new ereader releases.

How Fast Do E-Book Reader Prices Drop After Release?

On average E-book readers drop in price by 1% in the first 6 months after release. That means that on a typical E-reader costing $228 you could save on average $3 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Weights

'Weight' denotes the weight of the e-reader, measured in grams (g).

Across the range of E-book readers, the weights range from 131g to 550g. The weights of most E-book readers range from 180g to 220g. The ereader with the heaviest weight is the Inkbook Classic 2-6, which is a 550g E-reader and currently retails for $89.00. The E-book reader with the lightest weight is the Energy Sistem Ereader Max, which is a 160g ereader and currently retails for $134.92.

A lighter device will be easier to carry around, and mean it can be held and read for longer without it getting uncomfortable to hold.

Touchscreens

'Touchscreen' denotes whether the e-reader has touch capacity or not, meaning you can control the device by poking the screen, rather than manual controls.

The vast majority of the 70 new ereaders currently listed on Kagoo are ereaders with a touchscreen. 61 ereaders out of 70 are ereaders with a touchscreen.

Touchscreen controls are user faster and easier to use than standard manual controls.

Display Resolutions

'Display Resolution' denotes how many pixels make up the display of the e-reader.

The most common display resolution amongst new E-book readers is 800 x 600 pixels. We found 22 E-book readers that are E-book readers that have a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels. The second most common display resolution amongst new E-book readers is 1024 x 758 pixels. We found 13 E-book readers that are ereaders that have a resolution of 1024 x 758 pixels.

A larger display resolution means that the text will be sharper and clearer, making it easier to read books on the device, and reducing the chances of eye-strain after long sessions.

Diagonals

'Diagonal' denotes the size of the e-reader, measured in inches from the top-left to bottom-right corner.

Across the range of ereaders, the diagonals range from 6" to 13.3". The diagonals of most E-readers range from 6" to 6.5". The Onyx BOOX Max Carta, which is on sale for $769.00, has the biggest diagonal and is a 13.3" ereader. The E-reader with the smallest diagonal is the Kobo Aura, which is a 6" E-reader and is on sale for $59.85.

A larger size means that there is more real estate on the e-reader to display books, and the device can display text at a larger font size if needed.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for E-Book Readers?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying E-book readers. For each retailer it shows the total number of E-book readers where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying E-book readers. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 22 of their E-book reader prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Ereaders for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for E-book readers by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of E-book reader prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's E-book reader prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 100% of their E-reader prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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