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Kagoo Score - Our unique E-book readers rating considers: 380 US prices • 4,100 expert & user reviews • 76 product comparisons • 190 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

90

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite ‑ 7th Gen

23 Reviews
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$109.99

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6"
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1024 X 768 pixels
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205g
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Jun 2014
The best scoring E-book reader under $100, with an amazingly affordable price and very good features
#2

88

Kobo Aura

101 Reviews
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$55.50

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6"
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1014 X 758 pixels
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174g
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Jul 2016
A multi award winning and sensationally cheap 6" touchscreen ereader, with very good features
#3

85

Amazon Kindle Touch ‑ 4th Gen

325 Reviews
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$79.99

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6"
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600 X 800 pixels
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191g
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Oct 2013
The top scoring ereader under $50, with very good features
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84

Kobo Glo HD

71 Reviews
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$287.07

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6"
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1448 X 1072 pixels
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180g
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Apr 2015
The top scoring E-book reader under $1,000, with good features
#5

83

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite ‑ 8th Gen

216 Reviews
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$107.99

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6"
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800 X 600 pixels
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161g
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Jun 2016
A bargain price and multi award winning 6" touchscreen ereader, with good features
#6

80

Tolino Vision 3 HD

9 Reviews
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$31.72

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6"
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1448 X 1072 pixels
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174g
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Nov 2015
A critically acclaimed and affordable 6" touchscreen E-book reader, with good features
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78

Pocketbook Touch Lux 3

13 Reviews
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$167.94

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6"
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1024 X 758 pixels
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208g
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May 2015
The top scoring E-book reader under $500, with good features
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78

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite ‑ 6th Gen

56 Reviews
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$80.00

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6"
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800 X 600 pixels
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161g
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Feb 2013
An award winning and bargain price 6" touchscreen ereader, with good features
#9

78

Kobo Aura H2O

110 Reviews
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$159.80

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6.8"
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1440 X 1080 pixels
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207g
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Mar 2017
A multi award winning and good spec 6.8" touchscreen E-book reader
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77

Amazon Kindle Voyage

217 Reviews
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$199.99

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6"
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1024 X 768 pixels
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180g
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Nov 2014
A multi award winning and good spec 6" touchscreen ereader
#11

75

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G ‑ 8th Gen

851 Reviews
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$209.99

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6"
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800 X 600 pixels
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215g
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Jul 2016
A good spec and multi award winning 6" touchscreen E-reader, with a fair price
#12

75

Pocketbook Basic Lux

2 Reviews
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$124.10

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6"
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1024 X 758 pixels
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170g
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Jun 2017
A good value for money and highly rated 6" 1024 x 758 pixels resolution E-book reader, with good features
#13

74

Inkbook inkBOOK Prime

6 Reviews
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$139.00

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6"
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1280 X 825 pixels
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Sep 2016
A good spec and award winning 6" touchscreen E-book reader, with a fair price
#14

73

Kobo AURA One

49 Reviews
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$229.45

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7.8"
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1872 X 1404 pixels
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230g
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Jul 2016
A multi award winning and good spec 7.8" touchscreen ereader
#15

73

Pocketbook Basic Touch 2

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$124.10

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6"
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800 X 600 pixels
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180g
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Dec 2016
A good spec and cheap 6" touchscreen ereader
#16

72

Pocketbook Basic 3

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$101.50

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6"
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800 X 600 pixels
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170g
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Jun 2017
A good spec and bargain price 6" touchscreen E-book reader
#17

72

Energy Sistem Ereader Max

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$22.55

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6"
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600 X 800 pixels
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160g
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Sep 2017
A remarkably light weight and bargain price 6" touchscreen E-reader, with good features
#18

71

Amazon Kindle Oasis ‑ 8th Gen

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$249.99

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7"
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1600 X 1200 pixels
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131g
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Nov 2016
A multi award winning and sensationally light weight 7" touchscreen E-reader, with good features
#19

70

Amazon Kindle Voyage 3G

604 Reviews
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$219.99

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6"
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1024 X 768 pixels
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188g
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Oct 2014
A multi award winning and good spec 6" touchscreen ereader
#20

69

Kobo Aura HD

90 Reviews
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$249.99

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1440 X 1080 pixels
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240g
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Aug 2016
A good spec and multi award winning 6.8" touchscreen ereader

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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

E-Reader Prices

We currently list 25 E-readers ranging from $22 to $659. The average price of a new ereader is $175 and the 80% of E-readers are priced between $56 and $350. The cheapest E-reader that we found is the Energy Sistem Ereader Max at only $23, and the most expensive is the Onyx BOOX Max Carta at $659.

E-Book Reader Brands - Price Range

The highest average E-reader price out of all brands is Onyx BOOX E-readers with an average price of $423. Onyx BOOX E-readers start at $259 and their most expensive E-reader costs $659.

Amazon ereaders start at $28 and their most expensive ereader costs $360. The average price of Amazon ereaders is $156 which is the second highest average price of all ereader brands.

Kobo E-book readers range in price from $56 to $250, and the average price of Kobo E-book readers is $152 which is the third highest average price of all E-reader brands.

Ereader Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 977 expert reviews and 2,099 user reviews for E-book readers and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of ereader.

Biggest E-Book Reader Retailers

We found 23 current offers for ereaders from eBay making it the biggest E-reader retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon US for whom we found 15 current offers for ereaders. The third biggest retailer is Target with 4 current E-reader offers.

When Are Most New E-Book Readers Released?

July to September is the most common period for new E-readers to be released in. If you wait until July 2018 then you might be able to get better features on your E-book reader. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current E-book readers cheaper in July once the latest models have been released. The biggest month last year for new ereader releases was July, with four new E-readers released that month. In September 2016 14 new E-readers were released making it the biggest month that year for new ereader releases. In 2015 most new E-readers were released in June, with six new E-readers released that month.

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

New E-book readers drop in price by an average of 0% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. On a typical new E-book reader costing $175, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $1.

Diagonals

This denotes the size of the e-reader, measured in inches.

Comparing all E-book readers, the diagonals range from 6" to 13.3". The diagonals of the majority of ereaders range from 6" to 6.5". The ereader with the biggest diagonal is the Onyx BOOX Max Carta, which is a 13.3" E-book reader and sells for $659.00. The Inkbook inkBOOK Prime, which is on sale for $139.00, has the smallest diagonal and is a 6" E-book reader.

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.

Touchscreens

This 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 62 new E-readers currently listed on Kagoo are ereaders with a touchscreen. 54 E-readers (87%) are ereaders with a touchscreen.

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

Display Resolutions

This denotes how many pixels make up the display of the e-reader.

800 x 600 pixels is the most popular display resolution amongst new ereaders. We found 14 ereaders that are E-book readers that have a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels. 1024 x 758 pixels is the second most frequently found display resolution amongst new E-book readers. We found 8 E-book readers that are E-readers 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.

Weights

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

The weights of E-book readers range from 131g to 550g. The weights of most E-readers range from 180g to 220g. The E-reader with the heaviest weight is the Onyx BOOX Max Carta, which is a 550g ereader and can be purchased for $659.00. The E-reader with the lightest weight is the Amazon Kindle Oasis - 9th Gen, which is a 131g E-reader and sells for $139.99.

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.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Ereaders?

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-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 E-Book Readers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for E-readers by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of E-reader prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's E-reader prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 95.7% of their E-reader prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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