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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite ‑ 8th Gen

577 Reviews
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$106.77

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161g
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800 X 600 pixels
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6"
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Jun 2016
The best scoring E-reader under $500, with a great spec and a breathtakingly reasonable price.
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88

Amazon Kindle Touch ‑ 4th Gen

84 Reviews
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$52.99

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191g
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800 X 600 pixels
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6"
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Oct 2013
The highest scoring ereader under $100, with multiple awards and a great spec.
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86

Kobo Aura H2O

110 Reviews
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$785.13

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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 multi award winning and very cheap 207g touchscreen ereader, with a great spec.
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85

Kobo Aura

125 Reviews
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$73.59

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174g
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1024 X 768 pixels
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6"
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Jul 2016
An affordable and multi award winning 174g touchscreen ereader, with a good spec.
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82

Kobo Glo HD

74 Reviews
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$133.30

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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 very cheap 180g touchscreen E-reader, with a good spec.
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81

Amazon Kindle Voyage

997 Reviews
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$134.99

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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 value for money and multi award winning 180g touchscreen E-reader, with a good spec.
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79

Tolino Vision 3 HD

11 Reviews
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$30.28

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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 affordable 174g touchscreen E-reader, with a good spec.
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78

Pocketbook Basic 3

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$109.16

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170g
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800 X 600 pixels
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6"
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Jun 2017
A good spec and breathtakingly cheap 170g touchscreen E-book reader.
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76

Pocketbook Touch Lux 3

13 Reviews
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$142.00

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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 E-book reader, with a good spec.
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75

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite ‑ 7th Gen

20 Reviews
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$95.00

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205g
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1024 X 768 pixels
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6"
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Jun 2014
An award winning and good spec 205g touchscreen E-book reader.
#11

75

Pocketbook Basic Lux

2 Reviews
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$112.70

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170g
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1024 X 758 pixels
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6"
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Jun 2017
A highly rated and cheap 170g 1024 x 758 pixels resolution E-book reader, with a good spec.
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74

Kobo Aura HD

99 Reviews
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$72.99

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240g
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1440 X 1080 pixels
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6.8"
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Aug 2016
A good spec and multi award winning 240g touchscreen ereader, with a good price.
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72

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G ‑ 6th Gen

583 Reviews
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$100.00

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215g
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800 X 600 pixels
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6"
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Jun 2014
An award winning and good spec 215g touchscreen E-reader.
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71

Kobo Clara HD

4 Reviews
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$129.82

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166g
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1024 X 758 pixels
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6"
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Apr 2018
An award winning and good spec 166g touchscreen ereader, with the latest technology.
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65

Onyx Onyx Boox Max 2

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$759.00

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550g
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13.3"
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Mar 2017
A gigantic diagonal and good spec 550g touchscreen ereader.
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65

Onyx BOOX Max Carta

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$739.00

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550g
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2200 X 1650 pixels
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13.3"
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Sep 2016
A good spec but inferior value for money 550g touchscreen E-reader.

70

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 but only ok value for money 180g touchscreen E-book reader.
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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite ‑ 6th Gen

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$350.00

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161g
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6"
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Feb 2013
A good spec but only ok value for money 161g touchscreen E-reader, with many positive recommendations.

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Onyx Boox Note

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$529.00

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355g
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1872 X 1404 pixels
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10.3"
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Dec 2016
A huge diagonal and good spec 355g touchscreen ereader.

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Onyx N96

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$349.00

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509g
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1200 X 865 pixels
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9.7"
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Oct 2016
A good spec and giant diagonal 509g 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

Ereader Prices

Ereaders range in price from $29 to $769 and in total we found prices for 27 ereaders. A new E-reader costs on average $214 and 80% of E-readers are priced between $73 and $349. The Tolino Vision 3 HD is the cheapest ereader at only $30, and Onyx BOOX Max Carta is the most expensive at $769.

E-Reader Brands - Price Range

Onyx E-readers start at $349 and their most expensive E-book reader costs $759. The average price of Onyx E-readers is $554 which is the highest average price of all E-book reader brands.

The average price of Onyx BOOX ereaders is $492 which is the second highest average price of all ereader brands. Onyx BOOX ereaders start at $225 and their most expensive ereader costs $769.

Amazon ereaders range in price from $62 to $227, and the third highest average E-reader price out of all brands is Amazon ereaders with an average price of $142.

E-Reader Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 1,033 expert reviews and 1,918 user reviews for E-book readers written online and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of E-reader.

Biggest Ereader Retailers

The biggest ereader retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 27 current ereader offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Amazon US with 17 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 Ereaders Released?

July to September is the most common period for new E-book readers to be released in. Four new E-book readers were released in July 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new ereader releases. September was the biggest month in 2016 for new E-readers, with 13 new E-readers released that month. The biggest month in 2015 for new E-reader releases was June, with six new E-book readers released that month.

How Fast Do Ereader Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, E-book readers drop in price by 21%. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $44 on a typical $214 new E-book reader by waiting 6 months before buying.

Weights

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

Comparing all ereaders, the weights range from 131g to 550g. The weights of the majority of E-readers range from 180g to 220g. The E-reader with the heaviest weight is the Onyx Onyx Boox Max 2, which is a 550g ereader and is available at $759.00. The ereader with the lightest weight is the Amazon Kindle Oasis - 9th Gen, which is a 131g ereader and currently retails for $227.00.

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 73 new E-readers currently listed on Kagoo are E-book readers with a touchscreen. 84% of E-readers are E-book readers 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.

Amongst new E-readers, the most popular display resolution is 800 x 600 pixels. We found 19 E-readers that are ereaders that have a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels. The second most popular display resolution amongst new E-book readers is 1024 x 758 pixels. We found 16 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.

The diagonals of ereaders range from 5" to 13.3". The diagonals of the majority of E-book readers range from 6" to 6.5". The Onyx Onyx Boox Max 2, which can be purchased for $759.00, has the biggest diagonal and is a 13.3" E-book reader. The Pocketbook Touch HD Ruby Red, which can be purchased for $194.97, has the smallest diagonal and is a 6" ereader.

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-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. 25 of their ereader 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-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. 92.6% of their E-reader prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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