Best e-readers

Check out the best e-readers on the market, as rated by our expert reviewers. best ereaders iconWhile we’ll always have a soft spot for the feeling of worn pages between our fingers, physical books are just no match for e-readers in terms of convenience. Back when Amazon released the original Kindle in 2007, readers across the globe quickly embraced the technology, so much so that only five years down the road e-readers are now fairly ubiquitous. Because of this meteoric rise in popularity, other companies followed suit with their own e-readers. Today, consumers have more choices than ever when it comes to choosing a reading device. Whether you’re a full-on bookworm or you prefer to read magazines and the day’s news, here you’ll find the best e-readers available. Our best e-readers list is continually updated as we review new products that enter the market.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2013)

The new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite improves upon last year's model but doesn't break what worked. Sporting a high-quality display, even light, comfortable design, and speedy performance, it's a good value at $120.

  • Features Touchscreen
  • Notable apps Web browser, Dictionary
  • File support PDF, .DOC
  • Operating system Other
  • Text-to-speech None
  • Pros: Comfortable design , Excellent display and reading light , Great software offerings and book extras…
  • Cons: Base price includes advertising , No microSD card slot , DRM and file format restrictions lock you…
Our Score 9
User Score 0

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

  • Features 3G, Touchscreen
  • Release Date 9/14/2012
  • Release Price - Wi-Fi Model $119
  • Release Price - 3G Model $179
  • Height N/A
  • Pros: Bright, high contrast screen , Front light , Battery life (2-8 weeks) , Improved touch interface…
  • Cons: DRM book selection , Non-compatible with other e-book stores , No expanded storage or microSD
Our Score 9
User Score 0

Kindle Voyage

This is, without question, the best Kindle ebook reader yet. Between the improved specs and Amazon’s reading ecosystem, it’s the best E Ink reader you can buy.

  • Release date 10/21/2014
  • Release price $199.99
  • Thickness 0.3 in
  • Height 6.4 in
  • Width 4.5 in
  • Pros: Great Screen , Slim Profile , Excellent overall reading ecosystem
  • Cons: Expensive , No expandable storage , More locked down ecosystem than competing readers
Our Score 9
User Score 4

Need help deciding which e-reader is right for you? Check out our e-reader reviews and our comprehensive e-reader buying guide.

Kobo Aura H20

The Kobo Aura H2O offers one of the most authentic reading experiences of any ebook reader and it even has a cool design. The reader’s special features are what set it apart from Amazon’s offerings.

  • Release date 9/29/2014
  • Release price $179
  • Thickness 0.38 in
  • Height 7 in
  • Width 5 in
  • Pros: Waterproof , Bright screen , Comfortable to hold
  • Cons: Less browser-friendly store , Wide bezels
Our Score 8.5
User Score 10

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight

The Kindle may beat Nook slightly in a few areas, but when it comes down to it, nobody getting a Nook is going to walk away disappointed because it's not a Kindle. And in many ways, the Nook is superior to Amazon's market leader.

  • Display Type E Ink
  • Screen Size 6"
  • Internal Storage 2 GB
  • Memory Card support microSD (microSDHC)
  • Pros: Readable in the dark (with GlowLight) , One-month battery life , Responsive infrared touchscreen…
  • Cons: GlowLight adds $40 to price , No speakers , Navigation buttons a bit confusing , No DOC or TXT file…
Our Score 8.5
User Score 7

Amazon Kindle 2

In the end, we heartily recommend the Amazon Kindle 2 over any other e-reader.

  • Screen Size 6"
  • Display Type E Ink
  • Features 3G
  • Pros: Easy access to new content; converts many different document types; free 3G access; wide selection…
  • Cons: Hard to use at times; not as stylish as the Sony reader; limited support for free books
Our Score 8.5
User Score 0

Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon has upped its game with the Kindle Fire. The device is the most focused tablet on the market.

  • Screen Size 7"
  • Operating System Android OS
  • Carrier Wi-Fi Only
  • Size (in inches) 7.5" x 4.7" x 0.45" (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm).
  • Weight 14.6 ounces (413 grams)
  • Pros: Easy to set up , Easy to use , Easy to explain , Simple design , Cheap price , Great content…
  • Cons: No microSD, Bluetooth, camera , Can get oddly sluggish here and there , Needs more RAM , Small…
Our Score 8.5
User Score 6

Sony PRS-700

Compared directly to its closest rival, Amazon's Kindle, the PRS-700 is more stylish and holds more books.

  • Screen Size 7"
  • Display Type E ink
  • Features Touchscreen
  • Pros: Holds 350 books; easy to use; stylish and slim
  • Cons: No wireless access; have to buy books on computer; smaller selection than Kindle
Our Score 8
User Score 3

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet

If you're looking for a tablet hand-built around reading, but want access to some extra features like email, kids books, magazines, comic books, a Web browser, apps, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, and some games, then this is for you.

  • Display Type LCD
  • Dimensions 8.1 X 5 X 0.48 in.
  • Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 B/G/N
  • Weight 14.1 ounces
  • Screen Size 7"
  • Pros: Better performance than Kindle Fire , Bright, vivid screen , Nice interface built around e-book…
  • Cons: Battery life can't match E-Ink e-readers , App selection is limited , Fewer multimedia features than…
Our Score 8
User Score 7

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2015

Amazon’s 2015 Paperwhite is second only to the Voyage, but its bright, high-res screen and rich library of ebooks will win the heart of any voracious reader.

  • Operating system Amazon
  • Pros: Bright, high-res screen looks great , Amazon offers a huge selection of ebooks , Comfortable to hold…
  • Cons: Limited to Amazon’s library , Not waterproof
Our Score 8
User Score 0