The five best e-readers of every type!
Let’s face it, paperbacks have had their day: e-readers are taking over, but it’s not just e-books that they excel at. There are different e-readers for different needs, and with plenty of the devices packing in web browsers and other assorted goodies, who needs a regular book you read from start to finish? Whether you’re into comics, need a light for some bedtime reading or a large screen for digital textbooks, we’ve got you covered: read on for the five best e-readers to suit every type.
Amazon’s range of Kindle e-readers are seen as the de-facto devices in the business, and for good reason – slick hardware combined with easy access to the Amazon library make for enticing gadgets at hard to beat prices. For the times when you want some reading done in the dark, the Kindle Paperwhite is king, and there are not many other backlit e-readers out there that match Amazon’s offering in terms of price and specs. It packs in a sharp eInk screen which is made even better thanks to its clean backlight that’s easy on the eyes and quick to adjust too.
Not taking a bag and need to get your reading on? Stick Energy Sistem’s E4 Mini in your pocket and you’ll be reading anywhere you want. It packs in a 4.3-inch screen, and it even has some music playing abilities to keep it in fighting form against some of the bigger e-readers on the market.
If comic books are more up your street than a book from the New York Times bestseller list, then look no further than the Kobo Aura HD. Right now, there’s zero competition for its super crisp 6.8-inch, 1440×1080, 265dpi resolution eInk screen that renders pages in full detail, making it a dream reader for comic books. Sure, you might not get colour pages through it, but when you’ve got a battery life rated up to a month of juice, Kobo’s Aura HD will give you all the time in the world to whip through your cosmic, super-powered comic book collection.
Amazon’s previously discontinued e-reader, the giant 9.7” Kindle DX, has made a reappearance on the American Amazon site, which hopefully points to a UK re-release as well. The massive device lends itself perfectly to textbooks, as it’s armed with a physical keyboard and free 3G letting you get some research done no matter where you are. If you need an eInk device to hold all your textbooks and to get your research done, then the DX is the perfect e-reader to fit the bill.
While Amazon has taken its audio capabilities out of its recent eInk Kindle devices, last generation’s Kindle Touch is still the best option for audiobook fans. It also has text-to-speech support meaning you can simply listen to your e-books that you’ve downloaded, letting the Kindle read it out loud to you, and there’s also an MP3 player built in – perfect for podcasts or for listening to music while you read.