Best E-Book Reader Products: What You Should Know
E-book products make finding and reading novels easy. It’s that simple. They’re small and portable, so you can carry one in your bag with you wherever you go. Some of the best e-book reader products have the memory capacity to hold roughly 1,000 books, too, making them particularly useful for readers who travel a lot and don’t fancy lugging a suitcase-load of books around with them.
With newer models, you can look up new words and even search the web! Despite their techy features, e-books are fundamentally designed to mimic traditional books and therefore don’t include a backlight on the screen. This means you can read before bedtime without risking a disrupted sleep, but you’ll need an external light (like a bedside light or reading torch) otherwise you’ll risk straining your eyes. If you’re looking into getting an e-book reader, here are a few things to bear in mind.
What Brands are Leading the Market?
Amazon’s Kindle product has historically dominated the e-book reader market. Other brands, like the Canadian company Kobo, have recently grown increasingly popular and are continuing to push boundaries tech-wise. Kobo has gained a competitive edge by creating lightweight e-book readers that are compatible with e-book formats, which means that you can borrow titles from a library, making it a major competitor to Amazon’s Kindle.
The Independent has praised the Amazon Kindle Oasis as the best e-book reader ever made by Amazon. It has a slimmer bezel than other models but still retains a 6-inch display screen. Overall, this makes the model appear and feel smaller without losing any picture size.
The products battery life has also been improved, so now readers can now read for roughly 1 hour per day for up to 8 weeks without needing to charge it. Similar to other Kindle models, users can use either Wi-Fi or 3G to browse the internet on the Oasis.
When Kobo launched the Aura One, they said they had set out to deliver “the absolute best reading experience, period”. Bold claims aside, the Aura One looks set to be the company’s best product so far. It was designed with the help of loyal customers and includes a 7.8-inch screen almost 2 inches larger than standard Amazon Kindle screen size.
Unlike most Kindle products, the Aura One has exceptional waterproof capabilities, with the ability to be submerged in two meters of water for up to an hour. You'll have no issues reading the latest bestseller while soaking in the tub, but don’t go throwing your prized Aura One off a pier anytime soon! Readers can also borrow and download books onto the Aura One from public libraries, giving Kobo owners access to a wide range of books on a multitude of topics.
Like the Voyage, Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite offers a sharp 300ppi display, along with a 6-week battery life. This is a slight readjustment from the 8-week battery life the tech giant claimed that the Paperwhite’s previous iteration had, but is still not to be sniffed at.
The Paperwhite also has an internal backlight, allowing you to read in the dark without damaging your eyesight. Unfortunately, though, the product doesn’t offer any audio support, whereas previous Kindles have had to have audio jacks along with narration features to help turn books into audio versions.
The Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight 3 is similar in size and weight to the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, yet still manages to maintain a few lovable nuances all of its own. It comes with built-in page-turn buttons, allowing you to easily flip through books with one hand. Similar to Apple’s iPhone products, the Nook GlowLight3 also comes with a physical built-in home button, so you can get back to the home screen with minimal fuss.
While the device supports PDF reading, users have reported that PDF files and interactions can become so slow and unresponsive that the overall product experience is often hindered slightly.
With a gigantic 7.8-inch screen, Tolino’s epos e-reader product is perfect for anyone wanting something a little bigger than your average e-book product. This is the first in the epos range to feature the larger screen, whereas other products haven’t featured sizes bigger than 6 inches. If you’re partial to a bit of bath-time reading, the new epos is also the first in its range to be waterproof, similar to Tolino’s other vision products.
Otherwise, the epos comes with a front-lit display which illuminates the screen, allowing you to read e-books at night without straining your eyes. Unlike other Tolino e-readers, like the vision 4 HD, the epos doesn’t come with a tap-to-flip feature, so turning the page isn’t as easy it could be, unfortunately.