The Very Best e-Book Reader for Your Needs

How can you select the right e-book reader, when there are so many options? This handy guide will take you through some of the top e-book reader options on the market today. Today’s e-book readers include dedicated devices that use technologies such as eInk, tablets, and more. Read on to find out which e-book reader is right for you.

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Amazon Kindle Family

Although not the first to create a dedicated e-book reader, Amazon was the company to make e-book readers a household item. Amazon’s e-book reading devices are called Kindles. At the moment, there are several Kindles available, which range from low-cost dedicated e-reader options to tablets.

Kindle E-readers
Amazon sells its low-level model for just $69. However, this does included sponsored advertisements that are displayed when the device is off. This model can download books via a Wi-Fi connection and has 2GB of storage. It has a 5-way controller button that allows users to look up words and highlight passages.
The Kindle Paperwhite is the newer kindle model, available in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi plus 3G versions. The 3G Paperwhite can download books from anywhere, no Wi-Fi connection needed. The Kindle Paperwhite features a brilliant touch screen that uses both eInk technology and a built in light to enhance the reading experience.

The Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD (in 7” and 8.9” varieties) are Amazon’s solution to tablets. These can be used as eReaders with the Kindle reader app, or they can be used to watch videos, browse the web, and more. The screen is not as easy to read on for long periods of time as that of the other Kindles, but it is a great option for people who want to do some reading between other tablet activities. 

Nook Family
Like Amazon, Barnes and Noble offers the Nook in regular e-reader models as well as tablet models. 

Nook Simple Touch
The Nook Simple Touch is a 6” e-reader with a no-glare touch screen display. The entry-level model runs for $79 and does not have ads. Users can download books via Wi-Fi and concerned parents can make use of its parental controls options. The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is just like the Nook Simple Touch, except that it has a light that illuminates the screen for bedtime or low-light reading.

Nook HD
The Nook HD tablet comes in 7” and 9” varieties and both feature apps from the Google Play store. This fully laminated HD display lets users read books, magazines, and newspapers, as well as watch movies and TV, use apps, or browse the web. The Nook HD is Wi-Fi ready.

iPad Mini
Yes, there is a larger iPad on the market, but the iPad mini is just the right size for reading. This versatile tablet device lets users browse the web, get apps from the iTunes App Store and read via the iBooks app. However, users could also download the Amazon Kindle app to read on their iPads. Since the iPad is not necessarily tied to a particular e-book platform, users can read books from a variety of sources. The only downside to the iPad Mini is that the screen is not ideal for reading in bright light.

When deciding to get an e-reading device, make sure you know whether you want a tablet or a dedicated e-reader. While tablets are cool and allow for a greater variety of tasks, they can be hard to look at for long periods of time. More frequent readers may be better off with a dedicated e-reader. This guide should help you to choose the best e-reading device for your needs!

John Gower is a writer for NerdWallet, a personal finance website dedicated to helping readers save money with financial tips on everything from e-book readers to low interest credit card rates.

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