While it’s possible to use your phone and computer to read your eBooks, we recommend investing in a device called an e-reader. An e-reader is notably for reading books and other text in digital form. They use actual ink on the screen, just like a real book. This reduces eye strain, increases battery life, and allows you to store thousands of books on a single, portable device.
Best eBook Readers for 2019
BEST OVERALL: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018)
“Thin, fully waterproof, and bluetooth for Audible listening.”
Perhaps the most popular e-reader of all time is back and even better, with the latest generation. It boasts a six-inch glare-free screen with a total of give LED lights behind it (so you can read it anywhere!). Because of the ultra-bright glare-free screen, its perfect for sunny days at the beach or the pool. There are several configuration options. It comes with either 8GB or 32GB of storage, but even the 8GB is enough to hold hundreds of books, magazines, and audiobooks.
RUNNER-UP: Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017)
“High resolution, large 7 inch display, multi-week battery.”
The Kindle Oasis is the “Rolls Royce” of e-readers. It has an ergonomic design with dedicated buttons for page turning. Its ultra slim and portable and feels sturdy in the hands. The design is perfectly balanced specifically for one-hand reading. It can also be submersed in fresh water for up to 60 minutes. The downside, though, is the wallet-emptying price because this is the most expensive consumer e-reader on the market.
MOST FEATURES: Kobo Forma eReader (2018)
“High-definition Carta E Ink, touch screen, ComfortLight PRO, waterproof.”
As an alternative to Amazon devices, the Kobo Forma eReader is our favorite. It packs some additional features that even the Kindle e-readers do not have, such as being able to borrow books from your local library. The touchscreen is beautiful and sleek. A single charge will get you weeks of battery time (we got up to 3 with our testing.) The ComfortLight PRO feature also reduces blue-light exposure for better nighttime reading. It’s also fully waterproof with Kobo’s patented “HZ0 Water Protection.”
MOST AFFORDABLE: Amazon Kindle (2016)
“Affordable price, available in black or white, glare-free screen.”
Tried and true, this classical e-reader is simple in features but it gets the job done. It lacks an integrated light, so you’ll need a lamp if you’re reading at night. Its slim and compact. In 2016, Amazon added bluetooth. But for the function and price, this is a no-brainer if you want a minimal investment for an e-reader device.
BEST FOR KIDS: Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition (2018)
“Colorful 8 inch display, 10 hours of battery life, durable and versatile.”
There isn’t much to choose from when it comes to e-readers specifically for children. Fortunately, the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition meets that quota. With 32GB of internal storage and a 1.3GHz quad-core processor it can handle all reading tasks, including games, movies, and more. The outer shell is a fun blue or pink “kid-proof” case that can protect it from the hardest of falls and bumps. It also comes with one year free of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, which gives kids the ability to listen to audiobooks such as Beauty and the Best, Peter Pan, and more.