EBook readers might get overlooked for tablets and smartphones, but for dedicated readers who don’t like dragging heavy books around, eBook readers have a much-loved place on the market. Today, electronic bookworms have a huge range of choices whether they’re looking for the most affordable, most ergonomic, most accessible, or simply the best ereader on the market.
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The price of eBook readers has dropped dramatically since they first came out. You can essentially choose an eBook reader across 3 price brackets. The lowest-cost eBook readers, like the basic Kindle and the Amazon Fire 7 tablet, cost under $100. They don’t boast many bells and whistles but they do a great job of delivering a quality reading experience.
Mid-range eBook readers include the highly popular Kindle Paperwhite, the NOOK Glowlight Plus, and the Kobo Clara HD, which all retail at between $100 and $200. At this price range you’ll find some extras, like waterproofing and backlighting.
Battery life matters in an eBook reader because no one likes to have to put down their book in the middle of the action because they ran out of power. However, it may not be a huge factor in your decision since all eBook readers use very small amounts of power.
That said, if you travel often or are the type to forget to charge your devices, some eReaders are known to last longer than others. The Kindle Oasis, for example, can last up to 8 weeks on a single charge. The Kobo Aura One can go roughly a month without seeing a power outlet, while the Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus has enough battery for around 6 weeks.
The biggest test when choosing an eBook reader is the quality of the reading experience. Although you might think that the most important issue here is screen size, it’s not necessarily the case.
Most eBook readers have screens that measure 6”. The Kobo readers are larger, measuring 7.8” for the Aura One and a massive 8” for the Forma. This means you can read larger fonts more easily, but it also makes them less comfortable to hold in one hand.
The screen resolution is more important than the screen size for readability. The best eBook readers have a DPI (dots per inch) resolution of 300DPI, including the Kindle Paperwhite, the Kobo Aura One, and the Barnes & Noble NOOK GlowLight Plus. The basic