Comparison of e-book readers

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2019-06-23 09:11:38

e-readers also known as e-book readers or e-book devices, are designed primarily to read digital books and periodicals. There is two different kind of devices in this comparison:

ePaper devices

The electronic paper technology (e-paper), try to simulate a traditional printed paper. It offers a better readability especially in bright sunlight. This technology also extend the battery life, since the screen requires electricity, only when refreshing the page. The drawbacks of this technology is the bad refresh rates which make it not appropriate to play videos, and the colors are limited to few levels of gray. However due to the reading comfort the technology provide, choose this kind of device, if you plan to use it intensively for digital books.

Other devices

In this comparison there is devices which don't use ePaper technology, but use instead traditional color screen (and are more considered as tablets): The iPad. Both of them offer applications to read electronic books, but reading on these devices might not be as enjoyable in particular in sunlight. If you are looking for a device which is not dedicated for reading but more of a versatile device for surfing the web or playing games you might consider it.

Find below a feature oriented comparison table to choose the ereader you want. And don't hesitate to modify the table, correct errors, comments or promote the ereaders you like.
Amazon Kindle OasisAmazon Kindle VoyageAmazon Kindle PaperwhiteiRiver Story HDNOOK Simple TouchApple iPad Pro 9.7inch
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Screen size6 in6 in6 in6 in6 in9.7 in
Price249.99 USD199 USD119 USD139.99 USD99 USD599 USD
ManufacturerAmazonAmazonAmazoniRiverBarnes & Noble
Operating SystemAndroid 2.1iOS9.3
Height143 mm162 mm169 mm190.4 mm165.4 mm240 mm
Width122 mm115 mm117 mm127.5 mm126.6 mm169.5 mm
Depth8.5 mm7.6 mm9.1 mm9.3 mm12 mm6.1 mm
Weight131 g180 g213 g207 g212 g437 g
Battery life8 weeks6 weeks2 week with 1/2h read by day14000 pages (6 weeks without wireless)2 months (without wireless)10 h
Battery capacity1800 mAh
Charge via USBYesYesYesYesYes microUSB
Replaceable batteryNoNoYesNo
Replacement Battery Cost29.95 USD
Wireless Access
Wireless technologyWi-Fi, 3GWi-Fi, 3GWi-FiWi-FiWi-Fi
Free wireless accessNoYes Free Wi-Fi at Barnes and Nobles and 24,000 AT&T hotspots
Internal memory storage4 GB4 GB2 GB2 GB2 GB
Memory extensionNoNoNoYes SDHCYes microSDNo
Number of books storage1100
Automatic library backupYes Re-download your books for freeYes Cloud on AmazonYes
Free ebooks3000000 Free Google eBooks
Free book samplesYesYesYesNo
Built-In DictionaryCollins DictionaryMerriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, 11th Edition
Personal document supportTXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversionTXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversionJPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TXT, PDF, MOBI with no protection, PRC birth ; HTML, DOC, DOCX.PDF,TXT,
JPG,GIF,PNG,BMP (in zip files too)
Supported eBook formatsKindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW)Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW)Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW).PDF, ePub, TXT, FB2, DJVUePub, PDF
BookstoreKindle StoreKindle StoreKindle StoreGoogle eBooksBarnes & Noble eBookstore, Google Books
Bookstore size2000000200000020000002000000 books, magazines, newspapers
E-ink electronic paperYesYesYesYesYesNo
Display type16 level grayscale16 level grayscale E Link16 level grayscale16 level grayscale E Ink® Pearl
Adjustable text sizeYesYesYesYesYes 7
Sharp display of images and photosYesYes-YesYesYes
Full image zoomYesYesYesYesYes
Built-In PDF readerYesYesYesYesYesYes
Newspaper readingYesYesYesYesYes
Bookmarks and AnnotationsYes
Touch screenYesYesYesNoYes IR Zforce
Rotating display (landscape view)NoNoNoNo
Headphone jackNoNoNoNoNo
Built-in speakerNoNoNo
Supported Audio formats
Read-To-Me (Text-to-Speech)NoNoNoNoNo
Sharing and synchronizing
Ability to read your eBooks on multiple devicesAll Kindle, PC, Mac, Ipad, Iphone, Ipod, Android, BlackBerry with the Kindle ApplicationAll Kindle, PC, Mac, Ipad, Iphone, Ipod, Android, BlackBerry with the Kindle ApplicationAll Kindle, PC, Mac, Ipad, Iphone, Ipod, Android, BlackBerry with the Kindle ApplicationiPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, PC, Mac OS, BlackBerry, AndroidiPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, PC, Mac OS, BlackBerry, Android
Synchronized last page read between devicesYesYesYesYesYes
Lend books to friendsYes 14 days on selected titlesNoYes 14 days on many titles
Other features
Listen to Music & PodcastsNoNoNoYes
Web BrowserYesNoNoYes
Quick page turn by hard keyYesYesYesYes
Replaceable colorful back coverNoNoNo
Screensaver with your photosNoYesYes
Over-the-Air software updatesYesYesYesYes
InputTouch screenTouch screenKeyboardVirtual keyboard
Included accessoriesUSB cableUSB 2.0 CableU.S. power adapter, USB 2.0 cable, rechargeable battery (installed)
Release date2016-04-272014-10-212012-10-012011-07-172011-06-102016-03-21
Last update2019-06-23 09:11:382019-02-26 08:39:472019-02-26 08:39:472016-04-14 00:50:382016-04-14 00:50:382019-04-22 18:04:29
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  • There are no Kobo readers in this comparison. Therefore it is not worth much. Also, no screen resolutions compared. Resolution is one most important factor in reading and main difference in price groups.
    Posted 2016-11-28 08:36:48 by Seppo Niiranen
  • Posted 2014-07-10 11:02:38 by Lilloote
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    Posted 2013-03-17 10:59:12 by CrazyCat
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    Posted 2012-07-09 11:28:32 by boostermik
  • Posted 2012-03-24 14:40:48 by alyuev
  • voted for iRiver Story HD (Like)
    Love it, it does everything advertised and more! +1'd!
    Posted 2012-01-12 06:02:17 by Tllc
  • Super! With rooting is a small andoid tablet
    Posted 2011-12-11 20:41:53 by mikuzz
  • Posted 2011-07-27 19:19:33 by Seralo
  • Posted 2011-07-24 20:33:18 by Alexis
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    Posted 2011-07-01 17:01:19 by Joe Harrell
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    Posted 2010-12-13 23:58:24 by Seralive
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    Posted 2010-12-10 16:31:14 by jeanmi
  • Beranger, vous pouvez les rajouter SONY PRS-350 et SONY PRS-650, c'est juste que je n'ai, pour ma part, pas eu le temps pour l'instant...
    Français Posted 2010-12-08 12:57:48 by Vanina
  • Bullshit. Où sont les lecteurs SONY PRS-350 et SONY PRS-650?
    Français Posted 2010-12-08 09:21:12 by beranger
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    Great comparison!
    Posted 2010-10-28 19:17:40 by Elodie
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    Posted 2010-05-03 02:08:28 by Seralo
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    Posted 2010-04-19 04:37:28 by Vanina

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