Best eReader 2022

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Physical books are beautiful, but they have many limitations that an eReader can easily overcome. Aside from the limited battery life, a digital eReader means you never have to wait for something to read. Here are the best e-readers to buy in 2022, so Kindles and the best alternatives.

The selection of eReaders is getting slimmer, only Amazon and Kobo have released a number of new models in recent years. That doesn’t mean eBooks are going away, it’s just that more and more people are using their smartphone or tablet to read books and companies like Nook are no longer around to compete in the UK.

Best E-Reader 2022

Kindle Paperwhite (2021) – Best overall

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2021)

  • advantages
    • Larger display with color warmth
    • Longer battery life
    • USB-C
  • disadvantage

The latest Kindle Paper for 2021 is here to take the top spot again thanks to a series of upgrades.

A larger screen that now has adjustable color warmth previously only available on the Kindle Oasis is the main one here, but Amazon has also made other improvements such as B. the battery life, and finally switched to USB-C.

This comes at a slightly higher price point than the last generation, but it’s justified and the Paperwhite won’t disappoint if you’ve got enough budget to afford one.

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (2021) – Best Premium Features

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition

  • advantages
    • Great ad
    • Stellar battery life
    • Solid performance
    • USB-C and wireless charging
  • disadvantage
    • Invalid auto brightness
    • Some software inconsistencies
    • Expensive
    • No 4G model

New to the Paperwhite range is this Signature Edition, striking a balance between the regular model and the premium Oasis.

While many specs are the same as the cheaper Paperwhite, this model comes with extras like auto-adjusting light sensors and wireless charging. With the same 6.8-inch screen, it’s debatable whether these are worth the extra money.

Still, it’s a solid eReader, especially when the Oasis is overpriced with its metal design, extra LEDs, and page-turn buttons.

Kindle (2019) – Best budget model

Amazon Kindle (2019)

  • advantages
  • disadvantage
    • No impregnation
    • No mobile data

It’s hard to say whether the Paperwhite or the regular Kindle is the better e-reader because both are excellent.

The Kindle 2019 offers better value for money and has everything most people will be looking for. However, the Kindle Paperwhite has a more premium design and additional features like more storage, mobile data, and water resistance.

You pay extra for this, of course, so it really depends on how much you have to spend and whether those extra things are important to you.

To us, they’re both the best eReaders you can get, just for different reasons.

Kobo Libra H20 – Best Durability

Kobo Libra H20

  • advantages
    • Waterproof
    • Nice design
    • Big display
  • disadvantage

The Libra H20 is our pick from Kobo’s stable of e-readers. It offers much the same attractive design as the Forma, with a lightweight body, chunky grip, textured back, and IPX8 water resistance, as well as a 300ppi screen and 8GB of storage.

However, if you make slight compromises on the size of this screen (at 7 inches), you can get the device at a far more manageable price.

Kobo’s eBook store remains unhelpful in terms of genre curation and user recommendations, but the Libra supports ePub (so you can download free eBooks from Project Gutenberg) and OverDrive (so you can get eBooks from your local library). This is a great selection of eReaders.

Kindle Paperwhite Kids (2021) – Best for kids

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Kids

  • advantages
    • Includes case and Kids+ subscription
    • Waterproof
    • Can be shared with an adult
  • disadvantage
    • Fire tablets can be cheaper
    • The Kids+ subscription lasts only one year

Amazon has added a kids version to the Paperwhite range, and for not much more than the regular kids edition you get a much better eReader.

It has a larger 6.8-inch screen with a 300ppi resolution, as well as the modern flush design and an adjustable warm light from 17 LEDs compared to the regular Kids model which only has four.

There’s also waterproofing that could prove very useful, and the price includes a crate and a year of Kids+ subscription. Performance has also been greatly improved and you can easily share the Kindle with your child, making it a great value purchase.

Kobo Forma – Best Big Screen

Kobo shape

  • advantages
    • Huge screen
    • Waterproof
    • Supports ePub
  • disadvantage

Strong but understated design with a chunky grip, yet a slim, lightweight (and water-resistant) body: the Kobo Forma eReader is comfortable to hold and use, and well justifies its high price tag.

The main draw of the Forma is the huge 8-inch screen, making it perfect for those wanting more real estate than usual.

Just keep in mind that the Kobo store is less well-curated than the Kindle store – thankfully, it’s easy to sideload books, and (unlike Kindles) the Forma natively supports ePub files.

Kindle Oasis (2019) – Best Backlight

Amazon Kindle Oasis (2019)

  • advantages
    • warm light
    • High quality metal design
    • Up to 32GB
  • disadvantage

As you’d expect, the Oasis is the best Kindle you can buy in terms of the specs and features it offers. We can’t complain that the price stays the same and the eReader now has an adjustable warm light.

However, we’d like to see some more advancements like USB-C and even a headphone jack. It’s also a shame that Amazon ditched the previous Oasis’ magnetic case in favor of a fully wraparound design.

This one might have the most to offer, but the other Kindles in the range offer far better value for money, with the Paperwhite remaining the best all-rounder.

Kobo Nia – Cheapest Kobo

Kobo Nia

  • advantages
    • portable
    • Affordable
    • Supports ePub
  • disadvantage
    • basic screen
    • No impregnation
    • Kobo store

This is a solid eReader at an attractive price, but you make quite a few compromises. The 6-inch screen is only 212ppi (all other Kobos and all but the basic Kindle offer 300ppi) and you can’t adjust the color temperature; there are no dedicated page-turn buttons; and it’s not officially waterproof.

If you can afford it, and especially if you want to read near water regularly, Kobo Libra H20 or Amazon Paperwhite are better choices.

However, we understand that many potential buyers are looking for the lowest price, and in this market it’s a worthy challenger to the basic Kindle – which still has less screen sharpness (at just 167ppi) and half the storage, but gives you access to it returns the Kindle store.

Kindle Kids Edition – Cheapest deal for kids

Amazon Kindle Kids Edition

  • advantages
    • 8GB memory
    • 1 year subscriptions
    • Accidental Damage Guarantee
  • disadvantage

A different kind of tablet for kids, the Kindle eliminates the distraction of apps, games and other things and ensures they can focus on reading.

You get a 12-month subscription to Fire for Kids Unlimited / FreeTime Unlimited which includes 1000+ books for kids of different ages. There’s also 8GB of storage, which is double the cheapest Kindle.

The selection isn’t the best it could be, but overall this is a decent package for the money. If you’re not too bothered about these extras, you can save money by just buying the regular Kindle.

Kobo Clara HD – Kobo’s best value for money

Kobo Clara HD

  • advantages
    • Crisp screen
    • headlight
    • 8GB memory
  • disadvantage
    • No impregnation
    • Kobo store

Canadian e-reader company Kobo offers a minimalist alternative to Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite.

For the price, you get a 6-inch touchscreen e-reader with a 300ppi resolution and Wi-Fi connectivity—all wrapped up in a slim, sleek body.

It’s a simple and hassle-free option for on the go.

How to choose an eReader

There are many reasons why investing in a dedicated eReader is a good idea. They’re a lot cheaper than, say, an iPad, and simply a better tool for the job at hand. They can also be lighter than a book and still store thousands of books, so you can read your way through a fortnight’s vacation just by taking your eReader with you.

Most eReaders have a 6-inch screen, although some are slightly larger — the Kobo Forma has an 8-inch whopper, and Amazon’s 2021 Kindle range is 6.8-inches. It looks like paper and is easier on the eyes than the color LCD screen of a phone or tablet, and it won’t keep you from falling asleep like the blue light from an LCD screen can. Therefore, eReaders are better for night time reading.

These types of screens are characterized by bright sunlight, which can cause reflections on the glossy screens of other mobile devices. They are also an ideal size and weight to comfortably weigh them over long periods of time. Most modern e-readers have a touchscreen and weigh around 200g or less, making them easy to slip into your pocket or an oversized bag for reading on the go.

Battery life is also much better on dedicated eReaders than phones and tablets, measured here in page flips rather than hours. So while your tablet could fail halfway home and create a real cliffhanger at the most inopportune part of your novel, an eReader could go for weeks or even months without a charge.

Keep in mind, however, that eReaders with built-in backlights (technically they’re front lights, but we’ll use the conventional term since everyone knows what it means) will last a lot less time between charges if you’re using the light all the time.

Content is an important consideration as your device may be limited to the manufacturer’s own bookstore. For example, Kindle e-readers are limited to Amazon’s admittedly well-stocked online bookstore, while Kobo e-readers let you browse other stores.

Read our comparison of the Kindle Store and the Kobo Store compare to learn more.

A memory card can increase the storage capacity for e-books and, if supported, for music, videos and other media. Be sure to check what file formats a device supports — not just media, but also whether it can handle ePub, PDF, TXT, RTF, and other document file types. Kindles don’t support ePub, but here’s how to transfer ePub eBooks to a Kindle.

Also think about connectivity. While your device probably has more than enough books to keep you busy until you’re next in range of a Wi-Fi hotspot, a cellular connection lets you download content on the go. It also increases the price of the device.

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