More e-readers were published this year than any other year in history. Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble all released new hardware that was by far the most popular. Tolino, Onyx Boox, Boyue, Pocketbook and many others have released a host of new e-readers. With so many devices out there, which one are you best placed to spend your money on?
1) Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition – The Signature Edition is based on the 11th generation Kindle Paperwhite. It breaks new ground when it comes to a modern e-reader. It checks all the correct boxes for a premium device. It has a large 6.8-inch screen, 32GB of storage, USB-C, and the same white and yellow LED lights that the Kindle Oasis uses. You can adjust the lighting with a slider, but it can be automatically adjusted to your surroundings with the ambient light sensor. This is the first Kindle to feature QI wireless charging, and Amazon is selling a new docking station for it.
There are some great advantages to using a Kindle for your primary e-reader. They have the largest collection of Audible audiobooks and e-books. Amazon has deals with all big and small publishers, you can find all perianal bestsellers. The company also operates a variety of imprints in which they sign authors and publish e-books. Millions of titles are submitted direct from independent authors through Kindle Direct Publishing. There are a number of subscription options such as Kindle Unlimited with a million books and comics. Amazon Kids + has thousands of kid-friendly content from publishers like Disney, which is really ideal. Amazon has the largest ecosystem in the world, and the Kindle Signature Edition is well worth the cost.
2) Kobo sage – The Kobo Sage is a new premium e-reader with a large 8-inch screen. It’s a dedicated e-book reader with a new audiobook function, the Kobo Store has a new audiobook section that customers can buy and listen to right on the device. It does this through Bluetooth technology, so it’s easy to use wireless headphones or an external speaker. The Sage is also compatible with the Kobo Stylus, so you can take notes in e-books, manga, and PDF files. There’s also a dedicated note-taking app for freehand drawing or solving complex math equations. The Sage has manual paging buttons, which is really nice for those who like a tectonic feel. I like this model better than the Libra 2 because it has a better processor and better hardware. Anyway, you can do more with the Sage than with the Libra 2.
The Kobo bookstore ranks second after Amazon, but I think Kobo handles searching for ebooks better. The problem with Amazon sometimes is that they have so much content that it’s difficult to discover new and exciting writers, while Kobo values ââits editorial team to make sure you always find something new and exciting. Since they have fewer books than Amazon, they can focus on quality.
3) Onyx Boox Leaf – The Onyx Boox Leaf is a dedicated e-book reader without a note function. It is designed solely for reading digital content such as comics, books, and manga. More text can be displayed on the large 7-inch screen at any time. It runs on Android 10 and has access to the Google Play Store, making it easy to download all of your favorite reading apps like Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Scribd or Libby. There are speakers on the Leaf so you can listen to audiobooks, music or podcasts.
Onyx has its own store, but it’s filled with royalty-free titles. I think in order to get any value you need to download your favorite apps to buy digital content. Onyx and Boyue are basically the only brands that have Play out of the box.
4) Color paperback ink pad – The Inkpad Color it uses the E INK Kaleido Color e-paper technology of the second generation. Basically, it can still only display 4,096 colors and 100 PPI, which is the same as the previous generation. So what has changed? E INK has developed a new color filter array that dramatically improves color accuracy and gamut. The front-lit display has been improved to better assist white LED lights that sit next to the bezel and project the light upward to evenly illuminate the screen rather than shining into your eyes. There is a 300 PPI screen and the device can display 4,096 different colors. The hardware is decent, but not great. It has an SD card to further improve the 16GB of storage.
Pocketbook has a small bookstore, but they are mostly royalty-free titles. You should sideload or buy your content from other online stores that sell it in EPUB and then use Adobe Digital Editions. Pocketbook has always welcomed both newbies and advanced users.
5) Barnes and Noble Nook Light Bulb 4 – Barnes and Noble surprised the e-paper industry with the release of their Nook Glowlight 4 in early December. This new e-reader has a number of key selling points. It has a high resolution display and uses a quad core processor which should keep things fast. It also features redesigned manual paging buttons that curve backwards. They’re located on both the right and left sides, so they’ll show up for both right-handed and left-handed people.
Barnes and Noble is the largest bookstore chain in the United States and the only market they focus on. You can buy the Nook in stores and online, if you have any questions or your device is not working as intended, just visit the store and clear things up. This is one of the best things about the Nook brand. Your online bookstore is really solid and places more emphasis on quality than quantity, although you can find the same bestsellers from major publishers that Amazon and Kobo all have. The Nook cannot play audiobooks.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audio books and e-readers for twelve years. His articles have been received by major and local news sources and websites such as CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post, and the New York Times. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.