The first wave of e-readers are on the market for the first half of 2019 and many people are wondering what ereader is the best. There are plenty of brands on the market and it could get confusing to selecting the right model. This list should provide some clarity of the best E Ink readers to buy this year.
Kobo has always innovated their product designs over the years and it has won them a ravenous following of serious readers. They have experimented with big and bright home buttons and different colors. They constantly change the grip on the back of the e-reader for each generation and really pioneered the concept of Comfortlight, which basically added a new color temperature system. They were the first company to make waterproof e-readers popular and their devices ranged in size from the five inch Kobo Mini to the eight inch Kobo Aura One and Forma.
The Kobo Forma is the boldest design decision yet. It features the same asymmetrical industrial design as the Kindle Oasis, but Kobo takes it to an entirely new level with their hardware and software experience. It less of a liberal copy and more of an improvement on an existing concept. It has Overdrive and Pocket integration, is waterproof and features a giant 7.8 inch screen to read ebooks.
Kobo Clara HDis the perfect reading companion for any booklover. It always provides the best light to read by with ComfortLight PRO, and a natural, print-like reading experience on its superior 6” HD screen. Easily customizable features help customers new to eReading to read the way they prefer. With 8 GB of on-board memory and the ability to carry up to 6,000 eBooks, Kobo Clara HD always has room for your next escape.
The 4th generation Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is a reason to upgrade from older models. This device brings a number of notable features to the table, such as high resolution display that is completely flush with the bezel and it is waterproof. It has Bluetooth functionality, so you can purchase Audible audiobooks and listen to them on your wireless headphones.
The all-new Kindle Oasis features our best ever 7”, 300 ppi Paperwhite display using the latest e-ink technology and a sleek ergonomic design with page turn buttons, perfect for one handed reading. Introducing an adjustable warm light for a richer reading experience in any light.
This InkPad 3 features a 7.8 inch E Ink Carta display with a resolution of 1872×1404 and 300 PPI. It has a front-lit display with 10 white LED lights and 9 orange. I was surprised on how good this new Pocketbook ereader performs in low light conditions or complete darkness. I think this is primarily attributed to Pocketbook using new white LED’s than previous models, such as the Pocketbook Touch HD 2.
One of the big advantages of the smartlight/warm light display i s that you can mute the bright white screen into various degrees of orange. Pocketbook really hit a homerun with being able to really configure this experience, resulting in a ton of different options to warm up the screen. This is the first e-reader to really get this right.
Featuring state-of-the-art technologies, the PocketBook Touch HD 3 is designed to give passionate readers a water-resistant, high-tech reader with SMARTlight, Bluetooth connectivity, rich audio capabilities, and more.
The Onyx Boox Poke Pro is the latest and greatest release in their Boox line of devices. They are going back to the raw roots of an e-Reader featuring a 6″ screen instead of the larger 10.3″ they have been boasting lately. With Android 6.0, this device is definitely a must-buy!
The Boyue Likebook Mimas is a tour de force. It has a 10.3 inch screen with an octa-core processor and an SD card capable of 128GB of extra storage. Draw on the WACOM screen with the accompanied stylus or just kick back and read an ebook.
The Nook Glowlight Plus has a 7.8 inch screen and 8GB of memory and packs a larger battery than previous models. It has a front-lit display screen and color temperature system. You will be able to use this in at the beach or in the bathtub, since it is waterproof. This e-reader was designed with a soft-touch finish that is easy to hold for long periods of time and page-turning buttons on both sides of the device for right or left-handed use.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.