There have been a ton of e-readers coming out in Europe and Russia in the first half of 2014. Some others are right around the corner to see a global release before summer. Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Sony normally come out with new devices in September. Many families are going on vacation soon or rewarding someone with a graduation gift. Today, we are going to look at the best new e-readers of 2014.
Pocketbook Aqua – This latest generation e-reader from Pocketbook is the only one in the world with IP57 certification, which means that the device is protected against dust and for 30 minutes underwater. The overall resolution is poorer than the higher end devices on the market, but this is a good vacation one.
Tolino Vision – One of the best devices released this year. It is geared towards Europeans, with eight different languages loaded on it. It is relevant mostly in Germany with a dedicated eBook store. It has e Ink Carta screen technology, which gives you a bright and vibrant screen like the latest generation Kindle Paperwhite. It has a touchscreen to easily interact with flipping pages and accessing your books. You can read in the dark with the built in front-lite technology. The shine is about as premium as you can get in an modern e-reader.
Onyx Boox i63ml Newton – This is the first commercially released e-reader that has an open version of Android, not locked into any specific ecosystem. Users will be able to utilize Google Play to install any reading app they want, or even speciality PDF or comic reading apps. It has e Ink Carta technology, the only other one on the market besides the Tolino Vision and Kindle Paperwhite 2. It has great resolution and physical page turn keys, incase you don’t want to rely on the touchscreen to swipe forward or backwards.
Cybook Ocean – The Kobo Aura HD broke the mold with a 6.7 inch ereader and it quickly accounted for 25% of all device sales. The Cybook Ocean is going the route of an 8 inch e Ink display screen with 1024×768 resolution. The bigger screen is the same resolution as most other six inch editions on the market, so don’t expect amazing screen clarity. Still, this device is going to be perfect for PDF documents, newspapers, magazines and comics.
Onyx Zeus – This is the only new 9.7 inch e-Reader to hit the market in 2014. It has the standard e Ink Pearl display screen and a very non-conventional resolution of 1200 x 825. This model is much akin to the Onyx Newton, but has Android 4.0.4, which will run all of your modern e-reading, magazine, newspaper, comic apps and things like Scribd or Entitle apps. It is fairly expensive at $400 and doesn’t have a wide availability yet.
Sony Digital Paper – The best pure PDF e-Reader I have ever reviewed. This delectable delight has a pen you interact with the screen with, to make notes, highlights and annotations. It has a 13.3 inch screen and uses the new super lightweight Mobius e Ink screen technology. Forget about reading your standard eBooks on this, as it only reads PDF files and has no store to buy content. Still, this is the best e-reader in the world and it reflects this in the cost. You can buy one on Amazon right now for $1100 US, but normally has 0 ability because its normally sold via Sony Business Unit in Japan and a law firm in the US.
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 CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.