The best eBook reader for 2021
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (10th Generation)
The Kindle Paperwhite’s large screen, uniform lighting, waterproofness, and affordability, combined with Amazon’s vast collection of reading materials, make it the best device dedicated to reading.
The Kindle Paperwhite’s screen has the same 300 dots per inch pixel density as all comparable and high-end eBook readers, which means it displays crisp, easy-to-read text and clear images. Kindle Paperwhite is light and small, with a side-lit display that lets you read in dim light. Amazon also has the most impressive catalog in terms of scope and price, as well as partnerships that, for example, make it easy for you to browse free books in many public libraries. This new model is waterproof and includes Bluetooth so you can stream audiobooks, two cool extras.
Kobo Clara HD
If you don’t want an e-reader from Amazon, this is the next best choice. It’s not waterproof, there’s no Bluetooth, and the device isn’t tied to the Amazon ecosystem, but the hardware is otherwise nearly identical and the selection of books is similar.
* At the time of publication, the price was $ 130.
Amazon makes the best e-readers, but if you don’t like Kindle devices or Amazon as a business, the Kobo Clara HD is the best alternative. It is equipped with a similar 300 dpi display, it has adaptive backlighting, and the hardware looks and feels as good as a Kindle, with a similar plastic body that is light in weight but not cheap. The big difference is that the Kobo doesn’t have Amazon’s tightly integrated ecosystem, so you can’t (for example) switch between reading and listening to your books.
Kobo Balance H2O
The Libra H2O matches almost all of the features of the Kindle Oasis for less money, minus the Amazon ecosystem. It is waterproof, has physical controls and a 7-inch display, as well as a screen light color temperature adjustment for nighttime reading.
If you’re looking for a bigger screen and a physical page-turn experience, the Kobo Libra H2O is the best option for a high-end e-reader. It matches the features of more expensive Amazon options at a fraction of the price, with a comfortable design and durable construction.