Combines amazing 300 ppi high-resolution display, sleek design, effortless page turn feature, and adjustable built-in light to create a truly top-notch reading experience. It also holds a charge for days and stores thousands of your favorite books.
It's a costly model, but considering the quality and features you get, it's an investment that's worth the price.
It's available with either 8GB or 32GB of storage. The 300 ppi screen is gorgeous, and the battery lasts for weeks. Waterproof design means it's easy and safe to read in the bathtub or poolside. Has a built-in adjustable light for easy indoor and outdoor reading.
It's missing the automatic light-sensing found on more expensive models. By default, it comes with ads on the lock screen, and you have to pay a small fee to Amazon to remove them.
It's affordable. It can last for weeks on a single battery charge and has full access to all of Amazon's Kindle services, including thousands of e-books. The six-inch glare-free screen makes it easy to read almost anywhere. Adjustable brightness helps reduce eye strain.
The resolution is only 167 ppi compared to other models' 300 ppi. It doesn't have dedicated buttons for turning pages, and it's WiFi only, so you can't use it with a mobile data LTE plan.
The Clara offers an affordable e-reader option that's compatible with Overdrive, giving you access to plenty of titles in addition to the offerings in the Kobo store. The 8GB storage is plenty for the needs of most users.
Battery life is underwhelming, and the UI can be finicky.
Glare-free screen with weeks of battery life. Popular as a zero-distraction reading device. Includes a year of Amazon Kids+ and is backed a two-year warranty. Pairs with Bluetooth headphones and speakers to hear stories through Audible. Choose from four fun color designs.
Controls aren't as intuitive as some parents and kids would like, especially for a device geared toward kids. Not as many "free" books as expected.
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Print may be dying but reading sure isn’t, so if you’re ready to catch up to the latest innovations in digital publishing, you’re going to need an e-reader.
E-readers are small tablets designed with “e-ink” screens, a unique type of screen that displays text in grayscale. E-ink screens are easier on the eyes, which makes them perfect for reading large amounts of text. E-ink displays also use a fraction of the power that traditional tablet and smartphone screens use, so they last a lot longer (sometimes up to a month, depending on how frequently you use yours). And because e-book files are so small, it’s easy to keep hundreds of books loaded on your e-reader at all times.
Whether you’re a seasoned reader with a taste for the classics or a younger reader first discovering the magic of words on a page, you can find the perfect e-reader for yourself.
If you’re not sure where to start, ask yourself the following questions. Your answers will help point you toward the right e-reader for you.
All e-readers have the same base functionality: they display e-books on e-ink displays. Beyond that, there are some key differentiators that help the best and brightest stand out. Here are the features we love.
Basic e-readers typically cost between $75 to $125. In most tech gadget product categories, the cheapest models on the market are usually not the best. E-readers definitely buck this trend. It’s easy to find a durable e-reader with a solid feature set for less than $125. If you want an e-reader with plenty of battery life and conveniences like auto-adjusting light sensors, you don’t have to spend a lot.
Mid-range e-readers cost between $125 and $200. Models in this price range look just like their less-expensive counterparts but are often lighter and include more storage. You’ll even find waterproof models in this price range. If you read more than a few hours a week, or if you want an e-reader that’s got bells and whistles like Bluetooth functionality for listening to audiobooks, this is the price range to look at.
High-end e-readers cost between $200 and $300. E-readers in this price range go all out: they’ve got 300 PPI screens, they’re often waterproof, and they come with more storage than cheaper models. At this price, you may want to consider a tablet instead.
Q. What are the differences between tablets and e-readers?
A. The lines are definitely blurry, because you can use a traditional tablet to read e-books, and you can use some e-readers to browse the web. That said, there are three key factors that generally distinguish them from each other.
Q. If I buy an Amazon Kindle, can I get digital books from other sources, like my local library?
A. It depends on the library, but it’s definitely possible. Most modern libraries have digital lending programs where you can check out e-books at no cost. Check with your local library to understand what digital programs they offer. Some even have video streaming services like Kanopy for card-holders.
Q. I sometimes have a hard time reading small text. Can I still use an e-reader?
A. Absolutely. All e-readers have built-in controls that let you adjust the size of the text, so you never have to worry about squinting. When you first open your e-reader, spend some time picking out the perfect font size and setting it as your default, so you never have to think about it again.
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