When it comes to gifts, a good eReader is always welcomed, and the holidays are right around the corner. Maybe you just want a new eReader for yourself. Whatever the case may be, you probably have a budget and want to stick within your monetary limits.
We have put together a list of our favorite eReaders for every price range. Whether you are going nuts with the best of the best, or sticking with an affordable, yet functional eReader, we got you covered. Let’s jump into the list.
Best eReaders under $50
It is very rare to find any eReaders at under $50, especially if you want something worth your cash, but some options sprout from time to time. Here are the ones I would get if I had a pretty tight budget.
LIBRE AEBK08FB Digital Text Reader
This neat little reader is not the best around, but it is a fair deal for just under $50. It’s not you typical e-ink reader, though. It does sport an LCD screen that runs through your battery in about 8 hours. It only sports 4 GB of internal storage, but does have a microSD card slot for expansion.
The Kobo ER430 pocket reader is small with a 4.3-inch screen, but it comes with a very accessible price point. It lacks all the bells and whistles you would expect from other eReaders, though. It’s just a basic, portable device for reading on-the-go.
Best eReaders between $50-$100
Once you are ready to pay over $50 for an eReader you start seeing much more interesting products. I say the eReaders in this category offer the best bang for your buck.
This is Amazon’s lowest-cost offering, but it is a great little eReader for the casual reader. I happen to own this device and love it. There is not much to complain about with a $79 price point.
You get access to the entire Amazon portfolio and also supports multiple other formats. The build quality is great and the unit is very portable. By the way, battery life averages at about a month.
Nook Simple Touch
Originally priced at $99.99, the Nook Simple Touch is now priced very closely to Amazon’s Kindle reader. It also has a 6-inch screen, though the device is a bit wider offering a slightly different experience.
Barnes & Noble also has a wide spectrum of reading options, and the device looks and feels great. Can’t go wrong with this one if you are not a big Amazon fan.
Sony PRS-T1 6″ Digital E-Ink Pearl eReader
Sony has quit the eReader market, meaning you won’t be seeing any new devices coming and you likely won’t get any serious updates going on. With that in mind, I would like to point out Sony still has some of the best built eReaders around. If what you want is quality, Sony has it.
Best eReaders between $100-$150
Once you start going over the $100 price point is when things start getting interesting. These eReaders start gaining cool features, larger sizes and more usability.
Reading from an eReader in the dark used to be a hassle, until a new type of devices started taking over the market. The Kindle Paperwhite has integrated lighting, allowing you to read in the brightest of days or the darkest dungeon.
This does affect battery life a bit, but these devices are still estimated to last weeks on a single charge. Impressive, right?
The Nook Glowlight is the Kindle Paperwhite’s closest competitor. Like the Paperwhite, the Nook Glowlight has integrated light, allowing users to read under all circumstances. Meanwhile, it does keep the classic Nook form factors, for those who happen to prefer it.
Best eReaders between $150-$200
Now we are stepping into new territory. These are not only some of the best eReaders out there, but some of them also make for very good tablets. Need something more than your average reader? This is where you look.
The brand new Kindle Voyage is something else. It’s super thin at only 7.6 mm, has a crisper display with 300 ppi and the light is adaptive to your surroundings. It even has cool features like the ability to simply press on the bezels to flip pages. And yes, the battery does still last weeks on a single charge. It’s a full reading experience.
Kobo Aura HD
The Kobo Aura is a no-nonsense reader with solid specs, an awesome build quality and everything you need for a good reading experience. It happens to be my favorite in terms of design and build quality. It has a stunning 6.8-inch display with a 1440x1080p resolution, a 1 GHz processor, 4 GB of internal storage and microSD card support.
With all that power, the device manages to keep a 2-month battery life. It’s a beast, even if it is a bit bulkier.
Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Tablet
The Kindle Fire HDX 7″ is one of the different types of eReaders. This one doubles as a tablet, offering much more functionality and types of media. I didn’t choose many of these in the list because I have always felt they are not “real eReaders”, but this one is important enough.
The Kindle Fire HDX 7″ comes with great specs, and LCD screen for viewing images and videos, and the power of Android. It also supports the Amazon App Store, where you can find all kinds of apps.
Best eReaders over $200
You got the cash and want a reading experience that really goes above and beyond anything else? OK, let’s talk about the big dogs in the block.
Onyx BOOX M96 Universe
It’s an eReader! It’s an Android tablet! Well… in fact it’s both. But this isn’t like your Kindle Fire tablets. The Onyx BOOX M96 Universe is a 9.6-inch eReader with an e-ink display, but it happens to run full Android and can handle anything an Android tablet can.
Yes, it does have access to the Google Play Store and any other app Android can run. It’s pretty much an Android tablet with an E-ink screen. And because of this, you can take advantage of any eReading service. You can install Google Play Books, the Amazon Kindle app, Barnes & Noble… anything.
Specs include a 9.7-inch E-ink 1200×825p display, a 1 GHz Freescale i.MX 6 Cortex A9 processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, Android 4.0.4 and a 1600 mAh battery. Not the best specs around, but it’s not meant to have them. Oh, and did I mention it stays alive for weeks on a single charge? Yeah….
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet
You can also take a look at the larger version of the Kindle Fire HDX. It has a stunning 8.9-inch 2560x1600p display, which makes it an outstanding contender. Amazon has also super-powered this tablet with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM and everything you can expect from a modern tablet.