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Best eBook readers 2016: Top eReaders to buy

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There may not be the choice of ebook readers we've had in the past, but this is a good thing. Bad ereaders are a thing of the past, unless you go for something you've never heard of before. Don't do that, check out our list of the best ebook readers instead.

Still ebook readers have plenty of differences about them, and the best ebook readers combine great value with loads of features.

eBook Reader vs Tablet

There are important differences between ebook readers and tablets and you can easily own both. A tablet is effectively a mini computer you can carry around with you. It has a bright LED or OLED screen and powerful processors that lets you play games, answer emails, watch movies and read websites and books on the go.

eBook readers are designed or just one thing – reading books.

It might sound that tablets have ebook readers beat all the way but that's not the case at all. If you like reading and don't mind giving up paper then an ebook reader is an essential purchase. eBook readers use a screen technology called e-ink which is a lot more like paper. Reading for hours doesn't tire your eyes like reading on a tablet does and it uses very little power. That means an eBook reader can last for weeks, if not months, on a single charge.

Which eBook Reader is best for you?

There's a fair amount of feature choices to be had from eBook readers these days. We have recommended five readers from just two brands: Amazon and Kobo. Prices range from £50 for the most basic version and goes up to a whopping £270 for a top-of-the-range model.

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Key Features

- 6-inch e-paper display
- 167ppi
- 4GB internal storage



The basic Kindle starts off the range and is a great ebook reader and a great starting point for those new to the format.

The design is simple and it's easy to use and it can withstand a few knocks too, although we recommend you get a folio case to protect the screen if you like to throw things into your bag.

With 4GB of internal storage you can fit a few thousand books on it and Amazon's software is top-notch. Best of all it lasts for weeks and weeks before it needs charging.

There's only one problem and that's the Kindle Paperwhite which does everything the Kindle does but includes a sharper screen and backlight so you can read in the dark. Of course it costs more, too.

 

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Key features:

- 6-inch Paperwhite Carta e-paper display
- 300ppi display
- 2GB storage
- Integrated backlit display

If you're looking for the perfect combination of great features and value for money then the Paperwhite is the ebook reader to go for.

The screen is beautifully sharp and comes with a backlight that can be tweaked easily so you can read in comfort regardless of how bright it is outside. 

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Key features:

- 6-inch 300ppi display
- Leather case included
- Physical page-turning buttons


If you're looking for pure luxury from an ebook reader then look no further than the stunning Oasis. It has a pin-sharp, backlit, screen and looks fantastic.

As an ebook reader it's exceptionally thin and comes with physical buttons. It also comes with a pretty leather cover that doubles as an extra battery. With the case on it lasts with a whopping 9 weeks battery life.

This is the most high-end ebook reader you can get, but it costs an absolute fortune.

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Kobo Aura H2O
Key features:

- 6.8-inch E Ink Carta screen
- 4GB storage
- Water resistant


We've included the Kobo Aura H20 rather than the Kindle Voyage in this guide as it's a hefty chunk of change cheaper for similar features.

The screen is a little larger than you get on a Kindle and is plenty sharp. There's a backlight so you can read in the dark and has plenty of internal storage for books.

The headline feature for this well-made reader is that it's water-resistant so you can happily use it in the bath or in a swimming pool without having a heart attack if it slips out of your hand.

If there's one point against the Kobo it's that the software doesn't quite match that on Amazon's Kindle.
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Key features:

- 7.8-inch HD display
- 300ppi
- Water-resistant
- 1-month battery life
- 8GB internal memory

There's very little choice if you want a larger screen on your ebook reader, but the Aura One plugs the niche very nicely indeed.

It comes with 7.8-inch screen that's as sharp as any Kindle. If you're not sure how big that is think iPad mini.

While the Aura One is more expensive than the Kindle Paperwhite and a little more than the Voyage you do get a bigger screen and it's water-resistant too. Very good indeed.

Luke ORafferty

June 23, 2012, 2:10 am

The main reason I am interested in an ereader is for reviewing pdfs and annotating them but very little reference is made here (or even on the manufacturers websites) about how well they deal with pdfs and which even have annotation functionality. Do you have any advice?

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