Best E-Readers 2018: The best ebook readers to buy

Whether you’re in the market for a cheap Kindle or something from Kobo, this round-up has all your ebook needs covered. 

Check out our list of the best ebook readers and you’ll get exactly what you’re looking for, whether it’s from Amazon or somewhere else.

When you’re looking for a good e-reader there are some things to look out for. If you want to spend as little as possible then that’s fine, but if you want things like 3G and a water-resistance rating then you’ll have to pay more.

Read on to see which is the perfect ebook reader for you.


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Kindle (2016)

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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.

Read the full Kindle (2016) review


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.

Read the full Kindle Paperwhite review


Key features:

  • 7-inch 300ppi display
  • Bluetooth for audiobooks
  • water-resistant
  • 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. You can also use it for beam audibooks from Audible to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. It’s also the first Kindle you can use in the bath without worrying, thanks to the IPX7 rating.

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

Read the full Kindle Oasis (2017) review

Kobo Aura H2O

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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.

Read the full Kobo Aura H2O review

Kobo Aura One

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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.

Read the full Kobo Aura One review