The Best Ereaders for 2024 (2024)

Whether you're considering joining the digital book revolution or simply want a new ebook reader, these are our top lab-tested picks for every type of bookworm.

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UpdatedJune 3, 2024

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2021)

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Onyx Boox Note Air 3 C

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Amazon Kindle (2022 Release)

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Amazon Kindle Scribe

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Kobo Clara 2E

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Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight 4

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Step away from the monitor and give your eyes a rest. Ebook readers, also called ereaders, rely on E Ink screens that let you read for long periods without the brain burn from a radiant LCD or OLED screen. They have long battery life and look terrific in sunlight. Amazon's Kindles dominate the ebook reader market in the US, but if you're shopping around, it's a good idea to also look at models from Kobo, Nook, and Onyx.

Here are the best ebook readers we've tested, followed by everything you need to know before deciding which one is right for you.

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Deeper Dive: Our Top Tested Picks

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2021)

Best Kindle Overall

4.5 Outstanding

Why We Picked It

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2021) might be a few years old, but it's still one of the most advanced ebook readers available. It's waterproof, the battery lasts for weeks, and the 300ppi E Ink display is sharp and easy to read.

Who It's For

This ebook reader is for anyone who loves to read and wants to switch to a digital format. It's lightweight, fits easily in a bag or purse, and can last longer than your entire vacation on a single charge.

PROS

  • Larger screen shows more per page than previous generation
  • Water-resistant build
  • Flat-front design
  • Color-changing front light

CONS

  • No Immersion Reading mode

SPECS

NameValue
Dimensions6.86 by 4.91 by 0.32 inches
Weight7.2 oz
Screen Size6.8 inches
Storage Capacity8 GB
Book FormatsAZW, MOBI, PDF, TXT

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Kids

Best for Kids

4.5 Outstanding

Why We Picked It

The Kindle Paperwhite Kids uses the same hardware as the regular Paperwhite but comes with a protective case and an extended warranty. It also bundles a one-year subscription to the Amazon Kids+ service, which includes plenty of age-appropriate books for them to read.

Who It's For

The Amazon Paperwhite Kids is the best choice for current or budding bookworms. If you want to save some money, the smaller, non-waterproof Kindle Kids is also an option.

PROS

  • Waterproof, flat-front design
  • Long warranty
  • Comes with a case
  • Kids+ subscription content library

CONS

  • Kids+ subscription only lasts one year

SPECS

NameValue
Dimensions5.09 by 6.91 by 0.53 inches
Weight7.2 oz
Screen Size6.8 inches
Storage Capacity8 GB
Book FormatsMOBI, PDF, TXT, AZW

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Apple iPad (10th Generation)

Best Multipurpose Device

4.0 Excellent

Why We Picked It

The Apple iPad's color LCD is much more suitable for watching movies, playing games, and browsing online than the grayscale-only E Ink displays on most ebook readers. Its eyestrain-inducing backlight isn't ideal for especially long reading sessions but its huge selection of apps means you can access all your digital books, no matter what platform you prefer.

Who It's For

The base model iPad is best for readers who have collections of ebooks from multiple sources and want to read them easily on a single device. Just steer clear if your eyes are particularly sensitive to digital light.

PROS

  • Appealing iPad Pro-like design
  • USB-C port
  • High-quality cameras
  • Good speakers
  • Fast performance

CONS

  • No traditional Touch ID button
  • No Face ID

SPECS

NameValue
Dimensions9.79 by 7.07 by 0.28 inches
Weight1.1 lb
Screen Size10.9 inches
Storage Capacity64 GB
Book FormatsAll (through apps)

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Onyx Boox Note Air 3 C

Best for Color Display

4.0 Excellent

Why We Picked It

The Onyx Boox Note Air 3 C might be expensive, but its color E Ink display gives it an advantage over grayscale-only competitors. It also comes with a stylus for handwriting notes and marking up ebooks and PDFs. The device runs a simplified, intuitive version of Android and gets full access to the Google Play Store, too.

Who It's For

If you are looking for a robust E Ink tablet for work or school, the Onyx Boox Note Air 3 C should appeal. You won't be able to play games or watch videos on its color display, but access to the Google Play Store means you won't have any shortage of reading apps at your disposal. The built-in reading and note-taking apps are also excellent.

PROS

  • Large, crisp color E Ink display
  • Excellent note-taking capabilities
  • Access to multiple reading platforms
  • Long battery life

CONS

  • Pricey
  • Weak speakers

SPECS

NameValue
Dimensions8.90 by 7.60 by 0.23 inches
Weight15.2 oz
Screen Size10.3 inches
Storage Capacity64 GB
Book FormatsAll (through apps)

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Amazon Kindle (2022 Release)

Most Affordable Kindle

4.0 Excellent

Why We Picked It

Amazon's most basic Kindle has the same sharp screen as the Paperwhite, along with more storage and better battery life than its predecessor. You can't adjust the color temperature of the front light or get the device wet, but the starter Kindle still offers an enjoyable reading experience for an affordable price.

Who It's For

If you are on a budget or are looking to get into reading ebooks, the entry-level Kindle is a good place to start. It comes with enough storage to hold an entire library, displays crisp text, and integrates a handy front light for reading in the dark.

PROS

  • Much sharper screen than previous Kindle
  • Long battery life
  • Supports plenty of file formats

CONS

  • Not waterproof
  • Front light color temperature isn't adjustable

SPECS

NameValue
Dimensions6.22 by 4.28 by 0.31 inches
Weight5.6 oz
Screen Size6 inches
Storage Capacity16 GB
Book FormatsAZW, EPUB, HTML, MOBI, PDF, RTF, TXT

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Amazon Kindle Scribe

Best Kindle for Taking Notes

4.0 Excellent

Why We Picked It

The Amazon Kindle Scribe is the company's first large-screen E Ink tablet that is made for both reading and writing notes. It comes with a stylus, but strangely does not let you freely annotate your Kindle books. Instead, you have to use Amazon's sticky note app, which will then link to the page in which you took your note.

Who It's For

The Kindle Scribe is a worthy choice if you like to take general notes or jot down ideas while you read. But if you need to write directly in the margins of books, you should look elsewhere.

PROS

  • Big, sharp, responsive screen
  • Temperature-adjustable front light
  • Smooth note-taking experience
  • Appealing design and hardware

CONS

  • Lacks tools for serious drawing
  • Awkward to use one-handed
  • Not waterproof

SPECS

NameValue
Dimensions9.06 by 7.72 by 0.23 inches
Weight15.3 oz
Screen Size10.2 inches
Storage Capacity16 GB
Book FormatsAZW, EPUB, HTML, MOBI, PDF, TXT

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Kobo Clara 2E

Best for Library Books

4.0 Excellent

Why We Picked It

The Kobo Clara 2E is a compact, waterproof ebook reader that rivals Amazon's Paperwhite. It's a little slower than Amazon's device and doesn't support Kindle books, but you should be able to access your local library's digital collection through Kobo's partnership with OverDrive. In testing, it worked flawlessly with the New York Public Library system.

Who It's For

Get this ebook reader if you do most of your reading through your library via OverDrive. You should make sure to check that yours partners with OverDrive first, however, as not all do.

PROS

  • Built-in public library support
  • Supports many ebook file formats
  • Bright, high-resolution screen
  • Waterproof
  • Compact
  • Made with recycled materials

CONS

  • Sluggish performance
  • Only supports Kobo audiobooks

SPECS

NameValue
Dimensions6.26 by 4.41 by 0.34 inches
Weight6 oz
Screen Size6 inches
Storage Capacity16 GB
Book FormatsEPUB, EPUB3, FlePub, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR, AZW

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Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight 4

Best Nook Overall

3.5 Good

Why We Picked It

Barnes & Noble still makes ebook readers and the Nook GlowLight 4 is the best of the bunch. It's a simple, compact device that works well, though it lacks the features of many of its similarly priced rivals.

Who It's For

The Nook GlowLight 4 is for those who have already invested in a large collection of Nook books and are determined to stick with the platform.

PROS

  • Small and light
  • Physical page-turn buttons
  • Sharp text

CONS

  • Recessed screen
  • Not waterproof
  • Clunky public library support

SPECS

NameValue
Dimensions6.2 by 4.7 by 0.2 inches
Weight6 oz
Screen Size6 inches
Storage Capacity32 GB
Book FormatsPDF, EPUB

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Buying Guide: The Best Ereaders for 2024

What's the Best Ereader Screen Type and Size?

Basic ebook readers use monochrome E Ink screens to display text. E Ink, or digital ink (often manufactured by the E Ink company), looks a lot like paper, but it's easier on your eyes for reading over long periods than text on a traditional digital display. More affordable models don't have backlights, however, so you might need a light to see the text, just as you would with a printed book. Others now include adjustable edge lighting. On the lowest settings, you can read in the dark while your partner sleeps undisturbed next to you.

In all cases, E Ink is much easier to read in bright sunlight—glossy color touch screens on traditional tablets tend to wash out and show distracting reflections.

Most E Ink readers in the past were limited to 6-inch screens, but the panel sizes are slowly growing. We've found that you start to have balance issues with one-handed reading at a screen size above 7 inches, however.

Screen resolutions and quality also vary. Some older Kindles use 167ppi displays that look rough and jaggy compared with the 300ppi displays on more modern models. Amazon and Kobo's latest readers go one step further with Carta 1200 technology, which enables faster page turns and even better contrast.

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Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight 4 (Credit: Sascha Segan)

If you haven't updated your ebook reader in many years, the responsiveness of the latest E Ink readers might surprise you. Frequent, startling screen flashes are really a thing of the past.

The Best Color Ereaders

If you need to read more than books, tablets with color screens offer many other benefits. Magazines and comic books look great on larger tablets. Even lower-cost tabletslet you browse the web, stream video from Hulu, Netflix, and others, play music, and run apps. Because of its high-quality screen and general power, however, we recommend the base-model iPad for most people trying to read rich, full-page color content.

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Onyx Boox Note Air 3 C (Credit: Sarah Lord)

We've recently seen a breakthrough in color E Ink displays, with several readers implementing the E Ink Kaleido or E Ink Kaleido Plus technologies. We've tested a few, and while they aren't perfect, they show some of the exciting possibilities of color E Ink.

The Best Ereaders for the Beach

If you like reading in the bath, by the pool, or on the beach, consider a waterproof ebook reader. Amazon and Kobo both make models that can withstand some amount of submersion in water, and we note those ratings in each of our reviews. Other readers aren't as resilient.

The Best Ereaders for Taking Notes

All ebook readers let you highlight or tag particular phrases for later reference. Some include digital pens that let you take notes directly on the screen. In general, they let you annotate on PDFs and other kinds of documents, plus take freehand notes on a blank page. We detail which file formats each model supports in our reviews. A larger screen usually works best for annotating documents.

The Best Ereaders for Audiobooks

Sometimes you'd rather listen than read. Sometimes you'd like to read and listen at the same time. Kindles can now connect to Bluetooth headphones to play Audible audiobooks, and many Amazon books can synchronize with Audible audiobooks on Kindle ebook readers. Kobo uses a proprietary audiobook format, for comparison.

Oddly, Amazon saves its slickest audiobook feature, Immersion Reading, for its Android app. That feature synchronizes words that appear on the page with those you hear aloud.

Where Can You Get Ebooks?

The ebook reader you choose determines which ecosystem you can use.

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo all use copy protection on most of their books, which prevents you from reading titles on other brands' ebook readers. Removing the copy protection is possible, but you might also remove features such as formatting and character summaries in the process. It's also gotten much harder to strip the protection specifically from Amazon books in recent years. Ereaders with access to the Google Play Store are convenient because they let you download and use whatever reading apps you prefer on a single device.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Credit: Sascha Segan)

Amazon's Kindle Unlimited offers more than three million ebooks for $9.99 per month. Amazon Prime subscribers can access a smaller library as part of Prime Reading without paying extra. For kids, the Amazon Kids+ subscription service unlocks a lot of children's books and starts at $4.99 per month. You get a free year of it when you buy the Kindle Kids Edition.

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For public library lending, Libby has mostly replaced Overdrive. If you have a Kobo device with built-in Overdrive support, however, you can continue to borrow and read books as normal. Libby just lets you send books to Kindles and others that support Adobe Digital Editions.

Book selection, size, and pricing vary from store to store. Books by big publishers generally appear in the Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo stores. But Amazon also has exclusive authors and imprints. Many of them are self-published and not very good, but Amazon definitely has the advantage in quantity.

For more, seeour article on how to put free ebooks on your Amazon Kindle. And for an in-depth comparison of supported formats across various ebook readers, check outWikipedia's article comparing ebook formats.

How Much Should You Spend on an Ereader?

If you're reading mainstream fiction or nonfiction books, the sweet spot right now is $100 to $150 for a good 6- or 7-inch Amazon or Kobo device. You can get a low-end model that costs less or a larger model that costs more, but ebook readers at this price point tend to strike the best balance between screen quality and size.

Onyx's tablet-sized readers cost considerably more than other ebook readers. But they're also much more powerful, letting you run multiple reading apps, annotate PDFs, and read large-format documents on big screens. We see these primarily for academics, lawyers, and doctors.

If you're getting a Kindle, check out ourAmazon Kindle tips every reader needs to know. And if you prefer a device that can also handle your entertainment needs, head over to ourtop tablet picks.

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Our Picks

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2021)See It$149.99 at Amazon Amazon Kindle Paperwhite KidsSee It$169.99 at Amazon Apple iPad (10th Generation)See It$349.00 at Best Buy Onyx Boox Note Air 3 CSee It$499.99 at Amazon Amazon Kindle (2022 Release)See It$99.99 at Amazon Amazon Kindle ScribeSee It$239.99 at Amazon Kobo Clara 2ECheck Stock$129.99 at Amazon

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Dimensions

6.86 by 4.91 by 0.32 inches5.09 by 6.91 by 0.53 inches9.79 by 7.07 by 0.28 inches8.90 by 7.60 by 0.23 inches6.22 by 4.28 by 0.31 inches9.06 by 7.72 by 0.23 inches6.26 by 4.41 by 0.34 inches6.2 by 4.7 by 0.2 inches

Weight

7.2 oz7.2 oz1.1 lb15.2 oz5.6 oz15.3 oz6 oz6 oz

Screen Size

6.8 inches6.8 inches10.9 inches10.3 inches6 inches10.2 inches6 inches6 inches

Storage Capacity

8 GB8 GB64 GB64 GB16 GB16 GB16 GB32 GB

Book Formats

AZW, MOBI, PDF, TXTMOBI, PDF, TXT, AZWAll (through apps)All (through apps)AZW, EPUB, HTML, MOBI, PDF, RTF, TXTAZW, EPUB, HTML, MOBI, PDF, TXTEPUB, EPUB3, FlePub, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR, AZWPDF, EPUB

Where to Buy

$149.99 at Amazon $169.99 at Amazon $349.00 at Best Buy $334.00 at Walmart $499.99 at Amazon $99.99 at Amazon $239.99 at Amazon $129.99 at Amazon $139.99 at Kobo $164.99 at Amazon $149.99 at Barnes and Noble

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