which one to buy in 2020? – PhonAndroid

You’ve decided to buy your first e-reader or want to replace the one you’ve been carrying around for a few years now. You are in the right place. We have selected for you the best e-readers available in 2020. Follow the guide.

Our selection of the best e-readers

These prices were updated on 08/04/2020 by All4affiliates. They are listed in ascending order and excluding delivery costs. Only the prices displayed at the merchants are valid.

Best e-reader comparison

You are passionate about reading and want to live this passion while staying in the era of time. Nothing like a electronic reader to adapt to the rise of electronic books while enjoying a comfort close to reading on paper. Traditional smartphones and tablets are not the best tools for this kind of exercise.

The e-reader, which specifically plays this role, is a veritable walking library that can house the equivalent of tens of thousands of ebooks on a few gigabytes of storage. This is the whole point of digitization that the publishing industry has not resisted in recent years.

Amazon still dominates this market with its Kindle e-readers, but has faced competition in recent years from Kobo, another giant that offers excellent e-readers with exemplary performance and reliability. Between the two brands, there are other interesting players who are trying somehow to find a place. We have selected for you the best e-readers to devour ebooks on a daily basis in the most pleasant way possible.

The best 6-inch e-readers

Amazon Kindle PaperWhite

Amazon Kidle PaperWhite eReader

The best-selling Amazon e-reader owes its popularity to its remarkable efficiency at an affordable price. The fourth generation of the Kindle PaperWhite is starting to date, having been on the market since the end of 2018 but it remains one of the best options available in 2020, especially as it benefits from regular updates. The Paperwhite takes up some of the best features of the high-end Kindle Oasis e-reader.

It is waterproof (IPX8 certified), so you can drag it to the beach, poolside or in the bath. It is therefore resistant to splashes and immersion in water up to two meters deep for one hour. The PaperWhite is a compact e-reader with a 6-inch screen with integrated 4-LED lighting. The lighting is adjustable and lets you read indoors and outdoors, day or night. The color temperature is not adjustable.

With its 300 dpi resolution without glare, the Kindle Paperwhite offers a pleasant reading experience. A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours. The e-reader is available in a Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + 4G version. You also have the choice of two storage versions: 8 GB or 32 GB of storage.

  • Screen: 6 inches, 1400 x 1080 px, 300 dpi
  • Backlight: yes, manual adjustment.
  • Storage: 8 or 32 GB
  • Autonomy: up to 6 weeks
  • Dimensions: 167 x 116 x 8.18 mm
  • Weight: 191 g
  • Connectivity: WiFi or WiFi + 4G
  • Supported formats: AZW3, AZW, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, native PRC; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP converted.
  • Sealing: Yes
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Screen quality Cannot adjust color temperature (no night mode)
Adjustable backlight (manual) No physical buttons for scrolling pages
Ability to listen to audiobooks
Waterproof

Kobo Clara HD

Kobo Clara HD e-reader

The Clara HD is the entry-level eReader in the Kobo catalog. This model focuses on the essentials: a compact 6-inch screen in an easy-to-hold body, long battery life and good reading comfort thanks to its ComfortLight PRO feature which allows it to offer optimal lighting according to the of the light condition and even in direct sunlight.

As night falls, the lighting gradually adapts to allow you to read comfortably in bed without affecting your sleep. The e-ink screen has a resolution of 300 dpi. It is available in WiFi version only with 8 GB of storage. The Kobo Clara HD can hold up to 6,000 eBooks.

It is compatible with 14 of the most popular eBook formats, including EPUB but not with Amazon’s proprietary AZW format. In case you want to transfer Kindle to your Kobo, it is possible to convert them through the Caliber app.

  • Screen: 6 inches, 1072 x 1448 (300 dpi)
  • Backlight: yes, adaptive with color temperature adjustment
  • Storage: 8 GB
  • Autonomy: up to 8 weeks
  • Dimensions: 157 x 111 x 8.3 mm
  • Weight: 166 g
  • Connectivity: Wireless
  • Supported formats:EPUB, PDF, TXT, RTF, HTML, CBZ, CBR, MOBI, EPUB3, BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF
  • Sealing: no
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Screen quality Not waterproof
Adaptive backlighting Can’t listen to audiobooks
Automatic adjustment of the color temperature

Vivlio Touch HD Plus

Vivlio Touch HD Plus

The Vivilio Touch HD Plus is a 6-inch high-definition (1072 x 1448) e-reader for a resolution of 300 dpi. With its backlighting coupled with Smartlight functionality, you can adjust the brightness intensity and color temperature to your liking. Adapting the lighting throughout the day will allow you to read any time of the day without eye strain.

The Touch HD Plus offers possibilities when it comes to audio. You can read audiobooks with a dedicated app or use text-to-speech to read aloud all your ebooks. All you need to do is plug headphones into the jack or a wireless audio device via Bluetooth. The e-reader also benefits from a waterproof treatment (IPX7), which protects it against the effects of temporary immersion (up to 1 m) and for 30 minutes.

19 eBook formats are supported and you have access to the Vivlio library with more than 500,000 downloadable eBooks. Finally, the Vivilio Touch HD Plus offers 16 GB of storage, a capacity more than enough to store tens of thousands of books. It is available in WiFi version only.

  • Screen: 6 inches, 1072 x 1448 (300 dpi)
  • Backlight: yes, adaptive with color temperature adjustment
  • Storage: 16 GB
  • Autonomy: up to 8 weeks
  • Dimensions: 108 x 161.3 x 8 mm
  • Weight: 155 g
  • Connectivity: Wireless
  • Supported formats:EPUB, PDF, TXT, RTF, HTML, CBZ, CBR, MOBI, EPUB3, BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF
  • Sealing: Yes
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Screen quality
Adaptive backlighting
color temperature
Lightweight and Waterproof
Reading audiobooks and text-to-speech

Bookeen Diva HD

Booken Diva HD reader

The Diva HD e-reader is equipped with a high-definition 300 dpi screen for optimal reading quality. Its flexible lighting with brightness adjustment and activation of a night mode to reduce exposure to blue light. Its design is original with a silicone shell but sins by a large thickness of 15 mm which results in a weight of 240 g. It is nevertheless quite easy to adapt to knowing that it is comparable to the size of a paperback book.

The e-reader has three function buttons on the right edge, two of which are for scrolling through the pages, as well as a central button for switching on and off. The Booken Diva HD offers three weeks of battery life with half an hour of daily reading thanks to its 1900 mAh Li-Ion battery. It comes with a separately sold smart cover that automatically wakes or goes to sleep depending on whether it is open or closed.

The Bookenstore online bookstore provides access to more than 450,000 downloadable books arranged by category. The Booken Diva HD is available in a WiFi version with a storage capacity of 16 GB, enough to hold around 15,000 books.

  • Screen: 6 inches, 1440 x 1080 (300 dpi)
  • Backlight: yes, manual setting + night mode
  • Storage: 16 GB
  • Autonomy: up to 3 weeks
  • Dimensions: 134 x 155 x 15 mm
  • Weight: 240 g
  • Connectivity: Wireless
  • Supported formats: ePub, PDF, HTML, TXT, FB2, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, ICO, TIF, PSD
  • Sealing: no
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Screen quality A little heavy
Its pleasant design No audiobook support
Manually adjustable backlight Not waterproof
Night mode

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle 2019 e-reader

We’re continuing the 6-inch format with the 2019 Kindle, Amazon’s entry-level e-reader. Available at € 80, this is the basic option for those who want to afford an inexpensive, simple e-reader that effectively plays its role. It is equipped with an e-ink screen with a definition of 800 x 600 px (resolution 167 dpi) which remains comfortable to read in all conditions, even in direct sunlight.

It’s the first entry-level Kindle to feature manually adjustable front lighting that features four LEDs for reading even in the dark. The storage capacity is 4 GB, part of which is occupied by the operating system. There is a little less than 3 GB left to store your content but it is enough to house at least 1,500 eBooks. On a single battery charge, the Amazon Kindle can last up to 4 weeks with the WiFi turned off and the brightness set to 13, at 30 minutes of reading per day.

  • Screen: 6 inches, 800 x 600 px (167 dpi)
  • Backlight: yes, manual adjustment
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Autonomy: up to 4 weeks
  • Dimensions: 160 x 113 x 8.7 mm
  • Weight: 174 g
  • Connectivity: Wireless
  • Supported formats: AZW3, AZW, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, native PRC; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP converted.
  • Sealing: no
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Adjustable backlight (manual) No night mode
Lightweight and easy to hold Backlight does not automatically adjust to ambient light
Ability to listen to audiobooks Limited resolution
His price Not waterproof

The best large format e-readers from 7 to 8 inches

Kobo Libra H20

Kobo Libra H20 e-reader

We go upmarket with the Kobo Libra H20, which features an elegant and modern design in addition to offering a most comfortable reading experience. It comes in a square shape and has two buttons on the bottom edge for easy navigation between pages. With the ComfortLight PRO system that accompanies the backlight, you get soothing reading that is easy on your eyes day and night with the ability to adjust the color temperature to reduce exposure to blue light.

The libra H20 is equipped with a 7-inch anti-glare touchscreen (1680 × 1264 px) for a pixel density of 300 ppi. The e-reader is fully waterproof with an IPX8 certification which allows it to withstand a 60-minute dive to a depth of 2 meters. 14 file formats are natively supported: EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR to name a few.

  • Screen: 7 inches, 1680 × 1264 px (300 dpi)
  • Backlight: yes, adaptive with color temperature adjustment
  • Storage: 8 GB
  • Autonomy: Several weeks
  • Dimensions: 159 x 144 x 7.8 mm
  • Weight: 192 g
  • Connectivity: Wireless
  • Supported formats:EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR
  • Sealing: Yes
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Elegant design No audio functionality
Comfortable screen
Adaptive backlighting and color temperature adjustment

Vivlio InkPad 3

Vivlio InkPad 3

The InkPad 3 is Vivlio’s large format e-reader. With its 7.8-inch (300 dpi) high-definition screen, the InkPad 3 offers excellent comfort close to reading on paper. The SmartLight feature allows you to adjust the intensity of the light as well as the color temperature (from blue to yellow) for optimal lighting at any time of the day.

You also get several function buttons on the lower edge including two page scroll buttons, a text-to-speech feature for audio playback of all your electronic books, Wi-Fi connectivity and finally 8 GB of storage that can hold up to 6000 ebooks. Despite this, the internal storage is expandable thanks to the presence of a micro SD port.

The InkPad 3 weighs only 210g and is easy to carry despite its large size. We just regret its lack of tightness. It is available at a price of 226 €.

  • Screen: 7.8 inches, 1,872 x 1404 px (300 dpi)
  • Backlight: yes, adaptive with color temperature adjustment
  • Storage: 8 or 32 GB
  • Autonomy: Several weeks
  • Dimensions: 195 x 136.5 x 8 mm
  • Weight: 210 g
  • Connectivity: Wireless
  • Supported formats: ePUB, ePUB (CARE), ePUB (ADOBE DRM) / ACSM, PDF, PDF (ADOBE DRM), FB2, FB2.zip, TXT, RTF, HTML, HTM, PRC, MOBI, CHM, DJVU, DOC and DOCX, JPEG , BMP, PNG and TIFF
  • Sealing: no
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Spacious and comfortable screen Not waterproof
Adaptive backlighting and blue light filter
Audiobooks and text-to-speech

Kobo Forma

Kobo eReader Format

The Kobo Forma is an 8-inch (300 dpi) e-reader with an attractive design that is sure to not leave you indifferent. Its thickness and weight are controlled despite its large screen. The eReader has a non-slip, grainy texture on the back that reduces the chance of it slipping through your fingers.

The Kobo Forma benefits from 19 LED front lighting (compared to 17 for the Libra H20) and ComfortLight Pro technology that gradually reduces exposure to blue light so you can read at night and then fall asleep with ease. The e-reader meets the requirements of the IPX8 standard. Water resistant for up to 60 minutes in 2 meters of water. The differences from the Libra H20 are mainly in the screen size and dimensions.

  • Screen: 8 inches, 1920 x 1440 px (300 dpi)
  • Backlight: yes, adaptive with color temperature adjustment
  • Storage: 8 GB
  • Autonomy: Several weeks
  • Dimensions: 177.7 x 160 x 8.5 mm
  • Weight: 197 g
  • Connectivity: Wireless
  • Supported formats: EPUB, PDF, TXT, RTF, HTML, CBZ, CBR, MOBI, EPUB3, BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF
  • Sealing: Yes
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Spacious and comfortable screen Not waterproof
Adaptive backlighting and blue light filter
Audiobooks and text-to-speech

Amazon Kindle Oasis

Amazon Kindle Oasis e-reader

This is the choice to make if you value the Amazon ecosystem and are looking for the best e-reader in its line. Kindle Oasis is equipped with a large 7-inch screen and is easily held with one hand thanks to its original design marked by an asymmetrical shell on the back. A protuberance on the side makes it possible to hold it comfortably in the palm of your hand. This part has a thickness of 8.4 mm against 3.4 mm for the rest of the e-reader, which allows for a very thin and balanced whole for a controlled weight of 188 g.

Thanks to the provision of an accelerometer, the orientation of the content automatically adapts to the user whether they are left or right handed. Two easily accessible thumb buttons allow you to scroll through the pages of your ebooks. The Amazon Kindle Oasis is also equipped with 6 LEDs for front lighting with the possibility of adjusting its intensity as well as the color temperature for an optimal reading experience in any light condition. You can read in direct sunlight or in total darkness while preventing eye strain.

The e-reader is also water resistant (IPX8) so you can read with confidence in the bath or by the pool. It is available in WiFi and WiFi + 4G version for independent access to the Internet. Two storage options are also available: 8 GB and 32 GB for the WiFi version and 32 GB only for the one with 4G. The Amazon Kindle Oasis starts at $ 249.

  • Screen: 7 inches, 1,680 x 1,264 px (300 dpi)
  • Backlight: yes, adaptive with color temperature adjustment
  • Storage: 8 or 32 GB
  • Autonomy: up to 6 weeks
  • Dimensions: 159 x 141 x 3.4-8.4 mm.
  • Weight: 188 g
  • Connectivity: WiFi or WiFi + 4G
  • Supported formats: AZW3, AZW, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, native PRC; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP converted.
  • Sealing: Yes
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Neat design Its high price
Compact and easy to hold despite the 7 inch screen
Adjustable backlight and lighting temperature (manual or automatic)
Possibility to read audio books
Waterproof

🔲 Why choose a trowel?

There are a myriad of reasons for choosing an e-reader. If you are an avid reader, you are constantly looking to add new books to your collection. The issue of clutter thus becomes the first argument in favor of an e-reader. Even with as little storage as 4 GB, you can store thousands of digital books. This possibility, no personal physical library can offer.

You also get the advantage of mobility. Wherever you go, your eReader accompanies you with your entire collection, as important as it is. On the other hand, try to move around with ten books and see the difference … As for reading comfort, all recent e-readers incorporate the latest technologies in electronic ink screens which provide ergonomics similar to reading on paper.

Adaptive backlighting, intelligent color temperature management solutions and blue light filtering on some models also help maintain optimal reading comfort whatever the light conditions. You can book day or night without straining your eyes.

Digital books are generally less expensive compared to their physical version. Added to this is the ability to instantly download all of your content from an online store, which is a lot more convenient than going to a bookstore or ordering a book on the Internet and waiting a few days to receive it.

🤔 What are the advantages compared to a classic tablet?

Many of you are probably wondering why you should invest in an eReader over a tablet. The answer is quite simple: for the pleasure of reading, no other device is as suitable as a digital e-reader. Firstly because of the type of screen used by this kind of device. E-ink technology reflects light like a sheet of paper. The backlighting on the most recent models is less aggressive on the eyes than the conventional screens of our computers, smartphones, tablets and televisions.

If you spend several hours a week reading, electronic paper provides better reading comfort. It’s also less taxing on your eyes, plus it’s lightweight, durable, and more flexible than other types of displays. E-readers are designed specifically for reading and do nothing if not much else. Their performance is limited and not suitable for uses such as multimedia playback, surfing and other common tasks that we perform on smartphones and tablets.

This is also a benefit in that you are better focused on reading, rather than being distracted by endless apps and notifications. Finally, electronic ink screens consume much less power, so an e-reader can be used for several weeks without being recharged, where tablets usually do not exceed a full day.

Several criteria define the relevance of choosing one e-reader over another: the screen, the adjustment of the backlighting, the autonomy, the ergonomics or even the waterproofness. Here are the features to consider when choosing the ideal e-reader.

Screen size : it is 6 inches for most e-readers. Use this size if you want an e-reader similar to a paperback book. High-end e-readers like the Kindle Oasis, the Kobo Format or the Vivlio Inkpad 3 have a size between 7 and 8 inches. Their design and weight, however, allow an easy hold with the advantage of providing more space for pleasant reading.

The resolution : The higher the screen resolution, the less pixelated the display will be. Most e-readers offer a resolution of 300 dpi, which is more than enough for comfortable reading. The Amazon Kindle 2019 is the only e-reader in our selection with 167 dpi resolution. But the difference is hardly noticeable, unless you zoom in on the text.

Backlight : The advantage of a backlit display is that you can read at night even when the lights are off. The lighting of an e-reader is less aggressive than that of traditional LCD and OLED screens. La lumière créée n’arrive pas directement dans vos yeux. La plupart des liseuses rétro-éclairées offrent un réglage adaptatif de la luminosité en fonction de l’éclairage ambiant. Privilégiez les modèles permettant de régler manuellement ou automatiquement la température de couleur pour réduire l’exposition à la lumière bleue.

L’autonomie : l’endurance de la batterie varie en fonction des liseuses mais ce facteur est moins problématique comparativement aux tablettes classiques. Pour une utilisation d’environ 30 minutes par jour avec le Wifi et/ou la 4G désactivé, une liseuse peut tenir jusqu’à 6 semaines sur une seule charge.

L’étanchéité : pas obligatoire mais c’est un plus pour emporter votre liseuse à la plage, à la piscine ou lire dans la baignoire sans craindre pour l’eau.

Les formats supportés : l’epub est le format le plus répandu. Il est compatible avec les liseuses de toutes les marques sauf les Kindle d’Amazon qui utilisent le format propriétaire AZW. Pour transférer un livre epub sur une Kindle, vous allez devoir le convertir avec un logiciel comme Calibre. Idem pour le transfert des livres AZW sur une liseuse Kobo, Vivilio ou Booken.

Calibre ne convertit pas les livres verrouillés par un DRM. Toutefois, certains outils permettent de sauter le verrou avant de procéder à la conversion. Quant aux formats CBZ et CBR spécifiques aux bandes dessinées, comics et aux mangas, ils sont gérés par toutes les marques sauf par les Kindle encore une fois. Pour les lire sur une liseuse d’Amazon, vous allez devoir utiliser l’outil KCC (Kindle Comics Converter) pour les convertir.

Enfin, que vous optiez pour une liseuse Kindle, Kobo, Vivlio ou Booken, vous pourrez lire des fichiers au format PDF, TXT, HTML ou encore de images JPG, PNG ou BMP.

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