Best eReader 2022on November 9, 2022 at 17:47 Tech Advisor

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Physical books are nice but they have a lot of limitations that can easily be overcome with an eReader. Apart from having finite battery life, eReaders ensure you’ll never be stuck for something to read. Here are the best eReaders you can buy in 2022 – i.e. Kindles and the best alternatives.

Amazon and Kobo are the big players in the eReader market, but there are are also larger e-ink devices you may want to consider. These are generally better for note-taking and illustrations, but a smartphone or tablet might do the job just as well.

Best eReader 2022

1. Kindle Paperwhite (2021) – Best Overall

Pros

Larger display with colour warmth

Longer battery life

Great Audible integration

USB-C

Cons

Price rise compared to previous model

Charging not the fastest

RRP:



From £139.99

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£139.99 at Amazon

The latest Kindle Paperwhite (2021) takes the top spot once again thanks to a number of upgrades.

A larger screen that now has adjustable colour warmth previously exclusive to the Kindle Oasis is the main one here. But Amazon has also made other improvements such as battery life, plus finally switching to USB-C.

This comes at a slightly higher price than the last generation but it is justified and the Paperwhite won’t disappoint should you have enough budget to afford one.

It’s also worth considering the Paperwhite below, but the extra features won’t be worth it for most people.

Read our full
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2021) review

2. Kobo Clara 2E – Best Kobo

Pros

Lightweight and portable

IPX8 water resistance

OverDrive integration

No ads

Cons

Sluggish performance

Screen doesn’t sit flush

Can’t sync eBooks with audiobooks

RRP:



£129.99

The Kindle might dominate the eReader market, but it’s by no means the only option. Canadian company Rakuten Kobo are an alternative brand worth considering, and the Clara 2E is its best effort yet.

It adopts the same basic design as the Kindle Paperwhite, but includes some key features you won’t find on Amazon’s devices. The most notable is integration with OverDrive, which allows you to digitally borrow books from your local library free of charge. The Clara 2E also supports a wide range of different book formats and has Pocket support, allowing you to easily read articles from the web.

With IPX8 water resistance, strong battery life and no ads anywhere, the Kobo Clara 2E has a lot going for it. Sub-par performance is undoubtedly its main weakness, while the screen doesn’t quite sit flush with the bezels and you can’t sync audiobook progress with your eBooks.

But despite these inconveniences, the Clara 2E is the best Kindle alternative.

Read our full
Kobo Clara 2E review

3. Kindle (2022) – Best Budget Model

Pros

Impressive display

Solid performance

USB-C charging

Decent battery life

Cons

Must pay extra to remove ads

No waterproofing

Scuffs easily

Hard to sideload content

RRP:



£84.99

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£84.99 at Amazon

Amazon’s 2022 refresh of the base Kindle is another iterative update, but it includes a long overdue change: USB-C charging.

Alongside an improved display with backlighting and solid performance, it’s easier than ever to recommend if you’re considering a Kindle. Battery life is measured in weeks, while 16GB of storage is plenty for most people.

However, it’s not perfect by any means. There’s no waterproofing of any description, while the durable body is prone to scuffs. Kindles in general are mostly limited to the Kindle Store for content, while the likes of Kobos let you sideload easily.

Its affordable price point makes the regular Kindle a great option for most people, although it’s disappointing that you still have to pay $10/£10 extra to remove ads.

Read our full
Amazon Kindle (2022) review

4. Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (2021) – Best Premium Features

Pros

Great display

Stellar battery life

Solid performance

USB-C and wireless charging

Cons

Ineffective auto brightness

Some software inconsistencies

Expensive

No 4G model

RRP:



£179.99

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£179.99 at Amazon

New to the Paperwhite range is this Signature Edition which strikes a balance between the regular model and the premium Oasis.

While many specs are the same as the cheaper Paperwhite, this model has extras like auto-adjusting light sensors and wireless charging. With the same 6.8in screen, it’s debatable whether those are worth the extra money.

Still, it’s a solid eReader, especially if the Oasis – which is now three years old and adopts a very different design – isn’t for you.

Read our full
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition review

5. Kobo Libra H20 – Best Durability

Pros

Waterproof

Nice design

Large screen

Cons

Kobo store

RRP:



£149.99

The Libra H20 is our pick of Kobo’s stable of eReaders. It offers largely the same appealing design as the Forma, with a light chassis, chunky grip, textured back and IPX8 water resistance, as well a 300ppi screen and 8GB of storage.

But by compromising slightly on the size of that screen (at 7in) you can get the device for a far more manageable price tag.

Kobo’s eBook store remains unhelpful in terms of genre curation and user recommendations, but the Libra supports ePub (so you can sideload free eBooks from Project Gutenberg) and OverDrive (so you can get eBooks from your local library). This is a great choice of eReader.

Read our full
Kobo Libra H20 review

6. ReMarkable 2 – Best for Note-taking

Pros

Thin and light design

Large display

Great pen input

Excellent software support

Cons

Pen sold separately

Best features require subscription

No backlight

RRP:



£279

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£279 at ReMarkable

The ReMarkable 2 was first released back in 2020, but several software updates have improved the experience since then.

Its primary focus is note-taking rather than reading books (although it can do both), with a large 10.3in display and excellent pen support. However, the compatible stylus is sold separately.

But ReMarkable’s stripped-back software experience is one of the big reasons why it’s so good. The tablet runs on a custom version of Linux, offering extensive customisation and easy exporting to other devices via the companion app.

However, the latter is one of several features exclusive to the $2.99/£2.99 per month ReMarkable Connect subscription. Considering its already high price tag in comparison to other e-ink devices, the ReMarkable 2 is only right for certain people.

Read our full
reMarkable 2 review

7. Kindle Paperwhite Kids (2021) – Best for Kids

Pros

Includes case and Kids+ subscription

Waterproof

Can be shared with an adult

Cons

Fire Tablets can be cheaper

Kids+ subscription lasts just a year

RRP:



£139.99

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£139.99 at Amazon

Amazon has added a Kids version to the Paperwhite range and for not much more than the regular Kids Edition, you get a much better eReader.

It has a larger 6.8in screen with a 300ppi resolution as well as the modern flush design and an adjustable warm light made up of 17 LEDs compared to the regular Kids model with just four.

There’s also waterproofing which could prove very useful and the price includes a case and year of Kids+ subscription. Performance is also much improved and you can share the Kindle with your child easily making it a great value purchase.

Read our full
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Kids review

8. Huawei MatePad Paper – Best Big Screen

Pros

Huge screen

Stylus support

Limited software

Cons

Expensive

Small native book selection

RRP:



€499 (around £420)

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£447.11 at Huawei

Specced much more like a conventional Android tablet, as opposed to a dedicated eReader, Huawei’s debut E Ink-based slate offers the largest display in this lineup and includes a few standout features that you won’t find elsewhere too.

For a start, that 10.3in E Ink touch-responsive panel serves up a respectable 227ppi, paired to a backlight with 32 brightness levels and if you add in the company’s second-generation M-Pencil stylus, the MatePad Paper becomes a serious note-taking device too, with a respectable 26ms of latency and integrated handwriting to text conversion.

The main caveat here isn’t really to do with the Paper’s hardware, so much as the lack of compatible reading experiences up for grabs on the Harmony OS-based software out the box. Huawei’s own Books app is a little light on content, so you’ll have to spend more time side-loading supported media (including ePub and PDF files) than you do on competing eReaders.

At least 64GB of storage for all your media, plus up to 28 days of battery life per charge.

Read our full
Huawei MatePad Paper review

9. Kindle Oasis (2019) – Best Backlight

Pros

Warm light

Premium metal design

Up to 32GB

Cons

Expensive

Micro-USB

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From £229.99

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£229.99 at Amazon

As you would expect, the Oasis is the best Kindle you can buy in terms of the specs and features it offers. We can’t complain at the price staying the same and the eReader now having an adjustable warm light.

However, we’d like some more advancements such as USB-C and even a headphone jack. It’s also a shame that Amazon has ditched the magnetic case from the previous Oasis in favour of a full wrap-around design.

This might have the most to offer, but the other Kindles in the range offer far better value for money with the Paperwhite remaining as the best all-rounder.

Read our full
Amazon Kindle Oasis (2019) review

10. Kobo Nia – Cheapest Kobo

Pros

Portable

Affordable

Supports ePub

Cons

Basic screen

No waterproofing

Kobo store

RRP:



£89.99

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£89.99 at Kobo

This is a solid eReader at an appealing price, but you’re making quite a lot of compromises. The 6in screen is just 212ppi (all other Kobos, and all but the basic Kindle, offer 300ppi) and you can’t adjust the colour temperature; there are no dedicated page-turn buttons; and it isn’t officially water-resistant.

If you can afford it, and especially if you plan to regularly read close to water, the Kobo Libra H20 or Amazon Paperwhite are better picks.

But we understand that many potential buyers are looking for the lowest price, and in that market this is a worthy challenger to the basic Kindle – which has a lower screen sharpness still (at just 167ppi) and half the storage, but gives you access to the Kindle Store.

Read our full
Kobo Nia review

FAQ

1.

Why should I use an eReader instead of a tablet?

There are plenty of reasons why investing in a dedicated eReader is a good idea. They’re a lot cheaper than an iPad, for example, and they’re simply a better tool for the task at hand. They can also be lighter than a book, yet store thousands of books, so you can read your way through a fortnight-long holiday just by taking your eReader along.

2.

What type of display should I go for?

Most eReaders have displays between 6-8in, although some go a little bigger. The reMarkable 2 and Huawei MatePad Paper have 10.3in panels, higher-end entries in Amazon’s current Kindle range feature 6.8in to 7in panels.

E-ink screens look much like paper and are easier on the eyes than the colour LCD or OLED panels of a phone or tablet. It also won’t stop you from going to sleep like the blue light emitted from such screen tech, so eReaders are better for late-night reading.

3.

How good is the battery life on eReaders?

Battery life is much better on dedicated eReaders compared to phones and tablets, here measured in page turns rather than hours.

So while your tablet could conk out halfway home, creating a genuine cliffhanger at the most inopportune point within your novel, an eReader could keep going for weeks or even months without needing a recharge.

4.

Do eReaders have backlights?

Most, but not all. However, do be aware that those with built-in backlights won’t last as long between charges, but it may be worth it if you often read in dark environments.

5.

What content do I need to access?

Content is an important consideration, as your device may be restricted to its manufacturer’s own bookstore. For example, Kindle eReaders are limited to Amazon’s admittedly very well-stocked online bookstore, while Kobo eReaders let you browse other stores.

Many devices also let you play audiobooks. Read our Kindle Store vs Kobo Store comparison to find out more.

6.

What type of files work on eReaders.

A memory card can boost the storage capacity for ebooks and, if supported, music, video and other media. Be sure to check which file formats a device supports – not just media, but also whether it can handle epub, PDF, TXT, RTF and other document file types.

Kindles don’t support officially epub, but there’s still a way to put epub ebooks onto a Kindle.

7.

What connectivity do I need?

While your device will probably hold more than enough books to keep you occupied until you’re next in range of a Wi-Fi hotspot, a cellular connection will allow you to download content on the move. It will also add to the device’s price.

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