Best e-readers in 2021: our buying guide

E-readers are better than traditional tablets for reading digital books. Most of them incorporate E-Ink technology which is closer to paper, whatever the light condition. The e-readers also have better battery life, giving you plenty of room for several days of reading without worrying about the battery level.

Best e-readers

The way we read and consume books has changed a lot over the past ten years. Books are increasingly available in electronic form and are pushing the paper format to resistance. Not all devices are suitable for screen reading, let alone for people with eye problems. Hence the usefulness of e-readers, the market of which remains flourishing. Which e-reader to buy in 2021 ? Here is our selection of best models of the moment.

Electronic e-reader: the Amazon Kindle vs Kobo duel

In this market, there are two main players fighting a competitive war. Choosing a Kindle or Kobo e-reader ensures you get a quality product, although some models are better options than others. The 5 e-readers in our selection are a good basis for making your choice.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: the best value for money

Amazon Kindle PaperWhite

The Amazon Kindle e-reader offers the best value for money in 2021. Released in 2018, it succeeds the 2015 version with some improvements under the hood. It is slightly thinner, Bluetooth compatible, water resistant and offers twice the storage space. Its E-Ink screen is 6 inches diagonal and has a resolution of 300 DPI. The latter offers good visual comfort even in direct sunlight. What, with its tightness, read in peace while sunbathing at the beach or by the pool, but also in the bath.

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-reader is available from € 129.99 for the WiFi version with 8 GB of storage. The one with 32 GB in addition to WiFi and 4G connectivity is sold for 100 € more expensive, or 229 €. If you already own the previous generation Kindle PaperWhite, waterproofing remains the main argument for renewing your eReader.

  • Screen: 6 inch, 300 dpi
  • Backlight: yes (manually adjustable).
  • Storage: 8/32 Go
  • Autonomy: 6 weeks
  • Dimensions : 167  x 116 x 8,18 mm
  • Weight: 191 g
  • Connectivity: WiFi ou WiFi + 4G
  • Digital formats: AZW3, AZW, TXT, PDF, MOBI non protégé, PRC natif ; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP converti.
  • Waterproof: Yes

Kobo Clara HD: the best Kobo at a low price

Kobo Clara HD eReader

In the same price range, the best e-reader competing with the PaperWhite on the Kobo side is the Clara HD model. Its price is a bit higher for similar basic features: 6-inch E Ink display with 300 dpi resolution. Compared to Amazon’s new PaperWhite, we regret the lack of waterproofing and Bluetooth connectivity that prevents listening to e-books with a wireless earphone / headset.

The Kobo Clara HD e-reader offers 8 GB of storage (can hold an average of 6000 PDF ebooks). Its 1500 mAh battery provides two months of battery life with 30 minutes of reading per day when the Wi-Fi is turned off. As for the price, this e-reader is available at 109 €.

  • Screen: 6 inch, 300 dpi
  • Backlight: yes (automatic adjustment)
  • Storage: 8  Go
  • Autonomy: 8 weeks
  • Dimensions : 157 x 111 x 8.3 mm
  • Weight: 166 g
  • Connectivity: WiFi
  • Digital formats:EPUB, PDF, TXT, RTF, HTML, CBZ, CBR, MOBI, EPUB3, BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF
  • Waterproof: non

Kindle Oasis: The Best of Amazon

Amazon Kindle Oasis

If you are looking for a high-end e-reader, the latest Kindle Oasis is the best model in Amazon’s catalog. Its 7-inch screen is larger than that of the Kindle Paperwhite and offers the same pixel density (300 DPI), but offers adaptive lighting of 12 LEDs combined with a night reading mode. Kindle Oasis automatically adjusts the screen brightness to suit your surroundings. It also has a page change button.

The 10th generation of the Kindle Oasis evolves slightly and notably adds the possibility of modifying the color temperature and offers 4G instead of 3G. It remains waterproof, Bluetooth compatible and offers several weeks of autonomy. The basic version with WiFi and 8 GB of storage is available for € 249. The most expensive one with WiFi + 4G is 339 €.

  • Screen: 7 inch, (300 dpi)
  • Backlight:yes (automatic adjustment)
  • Storage: 8/32 Go
  • Autonomy: 6 weeks
  • Dimensions : 159 x 141 x 3,4-8,4 mm.
  • Weight: 188 g
  • Connectivity: WiFi ou WiFi + 4G
  • Digital formats: AZW3, AZW, TXT, PDF, MOBI non protégé, PRC natif ; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP converti.
  • Waterproof: Yes

Kobo Forma: the high-end e-reader from Kobo

Kobo Forma

The new Forma e-reader is at the top of the Kobo catalog. It is IPX8 certified (water resistant), is Bluetooth compatible unlike the Clara HD model. Its screen is the largest of the e-readers in our catalog: 8 inches for a resolution of 1920 x 1440 px. The pixel density remains at 300 DPI.

It includes Kobo’s flagship features, namely the ComfortLight function for better visual comfort. Its night mode makes it possible to adapt the brightness of the screen according to the hours by eliminating the famous blue spectrum so harmful to our eyes, but also to sleep. The basic storage capacity is 8 GB. We regret that the brand does not offer more, but also the fact that the e-reader only exists in the WiFi version. It is available at a price of € 279.

  • Screen: 8 inch, (300 dpi)
  • Backlight: yes (automatic adjustment)
  • Storage: 8 Go
  • Autonomy: Several weeks
  • Dimensions : 177.7 x 160 x 8.5 mm
  • Weight: 197 g
  • Connectivity: WiFi
  • Digital formats: EPUB, PDF, TXT, RTF, HTML, CBZ, CBR, MOBI, EPUB3, BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF
  • Waterproof: Yes

Vivlio Touch HD Plus: the best alternative

Vivlio Touch HD Plus

It’s not just Amazon and Kobo that offer quality e-readers. The Touch HD Plus is a model from the French brand Vivlio which hardly suffers from any defect. You get adaptive backlighting, a standard resolution of 300 DPI for its 6-inch screen. The color temperature is also adjustable according to the ambient light condition to spare your eyes.

The Touch HD Plus is also fully compatible with audiobook playback, both for audiobooks themselves and for text-to-speech reading of books. The e-reader is also waterproof and supports the vast majority of formats on the market.

  • Screen: 6 inch, (300 dpi)
  • Backlight: yes (automatic adjustment)
  • Storage: 16  Go
  • Autonomy: 8 weeks
  • Dimensions : 108 x 161.3 x 8 mm
  • Weight: 155 g
  • Connectivity: WiFi
  • Digital formats: ePub, PDF, HTML, Txt, FB2, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIF et PSD.
  • Waterproof: Yes

Booken Diva HD: another quality alternative

Booken Diva HD

The Booken Diva HD eReader is made for those looking for something other than a Kindle and a Kobo. The e-reader has a 300 dpi screen and offers customizable lighting thanks to a control of the brightness level, but also to the night mode which improves reading comfort in the dark. The design of the Diva HD is to its advantage, but it should be noted that its thickness of 15 mm does not make it a thin reader, but the format is comparable to that of a paperback.

You also have three buttons on the right edge two are intended for scrolling pages and the third (central) for switching on and off. The autonomy of the e-reader is more than three weeks if you read for half an hour a day. Finally, the Bookenstore which is the online store of 450,000 digital books arranged by category. The Booken Diva HD is offered in a WiFi version and offers a storage capacity of 16 GB, sufficient to hold around 15,000 books.

  • Screen: 6 inch, (300 dpi)
  • Backlight: yes (automatic adjustment)
  • Storage: 16  Go
  • Autonomy: Three weeks
  • Dimensions :134 x 155 x 15 mm
  • Weight: 245 g
  • Connectivity: WiFi
  • Digital formats: EPUB, PDF, TXT, RTF, HTML, CBZ, CBR, MOBI, EPUB3, BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF
  • Waterproof: non

There are of course many reasons for choosing an e-reader. It is more suitable for reading than a simple tablet or smartphone. For book lovers, you will find reading comfort comparable to that of a book thanks in particular to E-Ink technology. This is used by all the e-readers in our selection. Their autonomy also allows you to read without worrying about recharging. In any case, you have it for several weeks.

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