Here at Mom Reads we’re massive fans of the e-reader. In fact, all of our giveaway books are Kindle versions because they’re just so convenient.
Now, you don’t need to buy an e-reader to read an e-book. There are reader applications (including a Kindle one) for the PC, Apple computer, the iPhone and all Android Phones plus various tablets, etc. and they are FREE.
Having said that, I can’t imagine reading on any device but my e-reader when I have a choice. The e-ink screens with front lighting are so much easier on your eyes.
I’ve picked what I think are the 5-best e-readers on the market today and I can thoroughly recommend all of them:
Best Value: The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
At just under $120, you cannot ask more from the world’s most popular e-reader. You can get books delivered wirelessly or by wire. You can buy them in an instant on Amazon from the device.
It’s got a wonderful screen, the weight is just right and the battery life is brilliant. My only complaint is that it ought to come with a cover as standard and I’d like them to put the power adaptor back in the box (it now comes separately).
Best Of Them All: The Amazon Kindle Oasis
I love the Kindle Oasis. It is the absolute best e-reader in the world. It also comes with a very, very hefty price tag and at nearly $300 for it – you’re going to need to be certain that you’re going to use it an awful lot. Otherwise, you’re better off with its cheaper younger brother – The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.
So, what makes the Amazon Kindle Oasis the best of them all? It has a bigger battery life. A beautiful tapered screen that is a true joy to the eyes. A classic cover and lots of eye appeal and best of all, you can read it in the bath – it’s waterproof for up to 60 minutes of submersion!
The Beast: The Amazon Kindle Voyage
Another hefty outlay awaits anyone interested in the Amazon Kindle Voyage. It’s not as pretty as the Oasis but it is bigger. This is the largest screen on any Amazon Kindle and if you want screen real estate – it is amazing. The e-ink display is the best in breed too.
You won’t believe it but the size doesn’t come at the price of extra weight – it’s lighter than the Kindle Paperwhite! The adaptive brightness facility makes balancing the external light with the page light a true joy too.
The Best Waterproof Model (Other Than Amazon Kindle): The Kobo Aura H20
There was a time when it looked like Kobo was going to be a leading contender in the e-book world. That time, sadly, has passed. The Kobo Aura 2.0 is basically only going to be bought by someone who really hates Amazon and won’t buy a Kindle because of that.
It’s not a bad device. In fact, it’s waterproof (for up to 30 minutes), has a lovely e-ink screen and it links both to Amazon and Google (which Kindle doesn’t – it’s Amazon only) but none of this makes it anything other than second to Kindle. I wish it were different but it’s not.
The Best Android Compatible Model: The Barnes And Noble Nook Glowlight Plus
The name is dreadful but The Barnes And Noble Nook Glowlight Plus is a solid performer that is slightly smaller and lighter than the Kindle Paperwhite. However, it really feels like Barnes and Noble have given up on the Nook and I wouldn’t buy this if a Kindle suits your needs.
It does support Epub and PDF files though and that’s a nice bonus – you’ll need to convert these files to .mobi using the Calibre app if you want to read them on a Kindle. Its other nice bonus is that you can run Android on it. So, you have complete control over the device.