“ I think my book is dying, where did I keep the charger!”
Preposterous as this statement might seem, it has meaning. Today, this ‘book’ is called an Ebook Reader. But the way this digital paradigm shift is taking place, it should not come as a surprise if one day, the ‘E’ in an Ebook is nothing more but technical jargon. Yes, it seems unlikely that books can be completely replaced. Avid book readers for one, will not let this happen. In fact, statistical trends even show that print books have tackled Ebooks extremely well and are actually, not losing much traction in terms of sale volumes atleast. But who is to say, what might happen in the future. And apart from the whole, ‘ the feel of a book is different’ and other such excuses, these Ebook readers are actually great reading devices. They are extremely convenient and what’s more, well, they are like a portable library! A fact that even the most prejudiced of readers, can’t deny. Before moving on to the 10 best selling Ebook readers available online, special mention to E-Ink technology that has allowed such an invention to be a marketing success.
Here are some of the Top 10 Best Selling Ebook Readers for 2017
10. Kobo Glo HD: Price-$130.00
The Kobo Glo HD, is a cheaper version of the Kindle Voyage. Within its price range, the 300ppi high-resolution is a standout feature of this Ebook reader. The areas where it lacks in comparison to the Kindle Voyage is it’s design, which is not that appealing and it’s Ebook store, which of course, the Kindle Voyage is superior in due to its Amazon roots. It’s small in size and quite light as well, with exact product dimensions and weight of: 6.2 x 4.5 x 0.4 inches and 6.4 ounces, respectively.
9. Certified Refurbished Kindle Paperwhite E-reader: Price: $109.00
Kindle Paperwhite is the most popular E-reader that’s sold by Kindle. So popular are they, that the certified and refurbished versions too, are just as popular as the originals. It has exactly the same features as a normal Kindle Paperwhite. These certified and refurbished products are products that weren’t sold due to some reason or the other and returned to the vendor (Amazon), who after rigorous testing have brought it back into the market, to sell. So the features, will now be familiar to you. Built-in backlight, anti-glare display, different connectivity options (Wi-fi, or, Wi-fi+3G), 4GB built-in memory and great battery life.
8. Barnes & Noble Nook Glow Light Plus: Price: $130.00
Cool inventions make a product standout in a competitive market. How cool is a waterproof Ebook reader? Yes, the Barnes & Noble Glow Light Plus is a waterproof Ebook reader that’s sold at quite an affordable price. But it’s not the only waterproof Ebook reader. However, for now let’s focus on this model. It’s one of those really small and compact Ebook readers. In terms of resolution, it’s not too bad with a 300ppi resolution. Of course, there are Ebook readers with higher resolution for this price but they might not have the same specs of this product, the main one being: the waterproof nature. At night or in darkness, the backlight feature proves to be really handy. One major drawback with this particular product is that only PDF and Epub files are compatible on it and not AZW, which is the format in which Amazon’s Ebooks come in. It’s storage is good, 4GB of inbuilt storage to be precise and it’s battery life too, isn’t quite shabby. If used in certain moderation on a daily basis, it can last for a period of 6 weeks on just one charge.
7. Kobo Aura H20: Price: $180.00
In this article, there is just one more Ebook reader that shares this product’s USP. The hint lies in the name ‘Auro H20’. A waterproof E-reader and perhaps, arguably, one of the best waterproof E-readers that is available in the market. In comparison to its competition, it’s slightly higher priced. In terms of size, it’s bigger than a lot of the other readers, measuring approximately: 7.04 x 5.07 x 0.38 inches. This model boasts of decent resolution, 265ppi, to be exact. How waterproof is it? Well, it can catch its ‘breath’ underwater for up to 30 minutes, and can ‘swim’, not deeper than 3 feet. That’s quite commendable when one looks at the product in discussion. It’s battery life is really good, with a potential of lasting nearly 2 months on just one charge! Extremely compatible with a lot of formats and equipped with a number of different reading options, that make reading convenient, at the end of the day one can confidently say that it’s price is justified. One more thing, it has an inbuilt memory of 4GB which can be expanded to 32GB using external memory devices.
6. Kindle Paperwhite E-reader: Price: $139.99
The most basic model is the Kindle E-reader and next in line is the Kindle Paperwhite. This particular model in question, is not the most basic version of the Kindle Paperwhite, rather the more advanced model. It’s almost double in terms of price but has a number of features that the Kindle E-reader doesn’t have. The first of which being a backlight option. It has 4 LED’s that make reading in the dark possible. With high resolution of 300ppi, the clarity of the text is on a whole other level. A couple of things however, remain the same, such as the same anti-glare technology and it’s size. Of course, it’s not of exactly the same size but it’s very similar, with exact product dimensions of : 6.7 x 4.6 x 0.36 inches. Perhaps to accommodate the few extra features, it’s weight has taken a toll. It’s still very lightweight though, weighing between 7.2-7.6 ounces, depending on the model one purchases. The two variations it comes in are in terms of connectivity, one, just Wi-fi compatible, while the other, both: Wi-fi and 3G compatible. It’s battery life is slightly better too, with a 4-hour charge lasting approximately more than a month. 4GB of inbuilt storage and unlimited cloud storage cover the storage related specs of this model.
5. Fire HD 10 Tablet: Price: $229.99
In the conventional sense, the Fire HD 10 is not an Ebook reader, rather a kind of a tablet that incorporates an Ebook reader. Engineered by Amazon, one has access to the Kindle Ebook store, that gives the reader a wide range of reading options to choose from. However, since it’s not a traditional Ebook reader, the display and battery life of it, will be different. It has much better resolution but it’s battery life is not even close to being good enough, when compared to an Ebook reader. Eight hours, is the approximate battery life. Storage space however, is not an issue. The Fire HD 10 can expand hold up to 200GB of files, using SD cards as memory sources. Eye-friendly, nighttime reading is possible on this product as the display is capable of being modified to reduce the stress screens possess on one’s eyes. The screen is quite big, 10.3 x 6.3 x 0.3 inches, to be precise and it weighs 15.2 ounces. This is Amazon’s version of an entertainment tablet that can be used as an E-reader, although it’s more popularly used for other entertainment purposes.
4. Kindle Oasis E-Reader: Price: $289.99
The Kindle Oasis E-Reader is one of Kindle’s standout models. It’s quite expensive but in terms of features of the product, this price is justified. High-resolution of 300ppi and a completely anti-glare screen, give a very vivid and pleasing reading experience. No stones have been left unturned to make this model a standout product, especially in terms of design. It’s the lightest and perhaps one of the most resilient of all the Kindle products. How light? 4.6 ounces to be precise. It has great battery life, requiring to be charged for only 3 hours while sustaining on it, for upto a period of 8 weeks. The 10 built-in LED’s illuminate the screen during periods of less/limited light and maintain a kind of consistency in display. Completely wireless, the product has two variations, one with Wi-fi only and the other with Wi-fi plus Free 3G. Storage space is immense. Apart from the unlimited cloud storage space reserved for Amazon content, it has a 4GB inbuilt storage capacity.
3. Kindle E-reader: Price: $79.99
The most basic and cheapest model by Kindle, the Kindle E-reader is perfect for those people who have budgetary issues and are looking for something that’s affordable and utilitarian at the same time. However, it doesn’t have too many features. The resolution of this model is quite basic, exactly 167ppi. Its screen is glare-free but doesn’t have built-in backlight that enables reading in the dark, a big con. In terms of size, it’s quite small, with exact product dimensions of: 6.3 x 4.5 x 0.36 inches. Kindle have taken the initiative to produce lighter weight models. In line with this goal, the Kindle E-reader weighs just 5.6 ounces. The battery life is good but not great. After a 4-hour charge, with limited use, it can be expected to run for almost one month. Like most of the E-readers, it has a storage capacity of 4GB inbuilt in it. All in all, it’s a base and simple model, targeted towards the middle-income segment.
2. Kindle Voyage E-reader: Price: $199.99
The Kindle Voyage E-reader is one of the most popular E-readers by Kindle. Well, one can call it the ‘middle’ model. It’s not too cheap, nor too expensive. In the eyes of a lot of people, it’s just right. It has a 300ppi high-resolution display, built-in light and a unique light sensor, that adjusts the light to the optimal amount, depending on one’s reading environment. This features is one that doesn’t adorn any other Kindle model, making it quite unique. Apart from that, it has other standard Kindle features such as, anti-glare screen, 4GB inbuilt memory, a versatile Ebook shop and so on and so forth. It has a better battery life that’s almost identical to that of a Kindle Paperwhite, lasting a little bit more than a month, on a 4-hour charge. Similarly, again, it has two product variations in terms of connectivity, one, only Wi-fi compatible while the other, both: Wi-fi and 3G compatible. Another somewhat, unique aspect in relation to the design of this model is it’s sleekness. Comparatively thinner, it has exact product dimensions of: 6.4 x 4.5 x .30 inches, weighing between 6.3 and 6.6 ounces, depending on the model.
1. Kindle Paperwhite E-reader: Price: $119.99
One can call it the most popular Ebook reader that’s sold by Kindle. It’s not hard to figure out the key factors behind its success. Pricing and relevant features. The price is quite affordable and it has just the right, as well as the right number of features, to make it look attractive in the eyes of the customers. All the essential features such as: built-in backlight, a great 300ppi resolution, anti-glare display, 4GB inbuilt storage, great battery life and so on, are found in this model. To back up all these features, it has all those reading options that make a Kindle what it is. For example: Instant translation, changing text size, dictionary etc. The exact product dimensions of this product are: 6.7 x 4.6 x 0.36 inches and it weighs between 7.2 and 7.6 ounces, depending on the product variation. The importance of its pricing cannot be understated. It’s adequately priced to ensure the company earns profits, while, at the same time, it creates such an image image in the eyes of the customers that they believe that they aren’t being robbed off their hard earned money. That’s perhaps the main reason behind the success of this model, in particular.
Whether or not, Ebook readers will ever fully replace printed books, is immaterial. Both, have their own set of pros and cons and their own admirers. The medium on which reading is more enjoyable is a subjective opinion. What matters at the end of the end, is getting to that happy ending, how-so-ever fits best.