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Dedicated eReaders

Aluratek Libre Color

Aluratek Libre Touch

Amazon Kindle Basic (K4)

Amazon Kindle Touch (K5)

Augen The Book – a Kindle clone based on a 7″ LCD screen

Bookeen Orizon -

Cybook Opus – 5″ E-ink ereader made by Bookeen

Delstar Openbook – a 5″ LCD ereader made by Gajah

E-Fun Next2

Ectaco Jetbook - 5″ LCD based ereader

Elonex 500EB

Elonex 700EB

Gajah BK6001 – you’ll most likely see this 6″ ereader under a different brand name

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Hanlin A6 – 6″ Sipix screen

Hanvon N516

iriver Story HD

iriver Story Wifi

Kogan ereader – a 6″ereader sold by an Australian web retailer

Laser E-101 

Next Papyrus PageOne

Onyx Boox M90

Pocketbook 301

Pocketbook 302

Pocketbook 360

Prestigio PER2152B

Samsung E65

Sharper Image Literati

Shift3 Lookbook

Slick ER-700

Slick ER-701

Sony Touch Edition (PRS-600)

Sony Touch Edition & Pocket Edition (PRS-650, PRS-350)

Viewsonic VEB-620

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  • Heather Alexander

    Do you have any input on the Kindle Fire first generation, I am buying one from a friend and was wondering if it is still good. I know each generation adds new features and such, just wondering how out of date it may be. I can’t afford a new one and hers is in great condition. I have had trouble finding any information on the first edition. thanks for your time.

    • Nate Hoffelder

      The battery just died on the refurb Kindle Fire I got for my mom, and in retrospect I regret getting that tablet. The Kindle Fire HD was a much better tablet which was much easier to use.

    • Kelli

      I have a first generation Kindle Fire and use it daily. Have had no problems. Since it’s working fine I cannot justify upgrading to the newer Kindle Fire.
      I would purchase this without hesitation.

  • ben

    Thanks for providing the information.

    It’d be great if you can include in the title the screen size and technology (e-ink (and generation) or LCD, built-in light and kind, if any, etc.).

    Just so if I am looking for an e-ink larger than 6″ with built-in front light, I don’t have to read every review on the page (yes, I am aware that there is no mid-size or larger e-ink reader with built-in front lighting, unfortunately :)

  • Dr Peter Moss

    I have been hoping a good colour e-ink reader might come available, but like many others I think it unlikely in the near future. Normal reading is well provided for with the black/white e-readers (I have a simple Kindle). I am now a retired University Lecturer, and along with students, require to study various sources with both text and diagrams which are often in colour. My Kindle is very poor at showing diagrams/illustrations at all.

    The have been ‘dual readers’ involving a black/white reader along side a colour (LCD ?) reader. I suggest that approach could be revisited, with a wireless link between the two devices allowing combined or separate use as required.

    In dual use, the colour device, rather like many tablets, would serve as a ‘master’ to control the text pages available on the B/W device, allowing easy reading on one hand and indeed ‘page flipping’ to find a desired paragraph/page. The master colour device would also display any relevant diagram – to which the text may be describing.

    Such combined device would surely serve both the student and the news-paper market in a comprehensive manner, that is as yet not otherwise available. Just a thought. – PJM

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  • Mike

    I’m curious as to what you think is the best overall dedicated e-reader on the market. I’m looking to purchase my first. I have only recently started reading on my work-issued iPad, and I am tossing around the idea of getting an e-ink model. Thank you.

    • Nate Hoffelder

      I don’t think there is a single best dedicated ereader. Rather, I think a 7″ Android tablet makes a better ereader because it is a more capable device.

      But I would put the Kindle second because it is easy to use, feature rich, and has the best customer service to back it up.

  • HTM

    And where are the reviews for the readers from the Kobo family?

    • Nate Hoffelder

      I plan to review a couple of the tablets in the new year.

      • Dara Z

        Any Kobo reviews yet? I am trying to decide between a Nexus 7 and a Kobo Aura or Glo for a travel reader. I may or may not have internet access in North Africa, probably not outside of major cities. And while on safari, I will limited charging options. I prefer not to buy anything from Amazon. Any recommendations would be helpful. Thank you.

        • HTM

          The Nexus 7 and the Kobo books ar two different species, the Nexus is a tablet, the Kobo’s are pure ebook readers. On the Nexus you can also read books, of course. The screen will be less readable in the sunlight. If you only want to read books, I would recommend te Kobo’s, if you want more (Mail, Internet, apps) you will need the Nexus. Battery life of the Kobo’s is 3-4 weeks. Nexus less, I suppose.

  • Stefan

    If you’re still doing reviews on e-readers, will you try to review the Prestigio Supreme 5664 reader? Click on my name to see it on their site. I plan to buy it soon, since it is fairly priced for what it does, but there’s no review of it on the internet, so i feel like making a blind buy. It will be the first e-reader I’ll ever buy.

    Thank you.

  • Darlene Carr

    Waiting for the Kindle DX Paper White to be released.Any info on that?

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