Best e-book readers of 2014


Looking for an e-book reader? You have more choices than ever before--though the number of models we at CNET can enthusiastically recommend is actually pretty short. Presented below are our favorite black-and-white e-ink models, including some that have built-in lighting. All of these models offer longer battery life and a more "paperlike" reading experience than color LCD tablets. Note that many of the competing models are closely matched, so be sure to read the full reviews (and the stories linked below) before making a buying decision.

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Best overall e-reader

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2013)

While the "all-new" Paperwhite may seem like an unspectacular upgrade on the surface, it's a clear improvement over the original Paperwhite and arguably the best e-reader currently available.

Price: $119.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent 2013 Paperwhite is subtly better, faster

Best ad-free e-ink reader

Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight

While it doesn't necessarily beat the Kindle Paperwhite, the $119 Nook GlowLight is an excellent e-reader that's strongly worth considering if you don't want to buy into the Amazon ecosystem.

4 stars Excellent

Best bargain e-reader

Amazon Kindle (2014)

For those who can live without an integrated light, the Kindle (2014) offers the full Kindle e-ink e-reading experience with little compromise for a budget price.

Price: $79.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Excellent open e-reader

Kobo Glo

The Kobo Glo is an excellent Kindle alternative, especially for readers seeking EPUB compatibility and international options.

Price: $129.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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