E-readers

Kobo Glo HD
REVIEW

Kobo Glo HD

Though its store still has room to grow, the Kobo e-reader offers a smooth, simple and user-friendly experience at a competitive price point.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on May 21, 2015

MSRP: $130.00

Amazon Kindle Voyage
REVIEW

Amazon Kindle Voyage

The Kindle Voyage is Amazon's best e-reader to date, and probably the best e-reader ever -- but it doesn't come cheap.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on October 20, 2014
4.3 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Amazon Kindle
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 10, 2014
Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight
REVIEW

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 Editors' rating on November 6, 2013
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Kobo Aura
REVIEW

Kobo Aura

With its more portable design, the Kobo Aura is a worthwhile -- albeit pricier -- Kindle Paperwhite alternative for EPUB fans who don't want to be tied to Amazon's proprietary ecosystem.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 17, 2013
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
REVIEW

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.

4 stars Editors' rating on September 27, 2013
3.6 stars User rating out of 9 votes
Kobo Glo
REVIEW

Kobo Glo ( black)

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

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 21, 2012
Amazon Kindle
REVIEW

Amazon Kindle ( 2012, special offers)

The $69 Amazon Kindle is an excellent no-frills e-book reader for anyone who’s willing to forgo a built-in light or a touch screen.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 13, 2012
3.7 stars User rating out of 3 votes

MSRP: $69.00

Sony Reader PRS-T2
REVIEW

Sony Reader PRS-T2 ( black)

The Sony PRS-T2 is a perfectly good touch-screen e-reader whose only sin is that it doesn't have any competitive advantages over Amazon's and Barnes & Noble's e-readers.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 29, 2012
1 star User rating out of 1 vote
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G
REVIEW

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G

With an excellent built-in light and Amazon's best-in-class e-book selection, the Kindle Paperwhite rises to the top of the e-reader pack.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on September 6, 2012

MSRP: $199.00

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight
REVIEW

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight

The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight sets the standard for e-ink e-readers going forward and is well worth the extra money if you do a lot of nighttime reading.

4 stars Editors' rating on April 23, 2012
3.4 stars User rating out of 14 votes
Kobo Vox
REVIEW

Kobo Vox ( green)

While it's relatively affordable, the Kobo Vox is a truly unexceptional Android tablet, with nothing to recommend it over the identically priced Kindle Fire.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on December 13, 2011
Amazon Kindle Touch
REVIEW

Amazon Kindle Touch ( with Special Offers, Wi-Fi)

The Kindle Touch is Amazon's best e-reader to date.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 16, 2011
4 stars User rating out of 5 votes

MSRP: $99.00

Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1RC
REVIEW

Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1RC ( red)

While there's no compelling reason to buy it over the Kindle Touch, the Sony Reader Wi-Fi is a very solid e-reader.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 17, 2011

MSRP: $129.99

Amazon Kindle 2011
REVIEW

Amazon Kindle 2011 ( with Special Offers, Wi-Fi)

If you don't want to spend the extra $20 to upgrade to the forthcoming touch-screen version, the entry-level 2011 Kindle is a great choice for an ultraportable and superaffordable no-frills e-ink reader.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on September 29, 2011
4.5 stars User rating out of 4 votes

MSRP: $79.00

Kobo eReader Touch Edition
REVIEW

Kobo eReader Touch Edition ( lavender)

Though the Kobo eReader Touch Edition doesn't quite measure up to the Nook Touch or the Kindle, it's a respectable and affordable touch-screen e-reader with a lot of pluses.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 16, 2011
4.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch Reader
REVIEW

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch Reader ( Wi-Fi)

The new touch-screen Nook is a major advancement over its predecessor and offers some real advantages over the 2010 Kindle.

4 stars Editors' rating on May 31, 2011
4.3 stars User rating out of 8 votes
Sony Reader Daily Edition PRS-950SC
REVIEW

Sony Reader Daily Edition PRS-950SC ( silver)

Sony's flagship e-reader, the Daily Edition PRS-950, is a capable, well-designed e-reader that offers both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity--but at $300, it's too expensive.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on February 3, 2011
3.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $299.99

Kobo Wireless eReader
REVIEW

Kobo Wireless eReader ( WiFi, lilac)

Though the Kobo Wireless eReader is a serviceable e-book reader with built-in Wi-Fi, it's worth spending the extra money to get the Kindle or the Nook instead.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on January 24, 2011

MSRP: $139.00

Barnes & Noble Nook Color
REVIEW

Barnes & Noble Nook Color

Barnes & Noble's Nook Color is a capable color touch-screen e-book reader that offers much of the functionality of an Android tablet for half the price of an iPad.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 15, 2010
2 stars User rating out of 14 votes
Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350PC
REVIEW

Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350PC ( pink)

If you can overlook the fact that it's missing wireless connectivity, the Sony PRS-350 is a very nice little e-reader that's anchored by an impressive and easy-to-use touch interface.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on September 26, 2010
Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G
REVIEW

Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G ( with Special Offers, graphite)

The third-generation Kindle's winning combination of noteworthy upgrades--an improved screen, better battery life, lighter weight, and lower price--vaults it to the top of the e-book reader category.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 22, 2010
Pandigital Novel Color Multimedia eReader
REVIEW

Pandigital Novel Color Multimedia eReader

The feature set of the affordable Pandigital Novel looks good on paper, but this color e-book reader and multimedia device is hobbled by its extremely slow performance and unresponsive touch screen.

2 stars Editors' rating on August 17, 2010

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Amazon Kindle DX
REVIEW

Amazon Kindle DX ( white)

Though it has a hard time competing with Apple's iPad in terms of functionality, the less-expensive 2010 Kindle DX will appeal to those looking for a large, dedicated e-reader with an e-ink display.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 2, 2010
0 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Kobo eReader
REVIEW

Kobo eReader

The Kobo eReader isn't a bad little basic e-book reader, but it's just not a compelling deal now that the more full-featured Barnes & Noble Nook has matched its low price.

2 stars Editors' rating on July 8, 2010
1 star User rating out of 16 votes
Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-600SC
REVIEW

Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-600SC ( silver)

While it's an improvement to the company's previous touch-screen model, Sony's Reader Touch Edition PRS-600 is saddled with a screen that's short on contrast and prone to glare--and it lacks the wireless convenience of Amazon's identically priced Kindle.

3 stars Editors' rating on September 11, 2009
Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300
REVIEW

Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300 ( blue)

While Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-300 has a basic feature set, its $200 price tag, compact size, and Epub file compatibility make it an appealing e-book reader.

3 stars Editors' rating on September 8, 2009
Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-700BC
REVIEW

Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-700BC

The PRS-700 takes one step forward for Sony digital readers--and a couple leaps back.

3 stars Editors' rating on November 25, 2008

MSRP: $349.99

Amazon Kindle
REVIEW

Amazon Kindle ( first generation)

With its free built-in wireless capabilities and PC-free operation, Amazon's Kindle holds a distinct advantage over Sony's Reader and is a promising evolution of the electronic book--but Amazon needs to bring down the pricing for both the device and the content to attract a wider audience.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 20, 2007
Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader System
REVIEW

Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader System

Though the Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader System is an impressive platform for reading e-books and other documents, the price and availability of compatible "books" makes it a tougher sell.

3 stars Editors' rating on June 28, 2007