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
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
Kobo Mini
REVIEW

Kobo Mini

The affordable Kobo Mini is a likable touch-screen e-ink e-reader that's too small for some and not quite small enough for others.

3 stars Editors' rating on January 28, 2013
3.1 stars User rating out of 5 votes

MSRP: $79.99

Kobo Glo
REVIEW

Kobo Glo ( silver)

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
3.3 stars User rating out of 2 votes

MSRP: $129.99

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 ( white)

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
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

Kobo Vox
REVIEW

Kobo Vox ( blue)

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

MSRP: $249.99

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

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
Kobo eReader Touch Edition
REVIEW

Kobo eReader Touch Edition ( silver)

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
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

Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650PC
REVIEW

Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650PC ( red)

The Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650 is a slick e-book reader that's anchored by an impressive and easy-to-use touch interface, but the glaring omission of wireless connectivity will be a deal-killer for many--especially at this price.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 8, 2010
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
Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350SC
REVIEW

Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350SC ( silver)

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
4 stars User rating out of 1 vote
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