Should you check out one of these best eReaders? Lemme tell you about my situation.
I just love reading. After all, I am Samantha Howard–The Nerdy Book Girl.
But here’s the thing. As much as I wish, I just can’t carry around my full library of print books with me. It’s a cryin’ shame, but this girl ain’t no octopus. I’ve only got two hands. However, that’s more than enough to have an entire cornucopia of literature at my fingertips.
E-readers can make a book-o-phile’s life that much more enjoyable! With a great eReader, I can always stay in touch with my favorite characters and stories whether it’s riding the bus or climbing a mountain. Yet, there lies a problem. With the popularity of eReading and digital books come a whole bunch of sub-par reading devices. Pretenders to the throne, if you will.
No worries though because ole Sam here is gonna clue you into the absolute best eReaders available on the market today!
Just a disclaimer… I will be using Amazon Affiliate links here. This, however, does not change my opinion at all and they don’t cost you anything to use. All they do is help me keep my teapots full and my cat fed.
You’re probably not shocked to find a Kindle device at the top of this list. After all, they’re the ones that kinda revolutionized the whole eReading thing. And if you’re looking for the best eReader the Kindle line has to offer, your search ends here with the Oasis.
This baby has got it all. It’s got a sleek, yet grippable and ergonomically designed body that keeps it lightweight and in your hands–to prevent dropping it on your face at night in bed. (We’ve all done it before. No shame.) One of the things that makes it so is the page turning buttons on the unit. No more need to swipe and turn–which quite frankly is AMAZEBALLS! However, the page turners are only on the right side of the book…So sorry lefties, right?
Wrong. No need to worry because the Oasis is the only Kindle with screen rotating tech. That means all you need to do is rotate the screen and VOILA! Your buttons are on the other side.
But that’s not it. The Kindle Oasis is by far the most light balanced eReader available. It comes with 10 LEDs to help illuminate the screen evenly so you can forget about that stubborn light chasing. Now, there’s no photo sensor so you’ll have to manually adjust the brightness as you need. But that easily and simply done.
However, everything I just mentioned pales in comparison to what’s next. It’s unique leather cover. What makes the Oasis’s cover so unique is not that it’s leather, but that it’s also a charger for your eReader. That’s right. Your cover actually keeps your Oasis charged. And that charge lasts damn near forever. Seriously. The Oasis with the cover can last up to 10 MONTHS on a single charge. That’s insane.
The only gripes I really have about this unit is that is it’s not as waterproof as I’d like. And the price. It’s one of the more expensive eReaders available, but when you’re looking for Cadillac… Don’t expect to pay for a beater.
Second on our list of best eReaders comes another Kindle option. And that’s the Kindle Paperwhite.
While it doesn’t come with as many bells and whistles as the Oasis, the Paperwhite can definitely give you a wonderful reading experience. As a matter of fact, you’ll find many others claim this to be their top choice when it comes to eReader devices. (And I thought about it…But I’m in absolute love with my Oasis. No offense Paperwhite.)
The Paperwhite is like the upgrade to your standard Kindle ereader. It boasts a better resolution, better backlit screen, and increased battery performance. Along with standard WIFI, the Paperwhite comes with 4G LTE capabilities. That way you can always get your fix as long as you have a signal.
Oh! And it’s way cheaper than the Oasis.
Now, let’s get real for a sec… There may be some of you out there not yet ready to embrace the loving grasp of Amazon. (You can probably tell…I’m not one of those.) But if you are, there’s still some of the best eReaders available to you. Like the KOBO Clara HD.
The KOBO Clara HD is a neat, simplistic option designed to be lightweight, portable, and easy-to-operate. But it does have some features even unavailable to the Kindle Oasis–namely being the light detection sensor. Yup, the Clara will automatically detect your ambient light and adjust to optimum reading levels. Not too shabby.
And if you’re a frequent library goer, you’re in luck. The KOBO Clara is super friendly with library checkout systems. So no need for a big hassle when checking out or returning books.
I don’t know about you…But I love reading in the bath. And what’s even better is when coupled with my bathtime book stand, I can have a glass of wine along with it. However, it really sucks when I drop my book in the tub. I gotta do that that frantic dance of fishing out my read, cursing (normally quite audibly), and praying to the book gods that my print partner isn’t gone for good.
And it’s not like I’m gonna take my Kindle Oasis in the bath. I mean we’ve all seen Fear and Loathing right? But…there’s a solution. Get a waterproof eReader! And on there’s no better on this list of best eReaders than the KOBO Aura H2O.
While it’s pretty ordinary as far as eReaders go, it has one thing that truly sets it apart. Its absolute ability to be waterproof. The Aura H2O can last submerged in up to 2 meters of water for an entire hour. That’s nuts. Seriously, if you wanted to read a story completely underwater you could. Maybe just not War and Peace.
And if you’ve got little munchkins who love to read as well, no need to worry bout them grubby little fingers spilling who-knows-what on your Aura H2O.
I love my eReaders. I really do. But they all have their limitations. One in particular that they share in common is the fact that schematics, maps, and coding diagrams are such a pain in the bohonkus to read!
You know that maneuver…The one where you zoom in, zoom out, swipe over, just to rinse and repeat? Yea, well that process definitely gets minimized with the Onyx BOOX Max3. And yes… I know there are going to be some of you out there who think I’m nuts for putting this on my list. After all, it’s not just an eReader.
And you got me there. But despite its massive 13.3″ screen, it’s not a full-blown tablet. You can, however, read, jot notes, and listen to audio books…so, eReader. (Come at me, bro. J/K)
Either way, it’s a bit expensive. But if you’re reading a bunch of technical mumbo jumbo, you might want to make the investment.
Bottom line: Because choosing a crappy eReader isn’t going to be very fun. You should invest in something really worth your while.
That’s not to say that there aren’t other great eReaders out there. These are just my personal favorites–particularly the two Kindles. (For more detailed info, check out my Oasis vs Paperwhite article)
But you need to be willing to do some research in order to get the right option for you. Or just check out these…no pressure. E-reading isn’t going away anytime soon. As a matter of fact, the number of self-published eBooks grows higher and higher every day. If you love books, don’t get left behind. I love my paperbacks and hard copies, but I’d definitely be lost without my Kindle.