The Kindle is one of the best e-readers out there. It’s held that position for over a decade now, which should give you an idea of how good the device is as an eReader. Even though competitors have managed to launch well-designed and affordable e-readers, most are often unable to compete with the breadth of the Amazon ecosystem enjoyed by the Kindle device. That said, it’s exactly that, the one of being tied to the Amazon ecosystem that might not appeal to many. Mentioned here are a few e-readers that can be considered as a valid alternative to Kindle.
The Kobo Libra 2 is one of the best in the business, all things considered. In fact, viewing it as a Kindle alternative may undermine its greatness, as things can be reversed as well. It features a brilliant 7-inch 300 PPI E Ink Carta 1200 display that offers excellent contrast and front light support. There’s 32GB of built-in storage, which should be more than enough to house e-books and audiobooks that can also last an extended vacation. The same goes for the battery life, which can also last several weeks on a single charge.
Another inherent benefit of the Kobo Libra 2, or for that matter all Kobo devices, is the OverDrive support they come with. This way, you can save quite a bit of money by borrowing content from the local library instead of buying it. Then there is also Pocket support which will allow you to read saved web articles. Bluetooth connectivity, a first on a Kobo device, lets you listen to audiobooks whenever you want. Other good things about the Libra 2 include a waterproof build as well as support for almost all known e-book file formats.
It can be a great entry-level e-reader. It comes with a 6-inch E INK Carta HD display with 1024×758 resolution and 212 PPI. Plus, the fact that it’s not a glass-based screen ensures there’s the least amount of outside light reflection, making it extremely soft and easy on the eyes. The array of backlights evenly illuminate the screen and ensure easy reading in varying lighting conditions. The e-reader runs the Android 8.1 operating system, although the underlying user interface is designed in such a way that it never gives you the impression that Android is running underneath. Overall, the NOOK GlowLight 4E comes across as a solid e-reader device with an affordable price tag.
The Onyx Boox Nova Air C is unique in more ways than one. First of all, it runs on Android and comes with Google Play Store support. This way you won’t be tied to just one source for your e-book, as there will be many ways to get content. Its color too, thanks to the Carta Mobius screen – 7.8 inch 300 PPI screen – which accompanies it. That’s not all because the Nova Air C also comes with a stylus holder, which means you can also take notes whenever you want. All of this makes the Nova Air C something of a cross between a tablet and an e-reader, although it’s more the latter than the former. So if you want to use the device as an e-reader, it might be worth it.
There is a lot for the Meebook P6 e-reader. This includes the excellent 6-inch 300 PPI HD E Ink display which is so pleasing to the eye. Plus, the P6 E-Reader is another to run Android or Android 8.1 to be precise, which means you still have the option of installing third-party e-book apps if you want. The e-reader offers 16GB of native storage which is again expandable up to 128GB by means of microSD cards. It has a Type-C port and supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. Then there’s also 24-level backlight support for easy reading in almost any ambient lighting condition.
The PocketBook Touch HD 3 comes with a 6-inch 1072 x 1448, 300 DPI E Ink display with SMARTlight feature that gives users several advanced options to customize screen brightness and color temperature. The eReader supports 19 e-book formats and 4 graphic file formats, which should suffice for all your reading requirements. Moreover, there is also Bluetooth support which will also allow listening to audiobooks, of which it supports 6 popular formats.
Other top specs of the Pocketbook Touch HD 3 eReader include 16GB of native storage, around a month of battery life, and an IPx7 waterproof rating thanks to its accompanying HZO Protection technology.
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