Comparison of e-book readers

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2013-09-15 20:52:57

e-readers also known as e-book readers or e-book devices, are designed primarily to read digital books and periodicals. There is two different kind of devices in this comparison:

ePaper devices

The electronic paper technology (e-paper), try to simulate a traditional printed paper. It offers a better readability especially in bright sunlight. This technology also extend the battery life, since the screen requires electricity, only when refreshing the page. The drawbacks of this technology is the bad refresh rates which make it not appropriate to play videos, and the colors are limited to few levels of gray. However due to the reading comfort the technology provide, choose this kind of device, if you plan to use it intensively for digital books.

Other devices

In this comparison there is two devices which don't use ePaper technology, but use instead traditional color screen (and are more considered as tablets): The NookColor and the iPad 2. Both of them offer applications to read electronic books, but reading on these devices might not be as enjoyable in particular in sunlight. If you are looking for a device which is not dedicated for reading but more of a versatile device for surfing the web or playing games you might consider it.

Find below a feature oriented comparison table to choose the ereader you want. And don't hesitate to modify the table, correct errors, comments or promote the ereaders you like.
Kindle DX GraphiteAmazon Kindle PaperwhiteAmazon Kindle Paperwhite 3GFnacbookiRiver Story HDKoboNOOK Simple TouchNOOK ColorOyoSony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350SCSony Touch PRS-650
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Product details
Screen size9.7 in6 in6 in6 in6 in6 in6 in7 in6 in5 in6 in
Price379 USD119 USD179 USD199 EUR139.99 USD119.99 USD99 USD139 USD207 USD179.99 USD320.43 USD
ManufacturerAmazonAmazonAmazonFnac (Sagem)iRiverBordersBarnes & NobleBarnes & NobleThaliaSonySony
Operating SystemLinux 2.6.21Android 2.1Android 2.2 FroyoMontaVista LinuxMontaVista Linux
Height264 mm169 mm169 mm153 mm190.4 mm184 mm165.4 mm210 mm152 mm145 mm168 mm
Width183 mm117 mm117 mm123 mm127.5 mm120 mm126.6 mm130 mm123 mm104.3 mm118.8 mm
Depth9.7 mm9.1 mm9.1 mm11 mm9.3 mm10 mm12 mm12 mm11.4 mm8.5 mm9.6 mm
Weight540 g213 g222 g240 g207 g200 g212 g450 g240 g155 g215 g
Battery life3 weeks8 h15 days14000 pages (6 weeks without wireless)14 days2 months (without wireless)8 h (without wireless)14 days (8000 pages)14 days14 days
Battery capacity1530 mAh Li-Polymer1800 mAh940 mAh940 mAh
Charge via USBYesYesYesYesYes microUSBYesYesYes
Replaceable batteryNoNoNoYesNoNo
Wireless Access
Wireless technologywhispernet (3G)Wi-FiWi-Fi, 3GWi-Fi, 3GWi-FiBluetoothWi-FiWi-FiWi-Fi
Free wireless accessYes AT&T + 100 countriesYes 3G gratuite en France métropolitaine (réseau SFR)NoYes Free Wi-Fi at Barnes and Nobles and 24,000 AT&T hotspotsNo
Internal memory storage4 GB2 GB2 GB2 GB2 GB1 GB2 GB8 GB2 GB2 GB2 GB
Memory extensionNoYes microSDHCYes SDHCYes SD cardYes microSDYes microSDHCYes microSDNoYes SD card, Memory Stick
Number of books storage35002000100060001500
Automatic library backupYes Re-download your books for freeYes retélécharger gratuitement vos livres (6x)YesYes
Free ebooks0503000000 Free Google eBooks10010
Free book samplesYes read first chapters for freeNo
Built-In DictionaryThe New Oxford American DictionaryYes (English)Collins DictionaryMerriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, 11th EditionMerriam-Webster Collegiate®American Oxford
English Oxford
American Oxford
English Oxford
Personal document supportunprotected Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX), PDF, HTML, TXT, RTF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion, PRC, MOBI files (fee for wirelessly emailing), MP3, RTF, PRC, MOBI files (fee for wirelessly emailing)TXT, PDF, MP3, HTML, JPG, PNG, BMPPDF,TXT,
JPG,GIF,PNG,BMP (in zip files too)
Supported eBook formatsKindle (AZW), PDF, TXT, unprotected MOBI, PRCePub, PDF, HTML, TXTPDF, ePub, TXT, FB2, DJVUePub, PDF, Adobe DRMePub, PDFePub, PDF, TXT, DOC, DOCM, DOCXEPUB, PDF, TXT, HTMLePub, PDF, BBeB Book, TXT, RTFePub, PDF, BBeB Book, TXT, RTF
BookstoreKindle StoreFnacothèqueGoogle eBooksBorders eBook storeBarnes & Noble eBookstore, Google BooksBarnes & Noble eBookstore, Google BooksChapitre.comSony Reader StoreSony Reader Store
Bookstore size300000 books, 99,9% in english80000 books, 750 comics (in french)2000000 books, magazines, newspapers
E-ink electronic paperYesYesYesYes Sipix ePaperYesYesYesNoYesYes E Ink® PearlYes E Ink® Pearl
Display type16 level grayscale16 level grayscale16 level grayscale16 level grayscale E Ink® PearlIPS LCD 16M Colors16 level grayscale16 level grayscale16 level grayscale
Adjustable text sizeYes 6Yes 5YesYesYes 7Yes 6Yes 6Yes 6Yes 6
Sharp display of images and photosYesYesYes
Full image zoomYesYes
Built-In PDF readerYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Newspaper readingYesYesYes
Bookmarks and Annotationsyou can edit, delete, and export your notes. You can highlight and clip key passages and bookmark pages for future use. You'll never need to bookmark your last place in the book, because Kindle remembers for you and always opens to the last page you readyesyes
Touch screenNoYesYesYes touché capacitifNoNoYes IR ZforceYesYesYesYes
Rotating display (landscape view)Yes auto.Yes auto.NoNoNoNoYes auto.
Headphone jackYesYesNoNoNoYesYesNoYes
Built-in speakerYesNoNoNoNoYesNo
Supported Audio formatsMP3, AudibleMP3MP3, AACMP3MP3, AAC (DRM-free)
Read-To-Me (Text-to-Speech)Yes English newspapers, magazines, blogs, booksNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Sharing and synchronizing
Ability to read your eBooks on multiple devicesiPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, PC, Mac OS, BlackBerry, AndroidiPad, iPhone, iPod touch, PC, Mac OSiPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, PC, Mac OS, BlackBerry, AndroidPCiPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, PC, Mac OS, BlackBerry, Android
Synchronized last page read between devicesYes between devices, Kindle apps on same acountNoYesYesYes
Lend books to friendsYes 14 days on selected titlesYes 14 days on selected titlesYes 14 days on selected titlesNoNoNoYes 14 days on many titlesYes 14 days on many titlesNo
Other features
Listen to Music & PodcastsYesYesNoNoNo
Web BrowserYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNo
Quick page turn by hard keyYesNoYesYes
Replaceable colorful back coverNoNoNoNo
Screensaver with your photosNoNoNoNoYes
Over-the-Air software updatesYesYesYesYes
InputKeyboardVirtual keyboard (AZERTY)Keyboard4 way D-padVirtual keyboard
Included accessoriesPower adapter, USB 2.0 cable, batterymicroUSB/USB cable, french power adapter (220v)USB 2.0 CableU.S. power adapter, USB 2.0 cable, rechargeable battery (installed)
Release date2010-07-072012-10-012012-10-012010-11-102011-07-172010-06-172011-06-102010-11-192010-10-302010-09-012010-09-01
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