Comparison of e-book readers

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2015-06-14 07:09:36

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.
Amazon Kindle VoyageAmazon Kindle PaperwhiteAmazon Kindle Paperwhite 3GiRiver Story HDNOOK Simple Touch
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Product details
Screen size6 in6 in6 in6 in6 in
Price199 USD119 USD179 USD139.99 USD99 USD
ManufacturerAmazonAmazonAmazoniRiverBarnes & Noble
Operating SystemAndroid 2.1
Height162 mm169 mm169 mm190.4 mm165.4 mm
Width115 mm117 mm117 mm127.5 mm126.6 mm
Depth7.6 mm9.1 mm9.1 mm9.3 mm12 mm
Weight180 g213 g222 g207 g212 g
Battery life6 weeks2 week with 1/2h read by day14000 pages (6 weeks without wireless)2 months (without wireless)
Battery capacity1800 mAh
Charge via USBYesYesYesYesYes microUSB
Replaceable batteryNoNoYes
Replacement Battery Cost29.95 USD
Wireless Access
Wireless technologyWi-Fi, 3GWi-FiWi-Fi, 3GWi-FiWi-Fi
Free wireless accessYesNoYes Free Wi-Fi at Barnes and Nobles and 24,000 AT&T hotspots
Internal memory storage4 GB2 GB2 GB2 GB2 GB
Memory extensionNoNoYes SDHCYes microSD
Number of books storage1100
Automatic library backupYes Re-download your books for freeYes Cloud on AmazonYes Cloud on amazonYes
Free ebooks3000000 Free Google eBooks
Free book samplesYesYesYesNo
Built-In DictionaryCollins DictionaryMerriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, 11th Edition
Personal document supportTXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversionJPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TXT, PDF, MOBI with no protection, PRC birth ; HTML, DOC, DOCX.JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TXT, PDF, MOBI with no protection, PRC birth ; HTML, DOC, DOCX.PDF,TXT,
JPG,GIF,PNG,BMP (in zip files too)
Supported eBook formatsKindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW)Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW).Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW).PDF, ePub, TXT, FB2, DJVUePub, PDF
BookstoreKindle StoreKindle StoreKindle StoreGoogle eBooksBarnes & Noble eBookstore, Google Books
Bookstore size2000000200000020000002000000 books, magazines, newspapers
E-ink electronic paperYesYesYesYesYes
Display type16 level grayscale16 level grayscale E Link16 level grayscale E Link16 level grayscale16 level grayscale E Ink® Pearl
Adjustable text sizeYesYesYesYesYes 7
Sharp display of images and photosYes-YesYes
Full image zoomYesYesYesYes
Built-In PDF readerYesYesYesYesYes
Newspaper readingYesYesYesYesYes
Bookmarks and AnnotationsYesYes
Touch screenYesYesYesNoYes IR Zforce
Rotating display (landscape view)NoNoNoNo
Headphone jackNoNoNo
Built-in speakerNoNoNo
Supported Audio formats
Read-To-Me (Text-to-Speech)NoNoNo
Sharing and synchronizing
Ability to read your eBooks on multiple devicesAll Kindle, PC, Mac, Ipad, Iphone, Ipod, Android, BlackBerry with the Kindle ApplicationSame as Kindle PaperwhiteiPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, PC, Mac OS, BlackBerry, AndroidiPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, PC, Mac OS, BlackBerry, Android
Synchronized last page read between devicesYesYesYesYes
Lend books to friendsYes 14 days on selected titlesYes 14 days on selected titlesNoYes 14 days on many titles
Other features
Listen to Music & PodcastsNoNoNo
Web BrowserYesYesNoNo
Quick page turn by hard keyYesYesYesYes
Replaceable colorful back coverNoNoNo
Screensaver with your photosNoYes
Over-the-Air software updatesYesYesYes
InputTouch screenTouch screenKeyboardVirtual keyboard
Included accessoriesUSB cableUSB cableUSB 2.0 CableU.S. power adapter, USB 2.0 cable, rechargeable battery (installed)
Release date2014-10-212012-10-012012-10-012011-07-172011-06-10
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  • Posted 2014-07-10 11:02:38 by Lilloote
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    Great comparison!
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