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Comparison of e-book readers


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 devices which don't use ePaper technology, but use instead traditional color screen (and are more considered as tablets): The iPad. 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 OasisAmazon Kindle VoyageAmazon Kindle PaperwhiteBookeen Liseuse DIVA HDiRiver Story HDNOOK Simple TouchApple iPad Pro 9.7inch
DescriptionLiseuse dotée d'un écran haute définition de 300 dpi, la DIVA HD vous offre une qualité de lecture idéale avec son éclairage modulable qui réduit l'exposition à la lumière bleue. Elle vous promet des semaines d'autonomie, une capacité de stockage de livres exceptionnelle et une lecture sans reflet. Servie par une interface rapide et instinctive, vous plongerez sans attendre vers vos meilleures lectures. Les couvertures déclenchent l'éveil ou la mise en veille instantanés de votre liseuse.
Product details
Screen size6 in6 in6 in6 in6 in9.7 in
Price$ 249.99$ 199$ 119€ 139.9$ 139.99$ 99$ 599
ManufacturerAmazonAmazonAmazoniRiverBarnes & Noble
Operating SystemAndroid 2.1iOS9.3
Height143 mm162 mm169 mm155 mm190.4 mm165.4 mm240 mm
Width122 mm115 mm117 mm121 mm127.5 mm126.6 mm169.5 mm
Depth8.5 mm7.6 mm9.1 mm11 mm9.3 mm12 mm6.1 mm
Weight131 g180 g213 g240 g207 g212 g437 g
Battery life8 weeks6 weeks2 week with 1/2h read by day14,000 pages (6 weeks without wireless)2 months (without wireless)10 h
Battery capacity1,900 mAh1,800 mAh
Charge via USBYesYesYesYes microUSBYesYes microUSB
Replaceable batteryNoNoYesNo
Replacement Battery Cost$ 29.95
Wireless Access
Wireless technologyWi-Fi, 3GWi-Fi, 3GWi-FiWi-FiWi-FiWi-Fi
Free wireless accessNoYes Free Wi-Fi at Barnes and Nobles and 24,000 AT&T hotspots
Internal memory storage4 GB4 GB2 GB16 GB2 GB2 GB
Memory extensionNoNoNoNoYes SDHCYes microSDNo
Number of books storage1,100
Automatic library backupYes Re-download your books for freeYes Cloud on AmazonYes
Free ebooks3,000,000 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 conversionTXT, 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.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 size2,000,0002,000,0002,000,0002,000,000 books, magazines, newspapers
E-ink electronic paperYesYesYesYesYesNo
Display type16 level grayscale16 level grayscale E Link16 level grayscale16 level grayscale E Ink® Pearl
Adjustable text sizeYesYesYesYesYes 7
Sharp display of images and photosYesYes-YesYesYes
Full image zoomYesYesYesYesYes
Built-In PDF readerYesYesYesYesYesYes
Newspaper readingYesYesYesYesYes
Bookmarks and AnnotationsYes
Touch screenYesYesYesNoYes IR Zforce
Rotating display (landscape view)NoNoYesNoNo
Headphone jackNoNoNoNoNo
Built-in speakerNoNoNo
Supported Audio formats
Read-To-Me (Text-to-Speech)NoNoNoNoNo
Sharing and synchronizing
Ability to read your eBooks on multiple devicesAll Kindle, PC, Mac, Ipad, Iphone, Ipod, Android, BlackBerry with the Kindle ApplicationAll Kindle, PC, Mac, Ipad, Iphone, Ipod, Android, BlackBerry with the Kindle ApplicationAll Kindle, PC, Mac, Ipad, Iphone, Ipod, Android, BlackBerry with the Kindle ApplicationiPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, PC, Mac OS, BlackBerry, AndroidiPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, PC, Mac OS, BlackBerry, Android
Synchronized last page read between devicesYesYesYesYesYes
Lend books to friendsYes 14 days on selected titlesNoYes 14 days on many titles
Other features
Listen to Music & PodcastsNoNoNoYes
Web BrowserYesNoNoYes
Quick page turn by hard keyYesYesYesYes
Replaceable colorful back coverNoNoNo
Screensaver with your photosNoYesYes
Over-the-Air software updatesYesYesYesYes
InputTouch screenTouch screenKeyboardVirtual keyboard
Included accessoriesUSB cableUSB 2.0 CableU.S. power adapter, USB 2.0 cable, rechargeable battery (installed)
Release dateApr. 27th 2016 Oct. 21st 2014 Oct. 1st 2012 Jul. 17th 2011 Jun. 10th 2011 Mar. 21st 2016
Last updateDec. 18th 2021 9:58:01 AMDec. 18th 2021 9:58:01 AMDec. 18th 2021 9:58:01 AMAug. 9th 2022 10:11:01 AMApr. 14th 2016 12:50:38 AMAug. 9th 2022 10:10:11 AMSep. 16th 2021 11:41:00 AM
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User reviews and comments

  • fezzzza on Jul. 29th 2019 2:13:28 PM
    suggested on Amazon Kindle Paperwhite to set Name to Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (5th Generation)

    this is the official Amazon name

  • fezzzza on Jul. 29th 2019 2:13:00 PM
    suggested on Amazon Kindle Voyage to set Name to Amazon Kindle Voyage (7th Generation)

    this is the official amazon name

  • fezzzza on Jul. 29th 2019 2:12:07 PM
    suggested on Amazon Kindle Oasis to set Name to Amazon Kindle Oasis (8th Generation)

    this is the official Amazon name

  • Seppo Niiranen on Nov. 28th 2016 8:36:48 AM

    There are no Kobo readers in this comparison. Therefore it is not worth much. Also, no screen resolutions compared. Resolution is one most important factor in reading and main difference in price groups.

  • Tllc on Jan. 12th 2012 6:02:17 AM

    Love it, it does everything advertised and more! +1'd!

  • mikuzz on Dec. 11th 2011 8:41:53 PM

    Super! With rooting is a small andoid tablet

  • Vanina on Dec. 8th 2010 12:57:48 PM

    Beranger, vous pouvez les rajouter SONY PRS-350 et SONY PRS-650, c'est juste que je n'ai, pour ma part, pas eu le temps pour l'instant...

  • beranger on Dec. 8th 2010 9:21:12 AM

    Bullshit. Où sont les lecteurs SONY PRS-350 et SONY PRS-650?

  • Elodie on Oct. 28th 2010 7:17:40 PM
    like this

    Great comparison!