The best eBook readers and Kindles you can buy
Readers and book lovers have got behind the digital revolution with the rise of eBook readers. Providing a monochrome screen to read from rather than the backlight of a smartphone, eReaders offer a way to bring your book collection with you everywhere. eReaders use monochrome and E-ink on their screens that is easier on the eyes than bright lighting from tablets. With most models you can vary the brightness levels so you can still read in relatively dark rooms, while eReaders also block reflections of light more effectively than backlit screens. The Telegraph picked up some of the best eReaders from Amazon and rival Kobo to find the best out there. The best eReaders and Kindles you can buy Kindle Paperwhite £109.99, Amazon Kindle Paperwhite ereader Amazon's models lead the way in the eBook space after more than a decade of development. The Kindle Paperwhite is Amazon's mid-range option for eReaders. It has a clear 300 pixel per inch screen for an improved viewing experience on the normal Kindle, plus it has backlighting unlike Amazon's budget version. The Kindle Paperwhite links up to Amazon's Kindle Unlimited store, giving you access to 5.5 million books online. You navigate the Paperwhite entirely using the touchscreen, which offers a simple user interface. For an extra £50 you can get an unlimited 3G connection with the Paperwhite, meaning you can find books to download even if you can't get Wi-Fi connection. It significantly adds to the overall cost, but the ease of downloading new books while travelling could make it worthwhile for some people. The Paperwhite has up to six weeks of battery life, so it should last an entire holiday with ease. The 6-inch screen will be perfect for most people, and while it is a little more pricey than the regular Kindle it is often on sale on Amazon, so you can find it for less. It's the best eReader for most people. Telegraph rating: 9/10 Kindle £59.99, Amazon Amazon Kindle Amazon's Kindle has been the go-to for readers for several years now and the 2016 iteration is no exception. The entry-level Kindle comes with 4GB of storage and a 6-inch touchscreen. It has 167 pixels per inch, meaning the screen is a little less detailed than its big brother models. At 161 grams it is incredibly light and small enough to slip into a handbag. It doesn't have backlighting of any kind, however. While this keeps the glare out of your eyes, it does mean you might struggle to keep reading on dark flights or long journeys. The new Kindle has added modes like page flip, which lets you skip through multiple pages at once to find the right spot. It's not the most sophisticated eReader, but at just £59 it is the cheapest, and providing you don't plan to let it take a dunk in the pool it is probably the best budget eReader for most people. Telegraph rating: 8.5/10 Kindle Oasis £229.99, Amazon Kindle Oasis The latest Amazon Kindle, the Kindle Oasis boasts the most advanced technology you can get on a Kindle eReader. It is also far and away the most expensive you can buy at £229.99. Can an eReader ever be worth that much? What the Oasis gives you is full waterproofing (finally) on a Kindle. It is more expensive than similar Kobo models that offer the same feature, but it comes with far more on offer. It has a large 7-inch display, making it the biggest screened Kindle, with page-turner buttons and twice the storage with 8GB of memory. Additionally, you can get 200,000 audiobooks from your Kindle Oasis, which can pair with Bluetooth headphones and use an Audible account to listen to music. It is the most advanced Kindle you can buy, but at £229.99 it's a major investment. You would have to be an eReader fanatic to make the most of the Oasis, or be an avid Audible user. Telegraph rating: 8.5/10 Kobo Aura One £189, Argos Kobo Aura One Kobo's larger eBook reader gives you more screen capacity than many Amazon Kindle models, which some users will prefer. It's light and portable, while the 7.8-inch screen will take up more room in your bag you will hardly notice the weight. Kobo gives users access to the Kobo Store, which has tens of thousands of books to choose from. It can also be connected to your local library to search for even more books on the go in real time. Kobo has also got ahead of Amazon in its waterproofing for eBook readers and the Kobo Aura One is waterproof for up to one hour, meaning any mistakes or bathroom drops won't be punished. For the price, you are getting waterproofing for significantly less than you could get with Amazon. However, you lose the benefit of Amazon Prime Reading, Amazon's pay monthly service which comes as part of Amazon Prime. Instead you have to buy your books individually. Most Kobo books are available from the Kobo store starting at 99p. Telegraph rating: 8/10 Kindle Voyage £169.99, Amazon Kindle Voyage ereader The Kindle Voyage is a slightly updated version of the Paperwhite, offering a few upgrades that make it a more premium eReader experience. The Voyage includes an adaptive front light, meaning the Voyage adapts to the light you are in automatically when reading. It also includes Pagepress technology. This is a step up on the normal touchscreen you get with the Paperwhite, with haptic control on the touchscreen and physical buttons to let you flick through the pages. Generally the more expensive Voyage has a nicer feel than the Paperwhite and Kindle, with a smoother casing and rubberised design rather than the plastic feel of the Paperwhite. However it is £50 more expensive than the normal Paperwhite, and we are just not sure it is worth it for the iterative upgrades you get with the Voyage. The Paperwhite should be fine for most readers. Telegraph rating: 8/10 Kobo Aura H2O £129, Rakuten Kobo Kobo Aura H2O As the name suggests, the Kobo Aura H2O is a waterproof alternative to your Kindle. It has a sturdy waterproof and dust-proof design, making it perfect for a trip to the beach or the poolside. Like other Kobos, it lacks access to the Kindle book store, meaning you can't get the kind of subscription-based reading you can with Amazon's models. However, you do get access to other book and magazine formats in Epub format that you can download from your PC. Generally the performance on the Kobo Aura H20 felt a little sluggish compared to the other readers we tried. Refresh rates were always a touch slower than compared to more expensive models. The battery should last for weeks and brightness can be easily tweaked on the go. Telegraph rating: 6/10 What to look for in an eReader When deciding which was the best eReader, we researched the market leaders and picked some of our favourites to test. Most of these models come from Amazon, which still leads the space in eReader technology and produces popular models like the Oasis and Paperwhite. But there are rival brands out there, most of which offer other options for downloading books, not just using one library. Kindle screen size Screen size is one of the first things to consider when picking up an eReader. Most models seem to be around 6-inches in their screen, although some from Kobo are a little larger. The writing always tends to be quite clear on an eReader, so you don't have to worry if the reader seems a little small. Old eReaders used to have a keyboard or keys to navigate the screen, but almost all new models now feature a touchscreen for navigation. Wi-Fi or 3G connections Most eReaders come with Wi-Fi connection as standard, meaning you have to link up to a local wireless connection. In the set up process, you will normally have to register your device, such as with the Amazon Store. However, some models can be upgraded to use a 3G connection, meaning you can connect and download books almost anywhere. However, this does add to the price. To upgrade the already expensive Kindle Oasis you would have to add £90 to the asking price for 3G. Library and book store Depending on which eReader you buy you may then be limited to ordering and reading books from certain sources. Amazon Kindles, while benefiting from the use of the Amazon book store and lending library, which lets you borrow books, it doesn't let you download any books in Epub formats. Kobo readers can natively read Epub formats, You can access both the Amazon Kindle store and Kobo ebook store online if you want to check what books are available. Waterproof eReaders Afraid you are likely to lose your eReader to a watery grave at the bottom of the bath? Several eReaders are now fully waterproof, such as the new Kindle Oasis. This does add quite significantly to the price, however, and if you are happy to risk it you can buy a cheaper eReader without waterproofing. Black Friday products disclaimer Verdict Not much separates Amazon's Kindle eReaders, other than the truly budget Kindle. For many people this will be enough, but the Kindle Paperwhite offers just enough upgrades to the eReader experience with backlighting, and it comes in at a reasonable price of close to £100. From the Kobo options, the Kobo Aura One is a good eReader to use, but that lack of access to the Amazon store will put some people off. It's also not particularly cheap at £189. We would also consider upgrading to get Amazon's offer of unlimited 3G connectivity. However, if you are smart about your downloads and stock up on books before you travel, you shouldn't need to pay extra.