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Compare The Best eReaders 2013 - UK

eReaders Cheaper HereCompare the best ebook readers 2013 - UK – at a glance - from the budget-priced Amazon Kindle to the latest Nook.

The best ereader – according to users – is the Amazon Kindle PaperWhite mark 2. Its owners gave this model the top marks for build quality, clear, high definition screen, easy to use, touch screen controls and the handy nightlight.

That’s only part of the electronic book experience. The other is the convenience and ease with which these devices connect, via Wi-Fi, to online book stores and repositories. There you may select free, out of copyright, classics (e.g. Dickens) or purchase, from just a few pence, books of all kinds.

Help me choose – find user-led recommendations here - see the User Satisfaction Ratings in the table below: 

User nominated recommendations  Amazon Kindle PaperWhite 2  Amazon Kindle eReader 2013  Amazon Kidle PaperWhite Mk1  Nook SimpleTouch Glowlight

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Amazon Kindle PaperWhite 2

Amazon Kindle eReader

Amazon Kindle PaperWhite

Nook Simple Touch GlowLight

Nook Simple Touch

Amazon Kindle Fire HD v2

Sony Reader eBook PRST2

Overall Users' Satisfaction Rating*

8.84/10

8.74/10

8.66/10

8.63/10

8.46/10

8.25/10

8.15/10

Expect to pay around**

£100

£65

£160

£85

£50

£159

£90

Model

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

Best Buy?

Best Buy

Best Buy

#

Best Buy

#

#

#

Operating system Proprietary Proprietary Proprietary Proprietary Proprietary Proprietary Proprietary
Dimensions H W D

c169mm x c117mm x c9.1mm

c166mm x c114mm x c8.7mm

c169mm x c117mm x c9.1mm

c165mm x c127mm x c12mm

c165mm x c127mm x c12mm

c193mm x c137mm x c10.3mm

c160mm x c109mm x 11.3mm

Weighs

c207g

c170g

c222g

c197g

c212g

c395g

c200g

Screen (Diagonal)

6" / c152.4 mm

6" / c152.4 mm

6" / c152.4 mm

6" / c152.4 mm

6" / c152.4 mm

7" / c178 mm

6" / c152.4 mm

Display type

Carta ePaper

eInk Pearl

Carta ePaper

eInk B/W text 16 level grey scale

eInk B/W text 16 level grey scale

HD Colour

eInk Pearl

Colour or B/W

B/W

B/W

B/W

B/W

B/W

Colour

B/W

Edge lit

Y

# 

Y

Y

# 

Y

# 

Screen resolves pixels

212ppi

167ppi

212ppi

800 x 600

800 x 600

1920 x 1200

1024 x 758

TFT LCD capacitive touch screen

Y

# 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Touchscreen keyboard

Y

5 way controller

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Separate physical keyboard

# 

# 

# 

# 

# 

available

#

© Compare eReaders Table Copyright Best Buys Compared 2013

Nook SimpleTouch  Amazon Kindle Fire HD Mk2 2013  Sony Reader PRST2 

*Overall Users' Satisfaction Rating: Derived from all owners of this model after at least 6 weeks of use. Models rated by users for value for money, ease of connection to Wi-Fi and ease of use/reading. Plus the owner’s experience of obtaining and viewing free books and documents (e.g. PDFs) outside of proprietary ebook stores.
**Indicative prices at time of writing. Use our Who’s cheapest? page to check the latest prices.
Free content access. Intermediate indicates you may need to source content on a PC and then transfer to the eReader via the supplied USB cable.

These ereaders do one thing well and that is present text for reading. For example, you can alter the screen contrast, change type-face and magnify the text size to suit your eyesight and lighting conditions. Some models even have built-in “glow lights” so you can comfortably read in the dusk or dark.

Based on our consumer survey among more than nine thousand owners, our side by side, comparison tables let you determine which model is the best buy for your reading entertainment or self-development needs.


6” eReaders Model Comparison Table 2013

Which 6” ebook reader is best to meet your document reading and book devouring needs? Which represents the best value for useful technology and your budget?

Use our compare the best ereaders table to find which model checks all of these boxes:

The best ebook reader will:

[ ] Automatically connect to Wi-Fi* & fast download eBooks
[ ] Be comfortably held in one hand
[ ] Enable selection of an easy reading typeface & magnify its size
[ ] Allow screen brightness/contrast to be adjusted easily
[ ] Have a glow light for reading at night

[ ] Provide easy page turns, skimming & bookmarking
[ ] Offer almost any book at the on-line book store**
[ ] And access to free book texts from the public domain
[ ] Store around 1000 books – perhaps more
[ ] Recharge once a month – perhaps longer

*You’ll need a subscription to a Wi-Fi broadband super hub at home, or access to a public “hotspot” wireless network.
**You’ll need to open an account at the eBookstore and have a credit or debit card account

Help me choose – Top eReaders

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Amazon Kindle PaperWhite 2

Amazon Kindle eReader

Amazon Kindle PaperWhite

Nook Simple Touch GlowLight

Nook Simple Touch

Amazon Kindle Fire HD v2

Sony Reader eBook PRST2

Overall Users' Satisfaction Rating*

8.84/10

8.74/10

8.66/10

8.63/10

8.46/10

8.25/10

8.15/10

Internet connectivity

WiFi & 3G free

WiFi

WiFi & 3G free

WiFi

WiFi

WiFi

WiFi

Device & accessory connectivity

# 

# 

# 

# 

Bluetooth

USB wire

3G connectivity

3G

# 

3G

#

available

# 

Memory

2GB+Cloud

2GB+Cloud

2GB+Cloud

2GB-32GB

2GB-32GB

16GB

2GB-32GB

Capacity (eBooks)

c1100

c1400

c1100

c1000

c1000

c1000

c1200

Services

Kindle store

Kindle store

Kindle store

Nook Barnes & Noble Book Store

Nook Barnes & Noble Book Store

Kindle store
Amazon Ap store

Sony Reader store

Downloads less than 60 seconds?

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Supports ePUB format

must be converted

must be converted

must be converted

Y

Y

must be converted

Y

LendMe app

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

#

Adjustable text/fonts

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Inbuilt dictionary lookup

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Add own margin notes & share

Y

# 

# 

# 

# 

Set bookmark(s)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

© Compare eReaders Table Copyright Best Buys Compared 2013

Using our eBook Reader Comparison Table

Our 6” ereader comparison table helps you determine the electronic book device best suited to your reading needs and budget. A model comparison lets you compare and evaluate one book reader against another across the current top models available in the UK today.

Whose top models? The answer: a top user-rated list.

At Best Buys Compared we publish consumer reports & guides based on surveying owners who have used their digital book reader for at least 6 weeks or more.

That’s long enough to get over the initial buzz of these light weight devices, download a few ebooks from the cloud bookstore and try altering the typeface and text size to suit your eyesight.

After six weeks you can determine if an ebook reader really does deliver both a satisfying book reading experience and online bookstore service.

First, find the ereader that interests you:

The top, user-rated devices are on the left beginning with the Amazon Kindle PaperWhite Mk 2.

Then you can look down the rows to locate the functions you need or desire in an ebook reader.

Apologies, we reckon you want to know about the highest user-rated ereaders – produced by Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook. For that reason we haven’t included survey findings for Sony readers, Kobo or lesser known devices that scored poorly in our survey.


Notes on Features & Functions Column

Here are a few clarifications for our which ereader is best comparison table:

Overall Users’ Satisfaction Rating
To date our rolling consumer survey has interviewed just over 9,200 users of ebook readers in order to reveal which are the best models in the UK and why.

The key question we asked was: “You’ve lived with your ereader now for 6 or more weeks. Thinking about how much you paid and your experience to date, how would you rate your device overall out of 10?

We combined all marks for a given model to find the overall Users’ Satisfaction Rating. 8 or 9 (or more) suggests an electronic book reader that delivers a great reading experience, is reliable and represents good value for money.

A rating of 7 or less suggests a model has shortcomings in performance, reliability or aftersales service and has been judged – by users – to be poor value for money.

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Amazon Kindle PaperWhite 2

Amazon Kindle eReader

Amazon Kindle PaperWhite

Nook Simple Touch GlowLight

Nook Simple Touch

Amazon Kindle Fire HD v2

Sony Reader eBook PRST2

Overall Users' Satisfaction Rating*

8.84/10

8.74/10

8.66/10

8.63/10

8.46/10

8.25/10

8.15/10

Battery

LiOn sealed

LiOn sealed

LiOn sealed

LiOn sealed

LiOn sealed

LiOn sealed

LiOn sealed

Battery endurance reading

c6 weeks

c1 month

c6 weeks

c7 weeks

c8 weeks

c2 weeks Book reading only

c4weeks

Recharger sold separately

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

included

Wireless recharge capable

#

#

#

#

#

Y

#

Recharge via PC or laptop

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

USB 2.0 cable

included

included

included

included

included

included

included

© Compare eReaders Table Copyright Best Buys Compared 2013


Display type
Whatever the display is called - Carta ePaper, eInk Pearl, eInk - all these devices seek to present a reading experience akin to looking at a paper page of printed text.


Colour or B/W?
One reason electronic books are cheaper than tablet PCs is because their screens are optimised to display a grey scale. That also means that magazine or PDF content is displayed in a greyscale. You’ll pay a premium of around £50 to get a colour screen.


Edge lit (night reading lamp)
The latest models use tiny LED lights to generate a pale glow that diffuses through the screen. That means you can read in the dusk or dark without eyestrain.


Screen resolves pixels
Screen resolution is not so critical on an ereader because the fonts (typeface) – especially on Kindle devices - are tweaked to resolve sharply on the page.


TFT LCD capacitive touch screen
The best ereaders have touchscreen controls. That means the experience of using the device is becoming more like reading a paper book. The difference, of course, is that you can have many books on one device.


Touchscreen keyboard
Ebook readers are dedicated to reading. You may find an on-screen keyboard but it will be dedicated to selecting and ordering books or, perhaps, making margin notes, nothing more.


Separate physical keyboard
With the exception of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, none of these electronic books offer Bluetooth or plug-in linkage to an external keyboard.


Internet connectivity
Unless you opt for the Amazon Kindle Fire HD ereader/tablet PC hybrid you will only experience “tethered” browsing. What’s that? Well there’s an internet browser in these ereaders, but it only takes you to a web-site or sites determined by Amazon, Nook, Sony or Kobo.


Device & accessory connectivity
With the exception of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD there’s no Bluetooth and so no way to connect to other devices wirelessly.


3G connectivity
The Amazon Kindle PaperWhite offers free 3G connectivity on top of its Wi-Fi ability. This doesn’t make the device into a mobile phone. What it does do is extend the number of public wireless “hot spots” where you can use your eReader to select and download ebooks from the cloud bookstore.


Capacity (number of books)
A black and white book text takes up little space in an ereader’s memory. It’s no surprise then to find you could store over 1,000 books and documents on one device. If you need more space Amazon offers its Cloud drive, while Barnes & Noble have included an SD card slot on their Nook.


Wireless Downloads
Downloading an ebook via Wi-Fi can take up to a minute. Most times it’s well under 30 seconds. Of course speed depends on the strength of the wireless signal.


Kindle App available
Amazon offer a Kindle App you can download and install on PCs, laptops, tablet PCs and smart phones. Combine this app with the free Amazon cloud storage you get with a Kindle account and you have the means to synchronise your reading across devices. That means you could start reading on your laptop then pick up where you left off on the Kindle ereader.


Supports ePUB format
ePUB is a public lending format used by libraries. The top ereaders either natively support (display) this format or offer a simple conversion service.


LendMe app
This is a book sharing service enabled between devices produced by the same company.


Adjustable text/fonts
Users often cite this as a key benefit! It means you can choose the typeface you feel comfortable with and scale the text so you can read without squinting or eyestrain.


Inbuilt dictionary
While reading you may come across words you either don’t know or wonder about the exact meaning. This function lets you look up that word without putting down the device and consulting a separate dictionary.


Add own margin notes & share
If you are reading a text book you may want to make memory margin notes. This function lets you do just that. Some devices also offer a share function.


Bookmark
There’s nothing more natural about reading a book than marking your place when you have to put the book down. This function lets you do just that.


Memory
Memory is not the issue it is on a tablet PC. You can store 1,000 or more books & documents on these electronic book readers. And if you need more space you can use wireless cloud storage or an SD card slot.

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Amazon Kindle PaperWhite 2

Amazon Kindle eReader

Amazon Kindle PaperWhite

Nook Simple Touch GlowLight

Nook Simple Touch

Amazon Kindle Fire HD v2

Sony Reader eBook PRST2

Overall Users' Satisfaction Rating*

8.84/10

8.74/10

8.66/10

8.63/10

8.46/10

8.25/10

8.15/10

3.5mm stereo ear jack # # # # #

Y

#
MicroSD external memory slot

# 

Y

Y

 #

Y

Micro USB out port

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Micro hdmi out port # # # # #

Y

#
Microphone # # # # #

Y

#
Stereo speakers # # # # #

Y

#
Volume control # # # # #

Y

#
Video endurance # # # # #

c10hrs

#
Plays social, hobby & productivity apps # # # # #

Y

#
Plays game apps

# 

Y

#
Plays movies # # # # #

Y

#
Plays/makes home  video (back camera) # # # # # # #
Takes/displays photos

#

 #

Displays

Displays

Displays

#
Front Camera/Webcam   #  #  #  #  #

1.2mp

 #
Skype enabling App?  #  #  #  #  #

Y

 #
Plays music & audio   #  #  #  #  #

Y

 #

© Compare eReaders Table Copyright Best Buys Compared 2013


Battery endurance for reading
If you read for 30 minutes a day the battery charge may last for up to 6 weeks. Use a night light and that endurance will go down to about 4 weeks. But that compares very favourably with a tablet PC that may require bi-daily power ups.

To re-charge you use either the supplied USB cable or a plug in charger (Amazon makes you pay for this as an accessory).


Internet surfing endurance
With the exception of the Amazon Kindle Fire, all these devices have tethered browsers – you can only visit one or two destinations on the web, like the Amazon Kindle store.


Connectors - USB 2.0 port
You get a lead with a micro USB slot (for the device) and a standard USB plug for a PC or Laptop. Plug it in to recharge the eReader and/or transfer text documents you have found on the Web from PC to ebook reader.


Displays document file types
You can open and read a wide variety of book, document and file types – either as attachments in email, as eBooks or as documents sourced from the web, e.g. PDF. For a complete list by ebook reader model see our handy guide: what file types can an ereader display? here…>>>


Best Buy for 6” Digital Book Reader

When you’ve compared the best digital book readers you may like to check our other service of tracking down the right ereader at the right price from a reliable and prompt retailer.

Take advantage of our price comparison tables where you both can compare the best ebook readers and nab yourself a great bargain, too.


eReader 2013 User Survey

eReaders Cheaper HereTo build our mobile book comparison tables 2013, we, at Best Buys Compared surveyed more than nine thousand Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo and Sony Reader owners.

We then found the top ebook readers and ranked them by the combined overall user satisfaction rating from the 9,244 surveys. These are the best buy digital book readers for you to consider:

Find out, today, which electronic book reader is best for your reading convenience (think magnifying text, on-demand dictionaries and fast, cheap downloads of novels by your favourite authors).

Save money and time with a Wi-Fi enabled, paper-back book sized, Kindle ereader or Nook.

You, too, can enjoy squint free reading and a convenient bookstore in the palm of your hand, wherever you happen to be, when you compare the best ereaders as evaluated on these pages…

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