Don't Waste Your Money is supported by our readers. When you purchase an item through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

The Best E-Reader

Last updated on November 15, 2019

We looked at the top 13 E-Readers and dug through the reviews from 100 of the most popular review sites including Oh So Savvy Mom, BestReviews, PC Magazine, CNET, Tom's Guide, Wired and more. The result is a ranking of the best E-Readers.

Best E Reader

Why Trust The DWYM Score?

DWYM is focused on helping you make the best purchasing decision. Our team of experts spends hundreds of hours analyzing, testing, and researching products so you don't have to.

Look for the DWYM seal for products that are the best in a category.

Our Picks For The Top E-Readers

Show Contents
Our Take
Experts Included
Pros
Cons
  The Best Overall

Amazon

Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader

Overall Take

Feature-Rich ReadingThe Amazon Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader is easy on the eyes and safe to take poolside.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus BestReviews, New York Times Wirecutter, Trusted Reviews, Tech Radar, Wired, CNET and 7 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Best Buy.
Pros
" Excellent screen qualit and easy to use."
Cons
"More annoying is the lack of any page-turning buttons. The Paperwhite has always been a purely touchscreen device, and if you want that physical response to moving from page to page then you’ll have to pay more for the Kindle..."

Amazon

Kindle Oasis E-Reader

Overall Take

Easy On The EyesThe Amazon Kindle Oasis E-Reader boasts a large screen and ambient light sensor to help you read without eye strain.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus BestReviews, CNET, Trusted Reviews, Tech Radar, The Guardian, Android Central and 6 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Best Buy.
Pros
" Combines amazing 300 ppi high resolution display,sleek design, effortless page turn feature and adjustable built in light."
Cons
"The big caveat is that the new Kindle Oasis doesn't come with a case."

Kindle

All New, With Built In Front Light

Overall Take

Sharp DesignThe Kindle All New E-Reader with a built-in front light is a sleek way to carry your entire library with you.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus Oh So Savvy Mom. Along with user reviews from Amazon.
  The Best Value

Amazon

All-New Kindle

Overall Take

Affordable ConvenienceThe Amazon All-New Kindle is an affordable introduction to the joy of ebooks.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus BestReviews, PC Magazine, CNET, Tom’s Guide, Wired, Tech Radar and 2 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon.
Pros
" Amazon's entry-level Kindle e-reader is perfect for casual readers or first-timers. It offers a good compromise between price, features, and flexibility."
Cons
"The low-cost Kindle also still has a lip around the screen, and it isn't waterproof."
Don't just take for granted what one reviewer says. Along with our own experts, DWYM analyzes the top expert reviews of the leading products and generates a score you can actually trust.
20

Products Considered

We identified the majority of the e-readers available to purchase.
13

Products Analyzed

We then selected the leading and most popular products for our team to review.

View All Product Rankings

100

Expert Reviews Included

In addition to our expert reviews, we also incorporate feedback and analysis of some of the most respected sources including: Oh So Savvy Mom, BestReviews, PC Magazine, CNET, Tom's Guide.

298,605

User Opinions Analyzed

We also incorporate user reviews from the leading retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Target.

Our experts reviewed the top 13 E-Readers and also dug through the reviews from 100 of the most popular review sites including Oh So Savvy Mom, BestReviews, PC Magazine, CNET, Tom's Guide, Wired and more. The result is a ranking of the best of the best E-Readers.

DWYM is your trusted roduct review source. Our team reviews thousands of product reviews from the trusted top experts and combines them into one easy-to-understand score. Learn more.

Look for the DWYM seal for products that are the best in their category.

The Best Overall

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader (10th Gen)

Our Expert Score
9.3
13 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.5
4,117 user reviews
Our Take

Our top choice for e-readers has a crisp screen and easy touchscreen controls. Reviewers said it was softer on the eyes than other e-readers, and they loved the slimmer profile. Its waterproof casing and Audible compatibility are well worth the money.

What other experts liked
Excellent screen qualit and easy to use.
- BestReviews
When you’re reading, you can easily turn a page with a tap or a swipe. The screen is evenly lit across its entire surface, and the text is incredibly crisp.
- New York Times Wirecutter
November 19, 2018 | Full review
The screen itself packs the same 300 pixels per inch resolution as the previous Paperwhite, and it remains fantastically sharp and readable. Text is crisp at any size, and since its an E Ink display – as opposed to LCD...
- Trusted Reviews
November 16, 2018 | Full review
A big upgrade over the original Paperwhite, and one of a few features inherited from the top-end Oasis, is the fact the Kindle Paperwhite (2018) now comes with a waterproof design.
- Tech Radar
November 7, 2018 | Full review
This new Paperwhite is waterproof, up to two meters for 60 minutes.Now that Kindles are waterproofed, there’s no turning back. Pool lovers and bathtub readers will greatly appreciate this addition to the Paperwhite.
- Wired
November 7, 2018 | Full review
10 percent slimmer, lighter and more durable with full waterproofing.
- CNET
The biggest new feature of the 2018 Kindle Paperwhite is its waterproof design, which earned an IPX8 rating. That's up to 60 minutes of submergence in 2 meters of water. You don't need to worry about it falling into your...
- Tom's Guide
December 10, 2018 | Full review
New this year is water resistance to 2 metres for up to 60 minutes, which means trips to the beach or poolside are less fraught with danger.
- The Guardian
December 6, 2018 | Full review
A major addition to this year’s Paperwhite is an iPX8 rating, allowing you to use it in the tub or at the pool. It should protect the ebook reader in up to two meters of water for 60 minutes. It’s...
- Digital Trends
Amazon says that the new Paperwhite is IPX8 rated against “accidental immersion in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes.”
- The Verge
November 7, 2018 | Full review
The new, slimmer design, less than a third of an inch thick, and the lightness, really stand out.
- Forbes
November 7, 2018 | Full review
Obviously, it means you can listen to audiobooks from Audible, even if I'd argue the Audible app for your phone is easier for most situations.
- Engadget
November 13, 2018 | Full review
The screen is now made of glass and flush with the body, which feels more premium.
- The Next Web
What other experts didn't like
Some type of files may need to be converted.
- BestReviews
More annoying is the lack of any page-turning buttons. The Paperwhite has always been a purely touchscreen device, and if you want that physical response to moving from page to page then you’ll have to pay more for the Kindle...
- Trusted Reviews
November 16, 2018 | Full review
It doesn't feel as premium as the Oasis - mostly as it has a plastic rear
- Tech Radar
November 7, 2018 | Full review
Despite updated processor, Paperwhite feels sluggish when it comes to doing anything other than page turning.
- Wired
November 7, 2018 | Full review
A little more expensive than the previous model. The ad-free version costs $20 more.
- CNET
Annoyingly, Amazon doesn't include a USB power adapter.
- Tom's Guide
December 10, 2018 | Full review
The swiping gestures are slightly easier now that there’s no lip to the display, but page turn buttons are better for one-handed reading – you’ll need to spend another £110 for the Kindle Oasis for those on an Amazon e-reader.
- The Guardian
December 6, 2018 | Full review
We’re more disappointed at the lack of a blue-light filter, or any kind of option to adjust color temperature on the Paperwhite.
- Digital Trends
And while it’s not really a surprise given the rest of Amazon’s lineup, the new Paperwhite charges by Micro USB instead of USB-C — particularly disappointing considering that it’ll likely be another three years before Amazon updates the Paperwhite again....
- The Verge
November 7, 2018 | Full review
The power button is on the bottom edge of the tablet, which I sometimes worry that I might inadvertently press on it while reading.
- Forbes
November 7, 2018 | Full review
The base Kindle now comes in at 167 PPI, but unless what you're reading has lots of images and graphics, slightly blockier text isn't an egregious experience, at least in my opinion.
- Engadget
November 13, 2018 | Full review
This isn’t new to the 2018 Paperwhite, but I really wish you could disable turning pages with a tap. You can disable the touchscreen and turn pages with a swipe, but this blocks all other features.
- The Next Web

The Best Bang For Your Buck

Amazon All-New Kindle

Our Expert Score
8.7
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
2,119 user reviews
Our Take

This Kindle's adjustable front light keeps you ready comfortably day or night. You can highlight passages, look up definitions and more without leaving the page. It lasts weeks on a single battery charge.

What other experts liked
Amazon's entry-level Kindle e-reader is perfect for casual readers or first-timers. It offers a good compromise between price, features, and flexibility.
- BestReviews
This Kindle has the same battery life that all Kindles this size do—400 to 600 pages depending on whether you're using the front light—and all of Amazon's Kindle features are present and accounted for.
- PC Magazine
The Kindle (2019) has a refined, compact design and is the most affordable Kindle with an integrated light. Base storage bumps up to 4GB. Bluetooth audio is on board for audiobooks. Minor updates enhance Amazon's already best-in-class reader experience.
- CNET
Solid lighting options. Attractive screen. Comfortable design.
- Tom's Guide
Not only is the new Kindle the smallest in Amazon's Kindle lineup, it's also the most affordable—especially if you cash in on the trade-in program, which gets you an Amazon gift card and 25 percent off the new Kindle.
- Wired
Features a backlight. Clear display. Can listen to audiobooks.
- Tech Radar
Light, easy to use and hold, and now with a better screen and built-in reading light to see you into the night.
- The Guardian
New front light makes the basic Kindle more versatile than ever. Audible support via Bluetooth. Massive Kindle library. Lightweight.
- Trusted Reviews
What other experts didn't like
The resolution is only 167ppi compared to other models' 300ppi. It doesn't have dedicated buttons for turning pages, and it's WiFi only, so you can't use it with a mobile data LTE plan.
- BestReviews
The low-cost Kindle also still has a lip around the screen, and it isn't waterproof.
- PC Magazine
A little more expensive than the previous model. The ad-free version costs $20 more.
- CNET
Distracting interface. Tedious menus. So-so text resolution.
- Tom's Guide
It has only 4 gigabytes of storage; I downloaded four average-length novels and was left with only 2.3 GB.
- Wired
Not waterproof. Still uses micro USB. Limited storage for audiobooks.
- Tech Radar
It has the same density at 167 pixels per inch (ppi) as its predecessor, which makes it noticeably less crisp than the 300ppi Paperwhite, but perfectly easy to read even with fairly small font.
- The Guardian
Lowest PPI Kindle display. Front light is a bit too blue. No inverted colour accessibility option.
- Trusted Reviews

Overall Product Rankings

1. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader (10th Gen)

Overall Score: 9.1
Reviews Included: 15

2. Amazon Kindle Oasis E-Reader

Overall Score: 8.9
Reviews Included: 14

3. Kindle All New, With Built In Front Light

Overall Score: 8.8
Reviews Included: 2

4. Amazon All-New Kindle

Overall Score: 8.7
Reviews Included: 9

5. Kobo Aura eBook Reader

Overall Score: 8.5
Reviews Included: 1

6. Kobo Aura ONE E-Reader

Overall Score: 8.4
Reviews Included: 12

7. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader

Overall Score: 8.4
Reviews Included: 7

8. Amazon Kindle Voyage E-Reader

Overall Score: 8.2
Reviews Included: 11

9. Kobo Aura H2o E-Reader

Overall Score: 8.1
Reviews Included: 11

10. Amazon Kindle 6-Inch E-reader

Overall Score: 7.7
Reviews Included: 9

11. Amazon Fire HD8 E-Reader

Overall Score: 7.5
Reviews Included: 6

12. Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus E-Reader

Overall Score: 7.5
Reviews Included: 9

Amazon Fire 7 Tablet

13. Amazon Fire 7 Tablet

Overall Score: 6.9
Reviews Included: 12

Our Findings

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader (10th Gen)

Best Overall

Kindle Paperwhite - Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage - Includes Special Offers (Electronics)


List Price: $129.99 USD
New From: $99.99 USD In Stock
Used from: $99.99 USD In Stock

What We Liked: Our top choice for e-readers has a crisp screen and easy touchscreen controls. Reviewers said it was softer on the eyes than other e-readers, and they loved the slimmer profile. Its waterproof casing and Audible compatibility are well worth the money.

Amazon All-New Kindle

Best Value

All-new Kindle - Now with a Built-in Front Light - Black - Includes Special Offers (Electronics)


List Price: $89.99 USD
New From: $69.99 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

What We Liked: This Kindle’s adjustable front light keeps you ready comfortably day or night. You can highlight passages, look up definitions and more without leaving the page. It lasts weeks on a single battery charge.

Amazon Kindle Oasis E-Reader

What We Liked: The Oasis has a larger screen than other Kindles and a sturdier aluminum casing. An ambient light sensor automatically adjusts brightness for easy reading in different lighting conditions. The model boasts a higher price tag, and some users missed the headphone jack. But overall, this reader garnered rave reviews.

Kindle All New, With Built In Front Light

Also Great

All-new Kindle - Now with a Built-in Front Light - White - Includes Special Offers (Electronics)


List Price: $89.99 USD
New From: $69.99 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

What We Liked: This Kindle combines affordability with a bright white aesthetic. It holds thousands of titles, so you can take an entire library with you. It even pairs with Bluetooth headphones or speakers for seamless switching between ebooks and audio books.

Kobo Aura eBook Reader

Honorable Mention

Kobo Aura - eBook reader - 4 GB - 6"(N236-KU-BK-K-EP) (Electronics)


List Price: $82.03
New From: $124.97 USD In Stock
Used from: $124.97 USD In Stock

What We Liked: Kobo’s e-readers are known for their sharp screens, and this edition doesn’t disappoint. It’s ideal for reading graphic novels, and it provides clear views of foreign alphabets. The backlight makes for easy reading at night.

Our Expert Consultant

Molly Thornberg   
Technology and parenting blogger

Molly Thornberg is a professional writer, creative and mom to four kids, living her best life outside of Dallas, Texas. With a love for all things tech, she is passionate about helping parents raise kids in the digital age. She writes about technology, parenting and humor on her blog Digital Mom Blog.

Our E-Reader Buying Guide

E-readers have changed the way people consume books, magazines and articles. Instead of choosing between one or two physical books to bring with you on vacation, you can bring hundreds of options along in one sleek device. E-books tend to be cheaper than paperbacks, so it’s less expensive to expand your mind and check out new authors and titles. They’re also environmentally friendly; downloading e-books instead of buying hardcover books saves plenty of paper and cardboard.

The popularity of e-readers has spawned a large industry of digital reading devices, and finding the right one for your needs requires some research. One of the first questions you’ll want to ask yourself is how you plan to use your e-reader, and whether you might benefit from purchasing a tablet that can double as your e-reader, says technology expert Molly Thornberg, a parenting and tech blogger.

“Basic e-readers allow just reading. These are great for focused reading, and for kids,” says Thornberg, the brains behind the Digital Mom Blog. “More advanced e-readers are typically tablets offering more options like web browsing and a music player.”

Understanding the technology behind e-readers can also help you make your decision. E-readers take e-book files and make them accessible to readers by storing them on a small computer. Their optimized portability, readability and battery life make them great literary companions. Many models today are designed for easy reading in sunlight.

Staring at a computer screen to catch up on your reading list might sound like a headache, but e-reader technology reduces eye strain. Large screens, backlights and adjustable fonts and text sizes all make ebooks easier to read than ever.

Before you buy, you’ll want to consider whether you prefer an e-reader experience that closely mirrors the one you’d have with a regular book, or whether you’re up for a more lively display.

“E-readers offer either e-ink (electronic ink) or LCD display,” says Thornberg.  “E-ink offers an electronic paper-like display. LCD screen displays offer color and typically more touchscreen capabilities. Some devices offer both.”

Older e-readers needed to be charged regularly, but newer models have extended battery lives for more reading freedom. The Kindle Oasis can go weeks without a charge, so you won’t have to go hunting for power outlets at stops on your next road trip.

If audiobooks are more your speed, you can still listen to them on some e-readers. The Kindle Oasis and Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite are compatible with Audible, a massive library of audiobooks and original content.

>You don’t need to worry about squinting to make out the words on your e-reader’s screen, either. The Pixels Per Inch (or PPI) of modern e-readers eclipses their predecessors.

Thornberg says you’ll also want to consider what e-book stores and libraries your new e-reader will have access to as well.

DWYM Fun Fact

E-readers didn’t reach the masses until the mid-2000s, but someone saw the new technology coming. Author Bob Brown predicted the death of printed books in his 1930 book “The Readies.” Brown suggested building a machine that had ribbons of miniaturized text scrolling behind a magnifying glass. It would shorten reading time by creating hyper-abbreviated words, with em dashes replacing certain words. He called these shortened words “readies.” Brown also said that the machine would allow users to adjust type size for easier reading, and he said that the machine would reduce paper waste and save trees.

Only 150 copies of Brown’s futuristic text were published when he was alive., But the book is now available in paperback, hardcover and of course, as an e-book.

The E-Reader Tips and Advice

  • Will you be traveling a lot with your e-reader? If you regularly jet set for work or play, you’ll want an ultra-portable e-reader that fits easily in a carry-on bag. 
  • How frequently do you plan on using your e-reader? All four of our top picks have improved battery life over their predecessors. They can go for “weeks” without a charge, but that’s dependent on how frequently you use them. Give your e-reader’s battery life a test run at home before you take it on any long trips.
  • E-readers can download books via WiFi or over your cellular network. Downloading over your home WiFi network will save you some cash, but you’ll be out of luck if you want to check out a new title on the go. Using a cellular network is convenient, but the data charges might drive up your cellular bill. Talk to your network provider before you dive into this option, and make sure you budget accordingly for your bookworm habit.
  • How many e-books, audiobooks and graphic novels do you plan on reading? You’ll need more memory if you want an extensive collection. The Kindle Oasis comes in 8 GB or 32 GB versions, while the Kobo Aura comes with 32 GB of built-in memory.
  • What type of controls are you most comfortable with? Touchscreen controls are effortless. However, some older e-readers still use buttons to help you scroll through pages.

About The Author

Abby Stassen
Abby Stassen 

Abby Stassen has a bachelor's degree in English language & literature from the University of Michigan. She's been writing professionally for over a decade, and she's been covering electronics for three years. Electronics can save you a lot of time and add some fun to your day. Abby is a gadget-head who scours endless online reviews and product specs to recommend the best electronics you can buy. She also loves testing her own purchases at home (especially video games). If a set of headphones or a new tablet makes its way into her heart, you'll also see it in one of her online pieces.