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Last updated: 17 January 2022

The latest e-readers, or ebook readers, deliver improved processing speeds and faster touchscreen performance with less lag and a more 'booky' look and feel. 

In our latest test we looked at a few new e-readers from Kobo, including a couple with stylus support. Our review will tell you which e-readers delivered the best results.

If you're not sure whether to buy an e-reader or tablet, check out our e-reader buying guide

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Our experts test and review the latest e-reader models from Amazon Kindle and Kobo to tell you:

  • which are the easiest to use
  • how easy it is to buy ebooks online and transfer them to each e-reader
  • how easy it is to navigate, including turning a page and skipping to particular parts of the ebook
  • their performance under three different types of lighting: normal indoor lighting, normal outdoor lighting, and normal bedroom night-time lighting
  • which ones have Wi-Fi support and touchscreens.

Several discontinued products (including a Kindle tablet) are also included in our test results. To see these products, select the 'Discontinued' filter to the left under 'Related products'. 

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    An e-reader with e-ink doesn't need a backlight (although some of the latest models do have a backlight if required) and can last for weeks on a single charge, compared to a tablet device using an In Plane Switching (IPS) LCD screen which operates in a similar way to a laptop computer.

      Adaptive lighting

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      Adaptive lighting automatically adjusts the e-reader lighting to suit the ambient lighting of the environment. Other features include the ability to reduce blue light exposure to help improve your sleep quality.


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        All the e-readers marked as waterproof have an an IPX8 durability rating which means the e-reader can be dunked in up to two metres of water for up to 60 minutes.

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            • Recommended
            • Overall score
            • Ease of use score
            • Online ebook purchasing score
            • Readability (indoor score)
            • Readability (outdoor score)
            • Readability (bedroom score)
            • Ease of holding score
            • Good points
            • Bad points
            • Bluetooth
            • Waterproof
            • Price
            • E-reader type
            • Claimed screen size (inches)
            • Screen size (cm)
            • Screen type
            • Touchscreen
            • Stylus support
            • Stylus included
            • Adaptive lighting
            • Multiple font types
            • Stated battery life
            • Landscape/portrait mode
            • Text to speech
            • Wireless
            • Built-in speakers
            • Headphone jack
            • Web browser
            • EPUB file format
            • AZW file format
            • MOBI file format
            • RTF file format
            • DOC file format
            • PDF file format
            • Dictionary
            • Removable storage (microSD)
            • Weight (g)
            • Dimensions (mm, H x W x D)
            • Resolution (pixels)
            • Internal storage (GB)


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