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Ebook reader reviews

Last updated: 09 September 2015

For those of us who swore long ago that we'd never touch an ebook reader – either because we love our paperbacks or we had a poor first experience – it's time to give them another go. CHOICE also answers the fundamental questions, like the differences between an e-reader and a tablet, and what all the tech jargon means, in our ebook reader buying guide and how we test section.

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The latest ereaders deliver improved processing speed and faster touchscreen performance with less lag and a more 'booky' look and feel.

Our review will tell you:

  • which ones are the easiest to use
  • how easy it is to buy ebooks online and transfer them to each e-reader
  • ease of navigation, including turning a page and skipping to particular parts of the ebook
  • 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.
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Some models offer an illumination feature to read an ebook in poor lighting conditions without the aid of an external book light. Although tablets can be useful in low light due to their backlit LCD screen, prolonged use can cause eyestrain. Instead of a backlight to illuminate the display, the Kindle Paperwhite and Kobo Glo use a series of small lights that shine onto the e-ink page from the edge of the display for a more comfortable reading experience.

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