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Best E-book readers

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best E-book readers

Best E-book readers

We tested 10 e-book readers to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each E-book reader based on the following criteria:

  • Readability
  • Versatility
  • File support
  • Viewable display size (in.)
  • Claimed battery life
  • Navigation
  • Page turn
  • Touch screen
  • Responsiveness

Below lists the E-book readers that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which E-book reader is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best E-book readers

Best E-book reader for Readability

Readability is a measurement of how well the e-book reader can be viewed in various lighting conditions. E-book readers are tested in bright sunlight, a room replicating an average lit room and a dimly lit room.


This E-book reader which tested best for Readability has the following features: HxWxD (in.), Weight (oz.), Warranty -- parts, Warranty -- labor, E-book store, Library loaning, Unsecured e-book formats, DRM e-book formats, Other document formats, Notes stay with e-book, Clippings stay with e-book, Wi-Fi, Internal memory (GB), Photo formats, Removable memory type and Number of memory card slots.

Best E-book reader for Versatility

Versatility mainly includes characteristics that aid in usefulness and convenience. Those include the presence of hardware and menu-based navigation features. Also considered are the number of memory-card slots, built-in memory, power and headphones jacks, touch screen, physical keyboard, WiFi, and accelerometer among other features.


This E-book reader which tested best for Versatility has the following features: HxWxD (in.), Weight (oz.), Warranty -- parts, Warranty -- labor, E-book store, Library loaning, Unsecured e-book formats, DRM e-book formats, Other document formats, Wi-Fi, Internal memory (GB), Photo formats, Removable memory type and Number of memory card slots.

Best E-book reader for File support

This is a rating of typical e-book formats supported as well as other typical file formats you may want to read on an e-book reader. The following formats are rated; EPUB, PDF, MOBI, Word documents, TXT, RTF, JPEG and GIF.


This E-book reader which tested best for File support has the following features: HxWxD (in.), Weight (oz.), Warranty -- parts, Warranty -- labor, E-book store, Library loaning, Unsecured e-book formats, DRM e-book formats, Other document formats, Wi-Fi, Internal memory (GB), Photo formats, Removable memory type and Number of memory card slots.

Best E-book reader for Viewable display size (in.)

Viewable display size is the size of the display screen, measured diagonally to the nearest 10th of an inch.


This E-book reader which tested best for Viewable display size (in.) has the following features: HxWxD (in.), Weight (oz.), Warranty -- parts, Warranty -- labor, E-book store, Library loaning, Unsecured e-book formats, DRM e-book formats, Other document formats, Wi-Fi, Internal memory (GB), Photo formats, Removable memory type and Number of memory card slots.

Best E-book reader for Claimed battery life

This is the manufacturer's stated battery life. Most vendors report this in hours but some report it in number of page turns.


This E-book reader which tested best for Claimed battery life has the following features: HxWxD (in.), Weight (oz.), Warranty -- parts, Warranty -- labor, E-book store, Library loaning, Unsecured e-book formats, DRM e-book formats, Other document formats, Wi-Fi, Internal memory (GB), Photo formats, Removable memory type and Number of memory card slots.

Best E-book reader for Navigation

Navigation includes the ability of the e-book reader to rotate to landscape and portrait mode, automatically and manually bookmark a page, search for an e-book, search through an online bookstore and the presence of an accelerometer.


This E-book reader which tested best for Navigation has the following features: HxWxD (in.), Weight (oz.), Warranty -- parts, Warranty -- labor, E-book store, Library loaning, Unsecured e-book formats, DRM e-book formats, Other document formats, Wi-Fi, Internal memory (GB), Photo formats, Removable memory type and Number of memory card slots.

Best E-book reader for Page turn

Page turn is mostly a performance measurement of how quickly an e-book reader can turn to the next page of an e-book. It also takes into account the page turning experience and such qualities as whether or not the screen blinks while page turning, if there are dedicated page forward and back buttons, placement of those buttons and presence of a physical keyboard.


This E-book reader which tested best for Page turn has the following features: HxWxD (in.), Weight (oz.), Warranty -- parts, Warranty -- labor, E-book store, Unsecured e-book formats, DRM e-book formats, Internal memory (GB), Removable memory type and Number of memory card slots.

Best E-book reader for Touch screen

Full touch-sensitive displays respond to light contact with a stylus, finger, or both. They provide an alternate, and sometimes more direct, method to input data and launch e-book reader features and controls. But they smudge more frequently than their non-touch counterparts.


This E-book reader which tested best for Touch screen has the following features: HxWxD (in.), Weight (oz.), Warranty -- parts, Warranty -- labor, E-book store, Library loaning, Unsecured e-book formats, DRM e-book formats, Other document formats, Wi-Fi, Internal memory (GB), Photo formats, Removable memory type and Number of memory card slots.

Best E-book reader for Responsiveness

Responsiveness is a speed measurement of how quickly an e-book reader can turn on from full off, resume from sleep, open an e-book, and transfer an e-book from a computer via USB.


This E-book reader which tested best for Responsiveness has the following features: HxWxD (in.), Weight (oz.), Warranty -- parts, Warranty -- labor, E-book store, Library loaning, Unsecured e-book formats, DRM e-book formats, Other document formats, Wi-Fi, Internal memory (GB), Photo formats, Removable memory type and Number of memory card slots.