E-readers have come a long way since their introduction many years ago. Now, our simple reading tablets can do so much more, and they have higher resolutions and other features that make them lightyears ahead of what they once were.
But not all of the best e-readers in 2016 are made the same, and each of them have their own pros and cons. However, there is a great reading tablet out there to fit the various needs of many. So whether you want to flip through a magazine while you’re in-line at the DMV, you want to breeze through one of the spring’s best new books to read, or you just got one of last year’s best romance novels and you don’t want strangers to know what you’re reading, there’s the perfect e-reader out there for you. So, here are the top five best e-readers of 2016:
1. Amazon Kindle Oasis
If you plan to spend long hours with some of the new summer fiction books that are releasing soon, your best bet is the Amazon Kindle Oasis. It’s not only the lightest and thinnest e-reader on the market (it’s 20% lighter and 30% thinner than other Kindles), but it also has an all-new ergonomic design that has buttons on the side for easier page turning, making it one of the best e-readers for older people especially. What’s more, it has a best-in-class 300 ppi high-resolution display that provides crisp, laser quality text. And, even if you’re in direct sunlight, it still reads like you’re looking at an actual book, thanks to there being no glare whatsoever. The Oasis also has the longest battery life available in a reading tablet, and it has its own leather charging cover that can charge it when you need it most. And, at just 0.13″ thick, it’s easy to travel with. So, you’ll be ready to read The Winds of Winter all in one sitting if George R.R. Martin ever finishes it. The Kindle Oasis is the best Kindle on the market right now.
- Ergonomic Design
- Lighter and thinner than other Kindles
- Longest Battery life
2. Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus
The Barnes & Noble Nook was once the leading e-reader on the market, that is until Amazon released the Kindle shortly after its release. Now, there’s no denying that the Kindle is the leading tablet for reading on the market right now, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only option. In fact, the Nook has made a small comeback of sorts with its new line of GlowLight ereaders, and the GlowLight Plus is the best of the bunch. Not only does it not come pre-loaded with all of the bloatware that plagues anything Amazon branded, but it’s also ad-free. So, you don’t have to see an ad every time you turn on the tablet that you already own. It’s this small elimination of an annoyance that’s prominent in Kindle tablets that makes the Nook GlowLight Plus such a great option. All books are DRM free, unlike with Amazon, and you’re able to sideload books from your computer with ease. It also looks great, which is especially important when you’re looking for the best e-reader for tweens.
- No ads
- Name Brand
- Looks Great
- Can’t Sort Books By “Most Recently Added”
3. Amazon Kindle
If you don’t need all of the bells and whistles of Amazon’s top-of-the-line reading tablet, but you still want something reliable, then your best bet is the original Amazon Kindle. It’s the best budget e-reader on the market, as it still comes packed with some essential features. For one, it’s lighter than the average paperback book. Secondly, it lasts for weeks on just a single charge. With the Amazon Kindle, you’re able to hold thousands of books on just one small device, so you can take your ever-growing collection with you everywhere you go. Imagine having to lug around thousands of books; it’d be impossible. With the Kindle, there are no distractions either, meaning you won’t be interrupted by social media or text messages right in the middle of the Battle of Hogwartz. Obviously, it’s the original Kindle’s price ($79.99) that makes it so appealing.
- Thousands of Books
- Solid Build
- Can’t load books if you’re not on WiFi
4. Kobo Glo HD
Admittedly, the Kobo brand used to scrape the bottom of the barrel in the tablet market, but they’re starting to carve out their niche with their new line of ebook readers. The Kobo Glo HD uses e-ink technology to make text pop off of the screen for a great reading experience, and it has 4GB of internal memory so you can store over 3,000 eBooks on it. It has a resolution of 1448 x 1072 for an ultra-clear, book-like experience. It uses an adjustable ComfortLight that helps to reduce eyestrain during long reading sessions. And, it can last up to two months on a single charge (which is significantly longer than the original Amazon Kindle, and only for $50 more). It also has a slightly smaller bezel design than the rest of the tablets on the market. And unlike Amazon, Kobo’s own bookstore isn’t overloaded with advertisements.
- High resolution
- Kobo Book store is easy to use
- 4GB internal storage
- Considered “off brand”
5. Kobo Aura H20
If you want a great e-reader that’s simple to use and doesn’t come with the numerous annoyances of the Amazon Shop, one of the best e-readers of 2016 is the Kobo Aura H20. It has been marketed as the best waterproof tablet currently available, making it perfect for beach and poolside reading. It also uses the ComfortLight technology, and it also has ClarityScreen+, which gives the Aura H20 ultra crisp, clear text for enjoyable reading. It has a no-glare 6.8″ e-ink touchscreen that looks like you’re reading an actual printed book. Not only is it waterproof, but it’s also dustproof as well. It’s the best high-end reading tablet that isn’t from Amazon, and it’s $110 less than Amazon’s best. We wouldn’t be surprised to hear that you don’t want to trust what’s considered an off-brand tablet, but if you’re okay with owning a tablet that isn’t well-known, the Kobo Aura H20 is a great choice.
- $110 Less Than Amazon
- Considered “off brand”
- Only available through Kobo’s own store for now