The Best E-Readers, Tablets for Reading Books 2024: Kindle, Kobo, Nook

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Tablets are the perfect all-in-one mobile entertainment center, but not every busy bookworm wants to watch movies, play games, read email or take notes on their device. E-readers offer a distraction-free way to binge on books with Hollywood appeal, soak up page-turners that have been translated for the small screen or listen to audiobooks without having to lug around heavy tomes.

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That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best e-readers, including HD tablets that let avid readers soak up e-books anywhere. Our top picks include Amazon‘s best-selling Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets as well as worthwhile competitors from Kobo and Rakuten, plus stellar screens from Apple and Samsung for those who want a more versatile device. Many of these options are also compatible with audiobooks so you can listen to your favorite titles, too.

What to Consider When Buying the Right E-Reader

Whether you’re a budding bookworm or a regular e-reading pro, there are a few things to consider if you’re buying or upgrading to a new reading tablet:

  • Storage Today’s e-readers can hold thousands of e-books, PDFs and other content formats, and devices typically start with 8 GB of built-in storage. If you want to download and listen to audio books, consider 16 or 32 GB of space. Many e-readers also feature free cloud storage if you’re buying content from the manufacturer’s own online marketplace (say, Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Kobo).
  • Screen E-reader screen sizes use the diagonal measurement of the display (not the height and width of the device itself), and they can range from six to upwards of 10 inches.
  • Portability Some readers prefer a large screen, while others want a compact tablet that travels easily. In addition to considering the screen size, keep in mind the weight (most e-readers weigh five to seven ounces), the battery life and whether a travel cover is available.
  • Adjustable lights Nighttime readers may prefer a screen that can be adjusted from bright white to amber, while daytime bookworms might want something that’s easy on the eyes in sunlight. Many e-readers have adjustable shade and brightness.
  • Ergonomic design Prefer to turn the page with the push of a button rather than swiping? Consider a screen with physical controls that make it easy to whiz through e-books.
  • Device switching Some e-readers let techies read seamlessly from one device to the next. Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Kobo are among those that offer apps that automatically sync with your e-book library. That means you can start reading on your e-reader and pick up where you left off on your smartphone or another tablet (or vice versa) that supports the apps.
  • Subscriptions and library access Most e-readers don’t require a subscription, and many public libraries also let you borrow e-books for free through OverDrive, Libby or another online service. Avid bookworms can also purchase and download new content via Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited ($10 and up monthly), Barnes & Noble’s Nook or Rakuten’s Kobo e-bookstores, to name a few. E-books can also be purchased individually for about $1 to $17 and up.

Where to Buy E-Books Online

Upgrading your digital bookshelf? You can buy e-books online from Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Ebooks.com Rakuten-owned Kobo eBookstore, Google Play and more.

What Are the Best E-Book Readers?

Below, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best e-book readers and tablets for reading, including some that are also great for mobile gaming, taking notes and watching movies.

The Best E-Book Readers at a Glance

BEST E-READER UNDER $100

The best option for bookworms on a budget.

The 2022 Amazon Kindle is perfect for book lovers on a budget. Available with or without lockscreen ads (the difference is just $20), the latest 11th gen model now boasts double the storage of its predecessor at 16 GB and an upgraded 300ppi glare-free display. An adjustable four-LED front light and the new dark mode feature lets you read comfortably indoors and outdoors at any hour of the day. It comes with four free months of Kindle Unlimited, which offers more than three million titles, thousands of Audible audiobooks and more.

Younger readers can use this Kindle with their Amazon Kids+ subscription ($5 monthly and up), and Amazon Prime members can also use their subscription to access an ever-updated catalog of magazines, comics, e-books and more content. Note that the fabric cover ($30) is sold separately.

Amazon Kindle Specifications

  • Display 300ppi glare-free screen
  • Screen size 6 inches
  • Audiobook compatibility Yes
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Front light Yes
  • Adjustable screen shade No
  • Page turn buttons No
  • Battery life Up to 6 weeks
  • Connectivity Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Waterproof No
  • Ports USB-C
  • Dimensions 6.2 x 4.3 x .32 inches
  • Weight 5.56 ounces
Rakuten

BEST KINDLE ALTERNATIVE

Amazon isn’t the only maker of excellent and accessible e-readers. Japanese retailer Rakuten’s Kobo line is giving the Kindle a run for its money, and the Sage 2 e-reader boasts added features such as stylus compatibility ($40; sold separately) for taking notes and Dropbox support.

The eight-inch HD e-Ink Carta 1200 touchscreen delivers glare-free reading with deep contrast, and the device’s Dark Mode feature helps to reduce eye strain. The ComfortLight Pro feature also lets you control the brightness and blue light. Readers who appreciate a tactile experience can turn pages with ergonomic buttons on either side of the screen, and the lightweight e-reader boasts an IPX8 rating and is waterproof for up to an hour under up to two meters.

Note-takers can use the separate Kobo Stylus and Kobo Sage’s built-in notebook to write and convert notes into text, or write comments on PDFS and e-books. Eco-conscious bookworms will be happy to know that Kobo buys carbon offsets on every shipment. Two cover options ($50 to $80) help to keep your screen protected.

Rakuten Kobo Sage E-Reader Specifications

  • Display 300ppi E Ink Carta 1200 touchscreen
  • Screen size 8 inches
  • Audiobook compatibility Yes
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Front light Yes
  • Adjustable screen shade Yes
  • Page turn buttons Yes
  • Battery life Several weeks
  • Connectivity Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Waterproof IPX8, up to 1 hour in 2 meters of water
  • Ports USB-C
  • Dimensions 6.2 x 4.3 x .32 inches
  • Weight 8.49 ounces
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Rakuten’s TK-generation Kobo Libra 2 is one of the best slim e-readers for avid bookworms who want to quickly turn pages, adjust the screen shade from bright white to amber and read worry-free in the bath or by the pool — and in one lightweight device. The 7.6-ounce water-resistant tablet has more storage (32GB) and a seven-inch 300ppi E Ink Carta 1200 display. We love the customization options: choose from 13 fonts and over 50 font styles, adjust the line spacing and margins to suit your preferences or read in landscape mode.

The front ComfortLight Pro feature lets you adjust the brightness and blue light to limit eyestrain, making it ideal for those who like to read before bed. The device also has an automatic rating page orientation, physical page turn buttons and a more ergonomic design compared to other Kobo models.

It can withstand being dropped in two meters of water for up to an hour, and comes with 32GB storage options, allowing users to store 24,000 e-books or up to 150 Audible audiobooks. A single charge gets you up several weeks of battery life, depending on your usage. The SleepCover with a built-in stand ($40) is sold separately.

Rakuten Kobo Libra 2 Specifications

  • Display 300ppi glare-free E Ink Carta 1200 touchscreen
  • Screen size 7 inches
  • Audiobook compatibility Yes
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Front light Yes
  • Adjustable screen shade Yes
  • Page turn buttons Yes
  • Battery life Several weeks
  • Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Waterproof IPX8 rating, up to 1 hour in 2 meters of water
  • Ports USB-C
  • Dimensions 5.7 x 6.36 x .35 inches
  • Weight 7.6 ounces
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BEST PAPER-LIKE E-READER

A premium and portable reading experience.

For a reading experience that feels like you’re looking at old-fashioned paper, Amazon’s 11th generation Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition features no lockscreen ads and is the best option if you’re looking for a durable device for on-the-go reading. This e-book reader boasts a 300ppi glare-free waterproof display that’s easy on the eyes (even in bright sunlight) and the battery can last up to 10 weeks on a single charge. You can adjust the screen’s warmth for better reading during the day or at night, and you can store thousands of books on the built-in 32 GB storage.

It comes with three free months of Kindle Unlimited, which offers more than two million titles, thousands of audiobooks and more. Fabric and cork covers are sold separately for $35 to $50.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition Specifications

  • Display 300ppi glare-free
  • Screen size 6.8 inches
  • Audiobook compatibility Yes
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Front light Yes
  • Adjustable screen shade Yes
  • Page turn buttons No
  • Battery life Up to 10 weeks
  • Connectivity Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Waterproof IPX8; up to 1 hour in 2 meters of water
  • Ports USB-C (Qi wireless charging also supported)
  • Dimensions 6.9 x 4.9 x .32 inches
  • Weight 7.3 ounces
Barnes & Noble

E-READER WITH BEST BATTERY LIFE

Barnes & Noble’s latest Nook GlowLight 4 Plus e-reader (one of four in the bookstore chain’s lineup of devices) is another worthy Amazon Kindle competitor, thanks to its battery that lasts for weeks on a single charge. Now at 7.8 inches with 300ppi, it’s the largest Nook display with the highest resolution and is glare-, scratch- and fingerprint-resistant to mimic the experience of reading real paper. It features a flush-front screen to avoid dust buildup and offers a generous 32 GB of memory (29 GB of that space is for content storage).

The Nook’s Night Mode makes the screen comfortable on the eyes in the evening, while the Illumination feature is great for indoors and outdoors. You can also set it to adjust the lighting automatically depending on the time of day. Covers are sold separately for $20.

Regular Barnes & Noble customers will appreciate free Wi-Fi at the bookstore chain’s stores and AT&T hotspots, and B&N members save 10 percent on purchases. The device also comes with free lifetime in-person support at any B&N store.

Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight 4 Plus Specifications

  • Display 300ppi glare-free
  • Screen size 7.8 inches
  • Audiobook compatibility No
  • Storage 32 GB built-in; free Nook Cloud storage
  • Front light Yes
  • Adjustable screen shade Yes
  • Page turn buttons Yes
  • Battery life Up to 3 weeks
  • Connectivity Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Waterproof IPx7; up to 30 minutes in 3 feet of water
  • Ports USB-C
  • Dimensions 7.80x 5.8 x .31 inches
  • Weight 6 ounces
Amazon

BEST E-READER FOR KIDS

2022 Kindle Kids Tablet Specifications

  • Display 300ppi glare-free
  • Screen size 6 inches
  • Audiobook compatibility Yes
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Front light Yes
  • Adjustable screen shade No
  • Page turn buttons No
  • Battery life Up to 6 weeks
  • Connectivity Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Waterproof No
  • Ports USB-C
  • Dimensions 6.3 x 4.5 x .53 inches
  • Weight 1.1 pounds

While all of Amazon’s other Kindles (including the Paperwhite editions) are compatible with Amazon Kids+, the 2022 Kindle Kids e-reader was designed specifically for distraction-free reading for ages 7 and up. The 11th generation model features 16 GB storage (double its predecessor) that can hold more than a thousand Amazon Kids+ books, a larger six-inch 300ppi display and up to six weeks of battery life on a single charge. Since it’s geared toward reading books, it does not have any games, ads, videos or other apps. It’s compatible with Audible and can be easily paired with Bluetooth headphones or speakers so kids can listen to their favorite stories.

It comes with a free year of Amazon Kids+ ($5 monthly for Prime members, $8 for non-Prime members) and its own cover. Plus this device has a two-year worry-free guarantee in case it breaks, so you can return it and replace a new one for free.

BEST ANDROID TABLET FOR READING

Enjoy the all-day battery and get a smooth screen experience with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S9, which also comes in larger S9+ and S9 Ultra options(12.4 and 14.6 inches, respectively). This tablet is easy on the eyes and has a crisp and brilliant 11-inch LCD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate that makes reading, gaming and streaming feel dynamic and seamless. It also has built-in quad speakers with rich Dolby Atmos surround sound tuned by AKG, so audiobooks and movies alike will sound immersive. Whether you’re reading or watching movies, the Vision Booster adjusts the brightness and contrast automatically in sunlight and dim rooms alike.

Storage starts at 128 GB and you can upgrade to up to 1 TB with a microSD card (sold separately) if you need more space for your e-books or audiobooks. If you plan on using it to take notes, the Galaxy Tab S9 includes an S Pen. Accessories such as cases and Bluetooth keyboards are sold separately.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Tablet Specifications

  • Display and screen size 11-inch LCD (S9+ is 12.4 in. and S9 Ultra is 14.6 in.)
  • Audiobook compatibility Yes
  • Storage 128 or 256 GB (S9+ up to 512 GB and S9 Ultra up to 1 TB); SD card slot expandable up to 1 TB
  • Front light N/A
  • Adjustable screen shade Yes
  • Page turn buttons No
  • Battery life Up to 15 hours
  • Connectivity Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Waterproof IP68 (up to 30 min. in up to 5 feet of water)
  • Ports USB-C
  • Dimensions 10 x 6.5 x 0.23 inches
  • Weight 1.1 pounds
Amazon

BEST IPAD FOR READING

While Apple’s latest 2022 iPad Air and the colorful new iPad are now available, readers who prefer portability (say, a smaller screen that can also handle web browsing, checking emails and watching videos), the 2021 iPad Mini might be a better option. If you’re not looking for a powerhouse of a tablet, the 8.3-in. Liquid Retina display with True Tone and Apple’s A15 Bionic chip combine to give you more than enough screen and speed to let you go from listening to audiobooks to watching movies to soaking up best-selling novels on Apple Books (or other e-book apps).

It’s compatible with 5G and works with the second-gen Apple Pencil, the Smart Keyboard Folio and non-Apple Bluetooth keyboards, so it’s also a great tablet for taking notes.

2021 Apple iPad Mini Specifications

  • Display and screen size 8.3-in. Liquid Retina with True Tone
  • Audiobook compatibility Yes
  • Storage 64 or 256 GB
  • Front light N/A
  • Adjustable screen shade Yes
  • Page turn buttons No
  • Battery life Up to 10 hours
  • Connectivity Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (cellular option available)
  • Waterproof No
  • Ports USB-C
  • Dimensions 7.69 x 5.31 x 0.25 inches
  • Weight 1.43 pounds
Amazon

BEST FIRE TABLET FOR READING

For an affordable tablet and e-reader combo, Amazon’s newly-updated Fire HD 10 is lighter and boasts a longer battery life than its predecessor — and this zippy, wallet-friendly device is also ideal for reading. The battery gives you up to 13 hours of reading and the device comes in four colors: black, denim and lavender. The durable 10.1-inch 1080p HD screen is made with strengthened aluminosilicate glass and it’s now compatible with Amazon’s stylus pen for taking notes, drawing and more.

It comes with 32 or 64 GB of internal storage (the microSD card slot lets you expand up to up to 1 TB) and a powerful octa-core processor and 3 GB RAM for seamless multi-tasking. Upgrade to the Fire HD 10 Plus if you want the option to charge wirelessly. Bluetooth keyboards and fabric and durable kid-friendly cases are also available.

2023 Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet Specifications

  • Display and screen size 10.1-in. 1080p full HD
  • Audiobook compatibility Yes
  • RAM 3 GB
  • CPU Octa-core 2.0 GHz
  • Storage 32 or 64 GB, microSD slot expandable up to 1 TB
  • Front light N/A
  • Adjustable screen shade Yes
  • Page turn buttons No
  • Battery life Up to 13 hours
  • Connectivity Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Waterproof No
  • Ports USB-C
  • Dimensions 9.69 x 6.49 x 0.34 inches
  • Weight 15.29 ounces
Amazon

BEST E-READER FOR TAKING NOTES

The best e-reader and digital notepad in one.

Amazon’s newest Kindle Scribe is one of the best e-readers that’s also a note-taking tablet, making it a great option for students, avid readers and writers. At 10.2 inches with a 300ppi glare-free display and 35 LED lights, the screen is the largest and brightest in the Kindle lineup. Similar to Amazon’s other e-readers, the front light adjusts automatically and you can customize the display’s warmth and text size.

The battery can last for up to 12 weeks (based on 30 minutes of reading per day) or up to 3 weeks (based on 30 minutes of note-taking daily) on a single charge, and you can get as much as 64 GB of storage for e-books and notes. As far as taking notes, the included Premium Pen lets you create sticky notes by tapping the screen, highlight sentences in books, create documents and notebooks (including bullet journals, keep track with to-do lists and more.

Amazon Kindle Scribe Specifications

  • Display 300ppi glare-free
  • Screen size 10.2 inches
  • Audiobook compatibility Yes
  • Storage 16, 32 or 64 GB
  • Front light Yes
  • Adjustable screen shade Yes
  • Page turn buttons No
  • Battery life Up to 12 weeks for reading; up to 3 weeks for writing
  • Connectivity Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Waterproof No
  • Ports USB-C
  • Dimensions 7.7 x 9 x .22 inches
  • Weight 15.3 ounces

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