which is the best eReader of 2023 for reading on the go?

Kobos and Kindles are almost indistinguishable when it comes to style and design, with all models sporting a slim black body and black and white screen. Each model is front-lit, meaning you’re seeing light reflected onto the screen rather than LEDs shining directly into your eyes (as is the case with your mobile phone). Every model released since 2021 also uses E Ink Carta 1200 display technology, which means the text is pin-sharp.

In terms of screen resolution, every Kindle and the majority of Kobo machines use 300 PPI (pixels per inch). The exception is the Kobo Nia, which has a PPI of 212. The difference to the naked eye is slight, but noticeable side by side. The rest of Kobo’s range, which includes the Clara 2E, Elipsa 2E, Libra 2 and Sage all operate at 300 PPI.

Another thing you’ll want for comfortable reading is a decent screen size – the average paperback is nine inches diagonally. You can comfortably read on any eReader larger than six inches, which all Kindles and Kobos are. 

One area where the two differ is in materials used. While all Kobos are made from plastic, a couple of the more premium Kindle models (Oasis and Scribe) use aluminium and glass for the screen. The result is a glare-free, scratch-resistant and frankly nicer looking screen. The Kobo Elipsa 2E does use magnesium alloy as well as plastic.

Another design area which might sway a buying decision is waterproofness. You’ll want something with a waterproof rating of IPX8, which is the highest rating you can get. It means the device can be fully submerged, so you can use it in the bath or in a swimming pool. You’ll find that all Kindle and Kobo eReaders except the Kindle, Kindle Scribe, Kobo Nia and Kobo Elipsa are IPX8.

A final feature, which is a nice to have rather than an essential, is page-turning buttons. It might seem a small thing, but it’s noticeably more comfortable, especially if you have joint issues. The Kindle Oasis has this, as does the Kobo Libra 2 and Kobo Sage, but the Oasis also has an aluminium backing and a micro-etched glass screen, making it a winner on the style front.

Winner: Kindle

Kindle vs Kobo: software, storage and bluetooth

eReaders are designed to replicate the experience of reading from paper, so each page takes noticeably longer to load than you would find on a smartphone screen. The Kindles I tried were probably marginally quicker than the Kobos, but there’s very little in it. I found particularly quick response times in the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition and the Kindle Oasis, and the Kobo Libra 2.

As for storage, it really depends on the model, rather than whether you buy a Kindle or a Kobo. While books can be stored in the cloud on both devices without taking up internal storage, you’ll want a decent storage in order to build up a library on your device. 

The devices with the best storage are the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition, 32GB, the Kindle Oasis, 32GB, Kobo Libra 2, 32GB and the Kobo Elipsa, 32GB. However, it’s worth noting that the average Kindle book is only 2-3MB, so even an 8GB device will hold thousands of books.

Winner: it’s a tie

Kindle vs Kobo: audiobooks

Another piece of software you might want to consider is Bluetooth connectivity, although this is only important if you’re an audiobook listener. If you already have an Amazon Audible account, consider buying any new Kindle. Once you’ve connected your Amazon account, your audiobooks will appear in your library alongside your ebooks. All new Kobos also have bluetooth connectivity, bar the Kobo Nia.

That said, Kobo audiobooks are rather expensive. An Amazon Audible account will cost you £7.99 a month which includes one free audiobook a month. You can also bank credits if you don’t use them each month. In contrast, Kobo’s audiobooks can only be bought individually. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, a 223 page book, costs £14.99. 

Neither brand has compatibility for other types of audiobooks. For this reason, I’d recommend Kindles for audiobooks. You’ll want one with decent storage, like the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition.

Winner: Kindle

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