The Best eReaders: How the Kindle, Sony eReader & Kobo Compare

[ 2 ] October 27, 2010 |

You either love it or hate it, but you can’t deny that the eReader is gaining huge popularity. In fact, last month was the first time eBooks outsold hard copies at Amazon. Want to jump on the bandwagon, but questioning what the best eBook eReaders are? I’m going to compare eReaders: Kindle, Kobo and the Sony Reader.

Kobo

Kobo eReader, $149 CAD, Indigo Books & Music. Save with our Indigo coupons.

When looking to buy eReaders, there are a few major points to consider. One is memory. The Kobo can store up to 1,000 books and can hold a memory card for even more material. Like all readers, Kobo offers no glare and has 5 fonts for easy readability. Two negatives on the Kobo side are that it must hook up to a computer, and it can only accept JPEG file formats.

The major con of the Kobo is that it’s not Wi-Fi enabled, so you have to do all your downloading before you set out on the road.

Kindle

Kindle eReader, $139, Amazon. Save with our Kindle coupons.

Each time Amazon releases a Kindle, it gets better. Considered by many to be the only choice, Kindle has much to offer:

  • Wireless, so no PC or laptop synching is needed
  • Stores up to 3500 titles
  • Image formats are JPEG, HTML, TXT & more

The coolest functions of this eReader is the text-to-speech function. Turn it on, and a robotic voice will read aloud what’s on the screen. Also, there’s an automatic bookmark. Very handy.

One thing the Kindle lacks is that it can’t read PDF files. Also, you can’t choose which font to view, but you can choose the size.

Sony Reader Touch

Sony eReader, $229.99, Sony Style. Save with our Sony Reader coupons.

The last eReader on the list (and most expensive) is the Sony eReader. While the others can shoulder thousands of titles, the Sony is a bit lazy with only 350. The 5 font sizes are also fairly typical; however, where Sony really has a gold star is in their relationship with OverDrive. OverDrive allows you to borrow eBooks, music and more from local libraries.

One of the main downfalls of the Sony eReader is the slight glare off the screen, unlike some of the other eReaders available.

After checking out the eReader reviews, it’s difficult to choose the best one. Basically, it comes down to which one is best for your needs and is available in your price range. But what these all have for them is they get people reading.

Check back tomorrow for our list of ebook recommendations.

Do you own any of these great eReaders? Share a review!

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About Lindy: Lindy started writing at age 8, when she completed her first story entitled Clio the Talking Cat. Fast-forward a few years into the future, and she’s happily moved on to writing celebrity shopping and frugal posts. Lindy lives with her cat (who doesn’t talk), enjoys lazy weekends at the cottage and old episodes of The Golden Girls. View author profile.

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  2. Shayna says:

    Thanks for the breakdown, Lindy. I want an eReader, but reading from an actual book is so enjoyable. Plus, you don’t have to worry about losing or breaking a book. Tough call.

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