What is the best e-reader for reading e-books?

Your phone probably gets all the press, but a true e-reader is actually a lot nicer. We want something that fits in your hand, reads smoothly on a bright display, and is actually capable of displaying one and sometimes two lines of text at a time.

It’s not an easy question to answer since the best e-reader for you may not be the best for someone else. The Kindle, for example, is the best e-reader if you don’t care about having access to offline books.

If, however, you do want to be able to read books offline (such as PDFs, not HTML), you’ll want something that supports that.

This guide will go over some of the best and worst e-readers that are currently available for the Android and iOS platforms. We also want to mention some of the more expensive models on Amazon’s platform, because the cheap e-readers (like the Kindle) are so well known.

What is the best e-reader for reading e-books?

Best e-readers for reading e-books

How we tested

We tested the Kindle, Samsung Galaxy Book, and Kobo Aura One using the latest version of the respective platform. Each of these companies has announced that their latest e-reader will support Google’s new digital book platform, Bookshelf. However, they haven’t yet announced an official launch date for Bookshelf, so it’s possible that they are waiting to make the most use of the new system.

When we tested, the Kindle did not seem to be getting new firmware updates, and we haven’t heard anything about it getting Bookshelf support. (UPDATE: According to Tom’s Guide, the Kindle is now listed on the company’s site as supporting the new digital platform. There is no mention of it in any of the Kindle software updates, however.)

As far as the Samsung Galaxy Book, we’ve been promised new firmware to support the new platform. We have yet to test the device or see an update, but the company was involved in a big eBook publishing deal earlier this year, so it should have a lot of resources to get the Galaxy Book updated. We’ll report back when we test that device.

The Kobo Aura One has had a long wait to see a release, but we finally have it on our devices, so we’ve been testing it a lot to see what’s working and what’s not.

Unlike the Kindle, the Samsung Galaxy Book, and the Kobo Aura One, the Nook has been updated with the new Google Bookstore platform. You can read more about that e-reader here.

Since the Nook is often in the lower price point on Amazon’s platform, it’s the one that we think will be the hardest hit by any Bookshelf bugs or issues.

The ebook readers that use a display, the Kindle and the Galaxy Book, give you a screen to look at that’s not backlit. The Nook is a touch screen that’s backlit. A touchscreen is a much better way to interact with an e-book, because it is more natural. A backlit screen is easier to look at if you have eyesight problems or the sun is shining directly into your eyes.

The Aura One and Galaxy Book are great e-readers, but they still have backlit screens. Even when they were first announced, they were kind of odd looking.

You can also make your own e-reader and connect it to Amazon’s Kindle library, but unless you have a deep knowledge of e-readers, that may not be a good idea. These days, you’re not going to be able to create one without spending a lot of time and money.

E-readers like the Kindle, Nook, Kobo Aura One, and Galaxy Book are all available for free on Amazon. The Kindle also works on the Barnes & Noble platform, but the Nook works on only one company’s platform and the Kindle is the only one that is also available on Android.

If you want the Kindle and the Galaxy Book, you should probably consider paying Amazon for them, but you can also download these e-readers for free on Amazon and in some cases, we’ll point you to where you can get them from another retailer.

The Kobo Aura One’s newest model also has a really nice feature for those who want to move from books to e-books and back. This new model, which comes with a USB-C charging cable, will allow you to transfer your books to your phone and vice versa.

The Kobo Aura One is also one of the cheapest e-readers on the market right now. We really like that feature, but you can still use the other e-readers as standalone devices.