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The 5 best eBook readers

There’s no doubting that it’s a great time to buy an eBook reader – you can even get one for £30 these days. If you're not concerned about extra features, any of the base E-ink models from Amazon or Barnes & Noble will do the trick with aplomb.

Most e-readers now have touchscreens, which are useful for shopping for new books, as well as for entering notes or search terms using an on-screen QWERTY keyboard. A few models come with memory card slots for sideloading eBooks or PDF files, and thanks to upgraded edge-lit models from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo, you can easily read an E-ink screen in the dark.

You might ask yourself whether with colour tablets starting at £119 (for the new Fire HD), you might be better off with one of those? A colour tablet trades the E-ink screen for a backlit colour display, just like you'd find on a laptop or more expensive tablet computer. They're actually great for reading magazines and comic books, as well as browsing the web.

But remember that they also have much less battery life, and aren't as easy on the eyes as an E-ink screen when it comes to long periods of reading.

With that in mind, here's our roundup of the best dedicated eBook readers on the market today.

Also, before you buy, be sure to check out our guide to buying the best eBook reader.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (£109)

Amazon has rewritten the Kindle again this year, and the result is a refined eBook reader with more speed, polish, and bright, even edge-lighting.

The Kindle Paperwhite sets the bar high for the competition, although it still lacks support for the EPUB format. See our full review of the Paperwhite here.

Amazon Kindle (£69)

The £69 base version of the Amazon Kindle is still a great choice, with its price dropped from the previous incarnation, and it also boasts a slightly improved display. Note that it's the only eBook reader in this roundup that lacks a touchscreen; it employs hardware page turn buttons instead.

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch GlowLight (£49)

If you want a cheap e-reader, then look no further than the Nook Simple Touch range. You can now get yourself a basic Simple Touch reader for £29, which is incredibly cheap. If you can push the budget out a bit further, though, we’d recommend you get the Simple Touch GlowLight for £49, with its backlit display for bedtime reading. It also has a microSD card for storage expansion, and at these prices, you really can’t argue that B&N devices really are superb wallet-friendly options.

Kobo Aura HD (£135)

Kobo has struck gold with the well-designed Aura HD, a premium eBook reader with high-quality edge lighting and a super-sharp display. With its 6.8in display, this model is slightly larger than the other eBook readers in this roundup, all of which have 6in screens. This e-reader is the most expensive one we’ve mentioned here – but it’s definitely an option worth considering if budget isn’t one of your primary concerns.

Kobo Aura (£119)

The Kobo Aura is a great piece of hardware with a completely flush capacitive touchscreen. It also has some of the best fonts and customisation options in the business, just like its larger brother, the Aura HD. Of course, the aforementioned Kindle Paperwhite is £10 cheaper and comes with access to Amazon’s expansive ecosystem and some excellent features, but the Aura hardware is arguably better and definitely lighter. If you don’t want to get locked into the Kindle store, then the Aura is an excellent alternative e-reader.