Best e-readers iMore 2021

You can store thousands of books, magazines, newspapers, and audiobooks on one e-reader. E-readers are magical devices that are lightweight, packable, and offer a superior reading experience thanks to e-ink technology. Whether you're looking for a straight-up e-reader or a tablet like the iPad that will let you read and surf the web, we have the goods. These are the best e-readers of the year.

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Our pick: Kindle Paperwhite e-reader

Staff pick

The Kindle Paperwhite is one of the best Kindles currently on the market. It closely replicates the look of ink on paper thanks to E Ink technology. It's lightweight and glare-free, even in bright sunlight, and it's waterproof. Get it in one of four colors and loaded with 8GB or 32GB of memory. The Paperwhite pairs with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to Audible books, and a single battery charge lasts for weeks.

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Bargain choice: Kindle e-reader

Reading is a pleasure on even the most basic Kindle. The E Ink display looks great in anything from bright sunlight to total darkness. And the basic Kindle now comes with an adjustable built-in front light so you can read distraction-free anywhere.

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High-end option: iPad mini 5

The iPad Mini 5 is a full-featured tablet that does everything well. Download the Kindle app and some of our other recommended e-reader apps, and you can access your books wherever you go. The screen is bright and crisp, plus fully adjustable for indoor and outdoor reading. Aside from being a capable e-reader, the iPad Mini is a tablet you can use to stream music and movies, play games, video chat, and surf the web. This edition has built-in Wi-Fi and cellular.

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Deluxe e-reader: Kindle Oasis

The new Kindle Oasis is a big step up from the Paperwhite. It has a generous 7-inch display, an adjustable warm light, and IPX8 waterproofing so you can read safely in the tub or by the pool. The Kindle Oasis comes in two colors and is available with 8GB or 32GB of memory. If you prefer a slightly larger device, this is one of the best e-readers around.

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An e-reader for kids: Kindle Kids Edition e-reader

Made specifically for young readers, the Kindle Kids Edition has a glare-free display that's easy to use indoors or out. There are no ads, games, or apps on this model, so your children get a distraction-free device meant just for reading. It's available in four fun colors and pairs with Bluetooth headphones or speakers, making it compatible with Audible.

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Not just for reading: Amazon Fire HD 10

The newly updated Amazon Fire HD 10 is a tablet that serves well as an overall entertainment device. It has a large 10.1-inch 1080p full HD display, 32GB of internal storage, and microSD expandable storage. The battery lasts up to 12 hours when reading, surfing the web, watching movies and videos, or listening to music. The Fire HD 10 gives you access to the Kindle Store at Amazon, and ebooks are loadable from other retailers and sources.

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A buget tablet option: Amazon Fire 7 tablet

The Fire 7 has a 7-inch IPS display and works hands-free with Alexa. Battery life clocks in at 7 hours for reading, browsing the internet, watching videos, listening to music, or emailing. You'll get front and rear-facing cameras for your money, dual-band Wi-Fi, and a solid, snappy device to read, play games, and connect to the web.

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Kid-proof tablet: Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

The all-new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is an 8-inch tablet with an HD display, 32GB of RAM, and it all comes wrapped in a kid-proof case. With this tablet, young ones get access to books, games, apps, videos, Audible books, and educational content at a great size. Parents create screen time limits, set educational goals, and have full control over content filtering. For younger kids, this is one of the best e-readers and tablets out there.

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Get more of everything: Fire HD 10 Plus

The all-new Fire HD 10 Plus gives you more of everything! You'll get 32GB of space, the ability to wirelessly charge your device, a whopping 4GB of RAM, and an octa-core processor that flies. If you load a lot of books and want lots of room for apps, this is the best e-reader for you.

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Read without glare: Kobo Clara HD

If you don't want to be tied to Amazon's ecosystem, throw the Kobo Clara in your cart now. It'll store thousands of books, has a battery life that lasts for weeks, and books can be sideloaded from any seller or free source online. The E ink screen is gorgeous and always glare-free.

$115 at Amazon
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Read and make calls: ZONKO Tablet

The ZONKO Tablet is a 10.1-inch Android device with an 800x1280 IPS display. The high-capacity battery lasts up to 8 hours. With this tablet, you can read books from anywhere, watch movies, make phone and video calls, screen videos, and surf the web. This is a full-featured tablet with a beautiful screen and a price that's easy to justify.

$112 at Amazon

Making some reading suggestions

With a bevy of available choices, which e-reader is right for you? If you prefer distraction-free reading with a great screen that mimics the look of paper books, you'll love the Kindle Paperwhite. It's a light and thin dedicated e-reader with a glare-free display and waterproofing, and it's easy on the eyes and the wallet. There is even a more basic Kindle available if you don't need to listen to audiobooks and want to save even more money.

If you prefer a full-fledged tablet, you can't go wrong with Apple's iPad Mini 5. It has a stunning 7.9-inch Retina Display, gives you access to the entire Apple App Store, including Apple Books, and makes for a good all-around e-reading device.

And for kids, we recommend the Kindle Kids Edition. It's purpose-built for reading with a glare-free display and a battery that lasts for weeks.

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