Compare eBook Readers
eBook reader reviews and a comparison table of technical specifications for popular digital book readers. This is the first step in finding a digital book reader to suit your requirements.
How to Compare eBook Readers
Technical specifications alone are insufficient when trying to compare digital book readers. There are more subjective aspects of ebook readers that are not obvious until you start using them in the real world.
For example, how well does a particular reader perform in bright light versus dull light? How many books can you load before you start to experience performance degradation. For reasons like these we encourage you to read the ebook reader reviews on the product pages of this website. There are lots of actual user reviews that highlight the pros and cons of individual digital book readers.
Once you have identified a digital book reader that suits your requirements we would encourage you to read the user reviews for that are linked to in the Details section under that product. The various brands of digital book readers are listed on the right hand side of the page. Clicking on a brand under the Category heading will show you the product line, and then at the bottom of each listing are links labelled “View All Customer Reviews” and “comments” that will take you to the actual reviews.
Here’s an example of a reader review that compares the Kindle 2 to the newer Kindle DX :
Both the DX and Kindle 2 are good values. If you only read books, the Kindle 2 is probably better. If you already own a Kindle 2, and don’t read PDF’s, I recommend keeping your Kindle 2. If you read a lot of pdf’s or newspapers, or you like to read with large fonts, you’ll be happier with the DX. Read the full Kindle DX Review
Here’s another example. This excerpt of an ebook reader review covers the Ectaco Jetbook:
In one phrase: Well rounded! It reads PDF docs with ease. Formatting of docs is great, and it is small yet fast. I can open up a large doc, and it takes only a couple of seconds (with Sony, it took about 10). The screen is smaller than the SONY or Amazon, and I thought it would bother me. Here is the good news: you can rotate your doc! You can read landscape style, and the screen is perfect for that. The device is small that you can control it in one hand, and not heavy that you get tired. The keys are well placed, and the user interface is very simple! I charged it four days ago; been using it since, and the battery is at about 95%! Read the full Ectaco Jetbook Review