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10 Great Amazon Kindle eReader Alternatives for eBook Reading

Updated on July 3, 2012

What is an eReader?

Carrying and storing paper books is a thing of the past with the invention of eBook readers, like the popular Amazon Kindle. Not only are these lightweight devices extremely handy to use for reading your favorite material, but many also have video and imaging capabilities.

In this article, I will outline 10 of the best Amazon Kindle alternatives, complete with features, for you to make an educated decision when purchasing your eReader.

What is an eBook?

An eBook, or electronic book, is a digital form of a publication which could be a novel, magazine, or any other printed publication. Many printed books are now available in a digital form, available for you to read on a handheld device such as an eReader. However, some publications are only available in a digital form, eliminating printed copies. This is very popular for magazines and news.

Benefits of owning an eReader

  • Never worry that a book will be out of print, as eBooks are infinitely available
  • Environmentally friendly, eliminating need to print copies on paper
  • eBooks are less expensive than books, saving you money in the long run
  • eReader capabilities go beyond reading, to editing, taking pictures and more
  • Lightweight and sometimes easier to carry than books and magazines


Amazon Kindle Comparisons

Device
Price
Screen Size
Weight
Storage
Battery
Kindle
$79
6
169 g
2GB
1 month
Kindle Touch
$99
6
212 g
4GB
2 months
Kindle Touch 3G
$149
6
221 g
4GB
2 months
Kindle Keyboard 3G
$139
6
246 g
4GB
2 months
Kindle DX
$379
9.7
535 g
4GB
3 weeks
Kindle Fire
$199
7" colour
413 g
8GB
8 hours

Great Alternatives to Kindle eReaders


Google Tablet (RELEASED 07/12)

Price: from $250

Operating System: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Screen Size: 7"

Keyboard: Touchscreen

Resolution: 1280 x 800 (HD)

Weight: 340 g

Memory: 8-16 GB

Battery Life: up to 8 hours

Camera: 1.2 mp

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet

Price: from $199

Operating System: Nook

Screen Size: 7"

Keyboard: Touch-Screen

Resolution: 1024 x 600

Weight: 138 g

Memory: 8 GB

Battery Life: up to 9 hours

Camera: none

Cerebro Tablet

Price: from $99.99

Operating System: Android 2.2

Screen Size: 8"

Keyboard: Touchscreen

Resolution: 800 x 600

Weight: 481 g

Memory: 2 GB

Battery Life: 3 hours

Camera: None

Dropad Infinity

Price: from $199

Operating System: Android 2.3

Screen Size: 8"

Keyboard: Touchscreen with 5-point touch

Resolution: 1920 X 1080

Weight: 566 oz

Memory: 4 GB

Battery Life: up to 5 hours

Camera: Built-in; full HD

ePad Android

Price: from $97

Operating System: Android 2.2

Screen Size: 8"

Keyboard: Touchscreen

Resolution: 800 x 600

Weight: 737 g

Memory: 4 GB

Battery Life: up to 2 hours

Camera: Build-in

Kobo Touch eReader

Price: $139

Operating System: Kobo Desktop Software

Screen Size: 6"

Keyboard: Touchscreen

Resolution: 800 x 480

Weight: 680 g

Memory: 2 GB

Battery Life: 1 month

Camera: none

Ouku Cloud

Price: from $99

Operating System: Android 2.1

Screen Size: 7"

Keyboard: Touchscreen, MultiTouch

Resolution: 800 x 480

Weight: 680 g

Memory: 4 GB

Battery Life: up to 4 hours

Camera: Build-in 0.3mp

Othello HD

Price: from $179

Operating System: Android 3

Screen Size: 7"

Keyboard: Touchscreen - 5-point touch

Resolution: 800 x 600

Weight: 396 g

Memory: 14 oz

Battery Life: up to 5 hours

Camera: Build-in; 1.3mp

Sony Reader Wi-Fi

Price: $129

Operating System: Microsoft; Mac

Screen Size: 6 inch

Keyboard: Touchscreen

Resolution: 800 x 600

Weight: 481 g

Memory: 1.3 GB

Battery Life: up to 3 weeks

Camera: none

New Apple iPad

Although a more costly alternative, I felt I had to mention the Apple iPad, with a large amount of capabilities.

Price: from $499

Operating System: iOS

Screen Size: 9.7"

Keyboard: Touchscreen

Resolution: 2048 x 1536 (256 pxl/inch)

Weight: 652 g

Memory: 16-64 GB

Battery Life: up to 10 hours

Camera: 5 mp

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What do you think is the best Kindle alternative?

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    • moldservices profile image

      moldservices 4 years ago from USA

      I am surprised you didn't mention eInk and ePaper - the main reasons people invest in dedicated eReader device, all the LCD tablets are irrelevant to such devices

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      craftybird 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      For sure, Kindle is definitely one of the best eReaders available on the market!

    • Anna Evanswood profile image

      Anna Evanswood 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Mmmm I have a kindle.. And have just ordered the kindle touch. Interesting comparisons.. But I think that kindle for price and battery life is still the way to go!

      Anna

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