The best eBook readers

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A guide to the best eBook readers to buy
Smartphones and tablets are great, but there is little argument that eBook readers are still the best way to read books electronically. These little devices are cheaper, lighter and offer a much better reading experience than any traditional tablet or laptop.

In this guide, Expert Reviews contributing editor Ian Morris looks at six of the best eBook readers on the market, explains why they’re so good, and looks at how they work.
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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
eBay loves: One of the nicest eBook readers to use, good design
Watch out for: You’re tied to Amazon for life
RRP: £109

The Kindle Paperwhite is a great eBook reader if you’re happy to stay within the Amazon ecosystem. It is, however, the least open of all the eBook readers here and that may cause a problem for some. Put simply, if you buy one, you have to get your books from Amazon, too.
On the plus side, the Kindle Paperwhite remains one of the nicest eBook readers to use. It’s fast, intuitive and the screen is great. The screen is also backlit for reading in the dark, which makes it ideal for readers who don’t want to keep their partner awake by keeping the bedside light on while reading in bed. The whole tablet feels great, the Amazon store is simple to use and the syncing of books and bookmarks is second to none.
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Kobo Mini
Kobo Mini
eBay loves: Small, built-in Wi-Fi
Watch out for: Expensive compared to the Nook Simple Touch
RRP: £60

Another cheapish reader, but this one is also tiny. So if you want a device that you can pop easily into a jacket pocket or bag, the Kobo Mini may very well be one for you. It’s designed to be simple, so there’s only 2GB of storage that can’t be expanded.
The Kobo Mini also boasts Wi-Fi, which is essential for getting easy access to new books. Devices where you need to connect to a computer are something of a pain, and are sure to get cast aside far quicker.
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Amazon Kindle 6-inch
Amazon Kindle 6-inch
eBay loves: Cheap, tiny and light
Watch out for: The Nook is cheaper and more open to third-party books
RRP: £60

The Kindle 6-inch is Amazon’s most basic Kindle. It’s pretty cheap, though not as cheap as the Nook Simple Touch, and offers similar features to the Paperwhite — but there’s no backlight. That’s no problem for most, though and we can’t complain at this price.

The Amazon bookstore remains a great way to buy books and newspaper subscriptions are incredible, too. Automatic syncing over Wi-Fi means that each morning your newspaper is delivered and ready for your commute to work. Books sync the last-read read location across all of Amazon’s eBook apps and devices, too.
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Sony PRS-T3
Sony PRS-T3
eBay loves: Fast charge, style, wide bookstore support
Watch out for: Expensive compared to other non-backlit readers 
RRP: £99

The PRS-T3 is a great little device and, although Sony has stopped selling eBooks directly, you can still buy from ePub shops, which are much more open and give you more choice about where to buy.
The PRS-T3 has Wi-Fi built-in, so you can browse and buy books without a PC, which is handy if you’re on holiday. Plus there’s a three-minute fast-charge that puts enough power in a flat battery to cover the journey to work, so you won’t be stuck for something to read if you forgot to plug in the charger the night before.
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Nook Simple Touch
Nook Simple Touch
eBay loves: Cheap, small and light, good battery life
Watch out for: Not the nicest design 
RRP: £30

The Nook Simple Touch is a great buy because it’s incredibly cheap and has all the features you’ll ever need. It’s got Wi-Fi built-in, which you wouldn't expect at this price, and it supports ePub books, so you can shop around and get your novels from anywhere you like.
The battery lasts for up to two months and is charged via USB. There’s a decent amount of memory built in and you can add 32GB more via microSD cards.
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Kobo Aura HD
Kobo Aura HD
eBay loves: High-quality screen, loads of storage space
Watch out for: Costs more than you really need to spend 
RRP: £130

The Kobo Aura HD is the most expensive reader on our list by far, but also the only model with a very high-resolution screen. This might not add much, but it will make your text as crisp and clear as possible on your shiny eBook reader. That same screen is also backlit, giving you the option to read in the dark, should you want to.
As you’d expect for a premium model, there’s Wi-Fi built-in too and a whopping 4GB of storage — enough for thousands of eBooks. You can also expand the built in memory with a microSD card.
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