Amazon has completely dominated the ebook readers market, but you don't have to use a Kindle to get your ebook fix. There are a surprising number of e-book reader options, and many of them are actually better than the Kindle.
Tablets, like iPad, can be great for playing video and playing games. But they make for uncomfortable e-book readers. They are expensive, they have short battery life, and their screens can be a bit aggressive on the eyes. Plus, tablets are the ultimate portable distraction. How can you sit and read when Youtube siren song is just a gesture away?
Because of the tablet flaws, typical e-book readers are still the best way to consume digital books. And while the Kindle is synonymous with the term "eBook Reader", there are many good reasons to stay away from Amazon's flagship reading device.
This does not mean that Kindle is a bad ebook reader. They are powerful, they last a long time, and you can buy one for just $ 50. But the Kindle has a very big problem, it's tied to the Amazon Marketplace. You cannot use the Kindle to open EPUB files or PDF files (unless you want to put in a huge amount of effort). If you want more flexibility from an ebook reader, your Kindle aversion is completely understandable.
Lucky for you, we've tracked some of the best Kindle options on the market. These ebook readers have their ups and downs, but they give you every opportunity to escape from (or work together) the Amazon ebook market.
Kobo Aura H20 ($ 1
] Kobo Aura H20 is by far the most popular Kindle option. It's made Rakuten, a popular Japanese company, and it actually blows out Kindle out of the water when it comes to physical properties and file usability. In addition, it has no annoying special offers on the lock screen.
This ebook reader has a backlit display with an adjustable blue light filter, robust font settings and a relatively large 6.8 "e-color touchscreen. Kubo Aura H20, as the latest version of the Kindle, has 8GB of memory, 1 GHz processor, Wi-Fi compatibility, a micro USB port and a battery lasting a few weeks, it also has a water-resistant IPX8 rating, which means it can sit in 2 meters of water for one hour before damage occurs
Kobo ebook reader supports up to 14 file formats, including EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, TXT, TIFF and HTML.You can transfer these files to the ebook reader via micro USB cable, but there is also a dedicated Kobo e-book store, and you can use Kobo ebook readers to unlock books from your library.
Kobo Aura H20 cannot open AZW files (Amazon books), but you can use a software such as Caliber to convert AZW files to EPUB format.
Kobo Forma ( $ 280)
Kobo Forma is essentially the similarly priced rival to Kindle Oasis. It is an ergonomic e-book reader with 8-inch display, tactile buttons and a backlight with an adjustable blue light filter. This ebook reader has robust fonts, Wi-Fi, a micro USB port, a water resistant IPX8 rating, which means it can sit in 2 feet of water for one hour. It has a battery that should take a few weeks, a 1 GHz processor and 8 GB or 32 GB storage options.
Kobo ebook readers support up to 14 file formats, including EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, TXT, TIFF and HTML. You can transfer these files to the ebook reader via micro USB cable. But there is also a dedicated Kobo e-book store, and you can use Kobo ebook readers to borrow books from your library remotely.
Kobo Forma cannot open AZW files (Amazon books), but you can use a software like Calibration to convert AZW files to EPUB format.
Likebook Mars ($ 239)
If you want a non-Amazon eBook reader that can open AWZ formatted books, you should check out Likebook Mars. (Note that there is a difference between the ability to open AWZ files and manage Amazon's DRM, this device only handles the format and doesn't let you load AWZ files purchased from Amazon.) It has a 7.8-inch touch screen, one adjustable backlight, a micro USB input and a battery that should take a few weeks.
Likebook Mars is surprisingly powerful compared to most ebook readers. Its 8Core processor provides a fast refresh rate, it can download apps from the Google Play store and has a giant 16GB of internal storage. Likewise, the Likebook has an SD card slot for up to 128GB of extra storage and file transfer.
Unlike the Kindle, Likebook Mars supports a variety of file formats, including EPUB, PDF, MOBI, FB2, TXT and DOC. You can use it to borrow books from the library and you can use the included Kindle app to read books from Amazon.
BOOX listing ($ 499)
If you were an e-book reader that is good for productivity and creative work, you should check out the BOOX note. It's one of the only ebook readers that comes with a Wacom stylus, and it's good to write notes in books or on the road.
The BOOX note is essentially the dividing line between typical tablets and ebook readers. Packed with Android 6.0, it has access to the Google Play store, it comes with a handy Wacom stylus, and it has 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity to pull on the go.
This ebook reader can open most file formats, including EPUB, PDF, MOBI, FB2, TXT and DOC. You can use it to borrow books from the library, and you can use the included Kindle app to read books from Amazon. You read the last part correctly. Remember that it has access to the Play Store, which means you can download the Kindle App on it. What a time to live.
Of course, the BOOX note is a bit expensive. If you want to spend $ 500 on creative and productivity features, just buy an iPad. This device is really targeting the hardcore e-mail windows or ad materials that want to drag on an e-ink display.