eReader Comparisons at eReaderLeader.com

There's a rapidly growing number of choices and a slew of features when it comes to eBook readers, and figuring out the best eReader to buy is not always an easy proposition. That's why eReader Leader is working hard to grow its library of detailed e-reader comparisons.

Amazon Kindle Family
Amazon Kindle Comparisons
Amazon Kindle 2 vs. B&N Nook
Amazon Kindle 2 vs. Kindle 1 (1st gen.)
Amazon Kindle 2 vs. Kindle DX
Amazon Kindle 2 vs. Apple iPad
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Apple iPad
Apple iPad Comparisons
Apple iPad vs. Amazon Kindle 2
Apple iPad vs. B&N Nook
Apple iPad vs. Sony Reader Daily
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Barnes & Noble Nook
Barnes & Noble Nook Comparisons
B&N Nook vs. Amazon Kindle 2
B&N Nook vs. Apple iPad
Nook vs. Borders Kobo
Sony Readers Family
Sony eBook Readers Comparisons
Sony Reader Daily vs. Apple iPad
Borders Kobo
Borders Kobo Comparisons
Borders Kobo vs. Amazon Kindle 2
Borders Kobo vs. Nook

How to compare e-book readers

Deciding on the perfect eBook reader for you can no doubt be confusing, if not down-right frustrating. We've talked to many eBook reader shoppers, and have determined the most common questions and areas of confusion potential eBook readers encounter when shopping for an eReader. In light of our findings, we've developed comprehensive eBook reader comparisons to help eReader Leader's shoppers learn about available features and decide on the right reader to fit their needs.

We've determined the most important distinctions between the most popular e-readers, and provide a side-by-side comparison chart comparing each device's key features as well as a section that details important differences that make each eReader unique and superior vs its competition.

When comparing eBook readers, these are some of the most critical considerations:

  • Content: An eReader is of little to no good if you can't, well, use it to read what you want. In this regard, it's important to pay attention to the specs of any eBook reader you are interested in. Many eReaders can display the ePub open e-book format, while some eReaders (including the Amazon Kindle can't). Instead, the Kindle has a proprietary format, but has a vast content library compatible with the device as well as support for PDFs and Word DOCs. It's also important to consider how much content costs.
  • Display: How big is the device's display? What display technology does the device use? While a small screen may make a device that much more convenient, it may -- of couse -- make it more difficult to read. Displays using e-ink technology make text look just like it would on paper, and is often the preferred technology for eReaders.
  • Performance: For your basic eReader, performance is important -- but not hugely important. In the eBook reader world, performance often boils down to how fast a screen can refresh (effectively, how fast a page can turn and how quickly you can access menus) and how long it takes to power up. For eReaders built into more advanced devices like the iPad, performance becomes important in the sense that it is important to computers.
  • Wireless: Many eReaders offer 3G connectivity for downloading content wherever you are, and some eBook readers are also equipped with WiFi. Wireless connectivity is important for eReaders as it is a convenient way to get content on your device. The Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook, for example, offer free 3G wireless -- allowing users to download books, newspapers, blogs and more form virtually anywhere.
  • Storage space: The storage space, or capacity for content on an eBook reader, is important for obvious reasons. Of course, storage space determines how many eBooks you can store on your eReader simultaneously. It also determines capacity for other files, including music, pictures, and even in some cases (e.g. Apple iPad), movies.
  • Multimedia: As just alluded to, many eBook readers can display multimedia content beyond just eBooks. Many higher-end eReaders offer a built-in digital music player, and some even offer external speakers in addition to a standard headphone jack. Some eBook readers even offer the ability to store and display pictures, while the iPad (and surely other tablet computers) offer video playback.
  • Advanced features: Of course, every eReader can display eBooks. Yet, there are a number of other features that some eReaders do offer. Some eBook readers, including the Kindle, offer a basic, built-in web browsers that allows users to browse the web for free over the 3G network. Other advanced features includes music players, the ability to digitally lend books to friends, text-to-speech capabilities and more.
  • Battery life: Another important factor to consider when buying and eBook reader is the battery life of the device. Thanks to e-ink display technology that only consumer battery life when changing what's displayed on the screen (e.g. turning a page), many eReaders can provide up to an incredible 2 weeks of reading. In most ways, battery life depends on whether wireless is on or off, as well as display technology.
  • Price: Price is the most obvious factor when considering an eReader. Of course, price is directly related to features offer and the brand recognition of any given device. For a device with advanced features (like the Apple iPad that is more closely related to a computer than an eReader), buyers can expect to pay proportionally more.

For more detail on each device beyond our comparison content, be sure to head over to our eReader reviews section where we've developed a straightforward review format that includes a detailed set of pros and cons for each device, helpful videos, large images and more.