I have several dedicated eInk readers and carry one in my bag all the time. I love to read and find that books are more enjoyable on eInk devices than on phones and tablets full of distractions. One weakness of eInk readers has always been the inability to read in bed or in a lowlight area (on a train during a morning commute in the winter) without having some kind of light accessory. That is no longer the case if you buy an ebook reader from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Kobo and I finally made my choice last week.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
I pre-ordered my Amazon Kindle Paperwhite last week and cannot wait to check out the high resolution, high contrast display with built-in light. I have moved to the Kindle platform as my primary ebook platform because there are apps on nearly all of my mobile platforms so I can read ebooks no matter what device I have on hand. Amazon looks to have some amazing features in the new Kindle Paperwhite and now that they have the Amazon Prime Lending Library there really doesn't seem to be any reason to buy another ebook reader. The Kindle Paperwhite beats the other two with a better resolution, X-ray feature, amount of time left in the chapter utility, and more. It does not have expandable storage capacity and still does not support the EPUB standard so if those are important to you then look to the other two ebook readers.
Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight
I have a couple of Nook devices and was a big fan of them for a long time. The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight was the first product from the major players that launched with an integrated lighting solution. However, I personally find the Nooks to be too wide to be comfortable in my hand and did not purchase one of these after owning the Nook Simple Touch. This is priced the same as the new Kindle Paperwhite, when you take off the special offers advertising.
I have a Kobo Touch and was using that as my primary device because it has an excellent form factor and I like the social networking aspects of their devices. The new Kobo Glo looks to offer a similar form factor as the Touch with the integrated lighting solution and lower cost of $129.99.
It is tough to choose just one, but the fact that I am an Amazon Prime member and Amazon has a huge ecosystem pushes me towards the new Kindle Paperwhite. Do you use a dedicated eInk book reader and if so, which do you prefer?
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