While e-reader sales may be slowing as tablets become more popular, there are still plenty of reasons to choose one. And if there’s a reader on your list, picking up one of the best e-readers on the market is bound to make them very happy. You’ll save trees too.
Where tablets are multi-purpose devices with backlit, LCD displays and beefy processors needed to play games, the best e-readers are designed with a single purpose in mind: reading. They typically use a grayscale E Ink display from E Ink Holdings (PVWIF) and their processor needs are much more modest.
As a result, an e-reader is more lightweight, using it causes less eye fatigue than a tablet, instead of suffering from faded display and glare an e-reader actually looks even better outdoors in the sun. Oh, and battery life is measured in months instead of hours. And an e-reader also costs less than a tablet — an important consideration for gift givers.
Amazon (AMZN) kicked off the e-reader craze with its Kindle line and it still makes the most popular e-readers out there, but there are other compelling choices to consider. Our e-reader buying guide includes five of the best e-readers being offered for the 2013 holidays including models from Kobo and Barnes & Noble (BKS) and just for good measure, a tablet alternative (for those tablet die-hards) from Apple (AAPL).