Best E-Readers 2013, for the Amazon Fan: Kindle Paperwhite
There’s no doubt that Amazon got e-readers into the mainstream. And Amazon continues make some of the best e-readers and dominate e-reader sales. In fact, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is easily one of the best e-readers you can buy.
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-reader includes built-in lighting for reading in the dark without needing a clip-on accessory or turning on a light, yet it doesn’t cause eye strain the way a backlit LCD display can. Amazon claims page turns are 25% faster than the previous generation, and it weighs just 7.3 ounces.
And Kindle Paperwhite review also notes that this e-reader includes Wi-Fi, 2GB of storage, the latest Carta 16-level grayscale E Ink display at 212 ppi, 2 months battery life (that will go down with Wi-Fi and light use) and options such as 3G connectivity or a Special Offers (advertising) screen saver for cost savings.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite prices start at $139, with the ability to cut that to $119 if you opt for special offers.
For someone who is invested in the Amazon ecosystem, the Kindle Paperwhite tops the list of best e-readers to buy for the 2013 holidays. That’s especially true considering there are so many great free books for the Kindle.
However, if you’re buying this for someone who’s new to e-books, it’s important to note that the device is locked in to Amazon and is optimized for e-books using its proprietary AZW format — that means most e-books from Google Play, iBookStore, Kobo and Sony (SNE) will be incompatible.