You've probably noticed we're avid readers here at MyDomaine headquarters. And if you're anything like us, your towering to-read pile is constantly growing with newly published books from nearly every genre—from inspiring nonfiction to riveting mysteries and mind-blowing science fiction. Though we're self-professed fans of physical books, we've been intrigued by the ease of e-readers for years now.
We'll admit that the ability to download a book at the touch of the button is enticing, but the frightening prospect of a bare bookshelf always seems to hold us back from adding a Kindle to our Amazon cart. To determine whether or not we should make the switch to virtual books once and for all, we turned to a trusted source: Amazon's customer reviews. Ahead, we investigate the best e-readers on the market and share our findings.
The verdict is in, and bibliophiles agree—these are the best e-readers for every type of reader (even those who love stocking their shelves with physical books).
What bibliophiles say: Of the 928 reviews on Amazon, 66% rate it 4 stars or higher. Steve H. is among the five-star reviewers, writing that "The lighting seems to be the best that the Kindle team has put forward yet—it seems they have taken prior criticism to heart and made a focus on making the lighting as flawless as possible."
Who should get it: This e-reader is significantly larger than Amazon's Paperwhite or Voyage models, but if you like to read in the bath or lounge by the pool with a good book in hand, this waterproof version of the ever-popular Kindle is probably the right choice for you. You can also sync it up with your Audible account if you like audiobooks, though you will need a pair of headphones—the Oasis doesn't have a built-in speaker.
What bibliophiles say: Of the 13,336 reviews on Amazon, 81% of reviewers rate it 4 stars or higher. Court G. says, "I was coming from a second generation Kindle Paperwhite, which I loved, but the increased resolution, thinner and lighter design, high-quality construction, edge-to-edge glass, and ambient light sensor were all reasons I upgraded."
Who should get it: As reviewer Court G. mentioned above, the Kindle Voyage is a well-designed, lightweight e-reader that's reasonably priced at $200, between the $250 Kindle Oasis and the $120 Kindle Paperwhite. This is a great buy for a voracious reader who's willing to splurge on a higher-end device.
What bibliophiles say: Of the 53,452 reviews on Amazon, 72% give it a 5-star rating. Reviewer BShaw, a self-professed lover of physical books, says, "The e-ink display is honestly incredible. … It really looks just like a printed page. So you get the experience of reading a physical paper book, but with the perks of being digital."
Who should get it: At less than half the price of the new Kindle Oasis, the Paperwhite model is a great bargain for voracious readers. Amazon boasts that the battery lasts for weeks, not hours, and reviewers are quick to back up that claim. Madison says, "Let me just praise the battery life of this contraption because it is absolutely amazing! Since getting my Paperwhite, I've only had to charge it 3–4 times. I've had this thing for over 13 weeks now!"
What bibliophiles say: The Nook GlowLight 3 product page only boasts 43 reviews, but Chodrack writes, "My favorite feature has to be the new auto-adjusting glowlight. It seamlessly changes between cool blue in the day to warm sepia in the evening. It may be all in my head, but this makes a huge difference reading at night—much more comfortable."
Who should get it: Not only is this e-reader ad-free, but it's also waterproof. It may not have all the high-end features of the aforementioned Kindles, but it's a great device at a great price if you're looking for something on the lower end of the price spectrum.
What bibliophiles say: Of the 7575 reviews on Amazon, 69% of people give it a 4-star rating or higher. Sara Krzykowski writes, "tapping the edge of the screen to turn the page is incredibly easy. … The small, quick tap of my thumb on the edge of the screen has become almost like a reflex and I don't notice it anymore; it feels natural."
Who should get it: This basic e-reader is a bargain at $80. The only major drawback is that it does not have backlighting, so you'll still need to binge-read near a lamp. Although it is the most modestly priced of all the Kindles, it does have built-in access to Audible, so you can listen to ebooks if you want to give your eyes a break.
What bibliophiles say: Kobo's site doesn't feature customer reviews, but Forbes contributor Brad Moon endorsed the e-reader in a recent head-to-head article that pit the Kobo's Aura One against the Kindle Oasis. In his review, he writes, "The Kobo Aura One has truly amazing lighting. It offers manual control, and adaptive settings based on ambient light, but in automatic mode, the ComfortLight Pro system automatically adjusts the display throughout the day to reflect the sun's progression."
Who should get it: If you're not committed to owning one of Amazon's Kindle e-readers, the Aura One is a great alternative. It's waterproof, has adjustable lighting, and is of great quality. Kobo's site also boasts that the Aura One was designed by book lovers for book lovers.