eBook Readers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 12 Sources
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests several popular e-book readers, ranking them from best to worst and recommending models its editors like most. Each e-reader is rated on readability, versatility, responsiveness, page turn, navigation and file support. Battery life and price are also noted.
Best E-book Readers
by David Carnoy
Our AssessmentCarnoy includes four e-book readers on this list, giving each a rating and lengthy single-product review. The Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight and Amazon Kindle Paperwhite with Special Offers each snag an Editors' Choice award, but the basic non-illuminated versions of those devices also make the cut.
E-book Readers Latest Reviews
by Editors of PCMag.com
Our AssessmentPCMag.com tests plenty of the latest e-readers in lengthy reviews, complete with comparisons to top models. Both the basic and backlit versions of the Barnes & Noble Nook Color, Nook Simple Touch and Amazon Kindle earn the Editors' Choice badge. There's a wide range of ratings here, so it's easy to see which e-book readers are best.
by Editors of Laptop Magazine
Our AssessmentLaptop Magazine rates several of the major e-book readers on the market, and some less well-known ones, too. Reviews are detailed, and editors don't hesitate to point out flaws. The Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G, and both the standard and backlit versions of the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch earn 4 stars out of 5. The standard, non-backlit Nook gets the Editors' Choice nod due to its more wallet-friendly price.
by Editors of PC World
Our AssessmentPC World's newer e-book reader coverage has been handed off to its recently launched TechHive.com sister site, but most of its e-reader reviews still reside here. Analysis is detailed and balanced, but some top-rated models are older versions that have been discontinued. A lengthy evaluation of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite that links to TechHive.com doesn't include a rating, but reviewer Melissa J. Perenson compares it to the top-rated Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight.
by Editors of Pocket-Lint.com
Our AssessmentThis U.K. website covers a large volume of e-reader news and tests many popular devices, including the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader PRS-T1. While several models are subjected to hands-on impressions, formal reviews are few and far between. The Amazon Kindle in particular earns praise in a rare critique of the minor 2012 refresh, and is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.
by Lisa Gade
Our AssessmentMobileTechReview.com's evaluations are nicely comparative, both with preceding models and competing ones. Articles are detailed, thorough and richly illustrated with photographs and videos. Each e-reader gets a rating, with Barnes & Noble's Nook lineup generally receiving the highest marks. However, Editor in Chief Lisa Gade gives the Kindle Paperwhite an Editor's Choice nod, making it the first e-book reader to receive such recognition.
by Editors of Engadget.com
Our AssessmentElectronics site Engadget.com features e-book reader news and reviews a number of devices, as well. Products aren't rated, but the lengthy evaluations clearly explain whether an e-reader is recommended. The Kindle Paperwhite and Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight earn praise, although reviewer Brian Heater says both have flaws in addition to their strong points.
Tablets & E-book Readers
by Editors of Wired
Our AssessmentWired has a selection of e-book reader reviews, but doesn't evaluate as many lesser-known models as other sources. Each e-reader is rated on a 10-point scale. Few impress the editors here; most get mediocre ratings at best. That said, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite earns a top-notch score of 9 out of 10.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentIn addition to its proprietary Kindle models, Amazon sells most other major e-readers. Not surprisingly, the various versions of the Kindle get the most owner reviews, with the basic model receiving thousands of user comments and a high average rating. Other e-book readers get far less feedback.
by Editors of PC Advisor
Our AssessmentBritain's PC Advisor reports on e-readers from major and minor brands, scoring each on a 5-point scale. Some are original reviews, while others are borrowed from sister publications such as PC World. Editors have stepped up coverage of late, evaluating a handful of lesser-known e-book readers that don't rate highly.
Which E-Book Reader Is Best For You?
by David Gilbert
Our AssessmentBritain's TrustedReviews.com is a must-read site for detailed reviews of electronics, but its e-book reader coverage is uneven. This roundup looks promising at first glance, but links lead to evaluations that vary in quality and in some cases are very dated.