Ebook readers that will save your commute

Lightweight, versatile, and able to handle even the most verbose authors.

Although the ebook reader hasn’t completely pushed the hardbound book into extinction, it has evolved to become something more than just a digital bookshelf. In addition to providing people access to new or favorite novels, they also open up a whole new world of self-published work and mixed-media experiences.

The ideal ebook reader is easy to use, with enough memory to house a decent collection, and are durable enough to survive being bounced around in a shoulder bag. These offerings fit the bill.

The best: Kindle Paperwhite

Reading Done Right

A single charge will last weeks. Amazon

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The Kindle Paperwhite checks off all the necessary boxes, and then some. For one, the newest model is the thinnest and lightest Kindle yet—something appreciated by those who have avoided reading certain novels simply because they couldn’t bear the thought of lugging around 2,000 pages in their backpacks. Available in both an efficient 8 GB and a whopping 32 GB model, the Kindle also sports a 300 ppi (the optimal resolution for digital printing presses), glare-free display.

Runner-up: Likebook Mars E-Reader

Doesn’t Just Provide Words On A Screen

It’s almost a tablet or laptop, but hasn’t forgotten its primary job. Amazon

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Built on the Android 6.0 operating system, the Likebook offers some of the best customization options of any ebook reader. The 1.5 G processor runs hundreds of reading apps smoothly, and the device can stand up to 128 GB of extended memory. There are day/night and cold/warm light modes, with 24 grades of adjustable levels, and the device handles PDFs (with easy zoom and view rearrangement options), online browsing, and even writing apps.

Can also be used to draw: BOOX Note2 10.3 ePaper

Most Versatile Option

So distinguished, it prefers to be called an “e-tome.” Amazon

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Fast, powerful, and user-friendly all describe this tablet from Boox. This model features a brand new interface—their first such change in a decade—that is focused on being more intuitive and uncluttered. Featuring a high-resolution display with glare-resistant glass that is viewable from any angle (even in direct sunlight), the Boox tablet ups the ante by allowing you to use a Wacom stylus to take notes or sketch directly on top of PDF books—finally bridging the gap between ebook and college textbook. Adjustable backlights and a sleek design round out a thoroughly impressive entry.