Ebook readers that will save your commute

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

ereader and coffee on a table
Carry a library in your back pocket.Aliis Sinisalu via Unsplash

Although the ebook reader hasn’t completely pushed the hardbound book into extinction, it has evolved to become something more than just a digital book shelf. 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.

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite
Reading done right.Amazon

The Kindle 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.

Likebook Mars E-Reader

Likebook Mars E-Reader
Can do a lot more than read you to sleep.Amazon

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

Boox Nova Pro 7.8 E-Reader

Boox Nova Pro 7.8 E-Reader
So distinguished, it prefers to be called an “e-tome.”Amazon

Fast, powerful, and user-friendly all describe this eReader 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 eReader 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.