2013 Ebook Reader Comparison Chart | E-Ink and Color Tablet Comparsion
Below is a 2013 ebook reader comparison chart of the latest models of
the Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle 5, Kindle Paperwhite, Barnes &
Noble Nook, Sony Reader and Apple iPad. The first comparison table is
for the e-ink readers, the second is for color ereaders/tablets
including Kindle Fire, Nook Color and the latest iPad Air model.
Jump to Color Tablet Comparison Chart
Kindle Comparison Chart - If you just want to see a comparison of all the new Kindle models, prices and sizes for Kindle 5 vs Kindle Paperwhite vs Kindle vs Kindle Fire HD and HDX models.
E-Ink Pearl 6" (Grayscale) Ebook Reader Comparison Chart - Kindle vs Nook vs Sony eReader
|Model:|| Kindle 5
|| Kindle Paperwhite
|| Nook Touch Glowlight
|WiFi/3G||WiFi Only||WiFi & 3G Models||WiFi Only
|Web Browser||Free Experimental WebKit-Based Browser||Free Experimental WebKit-Based Browser
|Storage Capacity||2GB internal, 1,400 plus free cloud storage
||2G internal, 1,100 books plus free cloud storage||2GB Internal memory/storage (up to 1,000 eBooks)||Internal: Approx. 1.3 GB after initial setting.
|Expansion Slots||No Slot but Free Cloud Storage for all Amazon content||No Slot but Free Cloud Storage for all Amazon content||Micro SD expansion slot; up to 32GB card
||External: Micro SD card up to 32GB|
|Supported Media Formats||Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion||Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion||EPUB, PDF, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP
Not supported: LIT, AMZ (Amazon), LRZ/LRX (Sony)
|DRM Text : ePub (OPS v2.0, .epub file extension, Adobe
DRM protected), PDF (PDF v1.6 or before, .pdf file extension, Adobe DRM
JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP
MP3 (Non encrypted), AAC (Non encrypted)
ePub, PDF, TXT
|Touch Screen||5-Way Controller or
Keyboard or Touch Screen Depending on Model
|Text To Speech||No
|Sharing Capability||14-Day Lending||14-Day Lending||Digital lending; between nook™, iPhone™, iPod touch®, BlackBerry®, PC, Mac OS®||No|
|Battery Life||Up to 1 month with wireless off, 3 weeks with Wi-Fi on
||WiFi Model - Up to 2 months with wireless off, 6 weeks
3G Model - Up to 2 months with wireless off,3 weeks WiFi on
|Up to 2 months with wireless off, 3 weeks with wireless on||Up to 1 month with wireless off, 3-4 weeks wireless on|
|7.3 oz WiFi
7.6 oz WiFi+3G
|6.95 oz||5.9 oz|
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||Kindle 5||New Kindle Paperwhite!||NOOK Glowlight||Sony Reader WiFi|
|Model:||Kindle Fire HDX
(see Kindle Fire comparison chart also)
|Nook HD||Apple iPad Air
|Size||7" - 7.5" x 4.7" x 0.45"
8.9" - 9.45"x6.5"x0.35"
|7.65" x 5.00" x 0.43"||9.5" x 7.31" x 0.37"|
|Display||7" & 8.9"||7"||9"|
|Pixel Resolution||7" - 1920x1200, 323 PPI
8.9"- 2560X1600, 339 PPI
|1440x900 at 243 ppi, full HD at 720p||2048x1536 at 264 ppi.LED-backlit glossy with In-Plane
|Processor/RAM||2.2GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM; 8.9"
also has Adreno 330 GPU for better gaming.
|1.3GHz dual-core TI OMAP4||1GHz dual-core Apple A5X with 1GB RAM|
|WiFi/4G|| WiFi only or WiFi + 4GLTE AT&T or
||WiFi Only||WiFi or WiFi + Cellular
Optional Extra Monthly Plan Fee for 4G via AT&T or Verizon;
|OS/Web Browser||Fire OS 3.0 Mojito
Amazon Silk Web Browser
Multi-tab Web Browser
Safari Web Browser
|Storage Capacity||7" - 16GB, 32GB & 64GB
8.9" - 16GB, 32GB & 64GB, 32 GB +
|8GB or 16GB + expansion slot & Free Nook Cloud Storage||16GB - 128GB|
|Supported Media Formats||Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, MP4, 3GP, VP8(.webm).||Audio: MP4, M4A, 3GP, AAC, MP3, FLAC, WAV, OGG, AMR
Video: MP4, 3GP, WEBM, AVI
Gallery pictures: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
Reader/Other: PDF, ePUB, DRP, ePIB, FOLIO, OFIP, CBZ, TXT, RTF, XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, PPSX, DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, LOG, CSV, EML, ZIP
|ePub, pdf, mp3, jpeg, gif, tiff, doc, docx, htm, html, key, numbers, pages, ppt, pptx, txt, rtf, vcf, xls, xlsx|
|Sharing/Lending||14-Day Lending; Use App for lending to PC, Mac, iPad,
iPhone, BlackBerry & Android Devices
||LendMe technology; share between NOOK and iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android smartphones & tablets, PCs & Mac; NOOK Friends; Borrow & read library books||No Lending
|Interface||Capacitive touch||Touch screen||Multi-Touch/Fingerprint-resistant
|Apps||Amazon Appstore||Nook Apps||Apple App Store
|Battery Life||7" - Up to 17 hours wireless off
8.9" - Up to 18 hours wireless off
|Up to 10.5 hours wireless off||Up to 10 hours with wireless on|
|Weight||7" WiFi - 10.7 oz
8.9" WiFi - 13.2 oz
|11.1oz||WiFi model: 1bs
WiFi+4G model: 1.05lbs
||7" WiFi: 16GB: $229
| 32GB: $269| 64GB: $309
8.9" WiFi: 16GB: $379 | 32GB: $429|
|8GB-32GB: $129-$179 depending upond storage &
7" vs 9" screen size
||$499-$929 depending upon storage (16-128GB) & Wi-Fi vs Wi-Fi + 4G|
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Kindle Fire HDX 7"
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9"
A summary of each ereader's benefits:
New Amazon Kindle 5th Generation & Kindles Comparisons Chart
The new Kindle 5th generation is Amazon's cheapest version priced at $69 with ads, $89 without. The ads are only on the homescreen and the special offers are screensavers so you don't have to see ads when your reading books. If you are just looking for a simple ebook reader, this is the one to get. An iPad it's not, but one of the highest quality ereaders, it is, just without all the bells and whistles. For only $69 it's a steal. View the Kindle comparison chart since there are now 7 versions available which include WiFi-only 5-way controller (no touch), Kindle DX, WiFi and 3G Kindle Paperwhite models, Kindle Keyboard and Amazon's version of the iPad, the Kindle Fire Tablet which is actually being sold $2 below cost for Amazon - a good deal all around, and now Kindle HD models as well.
Amazon Kindle DX International (US/Global):
The major Kindle DX advantage to the regular Kindle 5 is its larger screen size, 3" more in the diagonal measurement. However, the DX version costs $230 more than the Kindle 5 at $299. If you feel you want or need a bigger screen for easier reading, then the DX is probably for you.
Barnes Noble Nook
Barnes and Noble's latest models include the Nook Touch Glowlight and Nook HD and Nook HD+ models. There is still the Nook Touch 2nd generation (no glowlight model) in WiFi only at $99, Nook Color WiFi and the Nook Tablet. The Nook does support EPUB books and documents whereas they must be converted before using on the Kindle. But there are over 750,000 books, magazines and newspapers in the Kindle library, so unless you know you will need to download a lot of EPUB documents, this shouldn't be a deciding factor.
Barnes and Noble is now also offering the Nook Color priced at $199 currently with WiFi only, no 3G. For a complete comparison, view the Nook vs Kindle Comparison Table of the Kindle 5th generation, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle DX, Kindle Fire with Nook Simple Touch and Nook Touch Glowlight ereaders and Nook Color, Nook Tablet and Nook HD tablets.
Sony Reader WiFi and Reader Daily
The Sony Reader Daily edition is a big improvement on their Sony Touch and Pocket editions which did not offer wireless connectivity. The only advantage we see the Sony Daily has over the Global Kindle and Nook is a slightly larger screen size at 7 inches (only 1 inch larger) and slightly longer battery life. It does offer memory expansion, a touch screen and Wi-Fi, as does the Nook, but again priced at $399 vs $189 for the Kindle International & $199 3G Nook ereaders. The new release of the Sony Reader WiFi PRS-T2 is closer to the Kindle 5, but is still priced higher than Kindle's equivalent.
Apple iPad Review
The Apple iPad in the beginning was something new and had a lot of extra functions that the other ereaders lacked like playing video games, storing and playing your music library, watching movies and a few others. But of course, it is more in the tablet category than just being an ebook reader which is why both Amazon and Barnes and Noble answered with the Kindle Fire Tablets and Nook Tablets, respectively. You can read more about the differences between it's major competitor go to iPad vs Kindle Comparison Chart and Review.
We hope you are able to make a better informed decision based on our ebook reader comparison chart. If you have any questions, please contact us.