Compare eBook Readers

ebook readersListed are:
eBook readers proper (items 1 to 29)
Pda units with some text display (items 30-31)
Portable CD players (item 32)
Readers for the visually-impaired (items33-37)
MP3 players (items 38-42)
Portable VDU unit (item 43)
Ultra-small laptops (items 44-46)

The listing for ebook readers proper is not complete as new models appear by the month, and many more models exist for other categories.

 

ebook

reader

diagonal screen-size (inches)

screen dpi

body dimensions

(inches)

weight

(oz)

storage

 

Ebook formats

notes

iLiad 0100

8.1

1024 x 768

8 x 7

13.7

64-224 MB

PDF, XHTML, TXT, and MP3

E-ink technology

Bookeen Cybook

Orizon

6.0

-

-

-

2GB /2,000 books

ePub-PDF, FB2-HTML-TXT, JPG, GIF and PNG

E-ink technology, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth, touchscreen

Cybook

10.1

600 x 800

8 x 10 x 1

35.2

32-256 MB

PDF, HTML, RTF and TXT

includes word processor and spreadsheet

Sony

eBook

Reader

PRS- 505

6

600 x 800

5 x 7.5 x 0.5

9.0

10 MB

BBeB (Sony format), .TXT, .PDF

E-ink technology: plays MP3

Sony

eBook

Reader

PRS-700BC

6

600 x 800

5 x 7.5 x 0.7

9.0

256MB/ 300 books

BBeB (Sony format), .TXT, .PDF, .JPEG, .GIF, .PNG

E-ink technology: touch-screen: 100,000 titles

Kindle 2

6

600 x 800

4.9 x 7.5 x 0.36

10.2

1,500 titles

.AZW(Kindle format), .PRC, .MOBI, .MP3, .AA and .TXT

includes text-to-speech.
285,000 titles available: wireless download (US)

Kindle DX

9.7

600 x 800

10.4 x 7.2 x 0.4

18.9

3,500 titles

.AZW(Kindle format), .PRC, .MOBI, .PDF, .MP3, .AA and .TXT

includes stereo. 285,000 titles available: wireless download (US)

iPad

9.7

1024 x 768

9.5 x 7.5 x 0.5

24

16-64 GB

JPG, TIFF, GIf, DOC, DOCX, HTML, PDF, RTF, XLS, iTunes

includes MP3, MP4 and MOV. Multi-language
support.

Alex

6.0 e-ink + 3.5 LCD

600 x 800

4.7 x 8.9 x 0.4

11

7500 page turns

ePUB, PDF

MP3, MP4, WiFi, USB2

Samsung e6

& e101

6.0 - 10.0

-

-

-

-

-

WiFi & Bluetooth. MP3 MP4. Stylus for writing and drawing

iRiver Story

6.0

-

-

-

2 GB / 9,000 page turns

ePUB, PDF, TXT, Doc, PPT, TXT; JPEG, BMP, GIFs

MP3 player, 2GB of internal memory, SD expansion slot, USB 2.0 connectivity

Entourage

Edge

9.7 e-ink + 10.1 LCD

1200 x 825

8.3 x 10.8 x 1.0

c 3 lbs

PDF ePUB, Doc, XLS, TXT

200,000 titles, SD & SIM cards, USB & WiFi. Stylus for writing and drawing

Copia Tidal 6

6.0

600 x 800

4.9 x 6.7 x 0.35

-

2GB / 1,500 books

-

Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity.

Copia Ocean 3G

9.0

768 x 1024

6.4 x 8.2 x 0.4

-

4GB / 3,000 books

-

Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity. SD card for 16GB

Aluratek

Libre Pro

5.0 LCD

-

-

2-32 GB

BMP, JPG, GIF, Adobe DRM, ePUB, PDF, FB2, TXT, Mobi, PRC and RTF

100 free books 2GB SD expandable to 32G. MP3

Q pro-

reader

10.7

960 x 1280

8.5 x 11 x 0.3

17

8 GB

.PDF, Word, PP, Excel, ePub, GIF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and TXT

Wi-Fi connectivity. 4 GB version also available

Nook

6 + 9

600 x 800

-

11.2

3-16 GB

.PDF, .MP3, .ePUB

colour: wi-fi: books can be 'loaned'

CoolReader

6

170

7.2 x 4.6 x 0.43

6.2

1-4 GB 8000 pages

.PEG, .PDF, .EPUB, .TXT, and .MP3

E-ink technology: no wireless download

Flepia

c 12

-

-

-

-

-

colour: available Japan only

eSlick

7

600 x 800

7.4 x 4.7 x 0.4

6.4

128 MB

.TXT, .PDF

takes 4Mb memory card: plays MP3

Astak Mentor

5

600 x 800

-

-

128 MB

.DOC, .TXT, .PDF, .JPG, .HTM, .RFT

E-ink technology: 6" and 9.7" models coming.

BEBOOK

6

600 X 800

-

-

512MB

.DOC, .TXT, .PDF, .JPG, .HTM, .RFT

E-ink technology

Franklin eBookman

6.1

240 x 200

5.2 x 3.4 x 0.7

6.5

6.5 MB

Mobipocket

$180 model has 7 bidirectional dictionaries

Halin

eReader

6.0

600 x 800

7.2 x 4.7 x 3.9

8.5

32 MB

.PDF, .TXT, .RTF, .DOC, .CHM, .FB2, .HTM, .WOLF, .DJVU, .LIT, .EPUB, .PPT, .Mobipocket, .TIFF, .JPEG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG.

plays MP3, takes memory cards

RCA

REB1100 /Gemstar

5.6

-

6 x 4

17

8-72 MB

Rb Rocket

titles still available but not reader: site discontinued

eBookwise

5.6

-

6 x 4

17

8-72 MB

HTML, RTF and DOC

revamped REB1100

Argosy

EB683

6.5

480 x 640

7 x 5.3 x 0.7

10.6

0.5-128 MB

DOC, PDF, EBK, MP3

includes EBK convertor: site discontinued

Sigma

11.8

1024 x 768

11.5 x 8.7 x 0.5

17.6

-

-

16 grey scales: currently in Japanese only

Tapware Zodiac

3.8

480 x 320

5.6 x 3.1 x 0.55

-

32-128 MB

Palm OS 5.2

-

Portable CD Players

0

-

5.5 x 5.5 x 1.1

8

700 MB (CD)

MP3, ATRAC3plus

many makes and models

Book Courier

0

-

5 x 2.4 x 1

-

256MB - 4GB

MP3, Audible, DOC, Daisy

for visually impaired: accepts ebooks in many formats (including iTunes) and includes microphone

Kurzweil

1000

0

-

-

-

256/625MB

MP3, WAV

for visually impaired: scans and reads documents: also accepts bookshare.org titles

Victor Reader Wave

2.4

-

6 x 5.5 x 1.3

10.6

700 MB (CD)

MP3, Daisy

for visually impaired: several models

Victor Reader

0

-

9.5 x 8.3 x 1.7

42.2

MP3, Daisy

for visually impaired: two models

Book Port

0

-

4.7 x 2.7 x 1

-

4GB

MP3, Daisy

for visually impaired: accepts ebooks in many formats (including audible) and includes microphone and text-to-sound s/w

Apple iPod

2.5

320 x 240

3.3 x 1.0 x 0.3

0.8-5.5

0.5-60 GB

text clippings only

excellent sound, mixed reports on durability

Argosy

MP180

2.1

-

2.5 x 3.9 x 0.7

5.1

20GB

MP3 WMA

multilingual menus

Nomad

MuVo

1.1

96 x 32

1.4 x 2.9 x 0.6

1.5

1GB

WMA DRM, ADPCM, MP3,

(flashback player)

Creative

Zen

1.7

-

2.3 x 3.9 x 0.6

5.8

20GB

WMA, MP3, WAV

includes FM tuner and voice recorder (hard drive player)

Archos

AV500

4

480 x 272

10.5 x 7.2 x 5.0

51.2

100 GB

MP3, WMA, WAV

videos, music, films or photos

Flybook

9.2

1024 x 600,

9.3 x 6.1 x 1.2

43.3

512 MB /40-100GB

all windows

good but now outclassed

Sony VAIO VGN-SZ1VP

13.3

1280 x 800

12.4 x 9.2 x 1.3

59.5

1GB/100GB

all windows

excellent but expensive

OQO Pc

Tablet

5

800 x 480

4.9 x 3.4 x 0.9

14

512 MB /30GB

Windows Tablet Pc

beautiful and expensive

Flipstart

5.6

1024 x 600

5.8 x 4.0 x 1.5

16

256 MB /30GB

Windows XP

price to be announced

 

The wide range of ebook reader formats is a further complication, though conversion software is listed on our ebook format page.

 

format

advantages

navigation features

graphics

platforms

Adobe Acrobat

Cross-platform compatibility, printable, single or double page view

Library, Table of contents, Chapter links, bookmarks

yes

Windows PC, Macintosh, Palm

eBooks

easily read

Library, Table of contents, bookmarks

yes

Gemstar & Rocket eBook Devices

Hiebook

easily read

Library, Table of contents, bookmarks

yes

Hiebook Devices

HTML

Cross-platform compatibility, printable

Hypertext links

yes

Windows PC, Macintosh, Linux, Unix, Palm, Pocket PC, eBookMan

Microsoft Reader

ClearType Display, Book-like environment, bookmarks and annotations

Library, Table of contents, Chapter links, bookmarks

yes

Windows PC, Windows Tablet, Pocket PC, new Windows CE devices

MS Word

Popular, resizeable text, printable

Hypertext links

yes

Windows PC, Macintosh

Mobipocket

Read by all PDAs

Library, Table of contents, Chapter links, bookmarks

yes

Palm, Pocket PC, eBookMan, Windows PC

Palm

Read by all Palm devices

Library, Table of contents, Chapter links, bookmarks

no

Palm OS,
Pocket PC,
Handheld PC, Windows CE, Windows PC

Text

Read by all devices, printable

none

no

Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Unix, Palm, Pocket PC, eBookMan

 

 

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