If you need a EBook Reader / Tablet, you can't go wrong with a Nexus 7. You can root it and do what you wish, play with ROMs and get updates. Also it's dirt cheap and battery life is amazing. I think the 32GiB model goes for $150 right now.
What sucks now is, 7 inch tablets are becoming more and more uncommon. If brightness is of concern, there are a few brightness apps on the play store that will lower the brightness even further than the tablet will for optimal reading.
Nothing beats Eink when ebook readers are concerned there is virtually no fatigue or strain on your eyes from the harsh light of standard lcd displays, and the new ones even have backlight to assist in low light conditions. i dont know about newer versions of kindle but i mange mine with Calibre which lets me manage drm free ebooks and sync my libraries to the kindle. It will also help filling up your metadata from the web using isbn from the books
i say give the kindle a try but first look if the newer ones still function with calibre which you can get for free from **
I have been eyeing a kindle paperwhite. Seems top of its class. A little pricy though. Currently use Google Play books on my One A9. I set it to black background white text. Really easy on the eyes with the AMOLED screen. Also night mode works well
I have actually done a lot of research about this in the last few weeks. I have tried everything from my current ipad, which I do not suggest but you can force to handel drm free books. I have also tried several different android tablets that I borrowed from friends of mine, and a mircosoft surface 3, all of which are nice but the screens on all of the tablets are to bright. The android tablets are probably the easiest to use followed by the surface, but after long periods of reading I would have headachs and my eyes would hurt from the screens being so bright.
I am currently borrowing a kindle paper white, and it has been the easiest to read on for longer sessions without developing eye strain but I have found it a litle more difficult to get a copy of my books on to it. Granted I haven't fooled with it to to much (its the father in laws) because I dont want to completely wreck it. However I have ordered one and would suggest it because its the easeist for long term reading.
I have an iRiver STORY HD. I've yet to run into a file format that won't work. While I was originally searching for mine I remember a company named "Kobo" making it to the finals. Since then, I came across this (seemingly) badass ereader called "Mirasol" it has color, but instead of emitting light the screen reflects light. I have zero experience with the latter two devices but the iRiver (while ugly) treats me well.
And as a bonus I'll mention Yotaphone. I have absolutely no idea if they are good or not but the concept is something I wish all phones had.
Yep that's correct. I've been using a kindle for 3 years now, the battery lasts forever. I once left it in standby for 6 months, when I resumed it, it still had battery left. Really good device it doesn't cost that much.
If you're reading for more than half an hour at a time ignore all the people who say get a tablet. You want an eInk screen.
The two big choices around here are Kobo and Kindle. They're essentially the same device for all intents and purposes. The only difference is Amazon only accepts their own format for Kindle books, whereas the Kobo reads epubs. Even that is fairly irrelevant though as Calibre will convert files between the two. Kobo does make a waterproof version though, which if you're taking it on vacation could be kind of nice. In the end though, I'd go with whichever one you can get a better deal on.
One thing to note, the bulk of the "free" ebooks online (if you're going that route) seem to be .pdf files. This is where you want a tablet. pdf on ereaders is just about the worst. There's no text resizing and the refresh rates aren't fast enough on eInk to scroll around the page confortably if you're zoomed in.
I've got an original Kobo and an old Sony PRS350. I do all my reading on the Sony because I really like the hardware buttons, but when it finally dies I'll probably replace it with a newer Kobo. All my books are epub and converting all of them would be a pain.
I usually read at home, but I have always preferred reading on a tablet, black text on a white background is so much better than blackish text on a yellowish background. But I like having the physical book, I like slowly filling my bookshelf with books.
Although I am a bit concerned with what @nowherebound said about Kindles only accepting their own format for books. I plan on buying many eBooks from the Black Library, but they come in ePubs.
You know, this makes me wonder, why the hell can't I just buy a physical book and receive the ebook format along with it? Why do they charge twice for basically the same thing? I can understand having to buy the physical book after an ebook because it's a physical product.. But why do I have to buy the same thing twice if I want both?