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5 of the Best Kindle Alternatives

I think it's pretty safe to say that ebook readers are here to stay. Since its inception, the Amazon Kindle has had a strong hold on the e-reader market, but the Kindle isn't your only option; there are great Kindle alternatives. None of them can boast the huge library the Kindle has to tap into, but they are worth checking out.

Contents1. Kobo Aura Edition 22. Nook 7″3 tablet. Kobo H20 24 Edition. Sony DPT-RP1/B5. Kobo Forma

1. Kobo Aura Edition 2

An alternative to the Kindle Paperwhite is the Kobo Aura Edition 2. This ebook reader features a 6-inch Carta E Ink touchscreen with a 212 ppi display. It has an internal storage of 4 GB which holds more than 3000 ebooks. It has an adjustable ComfortLight backlight to make reading in different lighting conditions more comfortable.

5 of the Best Kindle Alternatives

There are a few advantages of the Nook Tablet 7 though. This device supports over eighteen different file formats. It also offers 128 GB of additional cloud storage capacity in addition to the 16 GB of onboard memory. Another benefit is access to Google Play and other Android features.

3. Kobo H20 Edition 2

The Kobo H20 is a lifesaver for people who like to read around water. It's waterproof and IP certified, so it can stay submerged in six feet of water for up to an hour without damage.

5 of the Best Kindle Alternatives

This ebook reader features a 6.8-inch Carta E-Ink touchscreen with ComfortLight PRO that makes reading from its screen easier on your eyes. It is very light, weighing only 7.3 oz (207 g).

Like other Kobo eBook readers, the H20 Edition 2 supports fourteen different file formats. There are two different ways to import books to the device. You can download books from the Kobo Store, or you can load files directly to the player.

4. Sony DPT-RP1/B

The Sony DPT-RP1/B is a unique ebook reader that isn't necessarily for everyone. It's a bulkier reader at a higher price, and that's overkill if you just want to use it to read regular ebooks.

5 of the Best Kindle Alternatives

This ebook reader from Sony is available in 10-inch and 13-inch screen options. A larger screen makes the Sony DPT-RP1/B ideal for viewing legal briefs, manuals or manga. It also lets you work with documents by drawing or taking notes using the included magnetic pen.

Despite this larger size, it has a decent battery, lasting around a week per charge.

Three are three different methods you can use to transfer files:Wi-Fi, USB, and Bluetooth. It does not have a web browser or access to an online store. A disadvantage of this device is the smaller storage capacity. It has 16 GB of memory, but there is no way to add more or use a cloud server to store your documents.

Unfortunately, this ebook reader can only display files in PDF format. There are apps available to convert certain files to PDF, and once you do, they will display just fine on the screen.

5. Kobo Forma

If you want a slightly larger ebook reader, but not the size of the DPT-RP1/B, you might want the Kobo Forma. It has an 8-inch HD Mobius Carta E-Ink screen. The large screen makes it better for those of you who need large print or like to read manga or American comics.

5 of the Best Kindle Alternatives

At less than seven ounces, the Forma is still lightweight! It is also an IPX8 certified waterproof device.

A unique component of the Kobo Forma is its OverDrive feature. OverDrive allows the reader to connect to public libraries to search and borrow e-books. You keep the book until its expiration date, which is prominently displayed.

This ebook reader comes with 8GB or 32GB storage and has excellent battery life.

As you can see, Amazon Kindle is not the only ebook reader on the market. Before making a decision on your first eBook reader or looking for an upgrade or replacement, check out some of these possible Kindle alternatives.