Comparing Ereading Devices: A Visual Guide

While the past couple of months have been filled with press conferences with big presentations announcing the latest tablets and ereaders on the market, many older models from the major players have left the market with little fanfare. The iRiver Story seemingly disappeared as soon as it hit the shelves, and Nook has simplified its ereader options by focusing on the Simple Touch and doing away with its classic model. Even the iPad 4 is replacing the very recently released iPad 3. All these changes in device offerings come on top of ever-changing price wars with Barnes & Noble announcing some cheaper prices on its Nook Color and Nook Tablet, just in time for the holidays. In addition, Sony just recently threw its hat in the ring on the retail front when it announced its iOS ereading app, meaning that not only are there a wide variety of new devices on the market, but that each of them have their own ecosystem now, too.

Are you getting dizzy keeping up with the ereader wars? So were we. To help clarify what’s out there, we did a roundup of all the major available devices, for your convenience in the chart below (which you can download as a print-ready PDF by clicking on the image):

Click on the image of the chart above for a full PDF version of the ereader device roundup chart.

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  1. Nov 16, 20128:04 am
    Marina

    Nice chart, but the Kobo Vox isn’t really an e-reader, is it? As far as I know, even though its main focus is reading, it’s the previous version of their tablet.

  2. Nov 16, 201211:54 am

    Thanks for your comment, Marina! You’re right– the Vox is more tablet than it is ereader in the terms by which we seem to separate them (though a lot of even the dedicated ereaders can be used for simple internet browsing or running apps, even though they are geared towards reading only).

    The Vox in general is just in a kind of weird space. It has tablet capabilities with its apps, but most of the social and internet capabilities seem specifically geared towards reading features. Also, the Vox isn’t really available on Kobo’s main website; we just included it since some retailers still carry it. I’ll look into moving it and updating it on the chart; thanks for the thoughtful comment!

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