What’s the best eBook reader or tablet for reading books under $200?

Erlis D. May 14, 2013

Hello everyone!

I was wondering if there are any tablets out there with little in the way of features but are mostly designed to read books. I was checking out the Kindle Paperwhite, but I was not quite sure if it could read books only in black and white, and also if it shows images in black and white.

Anyway, I would be very glad for any suggestion for eBook readers within $200.

Thanks in advance,


  1. Erlis D.
    May 21, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Thanks everyone for your comments!
    Now I have a more clear idea what I have to choose before buying!
    Thank you!

  2. Trish
    May 15, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I am thrilled with my Samsung Galaxy S III tablet. First I had a Sony, it was difficult to read because of the dark background but it was a number of years ago, then I got a Nook which is a fine device with less than helpful customer service. I may have gotten a bad one but the battery died after 7 months and the replacement doesn't hold a charge. The Galaxy is wonderful I havge all my books from everywhere on it...Kindle, Sony, Kobo and Nook. it offers more font sizes than the kindle and is (in my opinion) easier to read. I have eye problems and the font and definition make a huge difference.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Do you mean Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 because Samsung Galaxy S III is a phone, not a tablet.

  3. Harshit J
    May 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Get a Kindle Touch. It is great and will save you money on the Paperwhite.

  4. Ala Hu
    May 14, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    also, a tablet created glare and the ebook readers with and e ink display are much more comfortable to read with.

  5. Ala Hu
    May 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    My favorite E-Book reader would be the Sony touch model. this would be because it supports the most types of media as a pure e-book reader. it is not a tablet, it does not have any apps or fun things, but it reads books and has a (slightly) slow internet browser.

    Or if you are going for simplicity a kobo reader would suffice. you could also go for the back lit model but this raises the price quite a bit.

    both of these options would be under 150.

    (sources: a lot of research made when I wanted one.)

  6. Chris Marcoe
    May 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    DO NOT get a nook. My daughter had one and it locked up. Repeatedly. We exchanged it and the newer one locked up too. We tried to return and they wouldn't let us. They say to do anything, they have to recreate the problem in the store. When it locks up, it will not get any input at all. you have to wait for the battery to die. that is the only way to unlock it.

    We also have a second Nook that does the same thing. Locks up and we can't return.

    So, of the 3 Nooks we have, we have 3 Nooks that lock up on us.

    • Tim Brookes
      May 17, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Get to know your consumer law, many items have a reasonable use coverage that lasts well beyond the original year's warranty. This is depending on where you live of course, but there's still a chance you can get the refund/updated model to stop the locking up. After all, the device is hardly functioning as intended.

  7. Oron Joffe
    May 14, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Plenty of good answers above. I'd just like to point out what is implied in several of them, but not said explicitly. The reason why the Kindle paperwhite, Nook SimpleTouch anb the Kobo are so good as eReaders is because they use E-Ink screens. These screens are presently available only in B&W, _but_ they give a very high-contrast image which is reflects light, just like paper. They are very easy on the eyes. They also use very little power, which means that the reader can be lighter (smaller battery) and the battery lasts longer.
    LCD screens, such as that used in the Kindle Fire and most tablets, laptops & desktop computers, are backlit. They have a light behind the screen, and the pixels either let the light through or "shutter" it off. This requires a lot more power, but more importantly, it reduces the contrast and the light which is shone in your eyes can get tiring after a while.
    In short, it's not so much a question of budget, but rather of need. If you want to use a reader for reading, get a reader. If you really NEED colour, get a colour model, but be aware that your reading experience will be less satisfactory.

  8. Rob H
    May 14, 2013 at 9:09 am

    You ask if images are B&W only on Kindle Paperwhite: Yes and if it is just B&W books you want to read then Paperwhite is probably as good as it gets for now. One consideration is battery life, colour consumes more power.

    If you need colour then consider Kindle Fire or a cheap Android tablet. You should be able to find a 10 inch Android tablet within that budget, many more if you go for a smaller format (7 inch) .

    The deciding factor in respect of size is that smaller is more convenient for travel but larger is more comfortable for use around home.
    As for Kindle Fire vs Android, I'd tend towards Android for the Play store apps (including Kindle Reader)

  9. ha14
    May 14, 2013 at 8:23 am

    all above suggestions are great, perhaps to go to a shop and check them yourself, feel the touch under various conditions and get the one the most suitable for you.

    Best eBook Readers

    Kindle Paperwhite Review & Giveaway

    Kindle Fire Review and Giveaway

    Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet – Which Tablet Should You Buy?

  10. Junil Maharjan
    May 14, 2013 at 4:16 am

    kindle fire should do the job.

  11. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 14, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Kindle Fire HD @ $159 -> http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Fire-Amazon-tablet/dp/B0083Q04IQ

    Kindle PaperWhite @ $119 -> http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Paperwhite-Touch-light/dp/B007OZNZG0/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1368496212&sr=1-1&keywords=kindle+paperwhite

    Kindle PaperWhite 3G @ $179 -> http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Paperwhite-3G/dp/B007OZNUCE/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1368496212&sr=1-2&keywords=kindle+paperwhite

    Barnes and Noble Nook HD Tablet @ $199 -> http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/nook-hd-barnes-noble/1110060426

    Barnes and Noble Nook Simple Touch™ with GlowLight™ @ $119 -> http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/nook-simple-touch-with-glowlight-barnes-noble/1108046469

    Barnes and Noble Nook Simple Touch™ @ $79 -> http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/nook-simple-touch-barnes-noble/1102344735

    Nexus 7 16GB @ $199 -> (you can even install the Kindle reader on it)

    You have quite a few good choices within the price range specified, just mentioned a few from the better known brands.

  12. Dave Parrack
    May 14, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Having tried both the Kindle and an Android tablet, I'd opt for the Kindle every time. That is if you want a device exclusively for reading eBooks. The Kindle is the best eBook reader out there, and it does its one job supremely well. If you also want the option to browse the Web then a tablet is an option, but your eyes will tire during long reading sessions. As for which Kindle to get, I'd recommend trying them both in person if you can. I prefer the normal Kindle to the Paperwhite, but I only found that out by trying both.

  13. Bruce Epper
    May 14, 2013 at 12:13 am

    If it is just for reading ebooks, I would go with either the Kindle or Kindle Paperwhite. My stepmother has a Kindle and it is just awesome for reading, even in sunlight. From what I have read, the Paperwhite is just as easy to read no matter what the lighting is like. It is one that I am currently considering for myself. If you are not looking to use the extended features of todays tablets, I don't see how anything else would justify the additional expense over the Kindle.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 14, 2013 at 2:36 am

      Probably a Barnes and Noble Nook Simple Touch™ with GlowLight™ @ $119 or a Barnes and Noble Nook Simple Touch™ @ $79 . :D

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