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The best cheap ebook readers offer excellent portability because of their compact design and longer battery life. These low-priced ebook devices provide good reading experience with their 6-inch e-ink screens displaying crisp and clear texts. An internal memory of 2GB is the norm in the top rated cheap ebook readers.

While looking for the best cheap ebook readers, it is important to consider the features which are required for better readability and the additional functionalities which come packed for increased usability. Users may not get built-in lighting in cheap ebook readers, but the screens present are well suited for indoor and outdoor reading. A few of the the topmost cheap ebook readers may also include touch screens which feels more natural and can be more productive for taking notes.

When focusing on availability of content, there are plenty of books accessible from a large number of online stores; magazines and newspapers can also be selected from a wide range of options. At low price point, one can get topmost ebook readers with support for text formats like DOC, HTML,TXT, PDF etc. Also, Amazon e-readers are affordable under $80 which can be used for reading books in AZW format which is a popular Amazon's proprietary.

To help budget-conscious users, we present below our listing of the recommended ebook readers which are from brands like Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch
Amazon Kindle 2012
Sony PRS-T2HBC
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G
Amazon Kindle Touch 3G
Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch eBook Reader
Amazon Kindle 2012 E Ink Display 6" (2GB) eBook Reader
Sony PRS-T2HBC eBook Reader
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 6in 3G eBook Reader
Amazon Kindle Touch 3G eBook Reader
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Release Date
Apr 2012
Sep 2012
Aug 2012
Sep 2012
Nov 2011
Installed RAM
2048.0 MB
2048.0 MB
2048.0 MB
2048.0 MB
4096.0 MB
Screen Size
6.0 inch
6.0 inch
6.0 inch
6.0 inch
6.0 inch
Type
eBook Reader
eBook Reader
eBook Reader
eBook Reader
eBook Reader
Weight
7.5 oz.
5.98 oz.
5.9 oz.
7.8 oz.
7.8 oz.
Text Formats
ePub, PDF
DOC, HTML, PDF, PRC, TXT, AZW, MOBI
ePub, PDF, TXT
AZW, HTML, PRC (Mobipocket), PDF, DOC, TXT, DOCX
DOC, HTML, PDF, PRC, TXT, AZW, MOBI

  • The new touch-screen Nook is a major advancement over its predecessor and offers some real advantages over the 2010 Kindle.


  • An E Ink reader you can use in the dark? Yep. Barnes & Noble delivers the first ebook reader with edge lighting that really works. And it's a winner.


  • Barnes & Noble's Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight is a darn fine e-book reader. But for the fact that the Kobo Glo delivers the same features for £10 less, I'd recommend the Nook unequivocally. The B&N offering is certainly better - and better value - than the Kindle Touch, but that's of little concern to anyone already tied into the Amazon ecosystem.


  • The $69 Amazon Kindle is an excellent no-frills e-book reader for anyone who's willing to forgo a built-in light or a touch screen.


  • The $69 base version of the Amazon Kindle is even better than before, thanks to a price drop and a slightly improved display.


  • The Kindle 4's small flaws prove to be less important than the much more obvious reduction in size. Amazon's offering was always cheaper than its nearest rival, Sony's Reader, but bigger. Now it's effectively the same size.

    Ignore red herrings such as storage capacity and storage expansion - the Kindle 3 has sufficient space and the Cloud behind it for the rest - and you're really just left with brand and format personal preference, and pricing.


  • In the end, I didn't find a whole lot to complain about. Yeah, it would be nice if the Paperwhite were a little bit lighter. As I said in the intro, it weighs 7.5 ounces. However, if, for instance, you add Amazon's nice Leather Cover -- it better be nice for $40! -- which has a magnetic on/off feature, you end up at around 13 ounces. For some, that will seem a tad weighty, so shaving off a couple ounces should be a priority for Amazon when it makes the next-generation Paperwhite. Easier said than done, of course.


  • The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G offers always-on connectivity, bright, even edge-lighting, and numerous other improvements, but it's simply too expensive.


  • The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is a great ebook reader, with a built-in light that makes for clear, comfortable reading, even in the dark. Buying books direct from Amazon is a breeze, though there's still no support for the popular .epub file format.


  • Amazon's Kindle Touch is a very capable touch-screen ebook reader, but when it comes to price, the Wi-Fi-only version makes the most sense. The 3G option puts it too close to the more-versatile Kindle Fire tablet.


  • Nothing can stop the Kindle from being brilliant. If you need 3G, then the Touch is the only option for you - aside from the Kindle Keyboard. If audiobook and text-to-speech support is something you want, then this is the reader to buy. For everyone else, the regular Kindle still reigns supreme


  • The Kindle Touch 3G gives eReader fans a great E Ink screen, an innovative X-Ray feature, and more ways to get free books.