eBook Reader Matrix

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This page will compare E-paper eBook reading devices available in 2014 or later.

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[edit] Introduction

This page compares eBook reader devices that use e-paper (primarily E Ink). The data on this page represents the third generation of eBook Reader devices. There is some overlap between the arbitrary designation of 2nd vs 3rd but the major difference is the newer technology screens and the survival of the companies in this market. The products on this page were all for sale in April of 2014. These devices are using the E Ink Pearl, E Ink Carta, or E Ink Triton (color) displays. Many of them have front lights.

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[edit] 6" Devices

This is the most popular format. Lots more devices need to be added.

Brandname Kobo Kindle Pocketbook Hanvon Barnes and Noble Boeye BOOX Wexler Brandname
Model Kobo Glo Kobo Glo HD Kindle Voyage Kindle paperwhite 2 PocketBook Touch Lux WISEreader W631 NOOK glowlight Boyue T62+ BOOX C65 WEXLER. Flex ONE Model
Manufacturer Kobo Amazon Obreey Products Hanvon Barnes and Noble Boeye Onyx Wexler Manufacturer
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Kobo glo-design comfort.png
KoboGloHD.png
KindleVoyage.jpg
Kindlepaperwhite.jpg
TouchLux.jpg
W631.jpg
Nookglowlight.jpg
BoyueT62.jpg
Afterglow1.jpg
FlexONE.jpg
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Dimensions 114 x 157 x 10 mm 115 x 157 x 9.2mm 115 x 162 x 7.6 mm 169 x 117 x 9.1 mm 175 х 115 х 9.5 mm 204 x 133 x 10.4mm 165 x 127 x 11 mm 160 x 123 x 8.5 mm 170 x 117 x 8.7 mm 151 х 134 х 4 mm Dimensions
Weight 185g 180g 180g or 188g 206g 198g 265g 176g 173g 186g 110g Weight
Screen Technology E Ink Pearl E Ink Carta E Ink Carta E Ink Pearl E Ink Pearl E Ink Pearl E Ink Carta E Ink Pearl E Ink Mobius Screen Technology
Display Size 1024 x 758, 212 ppi 1448 x 1072, 300 ppi 1448 x 1072, 300 ppi 1024 x 758, 212 ppi 1024 × 758, 212 ppi 800 x 600, 167 ppi 1024 x 758, 212 ppi 1024 x 758, 212 ppi 1024 x 758, 212 ppi 1024 x 768, 213 ppi Display Size
Grayscale 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 Grayscale
Controller Freescale Controller
Touch screen yes IR touch Capacitive multi-touch 2 finger multi-touch Capacitive Multi-Touch Stylus EMR infrared touch Capacitive Multi-Touch Capacitive Multi-Touch no Touch screen
Full Screen refresh rate 600 ms 450 ms 450 ms 450 ms 600 ms 600 ms 600 ms 600 ms 600 ms Full Screen refresh rate
Front light comfort light yes yes yes no glowlight yes Afterglow no Front light
Power Lithium-Pol, 1000 mAh Lithium-Polymer 3.7V 1500mAh 3000 mAh Li-Polymer 1700 mAh Li-Polymer Li-ion 900 mAh Power
Battery Life 1 month 2 months 6 weeks 8 weeks 8000 pages 8000 pages 8 weeks 12000 pages weeks Battery Life
OS Linux Linux Linux Linux WinCE Android Android Android Linux OS
Boot time Boot time
SDK SDK
CPU 1GHz 1GHz Freescale 800MHz 360MHZ Cortex A9 Dual Core 1.0GHZ Cortex-A8 1.0 GHz CPU
Memory 2G flash 4G 4G 2 or 4G flash 128MB RAM 4GB flash 128MB RAM 4GB Flash 512Mb RAM 8GB Flash 512Mb RAM 4GB Flash 8 GB Memory
Expansion Micro SDHC to 32GB none none none Micro SDHC to 32GB Micro SDHC to 32GB none Micro SDHC to 32GB Micro SDHC to 32GB none Expansion
Interfaces Wi-Fi, Micro USB Wi-Fi, 3G (some models), Micro USB Wi-Fi, Micro USB, audio out Wi-Fi, Mini USB, audio out, keyboard Wi-Fi, Micro USB Wi-Fi, Micro USB, audio out Wi-Fi, Micro USB, audio out Micro USB Interfaces
Supported Formats EPUB, PDF, and MOBI, kepub, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF EPUB 2 & 3, PDF, and MOBI, kepub, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF AZW, KF8, TXT, PDF, MOBI, PRC PDF, EPUB, DJVU, FB2, FB2.ZIP, DOC, DOCX, RTF, PRC, TCR, TXT, CHM, HTM, HTML, JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF, MP3 TXT, HTXT, HTML, PDF, EPUB, DOC, XLS, JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIF, MP3, WMA, WAV ePub, PDF, JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF EPUB, PDF, FB2, MOBI, TXT, RTF, HTML, HTM, CHM, RTF, DOC/DOCX, XLS/XLSX, PPT/PPTX, PDB, DJVU, DJV, ZIP, RAR, 7ZIP EPUB, PDF, TXT, RTF, HTML, MOBI, CHM, DOC, FB2, PDB, DjVu, ZIP, JPG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PNG, MP3, WAV TXT,RTF, PDF, DOC, CHM, HTML, EPUB, FB2, DJVU, JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG Supported Formats
Supported DRM Adobe ePub, PDF Amazon Adobe ePub, PDF Adobe ePub, PDF Adobe PDF, B&N ePub Adobe ePub, PDF Adobe ePub, PDF ? Supported DRM
Font Sizes 24 with 10 fonts 48 with 11 fonts 8 with 6 fonts 8 with 6 fonts several with 18 fonts several several several several several Font Sizes
Folders no no no no ? yes ? yes yes ? Folders
Search Functions yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes ? Search Functions
Dictionary yes yes preinstalled, more available yes 9 preinstalled, more available no ? yes Stardict no Dictionary
Notes, highlighting, underlining yes yes yes yes ? Yes ? yes yes ? Notes, highlighting, underlining
PDF capabilities ? ? no DRM no DRM cropping annotation ? bookmarks, search, text reflow handwriting annotation, bookmarks, search, text reflow, height and width self-adaption, intuitive granular zoom ? PDF capabilities
Text to Speech no no no no yes no no yes yes no Text to Speech
Audio no no no no MP3 MP3, WAV, WMA no MP3 MP3, WAV no Audio
Software Web Browser, Chess, Sudoku Web Browser Web Browser Book Store, Browser, Calculator, Calendar& Clock, Chess, Klondike, MP3 Player, Photo, PocketBook Sync, RSS News, Scribble, Sudoku Web Browser Opera, Search, Remark, Autopage, Zoom, Jump, Rotation screen, Memo, Notepad ,etc bookstore access ? Web Browser, open APK installer none Software
Services Book Store, Cloud storage Book Store, Cloud storage, AT&T hotspots Book Store ? Book Store, Cloud service none Services
Content partners Kobo Amazon Barnes and Noble none none Content partners
Price $129 $129 $179 w/offers $199 w/o $119 w/offers $139 w/o $119 $118 Price
Release date 2012 5/2015 10/2014 9/2013 2013 2013? 2013? 2014 2013 May 2012 Release date
Misc info Kobo Aura has 4GB, improved rugged screen, 2 month battery, $149 ePub 3 support, share between devices lending library lending library 30 languages Similar to Wisereader B630 which has no touchscreen or WiFi. 2 Gig reserved for B&N books Android 4.2.2 Storia model is same w/o front light English, Russian Misc info
Brandname Kobo Kindle Pocketbook Hanvon Barnes and Noble Boeye BOOX Wexler Brandname

[edit] Small Devices

Brandname Kobo BOOX Hanvon
Model Kobo Mini BOOX E43 WISEreader B516
Manufacturer Kobo Onyx Hanvon
Picture
KoboMini.jpg
BooxE43.jpg
WISEreaderB16.jpg
Dimensions 133 x 102 x 10 mm 133.6 x 70.1 x 9.6mm 158mm x 108mm x 9.5mm
Weight 134g (4.7 oz) 120g 195g
Screen Technology E Ink Pearl E Ink Mobius E Ink Pearl ?
Display Size 5" 600 x 800 200ppi 4.3" 480x800 (HD) 217ppi 5" 600 x 800 200ppi
Gray Levels 16 16 8
Controller
Touch screen no Capacitive touch no
Full Screen refresh rate
Front light no yes no
Power 1800mAh Polymer Li-on Lithium-Polymer 1500mAh 3.7V
Battery Life 1 month > 8,000 pages
OS Linux Android 2.3 Linux 2.6.24
Boot time
SDK
CPU 800 MHz 1GHz 360MHz
Memory 2GB 512MB 128MB
Expansion none Micro SDHC up to 32GB 2GB microSD card SDHC to 32G
Interfaces WiFi, micro-USB GSM (900, 1800, 1900), Edge, WiFi (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR, audio out, micro USB mini-USB, 3.5mm audio out
Supported Formats EPUB, PDF, and MOBI, kepub, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF PDF, EPUB, TXT, DJVU, HTML, RTF, FB2, DOC, MOBI, CHM, PDB, PNG, JPG, GIF, BMP, WAV, MP3 TXT, HTXT, HTML, PDF, EPUB, CHM, FB2, DOC, JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF, MP3
Supported DRM Adobe ePub, PDF Adobe ePub, PDF
Font Sizes 24 with 10 fonts several several
Folders no ? ?
Search Functions ? yes ?
Dictionary yes yes no
Notes, highlighting, underlining yes yes no
PDF capabilities ? ? ?
Text to Speech no Yes no
Audio no MP3, WAV MP3
Software Browser Notes, Scribble, Dictionary, Calendar, etc. none
Services Book store, cloud storage Google Play ? https://onyx-boox.com/
Content partners Kobo
Price $59
Release date 2014
Misc info Smartphone, New models are planned. The B510 is similar with 64M RAM and no audio, no CHM, FB2, or DOC.

[edit] Large Devices

Brandname Kobo Kobo Onyx Boox Amazon Kindle PocketBook Hanvon JetBook Onyx Boox Sony Brandname
Model Aura H2O Aura HD Boox T68 Kindle DX Graphite PocketBook Pro 912 PocketBook Color Lux WISEreader E920 Wisereader color JetBook Color Boox M92 DPT-S1 Model
Manufacturer Kobo Kobo Onyx Foxconn Foxconn Obreey Products Hanvon Ectaco Onyx Sony Manufacturer
Picture
AuraH2O.png
AuraHD.jpg
T68.jpg
Kindle DX Graphite.jpg
Pocketbook-903.jpg
ColorLux.jpg
Hanvon color.jpg
JetBookColor.jpg
Boox-M92.jpg
Sony13.jpg
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Dimensions 179 x 129 x 9.7 mm 175.7 x 128.3 x 11.7 mm 194.2 x 132 x 8.8mm 264 × 183 × 10 mm (10.4" × 7.2" × 0.38") 263 × 192 × 11.5 mm (10.4" × 7.6" × 0.45") 170 х 202 х 9 mm 270mm x 188 x 11.5 mm(?.?" x ?.?" x .??") 270mm x 188mm x 11.5mm {10.6" x 7.4" x 0.4") 242.9 x 179.4 x 12.3 mm(9.56" x 7.06" x .48") 233 × 310 × 6.8mm (screen 4.8mm) Dimensions
Weight 233g (8.2 oz) 240g (8.5 oz) 236g 535g (18.9oz) 565g (20oz) 300g 554g (19.5oz) 662g (23.4oz) 520g (19oz) 358g (12.6 oz) Weight
Screen Technology E Ink Carta E Ink Pearl ClarityScreen E Ink Pearl E Ink Pearl E Ink Pearl? E Ink Triton E Ink Triton E Ink Triton 2nd gen E Ink Pearl E Ink Mobius Screen Technology
Display Size 6.8" 1430 x 1080 265ppi (140 × 203mm) 9.7" 825 × 1200 pixels, 150ppi 8" 800*600, 125ppi color - monochrome 1600x1200 (140 × 203mm) 9.7" 1600 x 1200 pixels - monochrome unit (and 800 × 600 pixels, 100 ppi - color unit). (140 × 203mm) 9.7" 1600 x 1200 pixels - monochrome unit (and 800 × 600 pixels, 100 ppi - color unit). (140 × 203mm) 9.7" 825 × 1200 pixels, 150ppi (271 x 203 mm)13.3" 1200 x 1600 pixels, 150ppi Display Size
Grayscale 16 16 16 image 4 text 16 gray 4,096 colors 16 gray and 4,096 colors 16 gray and 4,096 colors 16 16 Grayscale
Controller Epson Broadsheet (S1D13521) Epson Broadsheet (S1D13521) Epson ???? (S1D13524) Epson ???? (S1D13524) Freescale Epson (S1D13524) Epson Broadsheet Freescale i.MX508 Controller
Touch screen yes yes yes (2 points, capacitive) no yes (Wacom Pen) yes capacitive multi-touch yes (capacitive) yes EMR pen yes (Wacom Pen) yes dual optical and Wacom Pen Touch screen
Full-screen Refresh Rate 0.9s ? 1.0s up to 1.0s up to 1.0s ? ? Full-screen Refresh Rate
Front light ComfortLight ComfortLight yes no no yes no no no no Front light
Power Li-ion 1530mAh Li-Polymer 1530mAh Lithium-Polymer, 3000 mAh Li-ion 2350mAh Li-ion 2350mAh Li-ion 1600mAh Li-Ion Power
Battery Life 2 months 2 months with 3G: "4 days", without: "up to two weeks" 7'000 pages 5400 pages w/o light up to 15 days or 10'000 pages up to 15 days or 11,000 pages 8'000 page turns 3 weeks Battery Life
OS Linux Linux Android 4.04 Linux Linux 2.6.28 Linux ? ? WinCE (?) ? OS
Boot Time ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Boot Time
SDK yes; KDK ? ? ? ? yes ? SDK
CPU 1GHz 1GHz 1GHz Cortex-A9 Freescale i.MX31L (ARM1136JF-S core, 532MHz) Samsung (ARM 533MHz) Freescale 800MHz Freescale 508 ARM Cortex-A8 (800 MHZ) Freescale 508 ARM Cortex-A8 (800 MHZ) Freescale i.MX 508 (800MHz) Freescale i.MX 508 (800MHz or 1Gz) CPU
Memory 512MB RAM + 4GB Flash 512MB RAM + 4GB Flash 512MB RAM + 4GB Flash 128MB RAM + 8MB NOR Flash + 4GB NAND Flash (~3.3GB user accessible) 256MB RAM, 2GB Flash 256MB RAM, 4GB Flash 256MB RAM, 2GB Flash 4GB Flash 256MB RAM, 4GB Flash 4GB Flash Memory
Expansion Slots Micro SD/SDHC Micro SD/SDHC Micro SD/SDHC none Micro SD/SDHC Micro SD/SDHC microSD/SDHC microSD/SDHC SD/SDHC microSD Expansion Slots
Other Interfaces WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB WiFi, micro USB WiFi, micro USB, Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5mm headphone USB 2.0, headphone, 3G (AT&T) USB 2.0 (charging), headphone, Bluetooth, WiFi, G-sensor USB 2.0 (charging), headphone, WiFi USB 2.0 (charging), USB 2.0 host, Stereo speakers, headphone, WiFi 802.11g, mini-USB 2.0, USB 2.0 host, headphone, microphone, Speaker, WiFI 802.11b/g mini-USB 2.0, headphone, microphone, WiFI 802.11b/g micro-USB, WiFi 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz) Other Interfaces
Supported Formats EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, XHTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR EPUB, PDF, MOBI, kepub, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR PDF, EPUB, TXT, DJVU, HTML, RTF, FB2, DOC, MOBI, CHM, PDB, ... (any format supported by an android app) Kindle (AZW and TOPAZ), PRC/MOBI (non DRM), PDF (non DRM), TXT, Audible (format 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), MP3; FB2, FB2.zip, TXT, PDF, DJVU, RTF, HTML, PRC, CHM, EPUB, DOC, DOCX, TCR, JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF, MP3, ZIP TXT, HTML, HTXT, PDF, DOC, XLS, PPT, EPUB, HEB, JPG, BMP, TIF, GIF, MP3, WAV WMA PDF, ePub, Mobi, PRC, PDB RTF, TXT, HTML, FB2, FB2.ZIP, DJVU, DOC, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, MP3 ePub, PDF, TXT, HTML, CHM, PDB, FB2, DJVU, DOC, XLS, PPT, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PNG, MP3, WAV PDF Supported Formats
Supported DRM Formats Adobe ePub, PDF Adobe ePub, PDF AZW and TOPAZ (USA only) Adobe ADEPT (EPUB/PDF) Adobe ADEPT (EPUB/PDF) Adobe ADEPT (EPUB/PDF) Adobe ADEPT (EPUB/PDF) Adobe ADEPT (EPUB/PDF) Adobe ADEPT Supported DRM Formats
Font Sizes 24 in 11 fonts 24 in 11 fonts 8 20 20 8-12 ? 5 ? Font Sizes
Folder Navigation no no yes no (collections) yes yes ? ? yes ? Folder Navigation
Search functionality / Dictionary lookup yes, yes yes, yes yes, yes using keyboard and 5-way/Dictionary using touchscreen / Dictionary ABBYY Lingvo using touchscreen / Dictionary ABBYY Lingvo yes using touchscreen / Dictionary yes ? Search functionality / Dictionary lookup
Note taking / highlighting / underlining yes yes yes (depending on the android application used) using keyboard and 5-way (unavailable in PDF files) using touchscreen using touchscreen using touchscreen using EMR Pen using touchscreen highlights handwriting and sticky notes Note taking / highlighting / underlining
PDF Capabilities ? ? yes (depending on the android application used)

Full Page; Landscape Autocrop; Text Search;

Full Page Continuous; Landscape Continuous; Two Column; Manual Crop Margins; Autocrop Margins; Single Page Reflow; Zoom Images in Reflow (?); Table of Contents; Hyperlinks; Text Search; Dictionary Lookup;

? Reflow;

Full Page;

Full Page; Landscape; Autocrop Margins; Fixed Zoom; Arbitrary Zoom; Single Page Reflow; Table of Contents; Hyperlinks; Text Search;

Full Page;

Text Search; Table of Contents; Hyperlinks;

PDF Capabilities
Text to Speech no no yes (Ivona provided by Onyx, others depending on the android application used) yes yes yes yes yes no no Text to Speech
Audio no no yes (no speaker but 3.5mm or bluetooth headphone) yes yes yes yes yes yes no Audio
Services Book store, cloud storage Book store, cloud storage services accessible through android Amazon Kindle Whispernet, cloud storage, E-mail conversion of DOC, HTML, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP and PDF ? ? ? ? ? Services
Content Partners Kobo Book Kobo Book depending on the android application used Amazon PocketBook Bookstore PocketBook Bookstore ? School eBooks, ck12.org ? ? Content Partners
Price $179 $169 $199 / €179 US$379 / €n.a. €399 [1] ? ??? $379 school discount €379 [2] $1000 approx. Price
Release Date Jan 2014 2013 June 2014 7 June, 2010 2011 2014 April 2011 Oct 2012 Gen 2 June 2011 Dec 2013 Release Date
Misc Info Kobo Aura HD same unit with upgraded screen and waterproofing Kobo Aura same unit with 6" screen $149. Both have ruggedize improved screen. Android provides access to lots of apps and services like Kindle, Kobo, etc ... The Graphite is the 3rd generation Kindle DX, but the differences are relatively minor. The 1st generation was US-only with EVDO wireless, the 2nd generation was international with AT&T 3G. The 1st and 2nd generation were white with a Vizplex E Ink screen. The 3rd generation is graphite with a Pearl E Ink screen. The Pearl screen has 50% more contrast. The PocketBook 902 (€329/$299) is a similar model but without the touchscreen and 3G. The 902 will start shipping in early November, 2010. First color with frontlight. Book Store, Web Browser, Calculator, Calendar & Clock, Chess, Coloring, Klondike, MP3 Player, Photo, PocketBook Sync, RSS News, Scribble, Sudoku First announced E Ink Triton device. On sale initially in China. Available everywhere, many school reference books for Math, Science, and more plus software preloaded. Can use a pen scanner for TTS reading from a paper book. Can use online textbooks. Web Browser Misc Info
Brandname Kobo Kobo Onyx Boox Kindle DX PocketBook Hanvon JetBook Onyx Boox Sony Brandname

[edit] Canceled Devices

Brandname Sony
Newest Model Reader PRS-T3
Manufacturer Sony
Picture
PRST3.jpg
Dimensions 160 x 109 x 11.3mm
Weight 200g including cover
Screen Technology E Ink Pearl
Screen Size 6"
Display Size 1024 × 758, 212 ppi
Gray Levels 16
Touch screen Clear Touch Infrared
Front light no
Power 3.7 V DC 1000mAh
Battery Life 2 months
OS Android
CPU
Memory 2G flash
Expansion Micro SDHC to 32GB
Interfaces Wi-Fi, Micro USB
Supported Formats PDF, TXT, ePUB, FB2, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP
Supported DRM Adobe ePub, PDF
Font Sizes several
Folders no
Search Functions yes
Dictionary 5 preinstalled
Notes
highlighting
underlining
?
PDF capabilities ?
Text to Speech no
Audio no
Software Web Browser
Services Book Store
Content partners Kobo
Price 99 pounds
Release date 9/3013
Misc Info comes with pc and mac software to share eBooks

Has quick 3 minute charge Not available in the USA

Brandname Sony

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