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Which e-Reader Should You Buy?

With so many new releases, it becomes quite a challenge to choose the best e-reader for you…

Though nearly any tablet (iPad or Android) can double as a reading device, there’s something to be said for a dedicated e-book reader – from being quite a bit cheaper, the e-ink devices offer a longer battery life as well as paperlike readability. Even though the list of the best e-readers is dominated by Barnes and Noble’s Nook and of course the almighty Kindle, there are a variety of other alternatives.

Hopefully the list below will help you find the best e-reader for you!

Best e-Readers South Africa

This is a short list of the best e-readers that are available and supported in South Africa.

Amazon Kindle 3 – WiFi & 3G
The third-generation Amazon Kindle features an improved screen, better battery life, lighter weight, and lower price.

Screen: eInk Pearl
Apps: Yes
Internal Storage: 4 Gb
Weight: 246 g
Price: from R 1399 (buy now)
Review: Coming Soon

Elonex 500eb
The 5″ 500EB is lightweight and made to fit into your pocket. Aimed at being more of a mult-media consumtpion device than a simple eReader, the Elonex 500EB’s 5” colour screen is great for reading colour books, viewing photos, watching movies as well as listening to music using the earphones included.
Screen: 5″ TFT LCD 16:9
Apps: No
Internal Storage: 2 Gb
Weight:
Price: from R 1 129
Review: Elonex 500eb Review
Gobii e-Reader
Gobii is a new electronics brand sold exclusively via kalahari.com. The Gobii e-Reader offers great value for money whilst ticking all the right boxes as far as a simple e-Reader goes.
Screen: 7″ LED Backlit Widescreen Colour LCD screen
Apps: No
Internal Storage: 4 Gb
Weight:
Price: from R 899 (includes R 160 ebook voucher)
Review: Gobii eReader Review

More great e-Readers

Amazon Kindle 3 – WiFi & 3G
The third-generation Amazon Kindle features an improved screen, better battery life, lighter weight, and lower price.

Screen: eInk Pearl
Apps: Yes
Internal Storage: 4 Gb
Weight: 246 g
Price: from R 1399 (buy now)
Review: Coming Soon

NOOK Color
Between an e-reader and a tablet, the NOOK Color boasts a 7-inch color touchscreen, integrated Apps store and increased web browsing capabilities. WiFi enabled.

Screen: Backlit IPS LCD
Apps: Yes
Internal Storage:
Weight: 448g
Price: from $ 249 (buy now)
Review: Coming Soon

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

Screen: E Ink Pearl
Apps: Yes
Internal Storage:
Weight:212 g
Price: from $ 139 (buy now)
Review: Coming Soon

Kobo Touch
Though the Kobo eReader Touch Edition doesn’t quite measure up to the Nook Touch or the Kindle, it’s a respectable and affordable touch-screen e-reader with a lot of pluses.

Screen: E Ink Pearl
Apps: No
Internal Storage: micro SD expandable
Weight: 184 g
Price: from $ 130 (buy now)
Review: Coming Soon

iRiver Story HD
The Iriver Story HD is a decent e-reader for fans of Google Books, but it’s tough to recommend over its identically priced competitors, which offer touch screens and 3G.

Screen: E Ink XGA
Apps: No
Internal Storage: expandable SD
Weight: 226 g
Price: $ 139.99 (buy now)
Review: Coming Soon

Sony Touch prs-600bc
Whilst an improvement on Sony’s last attempt, the latest Touch Edition PRS-600 fall short with a screen that’s prone to glare as well as lacking wireless connectivity.

Screen: E Ink Pearl
Apps: No
Internal Storage: SD or Memory Stick Pro
Weight:286g
Price: $ 169.99 (buy now)
Review: Coming Soon

7 comments

  1. “Telefunken” eReaders

    Have you ever seen or used these? I see they are on sale from time to time at the local PnP Hypermarket. Unfortunately hidden in a glass display cabinet still packaged inside it’s box. It’s not on demo so you don’t know what it’s screen quality would be like.

    It looks something like this:
    kalahari.com/electronics/Telefunken-E-Book-Reader/76591/37901857.aspx

  2. Good day to You
    I am looking to buy a Kindle for my hubby’s birthday.
    He travels monthly.
    Which Kindle would you recommend.
    How does the 3G and Wifi work? Do you need a subscription?

    • Hi Samantha

      If your husband travels frequently, then definitely the Kindle Touch 3G! And no, there are no additional 3G charges when downloading content using Amazon’s Whispersync network.

  3. I was given a Kobo ereader by Canadian visitors, but it’s not recognized by my pc through any available usb port. Is Kobo supported in South Africa?

    • I have a Kobo eReader and i love it. To connect to a PC, you need to download the Calibre eBook Management software to you PC/Mac – which is free. Enjoy!

  4. Hi, I need urgent assistance in finding somebody in South Africa who are able to fix my kindle. Any suggestions?

    Thank you

  5. Hi

    A principal of a school has approached me to buy hundreds of e-readers but has a limited budget.

    1. Which e-reader will be the most cost effective and which store gives discounts for bulk?
    2. Which is the most resilient, given that high school kids are going to handle them? I guess then that covers are a must?
    3. What about e-reader vs. tablet… obviously tablets bring educational software and internet but at a much higher price… or are they?
    4. Security concerns… we don’t want children to be able to add or remove books from the device.

    thanks!
    Shanil

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