Kindle and Other e-Reader Reviews

Those of you who read my newsletter already know about my bad experience with my Kindle. 🙁

I had a plain first or second generation Kindle (the e-ink kind) for a few years now. I've loved it and since it's been so convenient to take with me on trips or plane rides, it's been my go-to device for reading...On a recent trip to Jamaica, I grabbed it without a second thought (and I know what you're thinking - who goes to Jamaica and reads?) Well, that would be me. My absolutely favorite thing to do is sit out on the beach and read a good book, and Jamaica's beaches are truly beautiful.

Well, I got cocky...Isn't it funny how when you first get a new phone or other electronic doodad, you're super careful with it, but fast-forward a couple of years and you'll give no second thought to treating it like Rocky Balboa in the ring?

I assumed my Kindle was invincible. It's survived countless drops before...But not this time. It fell out of my beach bag as I was walking down the wooden stairs from my room to the beach.

Let's just say it was the fall to end all falls. It no longer turns on and it rattles when I shake it.

I was upset at myself for being so careless, but I decided to ask my newsletter subscribers for recommendations, and WOW did you guys respond!

So, what I decided to do was to compile your recommendations into a blog post so that others could benefit from the untimely demise of my eReader. If you're looking to replace or purchase an eReader, I've included your recommendations below. Also note that if you do decide to purchase an eReader by clicking on one of my links below, I receive a commission from Amazon. Let's get to the reviews!

Fire HD Tablets

You guys recommended the Fire HD series of tablets more than any other eReader and I can see why.

These devices come in 6", 8.9", and 10" sizes and are inexpensive as far as tablets go. Plus, you can install Android apps and use it as a standard tablet if you want to take a break from reading.

I would definitely recommend this option if you're looking for a multi-purpose device as the price really can't be beat for an eReader/tablet combo.

All-New Kindle 6"

This is probably the closest I'll get to replacing my original Kindle.

While it doesn't have the bells and whistles of a tablet, what it does do is offer one of the best eReading experiences due to the e-ink display and insanely long battery life.

The battery life was one of my favorite features of my original Kindle. I could charge it once and be good to go for at least two weeks of regular reading, and I read quite a bit!

Kindle Paperwhite

Next to the Fire tablets, Kindle Paperwhites were suggested by my readers far more often than the other Kindles.

What sets the Paperwhite apart from the traditional kindle reader? The main feature that pops out is the frontlight and that's the reason so many of you said I should get one of these to replace my broken Kindle.

I'll be the first to say that a frontlight (meant to reduce eyestrain) would be a killer feature for me since I like to read in bed. If that sounds like something you'd like, then the Paperwhite is your go-to.

Kindle Voyage

Believe it or not, I heard more praise for the Kindle Voyage than the more expensive Kindle Oasis.

The Voyage is about as high end as you can get with an e-ink eReader, with haptic feedback pageturning, a 300 ppi display, and the Origami cover makes it insanely easy to read hands-free.

The Oasis, on the other hand, was not as well received due to its higher price and less functional cover.

Non-Kindle eReaders

I'd be doing you guys a disservice if I only covered Kindle eReaders. Several of you prefer to read on different devices or use different stores to make your purchases. For this reason, I've also included some of your recommendations for tablets and eReaders that aren't made by Amazon.

B&N NOOK GlowLight Plus

For my Barnes&Noble readers, I was told that the GlowLight Plus is THE Nook eReader to buy. 

According to you guys, it stands head-to-head with the Paperwhite, offering a 300-dpi display, 6 week battery, backlight, and is waterproof. I know I can't be the only one who likes to read in the tub. 🙂

Kobo Glo HD 6"

My Kobo readers recommended this eReader, the Kobo Glo HD 6" and I can see why.

Not only do you have a 6" e-ink screen, but you get 4GB of internal memory, which is way more than I would ever need (the website says you can store up to 3,000 books on this one, wow!).

iPad Mini 4

My Apple fans said that while the iPad Pro is very nice, the iPad Mini 4 is hard to beat on price and size if you're mainly looking for an eReader.

This tablet has a 7.9"screen, 16GB of storage, Wi-Fi, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

Plus, you can install any iOS apps, letting you choose from different eReader stores, including Amazon and Apple's own iBookStore.

That's it for the eReader suggestions. I want to thank all of you who submitted these recommendations to me! I hope this guide helps you as much as you guys have helped me. 🙂