10 best ebook readers for the UK

The ebook readers you won't want to put down

6. Sony Reader Pocket Edition PRS-350 - £140

Best ereader for: champion hagglers on tighter budgets

PRS 350

Sony's pocket-sized pal boasts a 5-inch E-ink screen, 2GB of memory and a claimed 2 weeks of battery life. There's no Wi-Fi - you transfer books via USB - and there's no touch screen, but the buttons are nice enough and the aluminium casing comes in silver, pink and black. The PRS-350 supports EPUB (including DRMed ones), PDF, Word, TXT, TRF and BBeB ebooks.

As with its big brother the PRS-600, haggle hard: a new version is imminent.

Hands on: Sony Reader Touch review

7. Elonex 621EB eBook Reader - £90

Best ereader for: people going on really, really long journeys

Elonex ebook reader

Specs-wise the 621EB is a fairly bog-standard e-reader - it has a six-inch E-ink screen, weighs 180G, plays MP3s and can store around 1,000 ebooks, or more if you add a 16GB SD card; it supports EPUB, PDF, TXT and HTML and works with Adobe Digital Editions, so you can use it with non-Amazon ebook shops - but the USP here is battery life, with a claimed 3 months between charges. We'd take that with a pinch of salt - at 1,000mAh the battery isn't as powerful as a Kindle 3's 1,750mAh, which is good for a month or two - but the 621EB is still a reasonably priced, reasonably good e-ink device.

Read our Elonex 621EB eBook Reader review

8. Bookeen Cybook Opus eReader - £70

Best ereader for: really tight budgets


Bookeen's ebook reader keeps things simple, and the price has plummeted: from around £200 last year it's now on sale for £69.99 at Waterstone's. Natively supporting EPUB, TXT, PDF, HTML, JPG, PNG and GIF files, this white reader with rounded edges was doing the keyboard-free thing before Amazon caught on and automatically flips the screen when you turn it on its side. There's no WiFi connectivity so transferring books onto the Opus has to be done manually, but its built-in 1GB capcity can be increased by using a Micro SD card.

9. Apple iPod Touch 8GB - £169

Best ereader for: portability, games and media joy

iPod touch

Apple's iPod may seem an odd choice for an ereader article, but if you don't fancy E-ink then the Touch's retina display offers the best reading experience we've seen on an LCD device. It's not just about Apple's iBooks, either: there are iOS apps for Kindle, Kobo and less well-known players such as Stanza together with a growing number of books-as-apps, although you'd have to be a masochist to attempt reading magazines via Apple's Newsstand app. Factor in the iPod's many other strengths - music, movies, games, iMessage, photos, web browsing, video recording, AirPlay - and the iPod Touch is a serious contender.

Read our iPod touch review

10. Blackberry Playbook 16GB -£249

Best ereader for: people who quite fancy a tablet

iPod touch

We haven't gone mad: while the Playbook hasn't been the hit many expected, price cutting means at £249 it's well worth considering if you fancy doing your e-reading on a tablet. There isn't a Kindle app but there is a Kobo one, and of course its web browser means that you can use Google's cloud-based ebook store too. The Playbook's seven inches strike the right balance between screen size and portability, and as RIM irons out initial problems it's becoming a pretty nice tablet too. Just ask Amazon: its forthcoming Kindle Fire is essentially a Playbook running Amazon's own software.

Read our BlackBerry Playbook review


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