Which e-book to choose between the Kindle from Amazon and the Kobo from Fnac or other brands? Here are our recommendations.
Unlike paper books, readers have the advantage of taking up little space and can hold tons of digital books without exceeding 250 grams. It is easy to understand why some people love this kind of product and why they are so often seen on public transport… or during holidays. In the winter, they will accompany you by the fireplace, in the summer, to the beach and by the swimming pool.
If you’re interested but don’t know which reference to go to, follow the guide to find the right e-book for you.
THE BEST E-BOOK OF THE MOMENT IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE
- Kobo Clara HD
- Kindle Paperwhite
- Kindle Oasis
- Kobo Forma
- Kindle Classic
KOBO CLARA HD: OUR RECOMMENDATION
The Kobo Klara HD is a good mid-range solution. Now cheaper than the Kindle Paperwhite, it still has an HD display, as the name suggests, with a resolution of 300 pixels per inch on its 6-inch screen.
Its backlit screen also automatically adjusts to the lighting conditions, which Kobo calls “ComfortLight,” and that’s pretty handy when you’re reading in bed. From blue during the day, the backlighting will turn yellow at night to make it easier to fall asleep. You lose out on water resistance, however. It’s not a big deal when you’re at home a little more at the water’s edge or in your bath.
It has 8 GB of storage, or about 6000 pounds according to Kobo. The announced autonomy is several weeks, but of course this can vary according to your uses. Launched at 129 euros, it is now available at 109 euros.
KOBO LIBRA H2O HD: WITH SOME BONUSES
If you are absolutely looking for waterproofing, you can go for the Kobo Libra H2O at 179 euros. Its screen is also one inch larger and it also has buttons on its edge. The Kobo Clara HD, however, is still a better value for money in our opinion, offering all the essential features of a good e-books for a small fee, especially as the waterproofing is offered at a lower price at Amazon.
KINDLE PAPERWHITE: OUR RECOMMENDATION
After leaving the Paperwhite on hold for a while, Amazon has finally decided to bring some new features to its e-book in 2018. The e-book is now IPx8 certified, which means you can use it in your bathtub or by the pool. Quite practical for the summer.
The Paperwhite weighs only 182 grams and is only 8.18 mm thick, which makes it very pleasant to handle. The 6-inch anti-glare screen with 300 dpi is more than enough to enjoy its reading. You will even be able to enjoy it at night thanks to its 5 integrated LEDs that allow you to read in absolute darkness. Find our test of the Kindle Paperwhite 2018 here. It’s also a very good value for money on the market and the most versatile reading device on the market.
The Kindle Paperwhite for 129 euros in its Wi-Fi version, 8 GB and with Special Offers. You have to add 10 euros to get rid of them. Note that there is also a 32 GB version and with 4G offered for downloading books on the go. Count then 229 euros.
KINDLE OASIS: AMAZON’S LUXURY OPTION
The Kindle Oasis is Amazon’s premium e-book. It features a large 7-inch screen with the same 300 ppi resolution. Thin as print. It also has an anti-reflective coating that allows you to read in direct sunlight and is waterproof. Very useful under the sun exactly, at the edge of the pool.
Note that its wide edge on the right side makes it easy to hold. It also has two buttons to change pages with the tip of your thumb. No need to use your second hand, one less effort when cracking at the poolside. You can even use it in landscape if you wish. It’s the only Kindle today that offers this possibility.
Released on July 24, 2019, the tenth iteration of the Kindle Oasis features the ability to adjust the screen temperature to warmer tones, especially in the evening. This can be done automatically or by hand. The idea is to limit the blue light to promote falling asleep as we said earlier. This technology is very fashionable on smartphones and is even more logical on the e-books that we often use before falling asleep. The backlighting is more efficient than on other models thanks to 25 LEDs, and its intensity can be adjusted automatically according to the ambient light.
A single charge for the Kindle Oasis will last several weeks, depending on your use. Finally, it has a storage capacity of 8 or 32 GB so you can take all your favourite books with you wherever you go. There used to be a 3G version, but the tenth version is finally upgrading to 4G to download your new books faster on the go. The 4G subscription is free, but limited to Amazon.co.uk or Wikipedia. For the rest, you’ll have to be on Wi-Fi. It weighs 188 grams and measures 159 x 141 x 3.4-8.4 mm. The most complete e-book currently available.
KOBO FORMA: LARGE SCREEN OPTION
Released at the end of 2018, the Kobo Forma goes even further than the Kindle Oasis on the screen diagonal. This time it reaches 8 inches (compared to 7 for the Oasis) with a resolution of 300 ppi for particularly fine texts. Like the Oasis, it has the same “handle” on the side to make it easier to hold. The last interesting point that inspired the 10th generation of Oasis is that the screen temperature can warm up at night to help you fall asleep.
With such a screen diagonal, it is necessarily more bulky than average: 17.7 x 16 x 0.85 cm for 194 grams. The 1200 mAh battery promises Rakuten several weeks of autonomy. It is finally waterproof and will not fear the water of your swimming pool or your bathtub. 8 GB of storage are provided.
KINDLE 2019: THE SMALL PRICE
Do you find the readers too chères ? Amazon offers a cheap version of the Kindle. The device was renewed in spring 2019 with the integration of a backlight system as the main new feature. Enf
For the rest, we find the traditional 6-inch format, which here is satisfied with a pixel density of 167 dpi against 300 for Paperwhite. The software options of this Kindle are reduced to a minimum and we recommend it to readers whose annotations and access to dictionaries are not a priority. However, it is still a good entry point for people who would like to try their hand at reading readers.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY
WHAT FORMATS ARE SUPPORTED BY KINDLE ?
If you choose an Amazon Kindle, you can of course pick up eBooks from e-merchants. They mainly use the proprietary .AZW3 and .AZW formats as well as converted .TXT, .PDF, unprotected .MOBI, native .PRC, .HTML, .DOC and .DOCX, .JPEG, .GIF, .PNG and .BMP. No .epub, but there is a way to import them to Kindle.
WHAT FORMATS ARE SUPPORTED BY KOBO ?
Kobo is more open and supports .EPUB and .EPUB 3, as well as .PDF, .FlePub, .JPEG, .GIF, .PNG, .BMP and .TIFF ; .TXT, .HTML and .RTF, and .CBZ and .CBR for comics.
HOW TO CONVERT EPUB FILES TO READ IT ON YOUR KINDLE OR KOBO ?
Although the Kindle does not support the .epub standard by default, it is possible to convert these files to be compatible with Amazon’s reading software. The best known software is Calibre, and it also allows you to manage its library. It is an essential and free tool to manage your e-book collection.