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The 5 Best Non-Kindle E-Readers – Review Geek

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When you start shopping for an eReader, it may seem like your only option is an Amazon Kindle. While these devices are the most popular, the world of e-readers includes other great options for bookworms.

To help you find a device you’ll love, we’re highlighting five of the best non-Kindle e-readers. We’ve included devices from four different manufacturers and each one has something unique to offer.

Best Overall Kindle Alternative: Kobo Libra 2

A Kobo Libra2 eReader displays text on the screen.

There’s no denying that there’s a lot to love about Kindles. However, you may not want to buy this brand from Amazon for one reason or another. If you’re looking for an alternative that provides a Kindle-like experience, you’ll want to check out the Kobo Libra 2.

Building on the success of the original Kobo Libra, this version of the device offers more storage (32GB) and a faster E Ink display. These features allow you to store even more eBooks on your device and enjoy a reading experience that closely mimics what you’ll enjoy reading a physical book.

The Kobo Libra 2 also comes with Bluetooth so you can listen to Kobo audiobooks. You’ll love the ergonomic, waterproof design and page turn buttons that make it easy to read no matter what you’re doing. With its 7-inch screen and all these features, the Kobo Libra 2 is similar to the Kindle Oasis but for a fraction of the price.

Best Overall Kindle Alternative

kobo pound 2

The Kobo Libra 2 is like the Kindle Oasis, for a fraction of the price.

Best Bookstore Competitor: NOOK GlowLight 4e

A NOOK Glowlight 4e eReader displays text on the screen.

You’ve most likely heard of Barnes & Noble’s NOOK e-reader. Since November 2009, this brand has offered a respectable alternative to the Kindle. The model we like the most right now is the NOOK GlowLight 4e.

With an adjustable front light, weeks of battery life, and a 6-inch paper screen, the NOOK GlowLight 4e is similar to the Kindle base model. However, it has less storage than this Kindle model (8 GB compared to 16 GB). To make up for it, this NOOK eReader allows you to tap physical buttons or swipe to turn the pages of your book. By contrast, the basic Kindle only allows you to turn the page using the touch screen.

As a bonus, NOOK GlowLight 4e comes with free in-store support for the life of your device. As a result, you can visit any Barnes & Noble location to help you with everything from setting up your device to organizing your library.

Best competitor of a bookstore

NOOK GlowLight 4e

Enjoy many of the benefits of the basic Kindle in the NOOK GlowLight 4e.

Best e-reader for taking notes: Boox Note Air2

Two Boox Note Air2 e-readers sit next to each other.

While you may have heard of Kobo and NOOK, the name “Boox” is most likely new to you. However, as a reader who loves e-books, you will want to know about this brand, specifically, the Boox Note Air2.

You’ll enjoy an effortless reading experience with the Boox Note Air2. The display offers a close to paper view, while the body is incredibly slim at 5.8mm. Despite its thinness, you can be sure that your device is built to last, thanks to the multi-layer display and aluminum casing. For easy reading, its 10.3-inch screen swivels instantly, and if you’d rather listen to your stories, the built-in text-to-speech tool turns eBooks into audiobooks.

In addition to using this device as an e-reader, you can also use it as a tablet to help you perform other tasks like taking notes and using apps for work or play. It is possible thanks to the combination of Android 11 and a powerful CPU with 4GB+64GB of storage. When considering all the features of the Boox Note Air2, it aligns itself most closely with the Kindle Scribe.

The best e-reader for taking notes

Air2 Note Box

You’ll find that the Boox Note Air2 looks a lot like the Kindle Scribe.

Best Green eReader: Kobo Clara 2E

A Kobo Clara 2E eReader displays text on the screen.

If you’re trying to be more environmentally conscious in your purchases, you may be looking for an eReader that has the eco mark. As you learn more about these devices, you’ll find that the Kobo Clara 2E is a more sustainable option.

The exterior of this eReader is made from recycled ocean-sourced plastic, so you can feel good about giving these materials a new purpose. However, the benefits of the Kobo Clara 2E go beyond eco-consciousness.

This 6-inch HD eReader has a touchscreen with dark mode and ComfortLight Pro. As a result, you can read at night without worrying about blue light interfering with your sleep. The 16 GB storage can hold all your eBooks and audiobooks, which you can listen to via Bluetooth. Finally, this model is waterproof, making it perfect for reading in the bathtub or by the pool. Given its features and size, you can think of this eReader as a waterproof, eco-friendly version of the base Kindle model.

The best eco-friendly eReaders

Kobo Clear 2E

Help save the environment while you get your reading fix with the Kobo Clara 2E.

Best Apple Alternatives: iPad Mini

Five iPad Mini tablets are shown in different colors.

You may have heard that you shouldn’t use a tablet as an e-reader. However, sometimes you want a device that’s a little more versatile than a digital reader. The good news is that some tablets can pull double duty, and the iPad Mini is a great example.

With an 8.3-inch liquid retina display and an anti-reflective coating, iPad mini offers a large size and screen to read. When you use the Books app, you can open and read a wide variety of files, including PDFs and EPUBs. Not only that, but the iPad mini can sync books with other Apple devices using iCloud. As for the storage on this device, it is available in two impressive options: 64 GB and 256 GB. All this storage can translate into a large number of eBooks.

As far as tablet features go, the iPad Mini really shines compared to the other devices on this list. iPad Mini offers everything you’d expect from a tablet, letting you do things like use apps and take photos. It is also compatible with Apple Pencil (2nd generation) and Bluetooth keyboards.

Best Apple Alternatives


Enjoy a great reading experience on a tablet with the iPad Mini.


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