four alternatives to be able to read electronic books other than the Kindle

Reading continues to be one of the most common hobbies in Spain. In addition, after the declaration of the state of alarm on March 14, 2020, the Federation of Publishers Guilds of Spain (FGEE) assured that regular readers -who do it weekly- grew by 4 points, many of them using alternativas al Kindle.

In 2019, more than 160 million paper books were sold in Spain, according to the same FGEE. This shows that the classic format is still a favorite for many people. But the digital alternative is also gaining strength.

That same year, there were 12.73 million eBook downloads. Although very far from paper, it accounts for 5% of the total turnover of the industry and, according to the latest data, it grows gradually every year.

The only thing that is needed – since many formats can be read on mobile phones or computers – is an electronic book reader, also called an eReader. But what advantages do these devices have?

Advantages (and disadvantages) of eReaders

The pros of e-books are:

  • Screen. Unlike monitors, tablets or mobiles, e-books have e-ink displays. This difference means that it affects your eyesight much less than that of other devices, in addition to giving a feeling more similar to reading on paper.
  • Price of books. The same book is considerably cheaper in its digital aspect compared to the paper one. Even more so when on April 21, 2020, the Government approved to lower the VAT on electronic books to 4%, the same as the classic format.
  • Size and space. Probably the most important advantage: the ability to carry dozens, even hundreds, of books with you or read one of those works that exceed 1000 pages without taking up hardly any space. This can be especially helpful for voracious readers or those who read on public transportation.

Now these devices also have some cons:

  • Content. Although there are many titles already available, the market for digital books is not as huge as the traditional one. Not all the books that we can find in any bookstore or library are available in this format.
  • Internet connection. The eReaders can be used without being connected to the internet, but when buying a book it is necessary to download it.
  • Initial investment. Although the digital format is cheaper, a first initial purchase is necessary to get an e-book.

Four alternatives to be able to read without having to buy a Kindle

1. Woxter Scriba 195: cheap and no wifi

The Woxter eBook Scriba 195 can be a good first e-book for someone who has never used one of these devices. For 78 eurosIt is a basic eReader that does not even have a Wi-Fi connection, a fact that can go unnoticed if we get a good battery of books.

But how do we get the books? The Woxter Scriba 195 has both a USB port to transfer them – it has a 4 GB memory – and a slot for microSD cards up to 32 GB. In this way, we can carry several cards (if we want) with thousands of books.

The formats that the Woxter Scriba 195 supports are: EPUB, DOC, DRM, FB2, HTM, PDF, RTF, TCR and TXT; so there is no problem in this section. In addition, it weighs 370 grams.

There is also a more expensive version, 99 euros, which counts with backlit display for low light situations.

Woxter Scriba 195 Paperlight por 99€

2. Kobo Libra H2O: for water lovers

As for any other electronic device, water is not one of eReaders’ best friends. For this reason, the Kobo Libra H2O is the alternative for those who love to read on the beach, by the pool or taking a relaxing bath. Of course, it requires an investment of 179 euros. In addition, it weighs 350 grams.

Its main characteristic is its resistance to water and dust, which makes it ideal for certain situations. It has a 7-inch HD screen with ComfortLight Pro technology, which helps to read in low light situations without damaging the eyesight. Unlike the previous one, the Kobo Libra H20 does have a Wi-Fi connection and 8 GB of storage.

Kobo Libra H2O for € 219.41

3. SPC Dickens Light: the best quality / price option

Again, another eReader for those who cannot reach almost 180 euros of the previous one. It’s about the SPC Dickens Light, an e-book of 89 euros similar in design to the Kindle and with a backlit display.

It is a very complete device: it not only supports the usual ebook formats (EPUB, TXT, PDF, HTM, DOC…), but it can also reproduce photos in JPG, BMP, PNG and GIF formats. The latter is important if, for example, we want to have popular works or read comics. However, does not have wifi connectivity.

The battery lasts up to 40 days with the light off, although if the backlit screen is used, its usage time is reduced to 12 hours. Also, barely weighs only 100 grams.

Regarding the screen, it has a resolution of 196 dpi (pixels per inch) and an anti-reflective coating to read in bright light situations. The latter is also accompanied by different levels of illumination on the screen, in case the anti-reflective glass does not finish working. It also has Adobe DRM protection, which makes it compatible with most stores and digital libraries.

SPC Dickens Light por 179,99€

4. PocketBook E-Ink Kaleido: for lovers of color (and comics)

All eReaders have a peculiar feature that, for some readers, may be their main drawback: all screens are black and white. For the people we read usually comics or highly visual works, the absence of colors may be more than enough reason not to opt for one of these devices.

The PocketBook E-Ink Kaleido is, if not the only one, of the few options that we find with this feature. Their 199 euros The price makes it a particularly expensive alternative, but it offers the possibility of reading comics, graphic novels or the like without losing color. It weighs 160 grams.

It has a 6-inch screen with anti-reflective system and backlight, so it can be read in any light situation. It also has a better processor than the rest of eReaders and 1 GB of RAM to make page turning much smoother.

Furthermore, not only It supports almost twenty book formats and several images, it is also capable of playing audios. And, obviously, comic book formats (CBR and CBZ). The colors are less vivid than those we would find on paper, but there is also an alternative of 299 euros that improves them.

PocketBook E-Ink Kaleido por 210€

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