If you like the idea of having the world’s library at your fingertips, you’ve probably considered an e-book reader. PC Advisor outlines the best electronic readers for 21st-century bookworms.


1. Amazon Kindle 5 (2012)

Amazon Kindle 5 (2012)
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  • Reviewed on: 18 October 2012

Given that last year's Kindle cost £89, the new version is great value at £69. Yes, you're effectively locked into Amazon's system, but that's like being locked into Willy Wonka's chocolate factory: no-one is going to mind. The choice of books is first-class, as is the reading experience.

Read our Amazon Kindle 5 (2012) review.

2. Amazon Kindle Touch

Amazon Kindle Touch
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  • Reviewed on: 8 May 2012

Both the hardware and navigation of the Kindle Touch won us over. With solid Kindle Store integration, near instant book downloads and even a usable web browser, this is the best Amazon e-book reader so far.

Read our Amazon Kindle Touch review.

3. Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1

Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1
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  • Reviewed on: 13 December 2011

The Sony Reader Wi-Fi lacks the menu finesse and social media hooks that Barnes & Noble's Nook Simple Touch boasts. But its new pricing puts it right in line with its e-reader competition, and as a result it's an attractive choice, especially for people who prize light weight, navigation flexibility, and easy access to reading text PDFs.

Read our Sony Reader Wi-Fi PRS-T1 review.

4. TrekStor Pyrus

TrekStor Pyrus
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  • Reviewed on: 19 June 2012

The TrekStor Pyrus would make a good choice of ebook reader if you’re happy to hunt down most titles yourself and install them manually. Device navigation is generally well-implemented and you get a generous 4GB internal storage. Although a no-frills device, it’s solidly built and easy to use.

Read our TrekStor Pyrus review.

5. Kobo Touch

Kobo Touch
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  • Reviewed on: 16 March 2012

While many people may be happier with the Kindle's keyboard, we could easily be persuaded to put up with a slightly less touch-typeable on-screen keypad in return for the smaller footprint and lighter weight. The company is obviously betting that a relatively basic reading device like the Kobo eReader Touch Edition can hold its own against the more expansive – and expensive – multitasking e-readers and tablets such as the $249 Nook Color and, of course, Apple's iPad 2.

Read our Kobo Touch review.