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Free E-Viewers & What E-Readers to Buy

 E-Readers Are Convenient & Practical

Read on tablets, laptops, computers, e-readers & smartphones.

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Amazon.com – Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices

Top 5 E-Readers By Price

  1. Kindle $79: 6″ screen, 167 ppi, no LEDs
  2. Kindle Paperwhite $129: 6″ screen, 300 ppi, 5 LEDs, waterproof
  3. Nook GlowLight+ $129: 6″ screen, 300 ppi, lights, waterproof
  4. Kobo Aura H2O $159.99: 6.8″ screen, lights, dustproof, waterproof
  5. Kindle Oasis $289.99: 7″ screen, 300 ppi, 12 LEDs, waterproof

Inexpensive Tablet with Enhanced Reading

  • Amazon Fire HD 10 with Alexa hands-free: $149.99
  • Read comfortably at night with Blue Shade, an exclusive Fire OS feature that automatically adjusts and optimizes the backlight for a more comfortable nighttime reading experience.
  • Easier highlighting, note taking, and other factors have me preferring this to my Kindle Paperwhite.

Top 3 E-Reader Makers: General Links to All Models

Top 4 FREE Viewers & Readers for Tablets, Computers & Smartphones

  • Viewers and readers allow two things: (1) reading ebooks on something other than an e-reader; (2) the cloud storage of your ebooks to work on and sync with other devices.
  1. Amazon free Kindle Reader for tablets, computers, and smartphones: Kindle Reading Apps.
  2. Barnes&Noble free Nook Reader App for tablets, computers, and smartphones: Nook Reading Apps.
  3. Kobo free Reading App for tablets, computers, and smartphones: Kobo Reading Apps.
  4. Adobe free ADE Reading App for tablets, computers, and smartphones: Adobe Digital Editions.
  • Amazon advertises “Buy Once, Read Anywhere”, because they offer free Kindle reading apps for iPhone, iPad, Android devices, BlackBerry, Mac, PC, and web browsers. Books can be read across devices because they are stored and synced in the Amazon cloud.
  • Android Reading Apps can now be used on the latest Chromebooks.
  • Apple’s iBooks program lets you read iTunes purchased books on your Mac.
  • iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (iOS devices) share a different program for reading iTunes books.
  • Kobo advertises “Read anytime, anywhere, on any device,” because they offer a full range of free reading apps.
  • Nook advertises “B&N Readouts™”, a phone app that promotes brief reading (book excerpts and magazine articles).
  • Viewers, readers, or reading apps often have some superior features compared to dedicated e-readers.

FREE Website or Internet Reading

  • Amazon’s free Cloud Reader for Safari, Firefox, or Chrome browsers is amazing and makes computers finally good for reading: Amazon Cloud Reader.
  • Booki.sh works on any device with a modern web-browser.

ePUB or MOBI (Kindle) FORMAT?

  • The epub format is a common standard supported by many manufacturers.
  • However, an epub for one device may not work on a competitor’s device, for example, Apple versus Nook.
  • The mobi format, Kindle, is used only by Amazon, but Amazon supports it on many devices with apps.
  • The mobi format can be read on almost any device by downloading a free Kindle reader from Amazon.
  • Paradoxically, the mobi format is the most transportable and convenient format even though it is also the most exclusive format.
  • Can’t decide between epub or mobi? Buy a Kobo that supports both formats.

Amazon stores your mobi files in the cloud for free, and you can read them on almost any of your devices (e-readers, tablets, smartphones, computers) by downloading a free Kindle reader. You do not need to own a Kindle-specific device to buy or read Kindle ebooks. Kobo offers similar services and some of its devices read both epub and mobi formats. Barnes&Noble offers enhanced social networking features.


1. You can convert ebook formats with Calibre. For example, you can convert ePub books to the Kindle format and vice versa. But this only works if the book is not copy-protected (DRM is the copy protection standard). Calibre’s interface and use of technical terms is not always user-friendly, but it is supported by donation so pay what you want to for it.

2. You can also convert formats for your ebooks using Online-covert.com. Online-convert.com requires no software downloading and does a good job at many formats. Again, this only works with ebooks that are not copy protected.

Formats Supported by Device or Reader

Adobe Digital Editions Supports: EPUB, TXT, PDF
Kindle Supports: Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion ([your kindle username]@kindle.com)
iPad Supports: EPUB, Kindle with free app, Nook with free app, Kobo with free app, PDF (sync books to iPad by first dropping into iTunes on your computer)
iPhone Supports: EPUB, Kindle with free app, Nook with free app, Kobo with free app, PDF
Nook Supports: EPUB, PDF, Adobe DRM ePub and PDF
Web Browsers Support: HTML, TXT

  • This link is for technical information about the epub format standard. EPUB 3
  • This link is for technical information about the mobi format standard. Mobi and AZW

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Amazon.com – Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices