eReaderGuide.info
 
 
eReader Ranking Tables:
Worldwide eReaders (36)
US eReaders (23)
UK eReaders (13)
European eReaders (19)
Asian eReaders (16)
Large eReaders (12)
In Development (14)
 

UK eBook Reader Table

 

.This chart compares all e-ink based eReaders easily available in the UK. Only currently marketed products are listed--for instance, Sony no longer sells the PRS 500, so we only list the 505. The UK market was shaken up by the introduction of the international Kindle 2 model in October 2009, which has since dominated eReader sales in Britain.

eBooks - a library in your pocket!
Table Definitions

.Value Rating: Includes price and our assessment of what you get for your money. There are some very pricey eReaders out there which aren't good value, and cheap ones which don't deliver.

. Features Rating: Includes the eReader's capabilities, display quality, wireless connection, formats, ease of file transfer, etc..

. Usability Rating: How fun and easy it is to use, how often it crashes or how badly buttons are designed. This is the most subjective of the measures, generated from our testing experience as well as user comments from across the net and blogosphere.

. Screen Size / Greyscales: The personal eBook reader size is fairly standard at 6 inches diagonal, or 600x800 pixels as many judge this an ideal paperback-type size for casual, one-handed reading. Bigger isn't necessarily better. The number of greyscales is important if you'll be displaying pictures; early readers did 4, recent ones do 8, and the best models do 16.

. Connectivity: Most eReaders use a USB 2.0 cable to connect and charge to a computer, but a few have WiFi/Bluetooth and only the Kindle 2 has a cellular 3G data connection allowing wireless ebook downloads and basic web surfing.

. Memory: This is built-in memory that comes with the eReader out of the box. Most readers allow you to add more memory via various slots.

. Battery life: Most eBook readers list this in page turns/refreshes, as maintaining an e-ink display "on" draws no power, but when you add functions like wireless, touchscreen, etc., battery life diminishes rapidly, so consider estimates rough.

. Weight: eReaders currently weigh surprisingly little, usually less than a paperback.

. Audio: Nearly all eBook readers have a headphone slot, and some even have speakers.good if you like background music.

. Input Device: These vary from physical keyboard, to touchscreen to D-pads.

. Screen Refresh: How long it takes to refresh the entire e-ink screen.

. File formats supported: The number of format types the eReader supports. This is perhaps not a very useful metric, as if you only use PDFs and MOBI files for instance, it doesn't matter how many more are supported. See eBook reader Basics for if you require more detailed info.

. Release date : When the current model was released--useful as it gives an indication. Newer is usually better, but some older models like the Sony PRS-505 remain a good value favorite with high specs.

. Notes: Some prominent notes on distinguishing features--see detailed review pages for more.

. Price: These are prices in pounds for the British market. As we try to list all major eBook readers worldwide, and not all are released in all markets, we have tables for US eReaders, European eReaders, and Asian eReaders priced in local currencies and with local buying options.

 

Comparison of All 13 eBook Readers Available in Britain
Readers
(click to see review)
Amazon Kindle 2 Review
Amazon Kindle 2
Amazon Kindle DX Review
Kindle DX
Sony PRS 300 Review
Sony PRS-300
iRex Iliad 2 Review
iRex Iliad 2
Sony PRS 600 Review
Sony PRS-600
Sony PRS 500 Reader Review
Sony PRS 505

Our Ratings
Value:
Features:
Usability:

 
Value Rating
Features Rating
Usability Rating

 
Value Rating
Features Rating
Usability Rating


Value Rating
Features Rating
Usability Rating


Value Rating
Features Rating
Usability Rating

 
Value Rating
Features Rating
Usability Rating


Value Rating
Features Rating
Usability Rating


Screen size / greyscales


6''
16 greyscales
9.7''
16 greyscales
5''
8 greyscales
8.1''
16 greyscales
6''
8 greyscales
6''
8 greyscales

Connectivity

US-wide cellular free data signal, also USB 2.0 cable US-wide cellular free data signal, also USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable WiFi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable

Memory

2 GB 4 GB 440MB 256 MB 380MB 256 MB

Battery


~ 2 weeks ~ 2 weeks 7,500 pages
(~2 weeks)
15 hours 7,500 pages
(~2 weeks)
7,500 pages
(~2 weeks)

Weight

10.2 oz 18.9 oz 7.76 oz 15.3 oz 10.1 oz 9 oz


Audio


Headphone jack and speakers Headphone jack and speakers None Headphone jack and speakers Headphone jack Headphone jack

Input device


Keyboard and Directional Pad Keyboard Directional pad Touchscreen Touchscreen Directional pad

Screen refresh

.9 seconds .9 seconds Unknown 1.3 seconds Unknown .8 seconds

File formats supported

15 15 7 9 13 12

Released


Feb 09 Jun 09 Aug 09 Mar 08 Aug 09 Oct 07
Notes Unique for global internet capability & browser, most popular eBook reader, all orders from Amazon US 2.5 times bigger screen area than Kindle 2, with same global internet capability, orders from Amazon US One of the cheapest, no frills/low feature eReader on the market Large screen (not necessarily better for casual reading) aimed at business; pricey, but very high quality Upgrade to PRS 700 with touchscreen, but touch display shows glare Old but still popular; has dominated Europe market due to value and Kindle unavailability

Price

~£150 ($189) ~£305 ($489) for international version £160 ~£437 ($699) £255 £235
Link to purchase Purchase Amazon Kindle 2 Purchase Amazon Kindle DX Purchase Sony PRS 300 Purchase iRex iLiad 2 eReader Purchase Sony PRS 600 Purchase Sony PRS-505 Reader
  Amazon Kindle 2 Kindle DX Sony PRS-300 iRex iLiad 2 Sony PRS-600 Sony PRS-505
             
Readers
(click to see review)
BeBook Mini ebook Reader Review
BeBook Mini
COOL-ER eBook Reader Review
COOL-ER
Borders Elonex Reader Review
Borders Elonex
iRiver Story Reader Review
iRiver Story
Bebook eBook Reader Review
Bebook
Hanvon N516 Handybook eBook Reader Review
Hanvon N516

Our Ratings
Value:
Features:
Usability:


Value Rating
Features Rating
Usability Rating


Value Rating
Features Rating
Usability Rating

Value Rating
Features Rating
Usability Rating


Value Rating
Features Rating
Usability Rating


Value Rating
Features Rating
Usability Rating

Value Rating
Features Rating
Usability Rating

Screen size / greyscales


5''
8 greyscales
6''
4 greyscales
6''
4 greyscales
6''
8 greyscales
6''
4 greyscales
5''
8 greyscales

Connectivity

USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 1.1 (old and slow connection) USB 2.0 cable

Memory

512 MB 1 GB 1 GB 2 GB 512 MB 512 MB

Battery


8,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
7,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
7,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
7,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
7,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
9,000 pages
(~2 weeks)

Weight

6 oz 6.13 oz 6.13 oz 10 oz 7.76 oz 5.8 oz.


Audio


Headphone jack Headphone jack Headphone jack

Headphone jack, mike, and speakers

Headphone jack Headphone jack

Input device


Directional pad Directional pad Directional pad Keyboard Directional pad Directional pad

Screen refresh

Unknown .8 seconds .8 seconds Unknown .8 seconds <=1 seconds

File formats supported

23 9 9 13 24, but some are crash prone 9

Released


Oct 09 Jun 08 Jun 09 Nov 09 Oct 07 Jul 09
Notes This Hanlin V5 variant is very cheap and has a good number of features. Same basic hardware as Cybook Gen 3, looks cool, but few features; backordered Same basic hardware as COOL-ER, looks cool, but few features. EU and Korea only, Kindle clone, but cheaper feel and no internet Basic eReader, but Sony PRS-505 does more and is cheaper. Variant of the Hanlin V5 Small, expensive eReader difficult to buy outside China, missing key ebook formats

Price

$199 £190 £180 £229 £250 £150
Link to purchase

Purchase BeBook Mini eBook reader

Purchase COOL-ER eReader Purchase Borders Elonex Purchase iRiver Story Purchase BeBook eReader

Purchase Hanvon Handybook N516 eBook reader

  BeBook Mini COOL-ER Borders Elonex iRiver Story Bebook Hanvon N516
             
Readers
(click to see review)
Cybook Gen 3 Reader Review
Cybook Gen 3
iRex Digital Reader Review
iRex Dgtl Reader
       

Our Ratings
Value:
Features:
Usability:


Value Rating
Features Rating
Usability Rating

 
Value Rating
Features Rating
Usability Rating

       

Screen size / greyscales


6''
4 greyscales
10.2''
16 greyscales
       

Connectivity

USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable, WiFi, Bluetooth        

Memory

512 MB 1 GB        

Battery


8,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
15 hours        

Weight

6.13 oz 20.1 oz        


Audio


Headphone jack Headphone jack and speakers        

Input device


Directional pad Touchscreen        

Screen refresh

.8 seconds .85 seconds        

File formats supported

10 17        

Released


Oct 07 Nov 08        
Notes Very light in weight and features, but expensive for what you get World's largest eReader and most expensive, aimed at business users        

Price

~£170 ~£560 ($895)        
Link to purchase Purchase Bokeen Cybook Gen 3 eReader Purchase iRex Digital Reader        
  CyBook Gen3 iRex Dgtl Reader        
. . . . . . .

These are the main eBook readers available in the UK. If you want to see a table of all eReaders, including hard-to-get models and country specific ones, see our Worldwide Table, or if you are from a different region, try our US Table, European Table, or Asian Table.

Online eBook reader prices and terms change frequently; check company website for the latest.

eReaderGuide.info is not responsible for any losses resulting from the information provided (see Disclaimer). If you do spot a factual discrepancy, please email us and we'll update the site.

 
HomeeBook Reader Basics eReader Industry CommentaryeReader News/LinksWhat's NewSite MapContact/Link to Us

To comply with FTC media guidelines, we wish our readers to know that the views and opinions expressed on the site are our own, and we have not been given free subscriptions, products, or other compensation to publish them. Most of the reviewed companies offer affiliate commissions, but these do not influence our reviews or rankings, which we keep open and unbiased. Our recommendations are made on the merits of a product or service, as we review based on our experience, education, and background. At our discretion we may accept third-party advertising, but this does not constitute our endorsement.

Copyright 2009-10 © eReaderGuide.info. All Rights Reserved