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Which? tests the latest Kindle and Nook

We put the new Amazon Kindle through its paces

Using ebook reader

The leading Kindle and Nook have been released just in time for Christmas. We put them to the test in our labs to find out whether they’re up to the job. 

Our lab scrutinised every aspect of the latest ebook readers from Amazon and Barnes and Noble; assessing everything from how comfortable they are to read to their durability. So you’ll know which is the best ebook reader for reading at the beach and which will stand up to life in the bottom of your bag.

  • Amazon Kindle (2014) – find out how the latest Kindle fared in our tests
  • Barnes and Noble Nook Glowlight – the expert Which? verdict

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Amazon Kindle versus Nook Glowlight

The good news is that both of these ebook readers come in under £100. The Amazon Kindle (2014) will set you back £69. Or if you choose the version that feeds you advertising (know as the ‘special offers’ version), the price tag drops to just £59.

The Nook is a little more expensive, coming in at £89. But you do get more features, importantly the Nook comes with a built-in light for reading in the dark.

The Nook is also compatible with the ePub format, whereas the Kindle relies predominantly on AZW and PDF files. That means that you won’t be able to download books from other sites and will be reliant upon Amazon’s own bookstore.

Read our full reviews to see how the two models compare for ease of use, durability and that all-important screen quality.

How do we test ebook readers?

We test each ebook reader that passes through our lab in exactly the same way. That means all our results are fully comparable, making it easy to find the best ebook reader for you.

We test the screens in different lighting conditions, from bright light to simulate the sun, to near darkness to mimic reading at night.

And we test how robust the e-readers are by running a scratch and an impact test.

We combine all the ratings and assessments to create a total test score – this allows us to rank the ebook readers from best to worst. See our Best Buy ebook readers table to see which excelled in our labs.

More on this

  • Best Buy ebook readers – the e-readers that top our tests
  • How we test ebook readers – all the details from the Which? test lab
  • Tablet reviews- is a tablet or ebook reader right for you?
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