Top 10 Kindle Alternatives to Buy in 2021

Released in 2007, Amazon Kindle remains to be the leading E-reader across all platforms. But what are the other alternatives to Kindle? In this article, we will see the best Kindle alternatives that you can buy and take your studies further.

E-readers can be very convenient as they allow you to have your favorite books with you anywhere, at the touch of a button. Hours’ worth of pages on one slim device – not so bad.

See: Why should you buy a Kindle?

Best Kindle Alternatives

As popular as Kindles are, they are not the only E-readers available on the market – and be costlier than what your budget permits.

Best Kindle Alternatives

So, if you are looking for a Kindle alternative that still does the job, I have got you covered.

Here is a list of Kindle alternatives you can get your hands on and get all the features if not more!

Kobo Libra H2O

Kobo Libra H2O, White
  • Anti-glare 7” Carta E Ink touchscreen, 1680 x 1264 (300 PPI)
  • Waterproof Nanocoating with HZO IPX8 - up to 60 mins in 2m of water
  • Landscape mode and page-turn buttons, ComfortLight

One of the best E-readers out there, the Kobo Libra H2O is a massive upgrade from the original H2O – which was the first E-reader to give out IP certification for water resistance. This edition is totally waterproof and comes with a 7 inch E-ink touch display. Plus it has a landscape mode and page-turn buttons.

It also comes with a Comfortlight PRO, which reduces the blue-light exposure and provides a comfortable reading experience at night. It also has a run time of up to 4 weeks post-charge.

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The perfect balance between a comfortable reading experience and modern design. Offered in black or white, Kobo Libra H2O lets you choose what suits you!

More of its features include:

  • Weighs in at only 192 grams.
  • Connects via Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB
  • 8GB of internal memory, giving it the ability to store more than 6000 e-Books.
  • Fast 1GHz processor with 512MB RAM. (More than enough for ereaders)
  • Supports up to 14 different e-Book formats including PDF, MOBI, EPUB and EPUB3

For just $169.99, you can get your hands on one of the best Kindle alternatives out there.

Sony DPT-RP1/ B

Sony DPT-RP1/B 13” Digital Paper, Black
  • World's thinnest, lightest letter-size tablet device: as thin as 30 sheets of paper; Wireless Security: WPA2-PSK (AES), 802.1x EAP (TLS/PEAP)
  • Projected capacitive touchscreen allows for “pencil or pen style” writing and erasing with provided stylus.
  • High contrast and no glare, so text can be read clearly even in bright sunlight. Battery Life with Wi-Fi On Up to 1 week.Frequency Band 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz Bluetooth: Bluetooth specification Ver4.2

If you want a world outside of just books, the Sony DPT-RP1/B can be an asset to you, with its ability to provide an easy drag-and-drop transfer of documents and files. You can take notes, draw, create and read documents, and store files effortlessly.

It packs a lot more functionality than your typical E-reader does. With up to 16GB of memory storage capacity, users can store up to 10,000 PDF files.

Sony claims it to be the world’s thinnest, lightest letter-size tablet device –  being as thin as 30 sheets of paper.

One can also easily transfer files via USB, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth or use the digital paper app that’s available on both Android and iOS.

More of Sony DPT-RP1/B’s features include:

  • Comes in two variants – 10 and 13 inches.
  • High contrast display with no glare to provide the best reading experience under all conditions.
  • Its projected screen allows for “pencil or pen style” writing and erasing with the provided stylus.
  • Battery life with Wi-Fi on up to 1 week.

Its price stands out at $599, which has reason to it if you can make use of the salient features it has in store.

Kobo Forma

Kobo Forma
  • ULTIMATE READING EXPERIENCE: With a lightweight and ergonomic design, an 8.0" glare-free screen, the option for landscape or portrait mode, and page-turn buttons
  • WATERPROOF: Anywhere and Everywhere reliability - beach, bathroom, pool, work, home. Fully waterproof with HZO Protection, IPX8 rating
  • DROPBOX SUPPORT: allows you to add your own eBooks and documents wirelessly

The Kobo Forma comes in with a lightweight design for comfort and weighs in at just 197 grams, making it as slick and portable as they come.

It is also IPX8 certified for water resistance and comes in with an ‎8.0″ 300 PPI E-Ink Carta display.

if you have a public library that uses Overdrive, it’s built right into the Kobo Forma as a native store, making it the perfect alternative for the Kindle Oasis.

More of Kobo Forma’s features include

  • The base variant comes in at 8GB, but you can upgrade up to 32GB storage if you wish to.
  • 1200 mAh battery.
  • Slim & slick yet stylish design.

The base variant of Kobo Forma comes in at $249.99, with options up to its 32GB variant.

Likebook Mars E-book

Likebook Mars E-Reader, 7.8”HD Display 300PPI, Warm/Cold Light,Android 8.1, Support WiFi, Bluetooth Data Transfer, 2G+16GB
  • 📘 1. 7.8"E-ink HD Touchscreen: 1404*1872 300PPI Super high resolution, enable light and thin comfortable touch feeling; special anti-glare Technology without causing eyestrain
  • 📘2. Android 8.1 System: Faster response, Smoother turn page, Lower power consumption; 2G+16G Storage space, Support Bluetooth, WIFI Data transfer
  • 📘3. Dual Mode Color Temperature Front-light: 24 Grades cold and warm light adjustment Step-less adjustable. Protect your eyes and enables you to read day and night.

In terms of simplicity and result, the Likebook Mars E-reader is one of the best out there with an enhanced and innovative software experience. Its octa-core processor and intuitive and polished home screen complement each other to improve its overall experience.

The Likebook Mars features a 7.8 inch E Ink Carta touchscreen display with 300 PPI and a vivid resolution standing out at 1782×1448.

Underneath the screen is an 8 core 1.5 GHz processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, allowing you to store data without a hitch.

More of Likebook Mars’ Features Include –

  • Built-in 3100 mAH battery, which should give you three weeks of constant usage
  • Front-lit display with color temperature
  • Also anti-glare under all conditions.

One of the downsides the users would have to combat is its Android 6.0 UI, which is outdated and can prove to have security issues and other vulnerabilities. But, for just $219, it can be the one for you.

iPad (2020)

2020 Apple iPad (10.2-inch, Wi-Fi, 32GB) - Space Gray (8th Generation)
  • Gorgeous 10.2-inch Retina display
  • A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine
  • Support for Apple Pencil (1st generation) and Smart Keyboard

Apart from the salient features, Apple’s tablets hold for themselves, the iPad also allows users to have a solid experience when it comes to E-reading.

With its A12 Bionic chip with a neural engine, users can easily access various E-book ecosystems with a few clicks. There are several ebook apps like Kindle Mobile, OverDrive, Google Books, etc. from where you can borrow or buy books at your comfort.

The iPad also offers a massive 10.2” retina display with a Touch ID for secure authentication. Its personalized Apple pencil also allows you to easily sign the paperwork, mark up a document, or effortlessly change E-book pages.

More of iPad 2020’s features include:

  • Support for Apple Smart keyboard.
  • Vivid anti-glare screen with a powerful 8MP back camera
  • 32GB of internal storage all the way up to 128GB!

The iPad’s 10.2-inch display and 10-hour battery time can make it tough for the dedicated E-readers out there, but the rest of its salient features make up for it in a flexible manner.

The base variant stands out at $329.

BOOX Nova3

BOOX Nova3 7.8 ePaper, 300 DPI, Front Light, Android 10 Digital Paper E Ink Notepad Paper Tablet
  • Improved Compatibility:Nova3 running Android 10 is more secure, intelligent and compatible with third-party applications.
  • Sharp View on HD Screen:7.8inch Carta E Ink display with 300dpi and 1872x1404 resolution can display crisp texts without causing eyestrain.
  • Highly Portable: The compact and sleek design lets you hold Nova3 in one hand and take it with you wherever you go.

Onyx has bumped it up a notch in the past year by releasing this powerhouse of an E-reader in the form of BOOX Nova3. Its 7.8-inch, 300PPI E Ink Mobius Carta display allows people to read their favorite E-books on a larger screen.

It is also equipped with Octa-core 2Ghz Processor and 4G RAM with 64GB storage, allowing you to store up to 6000 files easily.

The Nova 3 runs on an optimized Android 10+ which introduces plenty of features including an enhanced messaging experience as well as an in-built fingerprint scanner.

Kobo Elipsa

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Put conventional paper aside and think bigger with an intuitive note-taking experience and an expansive 10.3” touchscreen. Comes with the Kobo Stylus.

Kobo Elipsa is more than just an ereader. Its 10.3-inch E Ink Carta 1200 touchscreen is glare-free under all conditions with the device itself being a matte black with an new touch to it.

The E-reader also supports up to 14 different file formats including JPEG, EPUB, PNG, and more, and supports many languages like English, French, Turkish, Japanese, etc.

The Kobo Elipsa also comes with 32GB onboard, with the ability to store over 24000 E-books without a problem.

The Kobo Elipsa is one of the best Kindle alternatives out there, especially with the stylus support and being priced at just $399.

iPad Pro

2021 Apple 11-inch iPad Pro (Wi-Fi, 128GB) - Space Gray
  • Apple M1 chip for next-level performance
  • Stunning 11-inch Liquid Retina display with ProMotion, True Tone, and P3 wide color
  • TrueDepth camera system featuring Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage

The iPad Pro takes things up a notch from the original iPad, with its customized E-ink and dark-themed E-reading built-in for the user’s comfort.

It also offers a massive 12.9”, 265 PPI display, with a wide color gamut and IPS LCD for a vivid contrast.

The Apple A12Z Bionic chip allows users to run things smoothly and efficiently with very fast and easy access to E-reading platforms. The base variant starts at 6GB RAM and 128GB for storage – which starts at $799, with the option to upgrade the storage up to 1TB – which costs $1499.

More of iPad Pro’s features include

  • A 12 MP Camera.
  • Access to Wi-Fi 802.11
  • 18W charging with Face ID security.
  • Finest notetaking solution on the planet.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

Kids: One ereader for us, please!!


Fire HD 8 Kids tablet, 8" HD display, ages 3-7, 32 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case
  • Save up to $90 on a full-featured Fire HD 8 tablet (not a toy), 1 year of Amazon Kids+ (FreeTime Unlimited), a Kid-Proof Case with built-in stand, and 2-year worry-free guarantee, versus items purchased separately.
  • 2-year worry-free guarantee: if it breaks, return it and we'll replace it for free.
  • The included 1 year of Amazon Kids+ gives your kids access to over 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, Audible books, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more. Your subscription will then automatically renew every month starting at just $2.99 per month plus applicable tax. You may cancel at any time by visiting the Amazon Parent Dashboard or contacting Customer Service.

Originally a tablet, the Amazon Fire HD also does a great job in its E-reading department, especially for kids. To serve the purpose, the device comes in with a “kid-proof” case, which is pink or blue in color and keeps the device secure.

The Fire HD has an 8” display with 32GB of internal storage and 1.5GB RAM.

More of its features include:

  • Free access to Amazon FreeTime, giving you thousands of kid-friendly audiobooks and movies.
  • Runs on a 1.3GHz quad-core processor.
  • Has a stylish design.

The Fire HD Kids Edition comes in at $139.99 and is of great value.

iPad Air

2020 Apple iPad Air (10.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray (4th Generation)
  • Stunning 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone and P3 wide color
  • A14 Bionic chip with Neural Engine
  • Touch ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay

Actually an upgrade from the iPad Pro, the iPad Air will give you a buck’s worth for your money. With its 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display and the most powerful and advanced A14 Bionic Chip, users can enter a whole new world of technology.

Like its predecessor, the iPad Air also has E-ink support and an in-built dark theme for the best E-reading experience.

The 4GB RAM with 64GB storage variant starts at $599 and provides great value for its salient features.


Even though there are several Kindle alternatives out there, it all comes down to what you want in an E-reader. If you are willing to put performance over anything else, then the Kobo H20 Edition 2 and BOOX Note 2 can be a great fit for you.

If you want affordability over anything else, then the Likebook Mars and Kobo Aura Edition 2 can give you that without missing out on the key features.

If multitasking and style are your main components, then any variant of the iPad can do you good. Plus you can combine iPad with Apple Pencil with your Kindle for the best notetaking experience ever.

Last update on 2021-07-23 using Amazon Product Advertising API