How to choose a tablet
for reading books

Top three things to consider

  1. Good quality screens are kinder to your eyes
  2. Is it just for reading or more rounded entertainment
  3. Is the device compatible with where you will buy your books
Pick Your Best tablet

Do like to round off the day engrossed in a spine-tingling crime thriller, reading the real-life stories of other people’s adventures, or seeking practical knowledge and support? In todays’ connected world you can pretty much read a book on any type of device. But, whatever your reading tastes, a tablet is possibly the most comfortable device for reading, and the closest alternative to a paper book. So, if reading is your passion let us help you find the perfect device to snuggle down with, wake up to over breakfast or hide behind on the train.

The main decision you need to make is whether you want the tablet to do anything else aside from reading. If you are looking for a more rounded entertainment device then you will be better off with a premium tablet – push the performance slider up in our Product Chooser. If it is all about the reading, then a tablet designed specifically for that may suit you best. These devices have a special type of screen that do a great job of mimicking ink on paper without the glare of a bright backlight. They are known as e-readers but many people refer to them as ‘Kindles’ – this is just one brand of e-reader made by Amazon but there are others. They are great for reading but unsuitable for other types of computing activity like browsing websites, taking photos and playing music.

If you would prefer the flexibility of a more rounded tablet, you will want to give your eyes a break by opting for a high-quality screen so that the words are crystal clear. If you use our Product Chooser for this scenario we will shortlist you e-readers or smaller tablets with high-quality screens.

The other main decision is the operating system that comes down mostly to personal preference – what you have used before, what type of smartphone you use and where you buy your books from.

Kindle e-readers and Fire OS from Amazon all use the Amazon app and book store. Kobo has its own bookstore. Apple iOS uses iBooks and Android devices connect to Google Play where you can purchase books. If you have a smartphone it might be wise to stick to the same operating system it uses, then you can use the same account across both. In most cases the operating system is often more about personal preference and familiarity than one being significantly better than the other.