Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of eReader vs Fire


How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare


How good is the supporting ecosystem?

e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more


How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Battery life and Recharge time


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Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Kobo eReader 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo eReader  based on its display and performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo eReader

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Expandable memory microSD (up to 32GB) vs None About half of E-Readers have an expansion slot ; store more content with a removable microSD card
Lighter weight 227 g vs 413 g More than 45% lighter weight
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Supports the ePub open format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the ePub open format
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Thinner 10.2 mm vs 11.4 mm More than 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Noticeably quicker recharging 2.5 hours vs 4 hours Around 40% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Slightly longer battery life 10 hour vs 7.5 hour Around 35% longer battery life; read more between charges
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire

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Has a built-in light LED backlight vs None Most E-Readers have a built-in light
Has an app store Kindle Store vs None Most E-Readers have an app store
Has a touchscreen Capacitive vs None Most E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Customer loyalty program Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Kobo Books) About half of E-Readers support customer loyalty program
Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Kobo Books) Somewhat common; e-books can be loaned to a friend for a 14 day period; each e-book can only be loaned once
Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (E-Ink) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
Can run Android apps Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Bigger screen 7" vs 6" More than 15% bigger screen
Bigger bookstore 4 M book (Kindle Store) vs 3.2 M book (Kobo Books) Around 25% larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech

Specifications Full list of technical specs


eReader  vs
Kindle Fire 
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1024 x 600
Screen size 6" 7"
Pixel density 166 ppi 169 ppi
Built-in light None LED backlight
Screen type E-Ink LCD
Touchscreen None Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No


Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Text to speech No Yes
Directly download library e-books to device No Yes
Stereo speakers No Yes
Evernote integration No Yes
Accelerometer No Yes
Parental controls No Yes


Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 1 GB 8 GB

form factor

Size 119 x 183 x 10.2 mm 190 x 120 x 11.4 mm
Weight 227 g 413 g
Interface D-pad touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes


eReader  vs
Kindle Fire 
Cellular data None None
Bluetooth connectivity Yes No

technical specs

Document support


Uses an open platform Yes No
Bookstore Kobo Books Kindle Store
EBookstore size 3.2 M book 4 M book
Free content free content 1.89 M books 2.5 M books
Customer loyalty program No Yes
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.24
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 38
Reader-to-reader lending No Yes
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, PC and Mac iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs
Has retail store locations No No
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