Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Touch Edition vs Libre Pro

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

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

Performance

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

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Sony Reader Touch Edition 

Reader Rocket recommends the Sony Reader Touch Edition  based on its display and bookstore.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Reader Touch Edition

Reasons to consider the
Sony Reader Touch Edition

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Has a touchscreen Resistive vs None About half of E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Can take notes Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support take notes
Has a built-in dictionaries Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a built-in dictionaries
Bigger screen 6" vs 5" 20% bigger screen
Comes with a stylus Yes vs No About half of E-Readers come with a stylus
Higher resolution screen 800 x 600 vs 640 x 480 More than 55% higher resolution screen
Front view of Aluratek Libre Pro

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Aluratek Libre Pro

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No black flash when turning pages No (ePaper) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Significantly longer battery life 24 hour vs 8 hour 3x longer battery life; read more between charges
Many more gray shades 16 vs 8 Twice as many gray shades
Lighter weight 213 g vs 286 g More than 25% lighter weight
Faster page turns 0.78 s vs 0.95 s Around 20% faster page turns
Thinner 9.5 mm vs 10.2 mm More than 5% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format
More storage capacity 2 GB vs 1.4 GB Around 45% more storage capacity

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Reader Touch Edition  vs
Libre Pro 
Gray shades 8 16
Screen resolution 800 x 600 640 x 480
Screen size 6" 5"
Pixel density 166 ppi 160 ppi
Built-in light None None
Screen type E-Ink ePaper
Touchscreen Resistive None
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore Reader Store None
EBookstore size 0.82 M book N/A
Free content free content 0.02 M books N/A
Customer loyalty program No N/A
Average NYT best sellers price $9.87 N/A
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 29 N/A
Reader-to-reader lending No N/A
Cloud storage Yes N/A
Reading apps iOS, Android, PC and Mac N/A
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels N/A
Has retail store locations Yes N/A

form factor

Housing type Plastic and rubber Hard Plastic
Size 122 x 175 x 10.2 mm 108 x 152 x 9.5 mm
Weight 286 g 213 g
Interface touchscreen D-pad
Headphone jack Yes Yes

connectivity

Reader Touch Edition  vs
Libre Pro 
Input/Output port mini-USB mini-USB
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi None None
Bluetooth connectivity No No

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes N/A
Note taking Yes No
Text to speech No No
Directly download library e-books to device No No
Web browser No No
Stereo speakers No No
Evernote integration No No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Parental controls No No

storage

Internal storage 1.4 GB 2 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 2 GB 2 GB
Sony Reader Touch Edition
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