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Unsure About Amazon’s Kindle? Here’s 7 Cheap Alternatives From Sony & Kobo

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kindleThe Amazon Kindle easily revolutionized the way people read in the modern times. With just one piece of equipment, you can painlessly read tons of book in their digital glory without the added weight and bulk that consumes a lot of space. But Amazon has been under fire lately, particularly for some of its very controversial marketing strategy moves that turned people off (offshore business registrations and better publishing deals at the expense of the authors).

Amazon Kindle is an amazing device but if you do not want any part of Amazon yet you desire an e-reader that can perform as well as the Kindle, then you better check these 7 digital readers listed below. And they are budget friendly too.

#7  Barnes and Noble Nook – $50 to $100


Simple yet efficient, the Nook from Barnes and Noble features a 6-inch display and a WiFi connectivity. Much like the Kindle, you can buy books and download them straight to the device via WiFi, making things very seamless and easy. If you would like to get more out of the Nook, you can break into the device’s internal structure and access the Android system underneath. If you are successful, you can browse the Internet and read your emails. However, doing so will effectively void your warranty, which is bad especially if you screw up the process.

#6 Barnes and Noble Nook HD 7 – $175


A better and improved version of the Barnes and Noble Nook, the HD 7 edition functions more like a tablet than an electronic reader. Flaunting a bigger, 7-inch display, the HD 7 also packs a 1.3GHz processor and 8GB of RAM. Aside from reading your favorite books, magazines, and articles, you can also surf the web, check your emails, play games, and watch videos too.

#5 DBPower Mebook – $65


Created by the relatively unknown DBPower, Mebook is a very solid and compact e-reader that can do more than just be your digital reader. It has a large 7-inch, 800×480 display, which is already big as far as e-reader standards are concerned. Mebook is a multimedia-compatible device that reads a variety of formats of images, audio and video files, and documents. Mebook is also built with an FM radio inside. The only downside is that Mebook is not a known brand, which means you have to manually transfer data to the device via the USB port.

#4 Archos 90 – $65


Another digital reading device you may not have heard of, Archos 90 is not as advanced as its contemporaries. It does not have WiFi connectivity and does not carry tons of other cool features such as games, media player, and all that good stuff. But that may come in handy if you do not want to be distracted while reading your favorite novel. Also, the Archos 90 has a massive 9-inch screen which more than makes up for its lack of other premium functions.

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#3 Sony PRS-T1 – $120


A device with the name Sony on it is not exactly a budget-friendly option, but the PRS-T1 is definitely a full packed gadget that you want with you wherever you go. It features an e-ink touch screen and it also has WiFi capability. You can buy books and download them directly to your device via the Sony Reader Store. Or you can use the USB option to manually drag and drop the books you can get from Waterstones, WH Smith, Google Books, and the like.

#2 Kobo – $120

kobo Costing as much as the Kindle, Kobo is a solid performer that is loaded with similar functions as the Amazon’s e-reader. Kobo has various editions ranging from the simple e-reader to more complex and advanced tablets.

#1 Kindle App – Prices vary


Assuming you have a smartphone that run on Android or iOS, then perhaps one of the most cost effective solutions to getting a Kindle device is downloading the Kindle App. Amazon has developed Kindle applications for smartphones, tablets, and even desktops. As far as the basics go, the Kindle App allows you to enjoy everything actual Kindle users experience. However, the huge downside is that your smartphone cannot replicate that traditional book feel that Kindle has and since you are using a smartphone, you will end up hurting your eyes after prolonged reading.

By Nestor Gilbert

Senior writer for FinancesOnline. If he is not writing about the booming SaaS and B2B industry, with special focus on developments in CRM and business intelligence software spaces, he is editing manuscripts for aspiring and veteran authors. He has compiled years of experience editing book titles and writing for popular marketing and technical publications.

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