Top 7 Amazon Kindle Alternatives in 2023

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Amazon Kindles have been in the market for many years now and they’ve entirely dominated the E-Reader industry. In fact, people no longer refer to these gadgets as E-Readers. Now they are called Kindles. And although Amazon Kindles are the go-to brand, they have limitations that make other brands more appealing. 

For example, most kindles aren’t water resistant. They can also be quite pricey. Whatever your reason is, if you’re looking for better alternatives to an Amazon Kindle, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll be highlighting seven alternatives along with their price and specifications. Keep reading to find out more.

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1. Kobo Clara 2E

Key Specifications

  • Glare-free 6-inch HD touchscreen
  • Bluelight reduction
  • Adjustable brightness
  • WiFi
  • 16GB storage
  • Carta E Ink technology
  • Waterproof
  • Carries up to 12,000 books


kobo clara ereader

Being an environmentally conscious brand, this reader comes with an exterior of 85% recycled plastic. Asides from the design, it has a glare-free HD touchscreen so you don’t have to worry when reading under direct sunlight. 

The touchscreen is also made with comfort light Pro so it automatically cuts off blue light. A great way to read at night without worrying about eyesight.

Just like most kindles, it has 16GB storage – capable of hosting up to 12,000 ebooks. The long-lasting battery also ensures that you can enjoy uninterrupted reading on a single charge. We also love that you can read in the tub since this e-reader is fully waterproof. It can stay up to 60 minutes in 2 meters of water.

2. Kobo Elipsa Pack 

Key Specifications

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  • Glare-free 10.3-inch touchscreen
  • 32GB storage
  • 2 hours battery life
  • Sleep cover
  • Dropbox support
  • Adjustable brightness
  • Markup feature

Price: $399.00

kobo elipsa pack

This reading package comes with the reader, a kobo stylus (pen), and a sleep cover. So you can underline, highlight, write down notes, and more directly on a page while reading. We also love that the screen is bigger and it has a relatively quicker page turn. 

It has a comfortable light so you can read at night without straining your eyes. And if you prefer dark mode, you’d enjoy the white text on black.

The storage space is very vast at 32GB – that’s double the storage you’d get on the Clara 2E. So it can act as your bookstore. You can also easily import your books or documents and export them whenever you want thanks to Dropbox support.

3. Likebook Mars E-Reader

Key Specifications

  • 7.8-inch touch screen
  • Warm and cold light
  • Audiojack
  • 2GB+16GB storage 
  • Android 8.1

Price: $219.00

likebook mars kindle alternative

If you’re a big fan of the Kindle Oasis, then this is an alternative to explore. With a mid-sized screen of 7.8 inches, it has an octa-core processor which makes its speed quite efficient. 

Although it has an anti-glare feature, it comes with two light modes – warm and cold. So you can switch between your preferred mode. The storage is also pretty impressive at 16GB so it can hold a couple of your favorite books or documents.

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4. Barnes & Noble Nook Glowlight 3

Key Specifications

  • 6-inch screen
  • 8GB storage
  • ePUB compatibility
  • Orange backlight

Price: $129.00

barnes and noble kindle alternative

If you loved the Kindle paperwhite, then this is the alternative to try. One unique feature of this kindle is that it can automatically change the backlight to orange to help reduce the brightness. Since it doesn’t exactly have an anti-glare feature, this helps with reducing the pressure on your eyes.

Although the storage isn’t as large as the other alternatives on this list, the 8GB storage can hold about 6,000 books. A ton of E-readers cannot load other file formats. This alternative allows you to do this, even with ePUB books.

It’s lightweight, and easy to carry around. Sadly, Nook doesn’t have a ton of book options in store. So there’s a limited collection of books and no audiobook feature.

5. Kobo Forma

Key Specifications

  • Page turn buttons
  • Landscape mode
  • 8GB storage
  • 8 inches screen size
  • Waterproof
  • Anti-blue light

Price: $199.99

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With its unique design, you can easily swipe through pages with the page turn buttons. There’s also a landscape mode so you can read while lying down. This kindle alternative is also waterproof so you can take it to the beach, pool, and tub without worrying about it shutting down. 

Adjust the brightness to get the perfect light during the day or night. It also has a comfort light Pro so your eyes are safe. It has a very durable battery life that can last for weeks depending on your usage. 

6. Kobo Aura H20

Key Specifications

  • 6.8-inch screen
  • Water-resistant
  • Comfort light
  • 8GB storage

Price: $180.00

kobo aura kindle alternative

Another alternative to the Kindle Oasis, this medium-sized reader is ideal for anyone looking for a durable model. It has a comfort light which makes it easy on the eyes whenever you need to read in the dark. 

We also love that it has a water-resistant feature so it can withstand drops, splashes, and spills. This is a basic buy that’s ideal if you need a kindle alternative to get by. However, it stands out because of its multiple accepted file formats.

7. Sony DPT -CP1

Key Specifications

  • 10.3-inch screen
  • Low glare display
  • Paper-like texture for writing
  • Stylus pen
  • Strong battery life
  • 16GB storage
  • File transfer

Price: $850.00

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sony ebook reader

If you’re thinking about ditching kindles because you need something more versatile, this is your E-Reader. For one, it has more functionality beyond reading books. You can actually write on it and use it as a tablet even. It’s super thin that it feels like paper. It also has a paper-like texture so you can enjoy writing as much as you read. 

For reading, it has a low glare which makes it easy on the eyes at night. It has about 16GB of storage so you can host thousands of PDF files. We also love that you can easily transfer files through conventional means – USB, Bluetooth, WiFi, or the digital paper app.

The only downside is that it’s pretty expensive. However, if you can afford it, we recommend opting for this model as the battery is equally durable – enough to last a week.

So, did you find any Kindle alternative you’d want to purchase? Let us know what your favourite model is in the comments. Don’t forget to share this post with someone who might just need this. 


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