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Kobo or Kindle? 12 e-book readers in Singapore to shop now

By Dawn Pillay - 19 Apr 2024

Kobo or Kindle? 12 e-book readers in Singapore to shop now

Admittedly, it took a while for this writer to get on board with the idea of investing in an e-reader, being someone who thoroughly preferred the experience of reading physical books. When I finally decided to give it a shot and got around to purchasing my first e-reader years ago, I faced the same question most people likely will - to Kobo or Kindle? 

Depending on your preference and reading habits, both Rakuten Kobo and Amazon Kindle offer a variety of models with great features. And let’s not forget, the other e-readers available such as PocketBook, Meebook, and more.

If you’re considering upgrading from your current e-reader, or perhaps thinking of getting an e-reader for the first time, here are 12 e-book readers in Singapore to shop now with some on sale and up to 29% off.

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E-book readers in Singapore to shop now

Kobo Libra 2 

$299.00  $310.00  3% off

  • Display: 7” HD E Ink Carta 1200 touchscreen
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Waterproof: IPX8, up to 60 minutes in 2 metres of water

The Kobo Libra 2 is a fantastic e-reader that’s relatively fast-loading, with minimal ghosting and is really nice to use whether you’re left or right-handed. While you're able to flip pages through the touchscreen, it also comes with convenient buttons on the side that can be configured according to your preference for flipping pages too. Read more

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2021) 

$279.99  $330.00  15% off

  • Display: 6.8” E-ink touchscreen
  • Storage: Available in 8GB or 16GB
  • Waterproof: IPX8, up to 60 minutes in 2 metres of water, up to 3 minutes in 0.25 metres of seawater 

The Amazon Paperwhite 2021 remains a popular pick with the e-reader crowd. It's easy to use with minimal lag and comes in a good size for easy portability. (The Signature Edition of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite that offers wireless charging is also on sale now at $301.90.) Read more

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Kobo Clara BW

$195.90  $199.90  2% off

  • Display: 6” E Ink Carta 1300 HD touchscreen
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Waterproof: IPX8, up to 60 minutes in 2 metres of water

If you're looking for a more compact e-reader, the Kobo Clara BW might be the one for you. It's slightly more compact than the usual e-readers like the Kindle Paperwhite and is a good entry-level e-reader to explore.

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Amazon Kindle (2022)

$169.99  $240.00  29% off

  • Display: 6” E-ink touchscreen
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Waterproof: No

Amazon's lightest and most compact Kindle is another entry-level and wallet-friendly e-reader worth considering, especially for those who are leaning more toward Kindles and prefer the ease of finding and purchasing books within the Amazon ecosystem. 

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Kobo Elipsa 2e

$609.99

  • Display: 10.3” E Ink Carta 1200 touchscreen
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Waterproof: No

If you enjoy a larger screen, and scribbling notes as you read, the Kobo Elipsa 2e is worth looking into. It comes with the Kobo Stylus 2, and you can easily import documents or export your notebooks through  Dropbox or Google Drive. Read more

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Amazon Kindle Scribe

$585.88  $785.88  25% off

  • Display: 10.2” E-ink touchscreen
  • Storage: Available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB
  • Waterproof: No

It's Amazon's biggest Kindle, and the Amazon Kindle Scribe lets you take notes and sketch, acting as a digital paper notebook as well as an e-reader. The large screen also makes it a good choice if you enjoy reading comics or manga. Read more

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Amazon Kindle Kids Edition

$199.99  $230.00  13% off

  • Display: 6” E-ink touchscreen
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Waterproof: No

Available in two designs, Space Whale and Ocean Explorer, the Amazon Kindle Kids Edition models will make a great gift for children who love to read. It's compact enough for small hands to hold and works like the basic Amazon Kindle.

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PocketBook InkPad Lite

  • Display: 9.7” E-ink touchscreen
  • Storage: 8GB, with expandable storage up to 32GB with a memory card
  • Waterproof: No

Not keen on getting one of the smaller 6-inch e-readers, and not interested in the larger 10-inch plus ones either? The PocketBook InkPad Lite has a 9.7-inch display that might be up your alley, giving you a big enough screen that fits more text while letting you read more comfortably. It also provides the option for expandable storage, should you require it.

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Meebook M6

  • Display: 6” E-ink touchscreen
  • Storage: 32GB, with expandable storage up to 1TB
  • Waterproof: No

As someone who owns an old Kobo Clara HD, the Kindle Paperwhite (2021), and a Kobo Libra 2, this writer has done massive research into different e-readers in the past, and am blown away by the immense expandable storage capacity on this compact Meebook M6 e-reader. Those who enjoy bringing their entire digital library with you wherever you go might want to give this e-reader a go.

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Meebook P78 Pro

  • Display: 7.8” E-ink touchscreen
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • Waterproof: No

This Meebook e-reader doubles as a little digital notebook where you can write notes with a stylus (sold separately). There's a built-in notebook feature that keeps all of your notes at hand, and it can also convert your writing to clean text. It's a more affordable e-reader with note-taking capabilities compared to the pricier Kobo Elipsa 2e and Amazon Kindle Scribe.

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PocketBook Verse Pro

  • Display: 6” E-ink touchscreen
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Waterproof: IPX8, up to 60 minutes in 2 metres of water

The PocketBook Verse Pro is another option to consider if you're curious to try e-readers outside of Rakuten Kobo and Amazon Kindle. This model provides audiobooks support and the usual features you can expect to find in a basic and decent e-reader.

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Moaan inkPalm Plus E-Reader

  • Display: 5.84" E-ink touchscreen
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Waterproof: No

The smallest e-reader on the list, this ultra-compact gadget is super portable. It fits in your palm and feels a little like you're reading on your phone, except that it's a more comfortable e-ink screen you're looking at that's gentler on the eyes.

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