List of 10 E Ink eBook Readers for Under $100


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Here’s a roundup of inexpensive E Ink ereaders for under $100.

When you consider refurbished units and older models there’s a surprising amount of choices when it comes to getting a dedicated ebook reader for cheap.

Previous generation Kindles and Nooks go for as little as $59.

Or you can get a brand new Kobo Glo for $69 (the original, not the HD).

There are quite a few options for under $100, and that’s not counting the Kobo Touch 2.0 that is currently out-of-stock so it wasn’t included on the list.

Cheap eReaders List

Kindle Paperwhite 3 – Currently priced at $92.99, the certified refurbished Kindle Paperwhite 3 is the best option for a cheap ereader under $100. It’s the current model with a full set of software features and it has frontlight and 300 ppi E Ink screen.

Onyx Boox C67ML – Currently priced at $99, this is a good choice for the person who wants an inexpensive ereader with an open OS that can install a variety of apps. The C67ML runs Android 4.2 and it has a 212 ppi E Ink screen with a frontlight. It also supports audio and it has a memory card slot.

Nook GlowLight Plus – This is the latest Nook and it sells for only $79 refurbished. That’s a pretty good price considering it’s waterproof, dustproof, it has a 300 ppi E Ink screen, and it’s made from aluminum instead of cheap plastic.

InkBook Classic 2 – Another ebook reader with an open Android operating system, the inkBook Classic 2 sells for $89 new. It has page buttons plus a touchscreen, which can be turned off to avoid accidental presses, and it has a memory card slot, but no frontlight.

Kindle – The current entry-level Kindle starts at $79 so naturally it makes this list. The main difference between it and the Paperwhite is it lacks a frontlight and the high resolution screen. There’s also the Kids Kindle bundle for $99, which is the same Kindle model but it comes with a cover, a 2-year warranty, and no ads.

Kobo Glo – The original Kobo Glo can be had for $69 new. It has a touchscreen, frontlight, and memory card slot.

Kindle 5 – The 5th generation Kindle was the last model to have buttons only and no touchscreen. It also lacks a frontlight. Refurbished units go for $59.

Nook Glowlight – The previous generation Nook is still available for $59 refurbished. It has a lower resolution screen and it isn’t waterproof like the newer one so it’s not as good of a value but it is cheap. Some of the even older Nooks like the Simple Touch still sell for $59 too.

4 Responses to “List of 10 E Ink eBook Readers for Under $100”

  1. Are there any e-ink readers that have the google play store? More specifically, allow use of Google Play books??? I’ve been searching for one for ages.

    • Sometimes the Onyx models come with Google Play but sometimes not. Either way it can be added to most of the Android ereaders with a little technical work but I’m not sure how well the Play Books app works on E Ink as it’s been a couple years since I tried it.

  2. My favourite cheap ereader is the Wexler Flex One, a 6-inch reader with a curved plastic screen. No Android, no touchscreen, but super light and durable, with great battery life. You can get on Aliexpress for around 50 USD/EUR shipped.

  3. Thanks! Nice list. Great selection if you want to get a backup e-reader, or gift one.

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