Here’s a list of the best ebook readers that can be had for under $100. A couple of these are refurbished units where noted, but most of them are brand new.
This list consists of dedicated ebook readers only, no tablets. I’ll put together a separate post for low-cost tablets in the near future.
Kindle Touch – $99: Although not released just yet, the Kindle Touch with Special Offers is likely the best ebook reader under $100, given the features and Amazon’s approach. The non-ad version costs $40 more, however.
Nook Touch (refurbished) – $79: A top choice, a pre-owned Nook Touch is $60 less than a brand new Nook and comes with the same warranty. The Nook Touch also serves as a pretty good E Ink tablet once hacked.
Kindle 4 – $79: The Kindle 4 is Amazon’s basic ebook reader. The $79 price includes ads and special offers. The non-ad version and international version costs $30 more.
Kindle Keyboard – $99: Amazon still makes and sells the Kindle 3 for those that want an ereader with a physical keyboard. The non-ad version costs $40 more.
Sony PRS-350 (refurbished) – $69: The PRS-350 is Sony’s 5″ touchscreen ebook reader from last year. This is a sale price that won’t stay this low for long. The regular price for the refurbished 350 is $152.
Kobo Wi-Fi (refurbished) – $59: Best Buy still has some Kobo Wi-Fi refurbs available online from their outlet center. New Kobo Wi-Fi’s sell for $99. This is a good basic ebook reader for EPUBs.
Aluratek Libre – $69: The Libre is a 5″ ebook reader with a monochrome LCD screen. This is a typical price for this type of device so you may be able to find it for even less.
Libre Color – $99: The Libre Color is a basic color ebook reader that can also play videos and music. It has a 7″ screen with a resolution of 800 x 480.
Ematic EB101 – $83: The Ematic ereader is another basic color ebook reader with a 7″ screen.
Skytex Primer – $79: The Skytex Primer is a 7″ color ereader and media player from last year. In addition to ebooks, it supports audio and video files, plus it has an FM radio.