Large eReader Roundup (March 2019)

Large eReader Roundup (March 2019) e-Reading Hardware

Amazon may balk at releasing a Kindle with anything larger than a 7" screen, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any other options for large screen ereaders out there.

There have never been a lot of choices for larger ereaders but we've always had at least a few options. For example, Irex released the first true large-screen ereader in 2006. That was the 8" Illiad, and it was soon followed by other Irex models, and then the Kindle DX in early 2009.

Here’s a roundup of the larger E-ink ereaders that are currently available in March 2018.

Amazon

The Kindle oasis 2 has a 7" screen. That hardly qualifies as a _larger_ ereader, although it technically is larger than the Paperwhite. You can buy the Oasis from Amazon for $249.

Apple

In early April 2018 Apple launched the Apple Reader, a 7.9" ereader that costs $499 (no, not really).

Jezetek

This is a Hong Kong based mobile device developer. They have shown off 10.3", 7.8", and 13.3" ereaders at trade shows, but I don't know that any of the devices have been shipped.

Remarkable

Released in late 2017, the Remarkable is a brilliant writing slate with limited ereader abilities. It has beautiful hardware built around a 10.3" screen with a great stylus, but its software is still limited and it is not really a very good ereader.

You can buy one today for $499.

Wiskey

Wiskey is a Chinese startup that is developing several ereaders, but that is about all we know about it. This company is about to launch (in late March 2019) a 10.3" Android ereader called the Eewrite E-Pad. It is promised to cost $699 during the crowd-funding campaign.

Pocketbook

Pocketbook has released a couple 9.7" and 8" ereaders over the years, but its current plus-sized catalog is limited to only one model, the Pocketbook 740 (aka the InkPad 3). It has a 7.8" screen.

You can find it in Europe.

Boeye (Boyue)

This company has been teasing a 10.3" ereader for a a bout a year before releasing it as the Likebook Note. Alas, they did not update the OS while they perfected the hardware.

Boeye also makes the Likebook Muses, a 7.8" ereader that  sells for $313, the Likebook Plus, a model with much better hardware that sells for $199, the Likebook Mars, which costs $249, and the Likebook Mimas, a 10.3" ereader that retails for 394 euros.

Onyx

Onyx has had a lot of large screen ereaders, but most are available in just one market or another, and most models were replaced within a couple years.

  • The Boox Chronos, for example, is a 9.7" ereader that is sold only in Russia. It cost $346 when it shipped in September 2017.
  • The Boox Note launched in January 2018 with a 10.3" screen and a $551 price tag. It can be bought online in three different flavors with different prices and specs: Note (376 euros), Note Plus (413 euros), and Note Pro (524 euros).
  • The Boox Nova Pro has a 7.8" screen and costs 263 euros.
  • The Boox Max 2 Pro is Onyx's third flagship 13.3" ereader. It retails for 713 euros.

Netronix

This company makes at least two large-screen ereaders that we know of, and possibly a third (the evidence in inconclusive).

The Kobo Aura One is a 7.8" ereader made by Netronix and carrying the Kobo brand. You can buy it for $279. The Kobo Forma is an 8" ereader, and it too costs $279.

Netronix also makes Sony's DPT-CP1 writing slate.

Speaking of Sony -

Sony

Sony is still selling its second 13.3" writing slate, the DPT-RP1. This device has two touchscreens, and  retails for $699.

 

Sony's DPT-CP1 writing slate

 

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

5 Comments

  1. Reader27 March, 2018

    I use the Kindle DX. To get boldface fonts, I transform into DOCX, add appropriate boldness and size changes to the fonts, and transform into PDF. (MS does a better job than Calibre of making PDF docs.)

    Old and out of date software, but gets the job done- at least for reading PDFs.The Kindle DX is the best I have seen for PDFs.

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  2. User29 March, 2018

    Dasung never released 13 inch: mobile.twitter.com/DasungTech/status/811117120306237440

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  4. Namw26 March, 2019

    What do you mean with “two touchscreens” for the DPT-RP1?

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    1. Nate Hoffelder26 March, 2019

      It has a capacitive touchscreen and a Wacom touchscreen.

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