Large eReader Roundup (March 2019)
Amazon may balk at releasing a Kindle with anything larger than a 7″ screen, but that we do have 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 2019.
In early April 2018 Apple launched the Apple Reader, a 7.9″ ereader that costs $499 (no, not really).
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.
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 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.
You can find it in Europe.
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 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.
This company makes at least two large-screen ereaders that we know of, and possibly a third (the evidence in inconclusive).
Netronix also makes Sony’s DPT-CP1 writing slate.
Speaking of Sony –