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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.

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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Reader 27 March, 2018 um 8:59 pm

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.


User 29 March, 2018 um 3:58 am

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


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Namw 26 March, 2019 um 6:40 am

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

Nate Hoffelder 26 March, 2019 um 7:13 am

It has a capacitive touchscreen and a Wacom touchscreen.


mike 23 May, 2019 um 1:18 pm

So in other words it appears no company that looks like it will exist a year from now makes a large e-ink device. 🙂

I’m guessing the reason is probably because the biggest use of a large e-ink reader would be viewing PDF files (which are largely free). There’s little reason for a publisher or a reseller to market a reasonably priced e-ink reader if they can’t bank on selling you $$$ publications down the road.

Nate Hoffelder 23 May, 2019 um 1:28 pm

B&N just announced a 7.8″ model.
https://the-digital-reader.com/2019/05/23/nook-glowlight-plus-features-a-7-8-screen-retails-for-199/


George 26 July, 2019 um 8:06 pm

Kind of insensitive to the needs of older people with reduced eyesight. 7″ may be fine for the average person, but not the elderly who need a device with the page the size of a real book.

Nate Hoffelder 28 July, 2019 um 2:56 pm

I am not sure what you mean; I have late middle-aged eyes myself, and really appreciate larger font sizes on ebooks.

Chuck Dee 28 July, 2019 um 5:00 pm

My kids' grandfather is 70+ and uses an iPad mini. You can scale the size of the font to suit your eyesight.


Sharon 9 November, 2019 um 6:34 pm

I would love a large format e-reader for reading old art books from Google play in pdf format. The kindle doesn’t handle pdfs very well, and even if I try to download it in kindle format, the art isn’t that great on a 7″ screen. I just end up reading these old art books on my computer, but would much rather be reading on something that doesn’t emit blue light for extended reading periods.


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