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Kagoo Score - Our unique E-book readers rating considers: 240 UK prices • 3,900 expert & user reviews • 79 product comparisons • 190 industry awards • Score breakdown
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90

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite ‑ 8th Gen

214 Reviews
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£87.16

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161g
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6"
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Jun 2016
The highest scoring E-reader under £500, with an Editor's Choice award from six expert review websites and 13 further awards from other expert sites
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88

Amazon B0186FESVC

28 Reviews
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£59.00

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161g
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6"
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Jul 2016
The top rated E-book reader under £100, with good features
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86

Kobo Aura

101 Reviews
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£72.00

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174g
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6"
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1014 X 758 pixels
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Jul 2016
A fully featured and multi award winning touchscreen 174g ereader, with an Editor's Choice award from three expert review websites and 14 further awards from other expert sites
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85

Amazon Kindle Voyage

944 Reviews
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£134.95

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180g
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6"
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1024 X 768 pixels
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Nov 2014
A very popular and multi award winning touchscreen 180g ereader, with very good features
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85

Amazon Kindle Touch ‑ 4th Gen

91 Reviews
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£59.98

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191g
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6"
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Oct 2013
A multi award winning and very popular touchscreen 191g ereader, with a reasonable price and good features
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83

Kobo Glo HD

71 Reviews
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£107.99

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180g
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6"
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1448 X 1072 pixels
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Apr 2015
A fully featured and multi award winning touchscreen 180g E-reader, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 6 further awards from other expert sites
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82

Tolino vision 4 HD

12 Reviews
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£164.89

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175g
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6"
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1448 X 1072 pixels
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Nov 2016
A powerful and critically acclaimed touchscreen 175g ereader
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81

Kobo Aura H2O

110 Reviews
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£137.99

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207g
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6.8"
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1440 X 1080 pixels
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Mar 2017
A top of the range and fairly new touchscreen 207g E-reader, with terrific user reviews
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80

Pocketbook Touch HD 2

3 Reviews
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£146.41

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180g
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6"
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Dec 2017
A new and top-quality touchscreen 180g ereader, with an industry award
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79

Kobo Aura HD

90 Reviews
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£219.95

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240g
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6.8"
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1440 X 1080 pixels
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Aug 2016
An award winning and high-quality touchscreen 240g E-book reader, with a Best Buy award from one expert review website
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78

Pocketbook AQUA 2

8 Reviews
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£115.10

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180g
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6"
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1024 X 758 pixels
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Jul 2017
A fairly new and fully featured touchscreen 180g E-reader, with an industry award
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78

Amazon Kindle Oasis ‑ 9th Gen

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£229.99

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131g
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7"
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1440 X 1080 pixels
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Oct 2017
A top-quality and best selling touchscreen 1440 x 1080 pixels resolution ereader, with the latest technology and one of the lightest weights around
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76

Tolino Shine 2 HD

4 Reviews
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£110.49

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184g
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6"
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1448 X 1072 pixels
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Nov 2015
A critically acclaimed and powerful touchscreen 184g E-reader
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75

Pocketbook Touch Lux 3

13 Reviews
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£108.24

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208g
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6"
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May 2015
An award winning and fully featured touchscreen 208g E-book reader, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 2 further awards from other expert sites
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75

Tolino page

10 Reviews
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£74.53

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170g
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6"
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Jan 2017
A top-rated and fairly new touchscreen 170g ereader, with good features
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75

Onyx BOOX Kepler

5 Reviews
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£126.00

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205g
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6"
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Sep 2016
A fully featured but 2 year old touchscreen 205g ereader, with two industry awards
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73

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite ‑ 7th Gen

3 Reviews
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£104.99

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205g
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6"
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1024 X 768 pixels
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Jun 2014
A classic and good spec touchscreen 205g E-reader
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73

Tolino Epos

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£245.29

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260g
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7.8"
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1872 X 1404 pixels
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Oct 2017
A fully loaded and newly released touchscreen 260g ereader
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73

Pocketbook Touch HD Ruby Red

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£107.08

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180g
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6"
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Oct 2017
A recently released and high-quality touchscreen 180g ereader
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72

Pocketbook Basic Lux

2 Reviews
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£84.47

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170g
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Jun 2017
A fully featured and relatively new 170g 1024 x 758 pixels resolution E-book reader, with very good user reviews

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is the average battery life of an e-book reader?
AMost e-book readers have a battery life of several weeks, perhaps as long as several months if not used regularly.
QHow do I put books onto an e-reader?
AMost e-readers have a link to a dedicated store, where you can buy and download books. Some also allow you to add books and documents directly via USB.
QWhat is the difference between a back light and a front light?
ABacklights are placed behind the screen, and shine light through the screen in order to make it readable. Frontlights are placed in front and to the side of the screen - they shine light down onto the screen rather than through it. This means the light isn't shining directly into your eyes, making it softer and easier to read at night.

E-Book Reader Buying Guide

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What is an E-Book Reader?

E-book readers have quickly become a common site on trains, planes and subways the world over - a simple tablet dedicated to displaying book in the simplest, most natural way possible. With excellent battery life, easy-to-read screens and capacity for thousands of books at once, e-book readers are a good way to make sure you always have something to read on your commute or holiday!

Most e-readers use a technology called ‘e-ink’ to display the books - this is uses microscopic particles suspected in a liquid film under the screen. Some of these particles are positively charged and coloured white, and others negatively charged and coloured black. By running a charge through the liquid, the white or black particles can come to the surface, allowing letters and text to form.

Because the charge is only required when the text changes, e-ink has an extremely low power draw - power is normally only used when the page is ‘turned’ (refreshed). This means that most e-readers have an extremely long battery life - they can last for weeks and even months between charges, depending on how fast you read.

Benefit of an E-book reader over mobiles/tables

When e-readers were introduced, many people wondered - you have your phone/tablet with you already, why not just use that to read books, and save yourself having to carry around another device? A fair question, and e-readers have multiple advantages over using your phone:

  • The e-ink display draws very little power, meaning you won’t use much power, compared to draining your phone/tablet battery reading on it.
  • E-ink displays are also very easy on the eye, and can help prevent eye strain caused by long reading sessions.
  • Most e-readers have a larger display than phones, making reading easier and also helping to ease eye strain.
  • E-readers are free from notifications, apps and other distractions that would stop you from concentrating on your book.

That said, if you do want to read books on your phone/tablet, many of the major e-reader makers have apps for those devices, allowing you to start reading a book on one device and pick it up seamlessly on another, so you can have your literary cake and eat it too.

Display

One of the biggest concerns when picking an e-book reader is the display. The quality of the text on an e-reader display is measured in Dots Per Inch (DPI). The higher the DPI, the more particles make up each letter on the screen, leading to smoother, clearer text that is easier to read. Most e-readers have a DPI of somewhere around 2-300, although top-tier models can rise as high as 600 DPI, for extremely crisp and clear text.

Tied into the DPI is the size of the display. Most e-readers are the size of small tablets - slightly larger than a paperback book. There are larger models - some go as large as 8”, meaning they are more unwieldy to carry, but can display more/larger text at once.

Battery Life

As mentioned above, because e-readers draw very little power, they have a very good battery life. Even the most basic of e-readers will have a battery life of weeks, with many able to function for a month or more between charges. Some higher-end readers have larger batteries, but these are only worth seeking out if you spend a long time travelling or away from any power - for most people a month’s charge will be more than enough.

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Wifi/4g Connectivity

Nearly all e-readers apart from the very cheap models will have some form of wifi connection to allow the device to connect to the internet to download new books. Some more expensive models will also have 3G connectivity, meaning it can connect to the net from anywhere, and doesn’t have to be on a known wifi network. This can be helpful since it allows you to buy and download new books from anywhere - even half-way round the world - as long as you have a cell phone signal.

Ebooks themselves are very small files, since they usually lack any images/video/etc. This means that even a modest e-reader can hold hundreds, if not thousands of ebooks at once. Some readers have more capacity than the norm, but most users will struggle to fill even half of a standard reader’s capacity.

Stores

The biggest difference between all the various ranges of e-readers is the online stores they have access to. This denotes what books you can buy at what price. Kindle’s only have access to the Amazon store, while the Kobo reader has it’s own store. Amazon is far-and-away the biggest of these stores, but it doesn’t contain everything - and some of it’s publishing policies rub people the wrong way. Other stores have their own positives and negatives, so it is worthwhile does a bit of checking to see if the store for your chosen reader has a good selection before you commit to buying it.

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File Formats

Alongside buying books from an online store, it is also possible to load books onto an e-reader as individual files. These files could be downloaded from a different store, received directly from the publisher (in the case of small independent labels) or even your own work.

Different e-readers have support for different types of files. One of the most popular file format is the epub (electronic publication) file - these are used for a lot of publicly available books, such as Project Guttenberg, which aims to make much of the classic literature in the world available freely. However the Kindle doesn’t directly support the epub format - meaning you’ll have to transfer it to another format if you want to use it.

If you are going to be using e-readers for independent (non-store) files a lot, it’s worth taking a look at ‘Calibre’, which is a free program for converting ebook files between different formats. The site is here: Calibre

Backlights

One of the most helpful additions to e-readers is a backlight. While lacking in very cheap models, most mid-range readers have a light built into the screen, which allows you to read in low-light conditions. Many have several different levels of brightness as well - higher brightness can be helpful in certain situations, but lower brightness will help conserve battery power.

Waterproofing

Waterproofing is currently limited to a small collection of e-readers, but is immensely helpful if you can get it. Having a water-resistant device means that you can happily read everywhere from the beach to the bath, and don’t have to worry about damaging your device if it gets a bit damp.

E-Book Reader Retailers, Prices and Features

E-Reader Prices

We currently list 6 ereaders ranging from £59 to £138. A new E-reader costs on average £96 and 80% of ereaders are priced between £60 and £110. The most expensive ereader that we found is the Kobo Aura H2O at £138, and the cheapest is the Amazon B0186FESVC at only £59.

E-Reader Brands - Price Range

Kobo E-readers start at £100 and their most expensive E-book reader costs £138. The highest average E-book reader price out of all brands is Kobo E-readers with an average price of £115.

The second highest average E-reader price out of all brands is Amazon ereaders with an average price of £76. Amazon ereaders range in price from £59 to £110.

Onyx BOOX E-book readers start at £0 and their most expensive E-reader costs £0. The third highest average E-reader price out of all brands is Onyx BOOX E-book readers with an average price of £0.

Ereader Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 845 expert reviews and 2,448 user reviews for ereaders written online and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of ereader.

Biggest E-Reader Retailers

The biggest E-reader retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 24 current E-reader offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest retailer is eBay with 24 offers. That means Amazon UK is the same as eBay when it comes to ereaders. TechInTheBasket is the third biggest retailer with 5 current offers.

When Are Most New E-Book Readers Released?

Most new E-readers tend to be released between July and September. If you want the latest E-reader features you may want to consider waiting until July 2018. Also the price of the current E-book readers may drop off just before the latest models are released in July. July was the biggest month last year for new E-book readers, with four new E-book readers released that month. In 2016 most new E-book readers were released in September, with 14 new E-book readers released that month. In June 2015 six new E-book readers were released making it the biggest month that year for new ereader releases.

How Fast Do Ereader Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, E-readers drop in price by 9% on average. That means a saving of £9 on a typical £96 new ereader if you wait 6 months before buying.

Touchscreens

This denotes whether the e-reader has touch capacity or not, meaning you can control the device by poking the screen, rather than manual controls.

The vast majority of the 66 new E-readers currently listed on Kagoo are E-book readers with a touchscreen. 55 out of 66 are E-book readers with a touchscreen.

Touchscreen controls are user faster and easier to use than standard manual controls.

Weights

This denotes the weight of the e-reader, measured in grams (g).

The weights of ereaders range from 131g to 550g. The weights of the majority of E-book readers range from 180g to 220g. The ereader with the heaviest weight is the Kobo Aura H2O, which is a 207g E-reader and currently retails for £137.99. The ereader with the lightest weight is the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - 8th Gen, which is a 161g E-book reader and can be purchased for £109.95.

A lighter device will be easier to carry around, and mean it can be held and read for longer without it getting uncomfortable to hold.

Display Resolutions

This denotes how many pixels make up the display of the e-reader.

We found 16 E-readers that are E-readers that have a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels, which makes 800 x 600 pixels the most popular display resolution amongst new E-readers. We found 9 ereaders that are E-book readers that have a resolution of 1024 x 758 pixels, making this the second most frequently found display resolution amongst new ereaders.

A larger display resolution means that the text will be sharper and clearer, making it easier to read books on the device, and reducing the chances of eye-strain after long sessions.

Diagonals

This denotes the size of the e-reader, measured in inches.

The diagonals of ereaders range from 6" to 13.3". The diagonals of the majority of E-book readers range from 6" to 6.5". The E-book reader with the biggest diagonal is the Kobo Aura H2O, which is a 6.8" ereader and currently retails for £137.99. The Kobo Aura, which sells for £99.97, has the smallest diagonal and is a 6" E-reader.

A larger size means that there is more real estate on the e-reader to display books, and the device can display text at a larger font size if needed.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for E-Readers?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying ereaders. For each retailer it shows the total number of ereaders where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying ereaders. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 19 of their E-reader prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Ereaders for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for ereaders by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of E-book reader prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's E-book reader prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 79.2% of their E-reader prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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