The choice is more limited than you may think when it comes to the top Canada eReaders
Canada eReaders can be a source of frustration.
In the U.S., electronic ereaders may yet save trees as their popularity grows. In Canada, not so much.
That’s because you just flat-out can’t get half of them – without jumping in the car and driving a long way.
But there is good news. The two that I regard as the best of the bunch can be bought in Canada. The Amazon Kindle, widely regarded as the ereader you should buy anyway, is available on online for delivery here and the Kobo is Canada’s own answer to the Kindle and a very good one too.
On this site, I introduce you to several Canada eReaders from each of four leading manufacturers, with information on how to buy one. Here’s the situation:
You CAN buy online:
- The Toronto-based Kobo Touch the new popular kid on the block which is excellent value. The link takes you to a comparison of the Kobo ereader, which is marketed by Chapters, and the Kindle — probably the two best ereaders in Canada.
- The Kindle Canada, which I’m happy to say you can now get with greatly reduced hassle. You can not get the full line in this country but you can get four of them here (unfortunately, the Kindle Fire is not one of them). And if you have not bought a Kindle before, be sure to read our page “How to Buy Your Kindle Canada” which will walk you through the process.
- The Sony Reader Wi-fi Sony Canada has trimmed its line-up to one, available in three colours on the Sony Canada website and the price has come down to $119.
You CANNOT buy online:
- The Nook from Barnes and Noble, often reviewed as a close competitor to the market leading Kindle. I’ve included a description of The Nook on this site because many Canadians live within driving distance of a B&N store and may want to check it out
You CAN buy online but I don’t know why you would:
- The Apple iPad. This now turns up frequently in ereader reviews but I can’t imagine holding a 1.5 pound (680 grams) tablet for a couple of hours on the beach, so I exclude it. (All of the others weigh in around 8 ounces (220 grams) which is the weight of an average paperback.)
The e reader segment is developing very rapidly, any model with the E-Ink display technology is worth a look, and prices have comes down a lot. The Kobo Touch this past June has made it a tough choice — before that it was pretty much all Kindle.
I urge you to read my recent post “Kobo vs Kindle Smackdown 2″. It is one of the most comprehensive comparisons of the two contenders for top Canada eReader.
You will also find detailed instructions to make buying the one you choose as hassle-free as possible.
Please leave a comment if you have hands-on experience for good or bad on any Canada eReaders. It will help other visitors who are trying to choose.