However, if all you are looking for is a standard eReader to read the occasional book on, then there really isn't much point spending spending a small fortune on one. You just need one with reasonable storage, a good screen, a long battery life and lets you turn the pages.
That's why we have got together 10 of the cheapest eReaders on the marker today.
Top 10 cheapest eReaders
1) VIEWQUEST Bookbox - £45
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Verdict: The VIEWQUEST BookBox is a very cheap, compact and lightweight eReader. It has a small(ish) 5" colour screen with a resolution of 480 x 800. As with all eReaders that come with a colour screen, it transforms into a video and audio player too. The knock-on effect of this is that the eReaders battery life is a pretty low 6.5hrs for eBooks. On a more positive note, the BookBox comes with a solid 2GB of internal storage and also has a memory card slot for added space - It supports pretty much every eBook file format under the sun too: epub,PDF,TXT,FB2,PDB,HTML and Adobe DRM.
2) Iriver Story - £49
Verdict: We like the iRiver Story. It's smarter looking than the Kindle and the built in audio playback and speaker is nice. We're not quite sure that a full qwerty keyboard was required, and note-taking is a non-starter, but the presence of multiple control buttons on the top row is great, as are the large page-turn buttons on the left and right side of the system. Visit our full iRiver Story review.
3) DJC TOUCHTOME - £54
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Verdict: DJC's answer to the eReader world is this budget eReader. It is yet another example of a tech company producing a middle of the road tablet at as cheap a price as possible. This is by no means a bad thing, but the TOUCHTOME's specs aren't amazing and its price isn't low enough to make the product really stand out from the crowd. Those aforementioned specs are a 7in matte finish colour touchscreen, 8-10 hour battery life, 4GB internal storage with a microSD slot and weight and size dimensions of 190 x 11 x 119 mm, 277g.
4) Odys Scout ebook reader - £58
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Verdict: The Odys Scout is a sleek and stylish eReader that offers a 5-in 400 x 800 pixel digital muilt-colour TFT display. The whole device measures in at the good dimensions of 149 x 104 x 10.6 mm, and comes with 2GB of internal storage as well as a SD/MMC card slot for added space. Added video and audio is nice, but a bit of unnecessary for eReader purists and the device's non-eInk colour screen has the negative effect of reducing the reading battery life to 7 hours per charge.
5) Archos 70d eReader - £59
Verdict: The Archos 70d is best thought of as a stepping stone between a one trick pony eReader and a fully fledged tablet PC. It offers good battery life and is reasonably priced, it also plays audio and video while offering eReading capabilities too. The matte colour screen is a backlit TFT with a resolution of 480 x 800, which is acceptable for video playback, but reading smaller text at an arm's length can prove tricky. Visit our full Archos 70d eReader review.
6) Kobo Wi-Fi - £64
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Verdict: The Kobo WiFi is a good option for you if you're looking for a cheap eInk device with ample space and long battery life. This device will give you up to 10,000 page turns per charge and is compatible with both ePub and PDF files. It's a little slow to operate, but it makes up for that with its slim looks and feel (184x120mm, 221g). It also boasts a 6in reading display and impressive 16 levels of grey scale.
7) Binatone Read Me Classic - £75
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Verdict: If a new gizmo like the eReader can be described as 'old school' then the Binatone Read Me would definitely fall under that category. Physical buttons, eInk, lots of internal storage (2GB), good battery life (7,000 page turns) and loads of supported eBook file formats. It has everything you could possibly want in terms of specs. But to think of this as a complete dinosaur would be a little unfair, it has a bit of added flair too as it doubles up as an MP3 player. Definitely worth considering.
8) Kobo Touch - £79
Verdict: Kobo's latest addition to the e-reader market, the Kobo eReader Touch Edition, offers a simple touch interface at a reasonable price. Design-wise, the Kobo Touch is nearly the same as every other 6in E Ink Pearl-screen reader we've reviewed. The resolution of 600 x 800 pixels is also routine. The Kobo Touch can hold up to 30,000 books to its internal memory, has a microSD card slot (which can accept up to 32GB cards). The battery life is also pretty impressive - on the Kobo Touch website it boasts a life of one month, we found it to be less in reality, but still impressive enough. Read our full Kobo Touch review.
9) Aluratek Libre Pro - £80
Verdict: The no-frills, lightweight Aluratek Libre Pro eReader handles better than most - and it sports a bargain price, too. The device uses a monochrome, non-backlit, 5in Toshiba LCD screen intended to achieve a result that, like electronic paper, is comfortable to read and kind to the battery - so it will last for up to 24 hours of continuous reading, and 30 days standby time, it weighs around 200g, which makes it a joy to hold. Read our full Aluratek Libre Pro review.
10) Kindle - £89
Verdict: This Kindle offers Wi-Fi connectivity (there’s also a 3G model with keyboard that costs £149). The 2GB internal memory is sufficient to store approximately 1,400 books. This model (unlike the 4GB 3G version) also supports several language options. It boasts an impressive one month battery life, an eInk Pearl 600 x 800 display, 16 levels of greyscale and Wi-Fi connectivity. One of the main selling points of the Kindle is the seamless access to the vast Amazon eBook store. Read our full Kindle review.