Perhaps unsurprisingly, the winning ereader was a Kindle, but it wasn’t Amazon’s new, shiny model—it was the Kindle Paperwhite, bringing in over 55% of the vote, taking the top spot by a wide margin. Its $100 price point and bang-for-the-buck feature set earned high praise in the nominations and the voting rounds.
Second place and 20% of the vote went to the other Kindle in the roundup, the Kindle Voyage—Amazon’s new flagship model with a higher resolution screen and adaptive lighting. Most of the discussion around this versus the Paperwhite came down to the Voyage’s $100 price premium over the Paperwhite, and whether the perks that came with the Voyage made it worth the extra money. Third place with close to 11% of the vote went to the eminently hackable Nook Simple Touch, one of our favorite ereaders for rooting and tweaking Android on so you get the best of an Android tablet and an ereader in one package. Fourth place and over 7% of the vote went to the Kobo Aura HD, a beautiful, customizable ereader backed by Kobo’s massive library of books, and bringing up the rear is the soon-to-be-released Kobo Glo HD, which, when it’s out at the beginning of May, will have specs to rival the Kindle Voyage.
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