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Best e-reader for manga in 2024?

Author: Nicolas ᚚ

best ebook reader e-reader for manga

Today, I'm going to tackle a big issue that I've always put aside: reading manga on e-readers. We'll try to see together what can be the best e-reader for manga in 2024.

The size of the screen of the e-reader: important for manga?

I will not surprise you if I say that the bigger the screen, the better it will be to read mangas.

But, you also have to take into account the number of pixels.

For example, the Kobo Clara BW and Pocketbook Verse 6-inch e-readers have the same screen size but one has many more pixels than the other (Kobo Clara BW). Of course, it is also the most expensive...

But you can also find on the market e-readers with a screen bigger than 6 inches:

Here is a table with the good e-readers with a screen of 10 inches and more:

eReader : Pocketbook InkPad X vs Kobo Elipsa 2E vs Kindle Scribe
Pocketbook InkPad XKobo Elipsa 2EKindle Scribe
Imagepocketbook inkpad x e-readerkobo elipsa e-readerkindle scribe e-reader
Screen size10.3"10.3"10.2"
Resolution1404 x 1872 pixels1872 x 1404 pixels1860 x 2480 pixels
ColorNoNoNo
BacklightYesYesYes
WaterproofNoNoNo
Storage32 GB32 GB16 - 64 GB
Pen / StylusNoYesYes
SD cardNoNo
Ebook formatsEPUB, PDF, FB2, FB2.ZIP, TXT, DJVU, HTM, HTML, DOC, DOCX, RTF, CHM, TCR, PRC (MOBI), JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF + audio : MP3, M4B, and OGG formatsEPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBRKindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, MOBI unprotected, PRC ; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, EPUB (converted)
Blue light filterYesYesYes
OtherBluetooth for audioA bit expensiveCompatible with Microsoft Office Doc and Docx format (Word software)
Review⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Expensive eReader with large screen. A device better suited for work as a note taking device ⭐⭐⭐
Link (where to buy?)Amazon.comAmazon.comAmazon.com

But, in terms of pure display for manga, e-readers with a large screen (larger than 6 inches) are bound to fare better than 6-inch ones.

However, the 6 inch e-readers with E Ink HD screen do well in 95% of situations with images and texts.

Here are the 6-inch / 7-inch and HD (high definition) e-readers that do not do too badly with mangas:

The other models are not necessarily bad readers, but they are less suitable for reading comics and mangas and more designed for reading novels: Kobo Nia and Pocketbook Verse. They display less pixels on the screen.

We prefer to avoid them and choose a model with a larger screen and a high definition.

If you want to know more about e-reader screen size, you can read this article.

Ease of use for manga: Kindle Paperwhite 6.8"

In my opinion, the easiest e-reader to use for manga is the Kindle Paperwhite.

It offers a system for reading manga that allows you to enlarge a square and move to the next square with a simple touch on the screen.

kindle enlarge manga on screen

It also manages very well the Japanese reading direction which is interesting for purists who want to find a reading experience comparable to paper (so we press the left side of the screen to turn the pages).

The Kindle bookstore is also well supplied with mangas in english.

The latest version of the Paperwhite e-reader is also the fastest and the cheapest 6"+ e-reader, which is another argument in its favor!

You can read this article about reading mangas on Kindle e-readers.

Kindle Paperwhite

kindle paperwhite 6.8 inch screen

6.8" e-reader - 1680 x 1264 pixels e ink screen - Ebook formats supported: Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, EPUB (converted), MOBI, PRC; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP

Best value for the money Kindle eReader⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Another interesting choice for manga: the Kobo Libra Colour or Pocketbook InkPad Color 3 e-reader

kobo libra colour e-reader manga

The Kobo Libra Colour is also a very interesting choice for reading manga on an e-ink screen.

Indeed, it offers a large electronic ink color screen of 7 inches (a few millimeters more than the last Kindle Paperwhite) and a price that remains under $230. You can read my review here.

The screen is therefore large enough that it is not necessary to resort to zooming regularly and the color is nice to display covers !

Kobo Clara Colour

kobo clara colour

6" e-reader - 1448 x 1072 pixels (Black and White), 724 x 536 (color) e ink screen - Ebook formats supported: EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR

Best value for the money in the Kobo color e-readers lineup ⭐⭐⭐⭐

If you want a larger screen of 7.8" with a color display, the Pocketbook InkPad Color 3 is one of the best choice on the market:

Pocketbook InkPad Color 3

pocketbook inkpad color 3

7.8" e-reader - 1404 x 1872 pixels (greyscale) 702 x 936 pixels (color) e ink screen - Ebook formats supported: EPUB, PDF, FB2, FB2.ZIP, TXT, DJVU, HTM, HTML, DOC, DOCX, RTF, CHM, TCR, PRC (MOBI), JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF + audio : M4A, M4B, OGG, OGG.ZIP, MP3, MP3.ZIP

One of the best color e-reader with the last Kaleido 3 color technology ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The best choice (but also the most expensive): the large 7.8, 8 or 10 inches e-readers

Finally, if you want to have the best possible display surface, you should turn to an e-reader with a screen larger than 7 inches:

These e-readers are obviously much more expensive: the investment must be worth it... Which is not easy!

If you want to buy a high-end e-reader, you might as well take the best of the large format available:

eReader : Pocketbook Inkpad 4 vs Pocketbook Era vs Pocketbook InkPad X vs Pocketbook InkPad 3 Pro vs Pocketbook InkPad Lite vs Pocketbook InkPad Color 2
Pocketbook Inkpad 4Pocketbook EraPocketbook InkPad XPocketbook InkPad 3 ProPocketbook InkPad LitePocketbook InkPad Color 2
ImagePocketbook InkPad 4 e-readerpocketbook era e-readerpocketbook inkpad x e-readerPocketbook InkPad 3 Pro e-readerpocketbook inkpad lite e-readerpocketbook inkpad color e-reader
Screen size7.8"7"10.3"7.8"9.7"7.8"
Resolution1404 x 1872 pixels1264 x 1680 pixels1404 x 1872 pixels1404 x 1872 pixels825 x 1200 pixels1404 x 1872 pixels (greyscale) 468 x 624 pixels (color)
ColorNoNoNoNoNoYes
BacklightYesYesYesYesYesYes
WaterproofYesYes (IPX8)NoYes (IPX8)IPX8
Storage32 GB16 - 64 GB32 GB16 GB8 GB32 GB
Pen / StylusNoNoNoNoNoNo
SD cardNoNoNoNomemory cards up to 32 GBmemory cards up to 32 GB
Ebook formatsAZW, EPUB, DOC, DOCX, FB2, CBR, CBZ, HTML, PDF, RTF, RXT (compatible with Adobe DRM), MP3, OGG, M4AEPUB, PDF, FB2, FB2.ZIP, TXT, DJVU, HTM, HTML, DOC, DOCX, RTF, CHM, TCR, PRC (MOBI), JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFFEPUB, PDF, FB2, FB2.ZIP, TXT, DJVU, HTM, HTML, DOC, DOCX, RTF, CHM, TCR, PRC (MOBI), JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF + audio : MP3, M4B, and OGG formatsEPUB, PDF, FB2, FB2.ZIP, TXT, DJVU, HTM, HTML, DOC, DOCX, RTF, CHM, TCR, PRC (MOBI), JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF + audio : mp3 and m4bEPUB, PDF, FB2, FB2.ZIP, TXT, DJVU, HTM, HTML, DOC, DOCX, RTF, CHM, TCR, PRC (MOBI), JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFFEPUB, PDF, FB2, FB2.ZIP, TXT, DJVU, HTM, HTML, DOC, DOCX, RTF, CHM, TCR, PRC (MOBI), JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF + audio : M4A, M4B, OGG, OGG.ZIP, MP3, MP3.ZIP
Blue light filterYesYesYesYesNo
OtherSpeaker, BluetoothBuilt-in speaker & Bluetooth, Text-to-speechBluetooth for audioColor screen : E Ink Kaleidoβ„’ Plus color screen capable of displaying 4096 colors.
Review⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Very good but a little bit expensive)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐One of the best color e-reader, but colors are not so good ⭐⭐⭐
Link (where to buy?)Amazon.comAmazon.comAmazon.comAmazon.comAmazon.comAmazon.com

The case of PDF, CBR and CBZ files

It seems difficult to make an overview of manga reading on e-readers without mentioning the case of PDF, CBZ and CBR file formats.

If the PDF format is well known today, the other two - CBR and CBZ - are less common.

However, they are generally used as exchange formats for digital comics. Files that are sometimes unfortunately pirated (and that's really not nice - please don't do it!).

If you have CBR or CBZ files you will have to convert them. For this operation, I refer you to the complete article on the conversion of CBR and CBZ format to PDF.

You still have the choice to convert these files to EPub or PDF. I find that the PDF conversion is still the best reading experience.

You'll also notice that if you convert a manga file to PDF and read it on a Kindle e-reader, you won't have the option to view the comic box by box.

What is the best e-reader for manga in 2024?

best ereader for manga in 2024 : pocketbook inkpad 4

The Pocketbook InkPad 4 is the best e-reader for manga on the market right now in 2024.

Pocketbook Inkpad 4

Pocketbook InkPad 4 e-reader

7.8" e-reader - 1404 x 1872 pixels e ink screen - Ebook formats supported: AZW, EPUB, DOC, DOCX, FB2, CBR, CBZ, HTML, PDF, RTF, RXT (compatible with Adobe DRM), MP3, OGG, M4A

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

πŸ”₯Now on SALE $289 $269 Amazon.com

The price is good and the screen size (7.8") offers crisp and fast reading for manga. You can read a full review of the Pocketbook InkPad 4 here.

But it is not as heavy as a 10" e-reader like the Kindle Scribe, the Kobo Elipsa 2E or the ReMarkable 2.

The price is right on target, with perfect value for money for a e-reader with a 7.8-inch e-ink screen.

If you want to enjoy color, you also have the option of buying the version with a color screen: the Pocketbook InkPad Color 3:

Pocketbook InkPad Color 3

pocketbook inkpad color 3

7.8" e-reader - 1404 x 1872 pixels (greyscale) 702 x 936 pixels (color) e ink screen - Ebook formats supported: EPUB, PDF, FB2, FB2.ZIP, TXT, DJVU, HTM, HTML, DOC, DOCX, RTF, CHM, TCR, PRC (MOBI), JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF + audio : M4A, M4B, OGG, OGG.ZIP, MP3, MP3.ZIP

One of the best color e-reader with the last Kaleido 3 color technology ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Also, if you want a cheaper alternative, you can't go wrong with the Kobo Libra Colour (review here).

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