This is a part of a series on mobile devices available for learning.


These basic devices are intended for reading ebooks and not much more. (We’ve included the more sophisticated devices from the same manufacturers in our post on tablets.)

Credit: Corey Harris
Credit: Corey Harris

Manufacturers and models:




  • Enhanced features for reading, including variable display, dictionary support, search, notetaking, etc.
  • Low cost
  • Long battery life
  • Single use (minimizes distraction)
  • Wireless not required


  • Single use

Killer applications:

  • Ebooks

Things to consider and some opinions:

  • These devices are designed for reading ebooks. If you want a device that does more, consider a tablet.
  • While the use of these devices is limited, they are good at what they do. Not having access to a ton of other apps can also help students focus on reading. Having a few of these devices in a classroom or making them available for checkout from the library is a great way to encourage reading and provide some extra features like vocabulary support, searching, and variable display options.
Mobile devices: Ebook readers
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