What are the best e-readers for PDFs and textbooks?

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    #1inkBOOK 8

    inkBOOK 8
    Unlike smartphone and tablets, the inkBOOK 8 is equipped with an e-paper E Ink Pearl™ display that was designed specifically for enjoyable e-reading. With its high-resolution 8-inch and 4:3 ratio display inkBOOK is well suited for textbooks, magazines, comic books, web pages and ebooks.
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    $199

    Bryan Munoz
    Written on April 16, 2017
    "InkBOOK 8 is a new Touchscreen Display e-book reader with a Built-in light. It can also connect to WiFi, it has an 8 gigabyte storage and an SD card. It comes with Android App store and will suite all of your eBook needs."
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    #2Icarus Illumina Pro

    Icarus Illumina Pro
    For the most demanding user that works with A4 sized documents and PDFs, the 9.7" E-Ink Pearl HD screen has a resolution of 1200 x 825 pixels. Thanks to E-Ink technology, contrast is high and reading is like reading from a paper book.
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    Aaron Martinez
    Written on February 22, 2017
    "I just started college and was looking for a way to read my PDFs and digital textbooks without having to get a kindle. Icarus Illumina Pro allows for me to read many different file types and even makes it easy. With this im spending way less on textbooks."
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    #3Kindle DX

    Kindle DX
    The Kindle DX is simply a bigger, higher-capacity, and more-expensive version of the wildly popular Kindle e-book readeR. The DX's extra-large electronic-ink screen is designed to make reading magazines and textbooks easier.
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    Jonathan Wong
    Written on April 7, 2017
    "A few weeks ago I found myself in need of a new E-reader. After having used a Kindle Paperwhite for years I decided to upgrade to the Kindle DX. I ended up regretting this decision for multiple reasons. The main one being that I had been so accustomed to the smaller profile of the Paperwhite. The Kindle DxX was much too bulky and heavy for my needs."
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    #4Onyx Boox M96

    Onyx Boox M96

    The Onyx Boox M96 is essentially a premium, updated version of the Boox M92, also known as the Icarus Excel. The M96 runs open Android 4.0, and even comes with access to the Google Play store to install Android apps.

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    $318.99

    William Ward
    Written on April 29, 2017
    "I think $318.99 is a tremendous amount of money for an ebook reader. The pen option is nice, but there is no way I would pay that much for something with a limited and “very fragile” screen that can break with “little external force”. I am also not familiar with the ONYX BOOM brand or the banggood.com site. In my younger, more naive days I would have taken a chance on an off brand item if the price is right, but I was always burned. I have become older and wiser (I hope anyway). There is little to no chance that I would consider purchasing this item."
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    #5Onyx Boox n96

    Onyx Boox n96
    New 9.7 inch E-ink reader, built-in dual touch/front light; Android 4.0 smart OS, support for more third party applications. Physical buttons combined with touch screen, for more convenience.
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    Eugene Rios
    Written on March 12, 2017
    "I was slightly disappointed with the Onyx Book. It offered a lot of features that rival other e-book readers, but it was slow and seemed outdated. I'm fairly sure there are better e-book readers available on the market and I plan to get one if the Book doesn't release an update soon."
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    #6Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is a 9.7-inch tablet with 32 GB internal storage and 4 GB RAM, featuring an AMOLED display, as well as Android 7.0 Nougat version of operating system.

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    Jacob Long
    Written on May 5, 2017
    "I like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 given that it has a 9.7 inch screen which is perfect for reading PDF documents and textbooks. I also like that this tablet has both a front and rear camera and 32GB of memory with a microSD slot that can upgrade the memory to 256 GB if needed. This is important as many of my textbooks require a lot of memory due to the graphics."
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    #7Apple iPad Pro

    Apple iPad Pro

    The iPad Pro comes in both 11" or 12.9" sizes. Internally, they feature the latest A12X Bionic chip, 12 and 7 megapixel rear and front-facing cameras respectively, support for the new Apple Pencil, and the same great 10-hour battery life.

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    Carlos Díaz
    Written on April 28, 2017
    "Yes, the iPad pro is a little pricey at $800, but it was completely worth it as an upgrade at the office. As a teacher at a university, I work with hundreds of PDFs, and tens of different textbooks that need to be stored and read efficiently. This iPad is lightning fast at downloading and pulling up the texts I need to be able to teach my class efficiently. I highly recommend it. "
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    #8Microsoft Surface Pro CQ9-00001

    Microsoft Surface Pro CQ9-00001

    Surface Pro 4 is a 2-in-1 laptop that sports a 12.3-inch PixelSense screen with low glare and high contrast. The laptop also features an Intel Core i7 processor, a 256 GB storage, and an 8 GB memory.

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    Ana María Leal
    Written on August 5, 2017
    "I've been looking for a new computer for reading. I wanted to buy a new e-reader, but something fancier. I should have gone with my gut and gotten a dedicated e-reader, but instead got a Microsoft Surface Pro 4. It's rather heavy and has to be updated all the time since it's Windows. I wanted something more light and easy to use. I wouldn't recommend this at all for just reading PDFs and textbooks. It is not good for reading."
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    #9Onyx Boox Max

    Onyx Boox Max
    Onyx Boox Max is the first ONYX device with 13,3" E Ink screen. The model is based on the Android operating system and can be the perfect choice for those who often have to read academic or technical literature.
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    Anthony Allen
    Written on May 10, 2017
    "I am currently a university student and I have been searching for an E-reader for PDFs and my textbooks and I have been unsatisfied with the typical brands that are out on the market. Although Onyx Boox Max is pricier than standard E-readers, it suits my needs perfectly, especially for technical books. "
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    #10Sony DPT-S1

    Sony DPT-S1
    Easy to use right out of the box and optimized to accommodate 8.5" by 11" documents, Sony's Digital Paper achieves a breakthrough in handwriting. Its large 13.3" display preserves a full, letter-size page and readily accommodates forms and structured documents for comfortable reading and mark-up.
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    $929.9

    Jose Howell
    Written on September 8, 2017
    "The Sony DPT-S1 has replaced my notebook for reading PDFs. No longer do I have to carry around heavy books. I simply slide my Sony DPT-S1 in my bag and I can read my Books and PDFs anywhere on a large clear screen. As well, as a teacher, I can even view my students documents and mark them up on this device. I wish I would have had this while i was a student, I could have avoided carrying around a heavy bag pack."
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    #11PDF to MOBI

    PDF to MOBI

    Website with a free online converter of PDF documents to the Mobipocket format, native for Kindle devices, as well as other ebook formats.

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    Free

    Mary Rios
    Written on November 6, 2017
    "This is a very convenient way to make things easy for readers who are always searching and browsing and learning, especially for those using reading devices such as Kindle. It is so convenient that it converts any PDF file on the web into a format which is made for kindle and other readers and you would be able to view the data within seconds. So, no more wasting time to convert the formats before transferring them to a reader."
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    #12Kindle Oasis

    Kindle Oasis

    Kindle Oasis E-reader features a thin and light ergonomic design; 7" High-Resolution Display (300 ppi), Waterproof (IPX8) so you are free to read in even more places; Built-In Audible contains a storage with 8 or 32 GB.

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    Paul Barrett
    Written on October 29, 2017
    "Finally, a Kindle I can take in the bathtub! What a country! The specs for this thing is pretty impressive, but it's got a price to match. But apparently it's aimed at people with boats, so I guess if you can afford a boat, you've got this baby covered. Surprised the pics were missing wine glasses though."
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    #13The Nature of Computation

    The Nature of Computation
    The Nature of Computation is a textbook written by Christopher Moore and Stephan Mertens. Published in 2011 by Oxford University Press, it focuses on the computational complexity of modern mathematics.
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    Mildred Morales
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book helps college student increase their comprehension of modern mathematics,physics,biology and computer sciences.It also teaches them to enjoy learning how to resolve difficult mazes,games, advanced mathematics problems and computing tasks."
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    #14Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa

    Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa

    The Fire Tablet with Alexa has a 7" IPS display, longer battery life, and 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. It has Alexa cloud-based voice service and is great for watching movies and TV shows, reading Kindle e-books, playing games, and enjoying other apps.

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    Grace Mason
    Written on December 10, 2017
    "I love the fire 7 with Alexa for so many reasons, but I am not a fan of using it as an e-reader but that is a personal choice because I would rather have an actual book. I love Alexa I have to admit I will spend time talking to her just to see what I can get her to say but it is so handy to have her right on the tablet because I usually have it with me."

Summary

Best What are the best e-readers for PDFs and textbooks
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1inkBOOK 8Electronics 23 Paid
2Icarus Illumina ProElectronics 16 Paid
3Kindle DXElectronics 14 Paid
4Onyx Boox M96Websites 13 Paid
5Onyx Boox n96Electronics 11 Paid
6Samsung Galaxy Tab S3Electronics 9 Paid
7Apple iPad ProElectronics 7 Paid
8Microsoft Surface Pro CQ9-00001Electronics 7 Paid
9Onyx Boox MaxElectronics 3 Paid
10Sony DPT-S1Websites 1 Paid
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