E Ink screens wonderfully cool your eyes and feel fantastic to the touch. They offer great alternatives to traditional LCD and OLED displays and help save millions of trees every year. It’s only natural that you want to take your trusty e-reader with you on your travels.
The best travel-friendly e-readers and tablets are lightweight and don’t require you to lug around too much gear. If you’re looking to buy a dedicated E Ink device to take on your travels, we’ve got the perfect rundown here. These are the best portable e-readers and displays you can get right now.
Rakuten Kobo Nia
Small e-readers of around 6 inches are the perfect travel companions as they are roughly the same size as modern phones. It is therefore very easy to store them in pockets or backpacks. The Kobo Nia is compact and lightweight, with a 6-inch E INK Carta HD display. Personally, I take it everywhere with me, whether it’s to the dentist or a long 3-day trip to the countryside.
What you’ll love is its seemingly endless lifespan. Even if you forget to bring your Micro USB charging cable, it won’t interfere with your trip. This thing lasts for weeks, it has a front light, and you can adjust the color temperature. You also get support for a wide variety of eBooks as well as internet connectivity. The 8GB storage can hold thousands of titles, so you won’t have a limited library. A basic reading tablet to take on vacation, the Kobo Nia is a great companion.
One of the advantages of more compact e-paper devices is the equally compact price – if you understand me. While you don’t get fancy features like waterproofing and a speakerphone, the Rakuten Kobo Nia only costs $ 149.99, making it one of the cheapest options out there.
Onyx Boox Poke 3
If you’re willing to pay a little extra, the Onyx Boox Poke 3 is exactly the right e-ink portable tablet to buy with portability in mind. Like the Kobo Nia, this is also a dedicated e-reader. But it has a few more flaws which are very practical. You get the same 6-inch E-Ink Carta HD touchscreen, front lighting, and color adjustment capability as the Nia.
Then you also get extras like the generous 32GB on-board storage. It also has Bluetooth so you can connect headphones or Bluetooth headphones and listen to your favorite audiobooks. The star of the show is the fact that the Poke 3 runs Android 10 and you get full access to the Google Play Store. It really is something!
You’ll also find the Poke 3 to be a lot sleeker than the other options on our list. As for the price, the travel-size Onyx Boox Poke 3 will set you back $ 189.99 with a free case included in the price.
Although most e-readers and e-paper screens could only display shades of black and white, the winds of the times are changing. Nowadays, there is a decent amount of E color ink tablets available in various sizes. The cute and colorful Pocketbook Color is one such device.
You can store the 6 inch E Ink Kaleido small e-reader in your luggage or purse. You will enjoy your retirement immensely with the Color Pocketbook as it can display manga and graphic novels in 4k color. Users can even adjust the color settings for each book and there is also a front light for reading at night. Although you only have 16 GB internally, the Pocketbook has an SD card slot to expand storage.
The Pocketbook e-reader works on Linux and you can install a few apps like Dropbox, a chess game, or even a drawing app. It has Bluetooth and WiFi, in addition to playing audiobooks and music through Bluetooth headphones. You can purchase the Color Pocketbook for $ 199.99.
Xiaomi InkPalm 5 Mini
Xiaomi is popular for its affordable phones in most places, but the company sells a lot of other stuff as well. Aside from electric scooters and mixers, the brand is also launching into E Ink tablets. There are classic 6 inch e-readers and then the Xiaomi InkPalm 5 Mini e-reader which is one of a kind (in terms of size).
This miniature device sports a small 5-inch E Ink display, which makes it even smaller than most smartphones today. The phrase “cute as a button” describes it well. Other than that, the interior is not bad either. It runs Android 8.1 and has 32 GB of internal memory. Once you switch the language to English, unless you can read Chinese, you can load apps as well.
Unline of other e-readers, the InkPalm 5 Mini has more than a single power button. There are volume buttons for sound controls but you can also use them to turn pages. Since the tiny Xiaomi e-reader is shaped like a phone and weighs only 115 grams, it is the most portable E Ink display for your travels. The Xiaomi InkPalm 5 Mini costs $ 179.99.
Boyue Likebook P6
In terms of budget price and features, the Boyue Likebook P6 is a steal. It is small enough to fit in a hand luggage or backpack. You get full access to the Google Play Store on Android 8.1, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and 16 GB of storage expandable to 128 GB via MicroSD.
Speaking of weight and size, the Likebook P6 has a 6-inch E INK Carta HD display and weighs 164 grams. The battery is also surprisingly large, reaching 1,750mAh. Considering the overall specs and usage, this eReader should last you a couple of weeks.
Aside from the dated Micro USB charging port, the tiny entry-level Boyue e-reader is a dream. In addition, almost all e-paper tablets and displays come with Micro USB charging. You can buy the Boyue Likebook P6 for just $ 119.99 or what we like to call the Deal of the Century!
Namerah is a freelance technology journalist with experience in major online publications like Android Central. She is passionate about all things tech and games and has been Goodreads Honorary Librarian since 2011. When not writing, she can be found hunting stray cats and dogs on the streets of Dhaka. or kill dragons in the land of Skyrim.