Books, newspapers and magazines have become more and more obsolete – or just too heavy to carry – and with all the great eReader models on the market, now is the time to pick up an eBook reader. eBook readers or “eReaders” are basically tablet style devices used primarily for reading eBooks (digital books). Unlike a tablet, an eReader is more portable and offers up better battery life. Most of the best eBook readers today offer an unsurpassed reading experience in direct sunlight over any tablet on the market, which even includes you, too, Mr. iPad.

Current eBook readers on the market range from $50-$200, depending on the model. Here are the 5 best eBook readers that should have you burning through the books in no time at all. Happy shopping (and reading)!

5. Kobo Mini eReader – Best for: Jetsetters

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This pocket friendly eReader features built in Wi-Fi and a 5-inch touchscreen. The small size and lightweight of the Kobo Mini make it the ideal eReader for frequent travelers, or those who like reading on the go. The Kobo Mini supports EPUB files and is compatible with any eBook store that uses the Adobe DRM format. With a small price tag and big battery life, the Kobo Mini is a solid choice for those who need a smaller quality reader. $59 @Kobo

4. Sony PRS-T2 eBook Reader – Best for: The Style Savvy Bookworm

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Sony is considered the father of the eBook reader after they released the first ever eReader in 2004, the Sony Librie. Sony’s latest offering the PRS-T2 is considered the most fashionable eReader on the market. This Wi-Fi powered 6-inch reader is extremely lightweight and features a matte E-Ink display for natural reading both inside and outdoors. The display is said to mimic real paper, which is easier on the eyes when reading for long periods of time. The T2 supports EPUB, PDF, and Text formats which can all be purchased from Sony’s dedicated ereader store. The good looking T2 comes in three color choices of red, white and black. $120 @B&H Photo

3. Amazon Kindle – Best for: First Time Buyers

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Amazon has truly pioneered the eBook reader industry with its Kindle product line. The 2013 version of the Kindle features a 6″ E-Ink Pearl display and weighs less than six ounces. The Kindle also sports Wi-Fi, 2GB of memory (1,400 books) and the battery can last up to one month on a single charge. If you’re searching for a no nonsense, quality eReader with access to Amazon’s millions of titles, the Kindle is your ideal choice. Starting at $69 @Amazon

2. Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight – Best for: The Night Owl

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The new Nook GlowLight from Barnes and Noble could be for you if night reading is your thing. The 6-inch touchscreen display on the GlowLight sports 60% more pixels than most other readers on the market. The easy-to-adjust screen provides more evenly dispersed lighting for a perfect reading experience in dim light or total darkness. The GlowLight holds up to 2,000 books and has a library of over 3 million titles to choose from. If night reading is your thing, the GlowLight is what you need. $119 @Barnes & Noble

1. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite – Best for: The Ultimate Reading Experience

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The Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon is considered on of the best eBook readers on the market right now. The Paperwhite sports a 25% faster processor than previous Kindle models and still manages to provide 8 weeks of battery life. The 6-inch display with exclusive Carta e-paper technology and next-generation built-in light makes whites brighter, and black text darker. The Paperwhite comes in both a Wi-Fi model and 3G model for those who need books on the go. With 2GB of storage the Paperwhite should hold about 1100 books on the device. If you simply what the ultimate reading experience that truly mimics a real book in your hands, the Kindle Paperwhite is the current crème de la crème of readers. $119 Wi-Fi/$189 3G @Amazon

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