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E-readers are very solid devices, and I don't think it's a bad idea to buy a used or reconditioned one.
In fact, I've had e-readers in good working order for over 9 years.
Among the e-readers I've used a lot, we can note a Kindle Paperwhite used intensively for 2 years, a french Bookeen Saga (also 2 years) and now I read on Kobo Libra 2 almost every day since its release.
By browsing the classified ads sites or the used and refurbished pages of the major e-commerce sites, you can find many models of e-reader at good prices.
I've put together a selection of the best e-readers to buy new, and it's clear that if you can find one of these models cheap, it's a great opportunity.
Here's my selection of the best values (because they're good e-readers):
Here are some interesting and more or less recent e-reader models that you can find second-hand for less than new:
There are also e-readers whose version is difficult to determine precisely.
Sellers sometimes don't even know which version they're selling.
Among these readers, I recommend that you beware of the Kindle and Kindles Paperwhite with 6-inch screens.
It's hard to know exactly which model you're buying until you actually get your hands on it. It could be a recent model or an older one.
Before buying a second-hand e-reader, here's what you need to ask the seller:
If you can, also ask whether the e-reader has been transported a lot (public transport, for example).
Generally speaking, a e-reader that has been kept at home has a better chance of being in good condition.
You should also ask about the price of the new e-reader or the new price of its replacement model.
For example, the Kobo Clara HD has been replaced by the Kobo Clara 2E. The Pocketbook Touch Lux 4 has been replaced by the Pocketbook Touch Lux 5, and so on.
If you put forward the argument that the e-reader is no longer on the market and that a new version exists, it may be easier to negotiate a good price.
If you're looking for a new e-reader, take a look at our guide to the best e-readers.
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Recognizing the need for an informed and reliable source for eReader-related content, Nicolas created MyEreader.net, where he currently serves as the lead writer. His well-crafted articles cover a wide range of topics, including eReader reviews, comparisons between various devices, tips for optimizing reading experiences, and discussions on the future of digital reading. Read more here
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