In today’s article, I’ll give you a sample of the best ebook readers without blue light on the market, and some alternatives that do illuminate their screens, but put little (if any) extra strain on your eyes because of the way the light spreads.
While this article will go into more detail about each product we recommend, from a full description of these ebook readers to more details about the blue light, the warm light some devices offer, and everything you need to know when it comes to choosing the best ebook reader for you, we’ll list them quickly below, just in case you don’t want to read it all.
(But remember – if you want to know all the details, scroll down the page for a detailed overview of each reader and learn more about ebook readers and what to consider when it comes to your eye health, the effects of readers on your eyes, and more).
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Let’s start at the beginning: These are the best eReaders without blue light (or highly customizable and eye-pleasing lighting options) :
|Model of e-book reader||Blue light?||Screen size||Concise note||Where to go.|
|Sony DPT-RP1/B||No blue light.||13”||A large device with a large screen||Click here to buy|
|reMarkable – paper tray||No blue light.||10.3″||The best high-end device||Click here to buy|
|Kindle Oasis||Front display (adjustable)||7″||The best for avid readers||Click here to buy|
|Cobo Forma||Front display (adjustable)||8″||The rising star||Click here to buy|
|BOOX Nova Pro||Front display (adjustable)||7.8”||Functional Android electronic player||Click here to buy|
|Nook Bulb 3||Front display (night mode)||6″||Highly portable e-book reader||Click here to buy|
The best e-reader without blue light by 2021
We will now go into more detail about each of the above products, so you have all the details in one place to make an informed decision and choose something that meets all your needs without breaking the bank.
If you want a good e-book reader, this device from Sony is definitely the right choice for you: with its 13-inch screen, it is larger than some laptops, so consider its size if you plan to travel a lot and carry little luggage.
Despite its size, the DPT-RP1/B (yes, they could have come up with a better name!) is really light: only 12.3 ounces (about 350 grams). It is also very thin, like 30 sheets of paper.
Thanks to the digital paper technology used, our first recommended product is perfect for reading and offers an experience similar to paper without the paper itself.
The screen has no backlight (or foreground), which means you have to be in a well-lit room to see it. But this screen goes the extra mile, and even the texture looks like paper, which is nice.
It also means you get exactly what you’re looking for: an e-reader with no blue light! But be prepared for an extra cost, as it is the most expensive device on our list (and of many others!).
Its quality is unquestionable: despite its large size, there is no loss of quality in the text. The screen offers high contrast (1650 x 2200 dots), is non-reflective and pleasing to the eye. This means that the text is always easy to read from all sides.
However, it is not just about reading e-books, as it is packed with features, bells and whistles. It’s a high-tech device that may be a bit over the top for the average reader, but it still needs to be considered.
For example, it is equipped with a pen that allows you to not only underline text, but also take notes or even use it as a writing tablet. That’s something you’ll probably never use – but it’s certainly an interesting extra feature.
What makes the Sony DPT-RP1/B even more interesting is the fact that it does not connect directly to the Internet and, for example, does not offer an Internet browser.
Synchronization is done via the included digital paper app, which some might consider cheating. And for its price, it offers no WiFi internet, which is a bit disappointing. ….
But at least it means you have even more autonomy, as it consumes a minimal amount of power when you use it to read your favorite e-books. You can expect a usage time ranging from two days on a single charge (when you use the pen intensively) to a couple of weeks when you read alone.
It also includes a few other tips, such as the ability to read PDF files – and fill out PDF forms in the process, automatic folder synchronization, and a “Print to Digital Paper” option that lets you print any file from your computer or Mac to an eBook reader.
In terms of storage capacity, the device has 16 GB of built-in memory, which should be enough for a large library of books and many stored personal notes. Nothing to complain about.
My biggest problem with any reader that doesn’t have blue light is that it can actually be thought of as a tablet and offers far more functionality than you need from a device that’s just for reading books.
This applies not only to the otherwise fantastic Sony DPT-RP1/B, but also to all the devices mentioned here and probably to all other similar devices on the market.
While these features are certainly welcome and very useful to those who actually use them, most readers do not, and paying extra for things you never plan to use is not the best selling point.
But unfortunately, this is the current situation, and backlit devices are expensive and offer more functionality than most readers will ever need or use. ….
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Kindle Oasis – Editor’s Choice
If you are an avid reader, there is no better choice for you than the Kindle.
After all, Kindles have direct access to Amazon’s vast library of e-books (including audiobooks, if you’re into that), while all other non-Kindle readers do not.
The fact is, it’s not completely extinguished. But don’t walk away from it! Over the years, technology has advanced a lot and they have developed this amazing warm light front screen.
In other words, you won’t get tired of reading on the Kindle Oasis (or any other eReader recommended below). That’s because you have a warm light (no blue light) that illuminates the screen from above, not from below. Just like when you read your book the old-fashioned way!
I explain this new technology at the end of the article, so if you want to know more about it and why it’s almost as good as unlit (and still not lit in blue!), read the full article.
Now back to Kindle Oasis!
Amazon stopped producing unlit candles around 2012, with the launch of the latest generation of candles (or around that time).
Personally, I felt no difference between the front displays and reading regular books or a reader without blue light. They don’t light up the room or tire the eyes, even at night, in the dark.
And the Kindle Oasis, in our opinion, is just perfect for the Publisher’s Choice Award.
If you’ve ever held a Kindle in your hand, you know it’s the perfect size – and the Oasis is just the same, although it’s a little strange at first with the buttons on the side.
In fact, they make navigating the device much easier, and you get used to it right away – the screen itself automatically rotates when you change hands!
The design is actually quite clever once you get past the first impression (yes, I found it strange at first, too): the grip makes it easy to hold with one hand – unlike most e-readers, which are not so comfortable to hold with one hand – while giving the impression that you are actually holding the back of the book in a soft cover.
And with the buttons on the side, you don’t run the risk of touching buttons that you don’t like when done on the touch screen. How many times have you wanted to switch to “home” mode on a touch screen to turn a page or perform other actions? Buttons to fix that!
The device itself uses the latest Eink technology and Paperwhite technology to make it look as much like a real book as possible. And I think they do an incredible job of that – the white color of the “paper” is perfect, while the black is extremely easy to read.
The Kindle Oasis, as mentioned earlier, offers a customizable front screen. This means you can read in the dark, adjust the intensity and color temperature of the light, and not worry that your eyes will become more tired than with a traditional LED display.
The brightness and light temperature are set with two separate bars (one for brightness and one for color temperature), and since the device also provides a warm color, the pages actually look like the pages of old books. Personally, I leave it on all the time because I love to touch it!
As a bonus – which probably won’t be very useful for regular owners, but still a good thing because you never know – the Kindle Oasis is waterproof. So you can relax reading in the bath without fear of the device breaking if water gets in!
It’s also fully integrated with Audible, Amazon’s answer to audiobooks (with a TON of titles available), which means you can switch instantly between reading and listening to a book on the go. And it really works with Bluetooth headsets!
In terms of storage space, the recommended model finally offers plenty of room so you never have to worry about running out of books – and maybe even audiobooks.
We’re talking 32 GB of storage, but if you think that’s too much for your needs (if, for example, you don’t plan to add audiobooks, which are much larger than regular eBooks), 8 GB is also available.
Even though it is more expensive than your usual Kindle, it is well worth the investment because of all its features and technological advances.
And by the way, it’s the thinnest of its kind and also the lightest. So in terms of portability, you won’t even feel like you’re carrying it around!
When it comes to battery life, Amazon devices have always had a lot to offer on a single charge, and the Kindle Oasis is no exception.
Under certain conditions, you can easily do a few months with one charge, for example, when not using the maximum brightness level. Even in brighter light, the battery of this electronic player still lasts quite a long time.
In summary, I would say that Oasis is by far the best option on the market.
It’s not as cheap as other e-book readers – even the other Kindle models – but it’s the best in my opinion. So even if it’s not outright, it’s a device you probably need. You’ll love it! In fact, it’s a product I use and absolutely love.
Really, now you can just stop reading and watch. You will be very satisfied!
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Kobo Clara HD
This is a smaller version that is very similar in size and appearance to the original Kindle. Kobo is indeed a great brand that challenges the dominance of the Kindle in the market, and it is a very good electronic reader.
It’s slim and light, fits comfortably in the hand, and has a 6-inch touchscreen instead of buttons. It works really well and is responsive, as it should be, but I’d still rather press a button to switch pages and for navigation. That’s just my opinion.
Of course, it doesn’t have direct access to your Kindle library, but you still have a huge stash of eBooks elsewhere, and with a little tweaking and some time spent converting your books, you can read anything, including Kindle books.
You can also borrow books from libraries if you are in one of the supported countries (currently the United States and Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand).
It also features a front-lit display with the company’s patented ComfortLight technology, which provides a warm light with minimal eye strain.
As the day progresses, the light gradually changes to an orange candle to be softer on the eyes. You can change it manually to have complete control.
My wife reads over it in bed next to me, and I don’t mind it at all. Your eyes don’t get tired either, which is very good, especially since there is no blue light shining into your eyes.
In terms of design, as you can see from the picture above, it looks a bit like a traditional Kindle, although it is slightly smaller. It’s a minimalist design, and that’s all you need!
The quality of the text – as well as the color of the page itself – is also very good. I don’t think there are any great electronic readers who can’t do that already, and Forma is no exception.
You get high-quality, easy-to-read fonts that come as close as possible to the experience of reading text on paper: the whole thing is based on electronic ink technology and a solid resolution of 1072 x 1448px.
As for storage space, it offers only 8 GB, but it is still enough to store up to 6,000 ebooks.
The battery itself is good, but not overly impressive – perhaps its weakest feature, to be honest.
With regular use, you get an autonomy of several weeks, which is more than enough in most cases.
Reduce brightness to a minimum to prolong battery life (or reduce it significantly if you maintain brightness).
All in all, it is a strong competitor to the Kindle oasis and a very good alternative if you want something cheaper that is not directly related to Amazon.
It doesn’t always go as well as it did with the Kindle, but in most cases you have absolutely no reason to complain. As long as you don’t mind the touch screens.
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BOOX Nova Pro
While not as well known as the other names on this list, Boox is actually a very good brand when it comes to multi-purpose e-book readers.
They actually had a really good mix of e-readers/tablets that didn’t have blue light, and I was originally going to include those, but it looks like they’re not doing that anymore.
However, we have the Boox Nova Pro, which also has many features – but with a screen on the front (again with adjustable brightness so as not to hurt your eyes).
We have already discussed this topic – and I will go into more detail at the end of the article – so I will not go into it further.
In terms of size, this ebook reader is large enough – but not so large that it is difficult to operate with one hand.
It is 7.8″, making it larger than the oasis of Kindle and Kobo Clara. In my opinion, I prefer the smaller one, but 7.8″ is certainly not a big place.
The device does not follow the trend with buttons on the side and offers a more traditional look and feel. It also has electromagnetic and capacitive touch, meaning you can easily use a gesture or stylus with it.
The pen allows you to take notes directly on the text (PDF format only) and create your own thoughts, sketches or drawings. This is an added bonus for those who really need this feature, but an unnecessary price increase for regular readers.
The screen itself is really nice, with some interesting and welcome features.
Not only is the text easy to read and similar to that of regular paper books, but the screen can be switched from blue (always lit from the front) to warm light – or a mixture of both.
This means you have complete control over your lighting settings and can easily adjust them to suit your location: For example, turn on a blue light during the day or in very bright rooms, and turn on a warm light when reading before bed.
The device also has a solid battery that provides a huge amount of power on a single charge (if you don’t overuse the brightness level), but also allows for Bluetooth connectivity, which means you can quickly switch to listening to audiobooks (or music, if that’s what you really want) if you have a Bluetooth headset or speaker.
One of the added bonuses of Boox Nova Pro is the impressive processing power it offers.
It is an Android-based electronic drive with a 1.6 GB processor (like most modern mid-range laptops), 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.
All in all, it’s a good choice for you if you prefer a more traditional look – and an e-book reader that also comes with a few extras.
But for those who only want to read books about their readers, this may be too much (in terms of price and function).
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Nook GlowLight Plus
In my opinion, the Nook has long been a major competitor to Amazon’s Kindle, but that began to change with the regular release of improved products in the Kobo line of eBook readers, as well as other eReaders.
However, this eBook reader from Barnes & Noble still has a few assets and is a solid option for those looking for a quality reader that doesn’t really break the budget, has a few good features, and has a few hot high-end options to keep your eyes from getting tired.
It’s a pretty awesome e-book reader, with a 7.8-inch screen that has the perfect resolution for reading.
The quality of the screen itself – and the fonts you can read on it – is comparable to that of any other recommended device: 300 PPI, which produces sharp, easy-to-read text in all lighting conditions, with an anti-reflective screen that is also scratch-resistant.
As for the design, I really like it. You will appreciate the buttons on the sides, which make reading and turning the pages easier. There is also a main button at the bottom. In my opinion, it is very easy to use and extremely comfortable!
And if it’s too dark, you have a front screen (with its own Glow Light feature) that can be adjusted to suit your surroundings.
You can activate the automatic mode or control the settings manually. Whichever method you choose, the warm light is ideal for reading at night – and is distributed evenly across the screen.
Another advantage is that it is both water and dust resistant, which means that you don’t have to worry about its safety when you take it to the beach or if you decide to relax in a warm bath and do some reading. ….
Compared to the previous e-readers Nook, the GlowLight Plus is definitely an improvement. It has a better grip, is more comfortable to read marathons with, and has all the features you want in a modern e-book reader.
It runs on Android and has access to the Barnes & Noble library, which contains millions of books – which means you probably don’t need to use any additional software to import Kindle books. But it depends on the authors you read and whether they are exclusive to Amazon. ….
As far as storage goes, the GlowLight Plus offers 8GB of space for your e-books, magazines and more, while the battery itself is decent, regularly lasting several weeks on a single charge unless you use it heavily.
Overall, the Nook Glowlight Plus is a good choice if you’re looking for a large, but very portable e-reader that won’t break the budget.
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Likebook Mars E-Reader
Last but not least, we recommend an ebook reader that gets somewhat mixed reviews, but still works well and is a solid alternative when needed.
With a large screen – 7.8 inches – this e-book reader runs on Android, and also on very powerful hardware, in this respect one of the best on our list.
You get a 1.5 GHz octa-core processor, 16 GB of memory and reasonably fast response times.
All this combined with very solid image and text quality, thanks to a high resolution of 300ppi and 1404*1872px. It also features an anti-reflective screen to make reading outside in the sun as comfortable as possible.
The headlamp has a dual temperature mode that switches from blue light to warm light, with 24 brightness levels for complete customizability. Personally, we recommend always keeping the “Warm Light” setting on to protect your eyes and reduce eye strain.
Although it does not have a headphone jack for direct connection of headphones, it is equipped with Bluetooth so you can listen to your favorite audiobooks. It also has a patented Dual Refresh mode that improves quality when reading comic books, for example.
It also has a zoom function, useful for comics and magazines. It supports a wide range of file extensions, including PDF files, and almost all major team formats.
Finally, it has 16 GB of built-in memory, which should be more than enough even for large e-book libraries, but if you want even more, you can add up to 128 GB of additional storage with an SD card.
Although not as popular or important as the previous recommendations, the Likebook Mars e-reader has many really interesting and useful features and offers a lot for its price.
Click here to check the price on Amazon.
No blue light against the front display
I barely touched on this topic in the list of recommended e-readers above, but I want to say more about it. Mainly because it is becoming increasingly difficult to find an e-book reader that has absolutely no lighting, while most good ones choose this front-end display.
So… what is this Frontlite exhibit really about?
As the name suggests, this is a relatively new technology that illuminates a device’s screen by sending light from the front.
Normal screens use backlighting: your phone uses it, your laptop screen uses it, your TV uses it too…. Most of the things we look at these days have a backlit screen.
This means that all the LEDs on the device are placed behind the screen itself, which gives it a nice and attractive look – there is no doubt about that.
But the biggest problem is that these LED lights, which seem to be very bright even when you install them, start hurting your eyes after a while.
Illuminated screens and the bright blue light they use are responsible for eye pain, fatigue, difficulty falling asleep after using an illuminated screen, etc.
The situation changes radically with the front screen. Here, the display on the front of the device is illuminated, which can be compared to reading a book in a dark room with the reading light on.
However, unlike reading light, the technology used in front screens allows the light to be distributed evenly across the entire screen surface.
Therefore, it does not fatigue the eyes any more than reading an ordinary book in a dark room with the reading light on.
It may be even better because the light is spread evenly across the entire page of the book, unlike the dark areas and shadows you normally get with traditional lighting.
So these front-end displays are not as bad as you might think – at least as far as your e-book reader is concerned.
Do you really need an e-book reader without blue light?
An online reader without blue light is always a good choice, especially when it comes to reading your favorite books in a well-lit environment and minimizing eye strain.
However, the situation becomes a little more complicated when it’s dark. Because they have no additional light, they become virtually useless if you have no other light source.
And pointing directly at the device’s screen sometimes causes glare or other reading problems, or even eye strain.
The front screen allows you to adjust the light intensity (at least, this is usually the case with the products recommended above) without causing the same damage to your eyes as traditional backlit screens by projecting a blue light directly into your eyes.
It’s like reading a paper book on a table with a reading light on it.
And if we can agree that when reading outside or in a well-lit room, there is no real point in having extra light (even if it comes from the front better), then I would say that it is no longer necessary to have a reader that does not have real light.
The warm backlighting of these front-lit displays is safe, makes the screen look like paper and reduces eye strain.
Personally, I never had any sleep problems after using it and I didn’t feel any more tired than usual after reading a regular book.
And if you compare this type of lighting with, say, a shelf, it becomes clear that it is much better. If I read on a tablet or a phone, my eyes start hurting after 15 minutes and get tired. But with the front screen, I can easily read for a few hours.
The e-book readers I have recommended above should suit any budget and need, and whichever one you choose, I am 100% sure you will be extremely satisfied.
I really think you should give these front screens a chance, rather than paying extra dollars for a fully disabled screen (which also has many features you probably don’t need).
Vitrines don’t fatigue your eyes any more than general reading (according to critics and personal experience), and they don’t prevent you from falling asleep when you read at night (again, according to critics and personal experience – there’s still a small chance it’s different in your case, though I highly doubt it).
If you’re still not sure which device to choose, remember that our top recommendation for the best lightweight, powerless eReader in 2021 is the Kindle Oasis.
What do you think? Despite their price, are readers without lights still the best choice – or are you considering buying (or already have) a device with a screen on the front?
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Frequently asked questions
Do e-book readers emit blue light?
Do electronic readers, like the Kindle, emit blue light? Yes, most electronic readers, including those with electronic screens like the white Amazon Kindle, use light from the blue spectrum for illumination. However, newer versions of these devices have better blue light filtering.
Will there be a new Kindle in 2021?
Amazon has not released a new Kindle e-reader in 2020, in part because of the global pandemic. In the first quarter of 2021, different color eReaders will be launched, using the second generation E INK Kaleido color electronic paper …
Do some Kindles not have a backlight?
What you get here, however, is perfect for general electronic reading – with one major drawback: no backlight. The new entry-level Kindle has a 167 dpi electronic ink display, compared to the 300 dpi of the more expensive Paperwhite, Travel and Oasis models. It also has no backlight.