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My impressions of the PocketBook Era E-Reader (2024)

My impressions of the PocketBook Era E-Reader: screen readability, waterproof durability, multimedia features, and performance.
Marlon Brake

Cartesian Mathematics Foundation


January 9, 2024


The past weeks I have been using my colleague’s PocketBook Era e-reader. Below are my thoughts on reading books with it - the display, durability, multimedia offerings, and overall performance. It’s a great e-reader overall.


Property Value Property Value
Brand PocketBook Model Name PocketBook Era
Display Technology Electronic Ink Connectivity Technology Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB
Screen Size 7 Inches Memory Storage Capacity 64 GB
Included Components E-reader, USB Type-C cable, USB Type-C audio adapter, quick start guide, warranty obligations le… Color Sunset Copper
Product Dimensions 5.51”L x 6.3”W x 0.39”Th Item Weight 228 Grams


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Era’s Display Advantages

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Having spent a solid month with the PocketBook Era e-reader, I am particularly drawn to its 7-inch E-ink Carta 1200 screen, which has been a treat for my eyes. The improved image contrast by 15% and screen responsiveness by 20% are more than just numbers; they translate to a clearer and more reactive reading experience for me. Here’s a quick rundown:


  • Higher contrast makes text pop against the background.

  • More responsive touchscreen enhances navigation.

  • The glare-free screen is superb in bright sunlight.

  • The SMARTlight feature allows for comfortable reading in any light condition.


  • Occasional lags in screen response.

  • G-Sensor can be slow to react when changing orientation.

I appreciate being able to read outdoors without the sun turning my screen into a mirror. Thanks to the glare-free display, I’ve enjoyed squint-free reading at the park on sunny days. Adjusting the brightness and color temperature with the SMARTlight feature has made transitioning from a bright day outside to a dim evening inside seamless and pleasant, keeping my reading marathon comfortable irrespective of the time or place.

Although the e-reader’s screen technology is a significant leap from my previous models, it’s not without its drawbacks. The G-Sensor, which should ideally let me switch hands and screen orientation with ease, can be sluggish. There have been moments of frustration when the screen doesn’t pivot quickly enough, and I question if the hardware is being pushed beyond its limits.

Moreover, I’ve noticed that while scrolling, the screen may occasionally lag or jump, which breaks the immersive reading flow. It’s not a dealbreaker for me, but it’s an aspect I hope to see improved with future firmware updates, as the responsive screen is a cornerstone of what makes an e-reader stand out.

The paper-like e-Ink screen makes digital reading feel more like a traditional book, and I think this can’t be overstated enough. There’s none of the eye strain associated with LCD screens, which means I can (and do) read for hours without discomfort. On the downside, there have been times when the e-reader seemed unresponsive, which can be a significant hiccup in the middle of a good book – a point of concern that might steer less tech-savvy users toward more reliable, albeit less feature-rich options.

In terms of design and user experience, the Era has struck a delicate balance; while it excels in screen technology to enhance readability, it slightly underperforms in response time and consistency. Despite these minor quirks, the reading quality keeps me firmly in favor of my PocketBook Era, as the display advantages far outweigh the occasional sluggishness I’ve encountered.

Waterproof & Durable Design

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When it comes to selecting an e-reader, durability and waterproofing are often top considerations for myself and many avid readers. After all, reading by the pool, bathtub, or even at the beach is a pure joy that shouldn’t be marred by worries about damaging our devices. The PocketBook Era addresses these concerns head-on, which I consider a significant plus.

Waterproof Design:

  • IPX8 certification means it can withstand immersion in water up to 2 meters deep for up to an hour.

  • This level of protection is more than sufficient for accidental spills, dips, or reading in damp environments.

Durability Features:

  • The build quality gives a sense of robustness without adding unnecessary weight.

  • I appreciate the anti-scratch protection, which keeps the screen looking new even after extensive use.

The waterproof feature, in particular, is a standout for me. I’m not particularly clumsy, but knowing that my e-reader can survive accidental drops into water adds peace of mind. During my tests, although I haven’t submerged it for the full hour, it has proved itself capable of surviving splashes and brief dunking without a hitch.

However, it’s worth noting that the accessory ecosystem for waterproof gadgets is still limited. Should you need a case or a replacement part, options might not be as plentiful as for non-waterproof e-readers. Additionally, I do wonder if the waterproofing could affect the sound quality from the built-in speaker or if there’s a compromise in overall design to achieve this feature, but so far, the audio seems clear to me.

Apart from its resistance to water, the anti-scratch screen technology the PocketBook uses has impressed me. Many e-readers pick up scratches that become visible in certain lights and can be very distracting. I’ve carried the PocketBook Era in my bag with keys and pens, a real test of the scratch resistance, and it has emerged unscathed every time. The extra layer of protection gives me confidence that I won’t have to handle it too delicately, which is liberating for someone who reads on the go.

To sum it up, these features make the PocketBook Era a reliable companion for my daily reading sessions. Durability and water-resistance are certainly strong points, making it a practical choice for readers who, like me, want their device to be a trusty sidekick in various environments. While there is a trade-off in terms of the limited number of waterproof accessories available, it’s a small price to pay for the peace of mind and the freedom to read anywhere that comes with a waterproof and durable e-reader like the PocketBook Era.

Multimedia & Storage Capacity

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The PocketBook Era impresses with its multimedia capabilities and storage capacity, catering to my voracious reading and listening habits. The device’s audio-book support is a standout feature for me, allowing me to easily switch between reading and listening through Bluetooth-connected headphones or the built-in speaker. The Text-to-Speech feature has been handy when my eyes need a break; plus, I appreciate its ability to handle 26 languages—a global reader’s dream.

Now, onto the impressive storage: the 64 GB capacity is like having a personal library in my pocket. Side-loading titles from various sources has never been easier, removing any vendor lock-in anxiety I might have had. Here’s a snapshot of what I like and the minor gripes:


  • Substantial 64 GB storage for an entire library of books.

  • Supports a vast array of formats, enhancing compatibility.

  • Text-to-Speech offers a comfortable listening experience.

  • The ability to download audiobooks directly to the device is a definite plus.


  • Transferring certain files, specifically Kindle books, can be a bit of a chore.

  • Occasional lag in TTS and button responses, though not deal-breakers, can hinder the reading flow.

One thing to note is that while the experience is largely positive, there have been instances of mixed messaging. For instance, despite the listing promising a 64 GB model, I’ve seen reports of others receiving a 16 GB variant—a discrepancy that could be quite disappointing.

It’s not perfect though. There’s been talk of sluggishness with the device’s G-Sensor for auto-rotation, which I can confirm can be a tad frustrating at times. I’m hopeful for a firmware update to iron out these kinks.

What clinches it for me is PocketBook’s track record of providing firmware and OS updates for their devices. Knowing that my reader is likely to get better over time reminds me of the potential this device holds. It’s this dedication to improvement that reassures me of my purchase’s longevity.

Audio functionalities and storage convenience of this calibre make the PocketBook Era a compelling choice for someone who doesn’t want to be constrained to one ecosystem or who cherishes the freedom to manage their digital library. Though it has its quirks, the positives—especially when considering multimedia and storage—leave this reader more content than dissatisfied with my e-reading companion.

Performance & User Experience

A frozen screen on an e-reader with several books and apps open in the background

In my time with the PocketBook Era, I’ve found this e-reader to be quite the enigma. On one hand, it has truly impressed me with its plethora of features and its flexibility in format support. On the other, there have been moments when frustration has crept in due to the occasional sluggishness.

Here’s a quick rundown of my key takeaways:


  • Extensive file format support, making it a breeze to load my extensive ebook collection.

  • Audio-book support and Text-to-Speech in multiple languages enhance the reading experience.

  • User-friendly design that caters to both right and left-handed readers.


  • The G-sensor’s sluggish response occasionally disrupts the reading flow.

  • Potentially overwhelming for those users who prefer more streamlined devices.

Let’s dive into those points a bit deeper. The expansive support for 23 file formats means I can read almost anything I throw at it. Coupled with the generous 64GB of storage, I can carry my entire library with me, which is terrific. The Text-to-Speech function is robust, transcending the traditional reading experience with 26 language options. This is a feature that book enthusiasts who enjoy the sound of stories will definitely appreciate.

However, the G-Sensor’s sluggishness detracts from what could have been a seamless experience. It’s intended to be a convenience, but it ends up being a minor annoyance instead. While I would love to see a software update smooth out these kinks, I do have concerns about whether hardware limitations might be the root cause.

On a daily basis, the Era serves well, with rarely any screen, login, or account issues. It provides a desirable level of autonomy from any single ebook store, which I find liberating compared to other e-readers. Yet, this freedom also comes with a potential for complexity that might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

I should also mention the PocketBook’s customer service. While I haven’t had any shipping mix-ups myself, the advertised 64GB storage was a draw, and I can imagine the disappointment if something else arrives. Though, I have yet to face any significant operational issues, I’ve read about warranties and replacements being handled efficiently.

The e-reader’s physical buttons are a mixed bag: they can add to the reading experience for some, but I find the feedback slightly uncomfortable and less intuitive than touch controls.

To sum up, while the PocketBook Era has its quirks and may require a patient user to appreciate its full potential, the pros largely outweigh the cons, especially if you’re looking for an e-reader that provides freedom and flexibility. I am hopeful that with software updates, the device will continue to improve, keeping it relevant in the fast-paced world of tech.