When it comes to finding a device to use to read your ebooks, you have a few options to choose from. You can always buy a tablet or use your smartphone, but those devices are multipurpose and can be used for a ton of things, like surfing the web or doom-scrolling on Twitter. If you are looking for something to strictly read books, e-readers, while niche, are designed to store all of your books in a virtual library with limited functionality.
Amazon, one of the pioneers of the e-reader, has dominated the space for years with its Kindle lineup, which consists of several unique models with their own pros and cons.
Below, we’ve listed each model currently available for purchase. Sometimes, there isn’t a deal for one, or any, of the products, which is why we’ve mentioned the most recent sale price in those instances. Also, while newer models like the 2021 Kindle Paperwhite are currently only available for full price, keep in mind that Amazon also offers 20 percent off all of its Kindles when you trade in select devices, so there are still other ways to save money when none of the models are available at a discount.
The 10th-gen Kindle is Amazon’s most affordable e-reader, and as such, it usually retails for $89.99. Released in 2019, the base Kindle includes a front light, 8GB of storage, and comes with or without ad support. Despite including the same 167ppi resolution as its predecessors, the latest model features a slightly higher contrast than earlier models.
The 10th-gen Kindle normally starts at $89.99 with ads, however, it’s currently on sale at Target and Best Buy for $64.99. If you want the model without ads, it’s available at Amazon for $109.99, the standard retail price. Note, however, that if you buy either Kindle model at Amazon, you’ll also receive three months of Kindle Unlimited at no additional cost. If you’re looking to pick up more than one e-reader, Best Buy and Amazon are offering $20 off a pair, the latter with promo code 2PACK.
Amazon’s most affordable e-reader that now includes a front light for the display. The tablet also offers support for Bluetooth headphones and is a little more comfortable to hold than its predecessor.
The entry-level Kindle and Oasis models were not the only ones that received a refresh in 2019. Amazon also announced and released the Kindle Kids, which provides age-appropriate content for younger readers who prefer digital books for $109.99 ($20 more than the base Kindle at standard MSRP).
The Kindle Kids Edition consists of four items: the device, a case, a two-year extended replacement guarantee (in the event the device breaks), and one year of Amazon Kids Plus service. The latter is the biggest selling point of the device aside from the kid-friendly patterns, as it allows parents to grant their kids access to a digital library of kid-friendly books like Percy Jackson and The Hobbit at no additional cost.
On the deals front, options are a bit limited at the moment. Although we saw the Kindle Kids recently drop to $59.99 — its lowest price to date — it’s only available at retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy right now for $109.99, its standard retail price. Both retailers are also offering a $20 discount when you purchase two, though, Amazon requires you to enter promo code 2PACK at checkout to take advantage of the deal.
Amazon’s kid-friendly bundle, which includes a Kindle, one of four cases, a one-year membership to Amazon Kids Plus, and a two-year extended warranty.
Amazon’s latest Kindle Paperwhite is its 11th-gen model, which comes with USB-C support, longer battery life, and a larger, 6.8-inch display. Given just how recently the new e-reader launched, however, we haven’t seen a ton of discounts yet. Thankfully, you can still pick up the last-gen model, which is frequently available for far less than the standard retail price.
While we saw the ad-supported Kindle Paperwhite recently drop to $109.99 around Valentine’s Day, it’s currently only available at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target starting at $139.99, its full retail price. If you buy the e-reader at Amazon, however, you’ll also receive three months of Kindle Unlimited at no additional cost. Best Buy, meanwhile, is offering a $20 discount when you purchase two.
Amazon also offers the 2021 Paperwhite as part of a bundle that includes a power adapter and either a fabric cover for $189.97 or a leather cover for $179.97, both of which are $20 off. The 32GB, ad-free Signature Edition is on sale at Amazon for $249.97 ($20 off) as part of a discounted bundle, too, which also includes a “cork” cover and a wireless charging dock.
Unfortunately, if you’re looking for the Kindle Paperwhite Kids Edition, it’s only available at Amazon and Best Buy right now for $159.99, its standard retail price, or as a two-pack for around $300. Again, you’ll need to use promo code 2PACK at Amazon to apply the $20 discount on a pair.
Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite has a 6.8-inch, E Ink display with adjustable color temperature for nighttime reading. It also boasts a faster processor, additional battery life, IPX8 waterproofing, and — finally — a USB-C port.
The premium Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition offers the same design and performance as the new base model, but with more storage, an automatic light sensor, and Qi wireless charging. Amazon’s current bundle, highlighted here, also comes with a wireless charging dock and a cork case.
Amazon’s kid-friendly Paperwhite is the same as the new base model, but it’s ad-free and comes with the added benefits of a two-year hardware protection plan, one year of Amazon Kids Plus, and a choice of three kid-friendly covers.
While there currently are no price breaks on the 2021 Kindle Paperwhite — save for the discounts currently available on the various bundles — retailers like Amazon and Best Buy often lower the price of the last-gen model to $89.99 during major shopping holidays and bigger sales events.
The fourth generation of the Paperwhite e-reader, which is waterproof and includes a better display and improved battery life than the previous iteration. Amazon’s Essentials Bundle also comes with a fabric case and power adapter.
The Kindle Oasis is the most expensive of the lineup, starting at $250. The device comes in two storage configurations, 8GB or 32GB, and like the other models, you can get it with or without ads on the lock screen.
The 2019 Kindle Oasis looks very similar to the previous model. It retains its waterproof, 7-inch, 300ppi E Ink display and supports Audible audiobooks via Bluetooth. However, unlike previous models, it can adjust the color temperature to a yellow-toned display, making it easier to read at night.
Amazon’s third-gen Oasis includes IPX8 water resistance and a warmer display, which makes it easier to read at night or in various lighting conditions. The discounted Essentials Bundle comes packaged with a leather cover, a power adapter, and three months of Kindle Unlimited.
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