Buyer’s Guide to Kindle

One of our favorite devices is the kindle. They’re easy, dependable, and excellent at what they do—you can transport thousands of books to your mountain cabin or the park in one palm-sized device. They have a battery life of more than a month per charge, and you can subscribe to Amazon to acquire infinite books. Your local library may potentially be able to provide you with free books.

Amazon Kindle

If you need an ebook reader, this one offers everything you need. The base Kindle has a good 6-inch E Ink capacitive touchscreen for reading, and it also lights up, which is a first for a Kindle under $100.It can also stream Audible audiobooks via Bluetooth headphones, although its storage capacity is restricted to 4 GB (about 4,000 megabytes). For comparison, an hour of audio is roughly 30 megabytes, which means it can probably hold a dozen or so audiobooks. (However, you can delete audiobooks once you’re finished to free up space.) It has a battery life of three to six weeks, similar to most ebook readers.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

The 2018 Kindle Paperwhite is a worthwhile upgrade. It allows you to enjoy reading without danger at the pool, at the beach, or in the tub. The display is flush, and the device is rated IPX8, which means it can withstand two hours in two meters of water.
You’ll notice that its touchscreen is much sharper (300 pixels per inch versus. 167 for the basic Kindle) and lights up more uniformly when you’re rinsing it off. It also has 8 or 32 gigabytes of storage, which is ideal if you have an Audible audiobook library because they take up roughly 0.03 gigabytes each hour. The battery also lasts for a long time.

Amazon Kindle Oasis

The Oasis costs more than two Kindle Paperwhites, but it’s a delight to use. The 2019 version contains 25 LED lights (twice the previous edition) that uniformly illuminate the screen, and you can change the brightness to give off a more pleasant, warm orange glow. It has a more paper-like appearance than Paperwhite. Thanks to a quicker processor, page-turning is faster, and it has a larger 7-inch touchscreen with an aluminum design with a bulge on one edge and tactile page-turning keys. It’s great for one-handed reading because of these features. The light-up display also has a more natural appearance and adjusts the brightness automatically.

Best for Kids:

Amazon Kindle Kids Edition

The Kindle Kids Edition is a 10th-generation Kindle (the first on this list) with acute case and a year’s subscription to Amazon Kids+, which allows parents to monitor and filter content for their children. Yes, you could simply purchase a standard Kindle. However, the extra cost includes a two-year replacement guarantee with no questions asked. You get your money even if your child only breaks it once.

Old Kindles:

It’s generally alright if you buy a sixth-generation Kindle Paperwhite (2013) or newer. Especially though you get a few fewer pixels and it lacks Bluetooth for audiobooks and any form of waterproofing, older Kindles hold up well for reading, even if they are used or refurbished. Simply deregister and erase an old Kindle, then load your account. This page displays the most recent software for each Kindle.