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Here are the best Kindle deals right now

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.

Highlights across the range

Model Model Year Configuration Color Normal Price Sale Price Retailer
Model Model Year Configuration Color Normal Price Sale Price Retailer
Kindle Paperwhite 2018 8GB (with ads) Black $130 $110 Amazon
Kindle Essentials Bundle 2019 8GB (with ads) Black or white $140 $125 Amazon
Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition Bundle 2021 32GB (without ads) Black $270 $250 Amazon
Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle 2021 8GB (with ads) Black $200 $180 Amazon
Kindle Oasis Essentials Bundle 2019 8GB (with ads) Black $310 $280 Amazon

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, which is its current price at Amazon, Target, and Best Buy. If you want the model without ads, it’s available right now on Amazon for $109.99, the standard retail price. The latter retailer is also selling the ad-supported e-reader in either black or white with a power adapter and one of four fabric covers for $124.97, a $15 discount.

If you’re looking to pick up more than one e-reader, all three retailers are offering $20 off a pair of Kindles, though you will need to use promo code 2PACK to take advantage of the deal at Amazon. Note, however, that if you buy either Kindle model at Amazon, you’ll also receive three months of Kindle Unlimited at no additional cost.

Amazon Kindle (2019)

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.

Kindle Essentials Bundle (2019)

Amazon’s apt-titled Kindle Essentials Bundle includes the ad-supported base Kindle, as well as a power adapter and either a red, black, blue, or white cover.

The entry-level Kindle and Oasis models were not the only ones that received a refresh in 2019. Amazon also released the Kindle Kids, which comes with a handful of accessories and 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, we recently saw the Kindle Kids drop to $59.99, its lowest price to date. Right now, however, the kid-friendly e-reader is only available at retailers like Amazon and Best Buy for $109.99, the MSRP. Like with the base Kindle, both retailers are also providing a $20 discount when you purchase two, though Amazon requires you to enter promo code 2PACK at checkout to take advantage of the deal.

Kindle Kids (2019)

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 steep discounts yet. Thankfully, you can still pick up the last-gen model, which is frequently available for far less than the standard retail price.

The 2021 Kindle Paperwhite comes in three main configurations: an 8GB model with ads for $139.99, an 8GB model without ads for $159.99, and a 32GB, ad-free Signature Edition for $189.99. The latter is identical to the standard Paperwhite, except it also features Qi wireless charging and a sensor that will automatically adjust the backlight when needed. Amazon has also rolled out a Kindle Paperwhite Kids Edition for $159.99, which comes bundled with a kid-friendly cover, a two-year extended replacement guarantee, and a year of Amazon Kids Plus, much like the aforementioned Kindle Kids. All 2021 models are also similar to the 2018 model in that they feature a waterproof design and Audible audiobook support.

While we saw the ad-supported Kindle Paperwhite recently drop to $104.99 ahead of Mother’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.

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. Like with Amazon’s other Kindles, you’ll need to use promo code 2PACK at Amazon to apply the $20 discount on a pair.

Kindle Paperwhite (2021)

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.

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition Bundle

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 Kindle Paperwhite Kids (2021)

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. Unfortunately, however, the 2018 e-reader is only available at Amazon in the 8GB, ad-supported configuration for $109.99 ($20 off) or in the 32GB configuration for $129.99 ($30 off).

2018 Kindle Paperwhite (with ads)

The 10th-generation Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof and includes a better display and improved battery life than the previous iteration.

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.

In the past, we’ve seen the 8GB Kindle Oasis drop to as low as $174.99, which is the lowest it has ever been for that configuration to date. While there are currently no deals on just the Oasis itself, configurations start at $249.99 at Amazon and include three free months of Kindle Unlimited. The 8GB, ad-supported Oasis is $249.99 and the one without ads is $269.99. If you need more storage, the 32GB version is $279.99 with ads or $299.99 without. Best Buy is also selling the ad-supported base model for $249.99, and offering a $20 discount when you purchase two. Amazon is currently running the same promotion, offering $20 off a pair with promo code 2PACK.

If you’re looking for a deal, the Kindle Oasis Essentials Bundle is currently on sale in select configurations at Amazon for $30 off its normal list price. Right now, you can get either the 8GB, ad-supported configuration for as low as $279.97 or the 32GB variant for $309.97, both of which come with a power adapter and either a fabric or leather cover.

Kindle Oasis (8GB)

Amazon’s premium e-reader now includes a warmer display, making it easier to read at night or in various lighting conditions. It’s also IPX8 waterproof, like the Paperwhite.

Kindle Oasis Essentials Bundle (with ads)

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 cover, a power adapter, and three months of Kindle Unlimited.

Source: The Verge

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