14

Kindle and Amazon – So Many Choices

 

Kindle

Everybody on the planet has heard of Amazon, probably. Kindle and Amazon are probably the most well-known brand of ereader on the market today. Most of you have probably ordered at least one thing from them. In fact, I am willing to bet that you’ve also heard of the Kindle and its various models.

All Kindle devices let you access your purchases via Amazon’s cloud. That’s where all your books will be stored. You can organize your books on any device into collections to make for easier management. Plus, Kindle devices allow you to connect with your Goodreads account, rate books on Amazon and Goodreads, update your progress. Ereaders are especially handy as they offer a way to read digital books with no distracting notifications like phones or tablets AND a Kindle will not freeze as often as a phone application.

Another benefit to using ereaders are word definitions or translations or Wikipedia article. Confused about a word? Just highlight it with your finger and voila! Change the size of the text, or even the font if you want. You can highlight a passage. Bookmark a favorite scene. You’re able to organize your books by author, title, recent use, collection, or document type. The possibilities really are amazing.

Today, I am going to give you a breakdown of the current Kindles available.

The Kindle – Black or White!

An electronic touchscreen device that reads like real paper? No glare? Sign us up!

This basic model is about 6”, very lightweight, and the screen is glare-free so you can read outside on a nice sunny day. You can choose black or white, which is pretty cool, actually. You can get the device with or without special offers, although it’s a tad more expensive without them. Battery life can last for weeks.

You can access your library cloud anywhere you find WiFi. Download a ton of books for offline reading as you have 4G of storage. Shop for more ebooks on Amazon straight from your device.

As of this year, you can now listen to Audible books if you have Bluetooth enabled speakers or headset. SCORE!

As an bonus, you can choose to get 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for FREE when you purchase one. It’s normally $9.99 a month! Double score!

The only downside to this device is there isn’t a light. You’ll have to turn on a lamp to read.

Kindle 6”

Kindle Paperwhite – Freaking WATERPROOF

My Kindle Paperwhite

All new Kindle Paperwhite is now waterproof!!

Just like the basic Kindle, the touchscreen is glare-free, and the device is lightweight. You can listen to Audible books with any Bluetooth speakers or headphones. You can shop at Amazon straight from your device when you absolutely have to have that new book NOW. You can also pay a little extra to get a Kindle without special offers.

The Paperwhite has twice the storage, a whole whopping 8G. And if you read magazines and the like, you can choose the 32G one. Wow!! You can also opt for a device that uses cellular connectivity for a bit more money, not just a WiFi only device.

As an bonus, the Paperwhite is easily read in the dark. Unlike the regular Kindle, this one has a screen that lights up. It’s very easy on the eyes, though. The built-in light is nothing like a tablet or computer screen. It’s like illuminated book pages.

The only negative thing I can think of is the Paperwhite only comes in the basic black color. Though, I love it.

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Oasis – For Sophisticated Tastes

Amazon’s first waterproof Kindle made a huge splash. This model is slightly larger than the previous two devices at 7”. You have two different color choices: graphite and champagne gold. Amazon also added page turn buttons in addition to the touchscreen on this higher end model. The Kindle Oasis also has more LED lights and adaptive light sensor that lets your screen adjust from bright sunlight to a dark bedroom or slowly illuminate as the sun sets.

Just like the Paperwhite, the Oasis storage options are 8G or 32G. You can listen to your Audible books with any Bluetooth headphones or speakers. The screen is glare-free and reads just like paper. You have a choice of WiFi only or cellular connectivity. With or without special offers.

The new Paperwhite has a lot of these features for a lot less money, to be honest. But if you absolutely must have a bigger screen, different colors, more lights or page turn buttons, get this one.

Kindle Oasis

Kindle Voyage – With PagePress

This Kindle model is only available refurbished now. It’s only real claim to fame is the PagePress sensors, so depending on thumb pressure, you can turn the page.

Kindle Voyage

Kindle Fire – Handheld Entertainment System

The Kindle Fire models are NOT ereaders. They are tablets. I’m including them because they do have the Kindle app so you can easily use the Fire tablets to read. They were designed with entertainment in mind with Amazon as your choice retailer for books, movies, music and games.

Each Fire model uses Alexa as well.

Fire 7

  • 7” Touchscreen
  • Resolution: 1024 x 600 (171 ppi)
  • 8G or 16G (more if you get a microSD card)
  • Colors: Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, Canary Yellow
  • With or without special offers

Fire 8 HD

  • 8” HD Display
  • Resolution: 1280 x 800 (189 ppi)
  • 16G or 32G (more if you get a microSD card)
  • Colors: Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, Canary Yellow
  • With or without special offers

Fire 10 HD

  • 10.1” 1080p Full HD
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1200 (224 ppi)
  • 32G or 64G (more if you get a microSD card)
  • Colors: Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red
  • With or without special offers

There are also Kids Editions, if you all have munchkins! They include the same Fire tablets as above, with a kid proof case in vibrant colors, a year of Free Time Unlimited for free, and a 2-year no questions asked warranty if they break it.

Check them out here:

Free Kindle App

If you decide on a different brand of ereader, but still want to read those ebooks only published on Amazon, download the free app. Turn your phone or tablet into a Kindle by clicking HERE.

Cheaper Options for Limited Income

If your finances make the prices of these devices makes you hesitate, you can always choose to buy refurbished (i.e. used and fixed up) in current models or go even cheaper in previous models. There are many choices of the various Kindle generations still available refurbished. Check them out: Refurbished Kindles.

Whew!

So many different models and types and colors and options. I didn’t even go into the real technical stuff like speed or dimensions or processors or cameras. I just wanted to give you bibliophiles the options without the technical jargon that can be overwhelming to any first-timer.

Hopefully, I was able to describe your Kindle options clearly and simply enough to help the average non-techie make informed decisions. All technical details can be found on each Kindles’ page if you’re savvy enough for it. I’m not ashamed to admit that I only understand half the details when they talk about dual facing cameras and core processors on the tablets. I only care if it works, has decent memory, does what I need it to, and isn’t glacially slow.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below or shoot me an email.

Lovies,

Selenity
selenity@ereadersbyjade.com

 

 

 

Please follow and like us:

Selenity

I've been an avid reader since grade school. While my tastes have changed over the years, my love of books never will.

14 Comments

  1. I currently own the Kindle Paperwhite and found that this was the best suited for what I needed. I found that the Oasis was just too expensive for essentially a black and white reader but if you read graphic novels then the colour feature of the Oasis is a must.

    The PaperWhite in my view feels better and has a more comfortable layout as compared to the entry level Kindle and for the additional 50€, it is well worth is.

    Great Review.

    Rich

    • I definitely prefer the Paperwhite myself! The Oasis is excellent if you want a bigger screen and more space, but it’s definitely a luxury item. Thanks for visiting!

  2. For far too long I was thinking about getting an ereader but never took the plunge. Your article really made me think about it once again I I would really like to try it out. Personally I am between the 7″ and the 8″ as this is the best size for my liking. Not too big and not too small. I will definitely have to rethink about getting one. Thank you for all the info you provided.

    • Thanks so much for your comment and for stopping by. Hopefully you find one that suits your needs! 

  3. I have been thinking about buying a kindle, as I believe other than having a physical book, this is the next best way to read. I find reading on my tablet a little straining on my eyes, as I can’t seem to set the brightness to just right, but I have heard that it is different on a kindle.

    The main reason I want to gravitate towards a kindle is to make use of the cloud to store books, and get rid of all the clutter lying around the house. Physical books take up a lot of room and to have a place to store all your favourites without the issue of an overfull bookshelf is very appealing to me.

    • Ereaders are definitely easier on the eyes compared to a tablet. It’s almost exactly like reading a paper book if you don’t use the light. Even with the lighting I find it much easier for my eyes!

      You’re right that an entire library takes up a LOT of space. I only use my bookshelf for absolutely amazing books that are my favorite now. The cloud is definitely useful, especially if you travel for work like me! 

      Thanks for visiting!

  4. Hi Selenity, you did more than enough with your post.

    I’m an avid reader and I make use of the kindle fire 7. I have never had a reason to look up for a newer version or upgrade since it is doing fine. Just that, I got really excited seeing the fire 10HD on your post with much better qualities and features especially the storage capacity of 32G-64G. That equals a huge amount of books😋.

    I guess its high time I upgraded my kindle to the fire10HD. Thanks for sharing this post.

    • Thanks for visiting!! I personally dislike the Fire 7 so you will be seriously happy if you upgraded because the other tablets are much better in my humble opinion! 

  5. I’m looking to get a Kindle for my twelve year old son but I’m not 100% sure he’s going to use it as much as he says he will. Therefore, I’m interested in the section where you mention refurbished models…

    How reliable are these refurbished items and do they come with any sort of guarantee? 

    I did purchase him a refurbished Playstation and that turned out to be a mistake (broke a month after the year warranty ran out!!!!!). 

    • A refurbished model is claimed to be like new and comes with a year warranty. I had a refurbished Kindle (they replaced the Kindle that broke with a refurbished model) and it preformed the same as a new one for me. This was of course in 2015 and the basic Kindle but I didn’t have problems that time. Thanks for visiting! 

  6. Thanks for the reviews. I’ve checked out the refurbished kindles you recommended and I think I’ll get the white 6″ glare-free one. 

    I’ve been reading books since I was 4 and I’ll never say no to a good book. Even though I do prefer reading paperbacks, I usually read on my mobile(even though the screen is small) or my laptop (which is not so easy to carry around). A Kindle is a good alternative. I don’t know why I haven’t thought of that before – I’m usually smarter than that! 😛 

    • I definitely was hesitant to switch to an ereader at first too! After using it, I felt kind of silly for resisting so long as I freaking LOVE my Paperwhite. You’ll definitely see the advantages once you get used to using it. Thanks for visiting!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *