Kindle and Amazon [So Many Choices]

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

Kindle and Amazon – The Positives

All Kindle (and Amazon) devices let you access your purchases via Amazon’s cloud. This is where all your books and digital content will be stored. You can organize your ebooks on any device into collections. Plus, Kindle devices allow you to connect with your Goodreads account. That means you can rate books on Amazon and Goodreads, update your progress, whatever you want!

E-readers are especially handy as they offer a way to read ebooks with no distracting notifications. AND a Kindle will not freeze as often as an application. The simple paperlike E-Ink touchscreen is much easier on the eyes than any phone or tablet. Any dedicated reader might consider purchasing one.

Another benefit of using a Kindle device is the ability to look up word definitions, translations, and Wikipedia articles. 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. Did you know that you can change spacing and margins as well? You then have the option to save your settings as a favorite ‘theme’, so you can quickly change back to your preferred reading settings.

Need to remember a scene? You can highlight a passage or bookmark a favorite scene. Want to add a note? It’s possible! You’re able to organize your books by read or unread, 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 All-New Kindle from Amazon!

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

This basic model is about 6”, lightweight, and the screen is a glare-free touchscreen. So you can read outside on a nice sunny day. It comes in basic black or white, which is pretty awesome if you’re into the white devices. 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. The newest Kindle device comes with a built-in light.

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

Love to listen to your favorite books as well? You can now listen to Audible books if you have Bluetooth enabled speakers or headset. SCORE!

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

The only downside to this device is the lower storage capacity. If you love audiobooks or graphic novels, this one is very limited on how many you can download at one time. Its screen contrast isn’t as sharp as higher-end models, so any book with graphics and you will notice.

For basic reading, though, this e-reader is nothing to sneeze at!

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. Want Audible narration? Connect any Bluetooth speakers or headphones to your device and you’re in business! You can shop at Amazon straight from your device when you absolutely have to have that new book NOW. Don’t like ads? Then you can also pay a little extra to get the Kindle without special offers.

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

As with the basic Kindle, the Paperwhite comes with a built-in light for your nighttime reading pleasure. It’s very easy on the eyes, though. The lighting 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 just buy fun cases.

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 besides to the touchscreen on this higher-end model. The Kindle Oasis also has more LED lights and an adaptive light sensor. This 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 and you can listen to your Audible books with any Bluetooth headphones or speakers. The screen is a glare-free touchscreen and reads just like paper. You have a choice of WiFi only or cellular connectivity and 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 must have a bigger screen, different colors, more lights or page turn buttons, get this one.

Kindle Oasis

Amazon’s Kindle Fire Tablets – Handheld Entertainment System

The Kindle Fire models are NOT e-readers. They are tablets, but 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 chosen retailer for books, movies, music, and games.

Each Fire model uses Alexa as well.

All-New Fire 7

  • 7” IPS Touchscreen
  • Resolution: 1024 x 600 (171 ppi)
  • 16G or 32G (up to 512G if you get a microSD card)
  • Colors: Black, Plum, Sage, or Twilight Blue
  • With or without special offers
  • Alexa
  • 90-day limited warranty (or purchase additional warranty plans)

Fire 8 HD

  • 8” HD Display
  • Resolution: 1280 x 800 (189 ppi)
  • 16G or 32G (400G if you get a microSD card)
  • Colors: Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red, Canary Yellow
  • With or without special offers
  • With or Without 3 Months of Kindle Unlimited
  • Alexa
  • 90-day limited warranty (or purchase additional warranty plans)

Fire 10 HD

  • 10.1” 1080p Full HD
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1200 (224 ppi)
  • 32G or 64G (256G if you get a microSD card)
  • Colors: Black, Marine Blue, Punch Red
  • With or without special offers
  • Alexa
  • 1 year limited warranty (or purchase additional warranty plans)

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. PLUS a year of Free Time Unlimited 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 e-reader, but still want to read Amazon books, download the free app to turn your phone or tablet into a Kindle by clicking HERE.

Cheaper Options for Limited Income

If the prices of these devices make you hesitate, you can always buy refurbished (i.e. used and fixed up). There are many choices of the various Kindle generations still available refurbished. Check them out at Refurbished Kindles.

Whew!

So many different models and types and colors and options and 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. Honestly, I only care if it works, has a decent amount of storage, does what I need it to, and isn’t glacially slow.

Kindle and Amazon happen to be my preferred device and digital store, simply because they are definitely not going out of business soon and have the widest selection and the most competitive prices.

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

Lovies,

Selenity
selenity@ereadersbyjade.com

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20 thoughts on “Kindle and Amazon [So Many Choices]”

  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

    1. 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 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 getting one. Thank you for all the info you provided.

  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.

    1. 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.

  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!!!!!). 

    1. 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! ๐Ÿ˜› 

    1. 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!

  7. Wow, this is a really interesting review of this article! I was enticed by the feature of this ereader that have no forms of distracting notifications, also it does not freeze like any other phone apps. I like the fact that it comes with more storage. I will like to have one so that I can organize my books on them. The Kindle is one that everyone should have. Thank you for this wonderful review.

  8. Chandrashekhar

    Dear Selenity,

    You said it right that Kindle and Amazon are the most well-known brands in Ereaders. Your review of the various models available is fantastic. I am, myself use a tablet to read E-Books but your post updated my knowledge about e-reading.

    I liked Kindle-Paperwhite the most. The storage capacity of 8G is enough for me. But can you explain to me what is cellular connectivity is? And how much more money that will cost me? OR  Is it included in $129.99?

    This is a very informative article. Going to share with all my friends.

    Chandrashekhar. 

    1. Hi! Cellular connectivity simply means you’ll have access to your books without WiFi. Like a tablet or cell phone. Except without the monthly plan. Unfortunately, this option is only available on the 32G Paperwhite, which comes without Special Offers, and costs nearly double the 8G Paperwhite with Special Offers does. It’s about $120 more. Of course, you get twice as much space, no ads, and cellular/wifi connectivity so it depends on how much you feel its worth. I definitely think so if money allows, but if not, the basic Paperwhite is definitely not lacking!

  9. Can you believe it, I have three Kindle Fire tablets. I made sure my mother has one and I have a couple in different places in my house. I love having the kindle books right at my fingertips. I appreciate the great information here.

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