When it comes to finding a device 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 multifunctional and can be used for a lot of things, like surfing the web or doom scrolling on Twitter. If you’re looking for something to strictly read books, e-readers, while niche, are designed to store all 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 have listed each model currently available. Sometimes there’s no deal for one or any of the products — which is the case here, given Amazon Prime Day’s recency — but we’ve listed the most recent sale price in those cases. Also keep in mind that Amazon offers a 20 percent discount on all of its Kindles when you trade in certain devices, so there are other ways to save money if none of the discounted models are available.
The 10th generation Kindle is Amazon’s most affordable e-reader and as such 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 the same 167 ppi resolution as its predecessors, the latest model has a slightly higher contrast than previous models.
The 10th Gen Kindle normally starts at $89.99 with ads, but we recently saw it on sale for just $44.99 during Prime Day. Those sales have ended, however, and the e-reader is currently only available at Amazon, Target, and Best Buy for the full retail price. The same goes for the ad-free model, which is available on Amazon for $109.99.
If you’re looking for a discount, the latter store sells the ad-supported e-reader in black or white with a power adapter and one of four fabric colors for $124.97 ($15 off). Keep in mind, though, that if you buy either Kindle model from Amazon, you’ll also receive three months of Kindle Unlimited at no additional cost.
The Kindle and Oasis entry-level models weren’t the only ones to get a makeover in 2019. Amazon also released the Kindle Kids, which comes with a handful of accessories and offers age-appropriate content for younger readers who prefer digital books for $109.99 ($20 more than the basic Kindle at standard MSRP).
The Kindle Kids edition consists of four items: the device, a case, a two-year extended replacement warranty (in the event the device breaks), and one year of Amazon Kids Plus service. The latter is the device’s biggest selling point, aside from the kid-friendly patterns, as it allows parents to give their kids access to a digital library of kid-friendly books like Percy Jackson and the entire Harry Potter series at no extra cost.
In terms of deals, we recently saw the Kindle Kids drop to just $49.99 on Amazon as part of the retailer’s two-day Prime Day promotion. At the moment, however, you can only buy the kid-friendly model from Amazon and Best Buy for $109.99, the full retail price.
Amazon’s latest Kindle Paperwhite is the 11th-generation model, which comes with USB-C support, longer battery life and a larger 6.8-inch screen. However, considering the e-reader launched last year, we haven’t seen many high discounts yet. Fortunately, you can still buy the last-generation model, which is often available for much less than the standard retail price.
The 2021 Kindle Paperwhite comes in three main configurations: an 8 GB ad-free model for $139.99, an 8 GB ad-free model for $159.99 and a 32 GB, ad-free Signature Edition for $189.99. The latter is identical to the standard Paperwhite, except it also comes with Qi wireless charging and a sensor that automatically adjusts the backlighting when needed. Amazon has also released a Kindle Paperwhite Kids edition for $159.99, which comes with a kid-friendly cover, a two-year extended replacement warranty, and a one-year Amazon Kids Plus, just like the aforementioned Kindle Kids. All 2021 models are also similar to the 2018 model in that they have a waterproof design and audible audiobook support.
While we recently saw the ad-supported Kindle Paperwhite drop to $94.99 for Amazon Prime members, it’s currently only available at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target starting at $139.99, the full retail price. However, if you buy the e-reader from Amazon, you also get three months of Kindle Unlimited at no extra cost.
Amazon is also offering the 2021 Paperwhite as part of a bundle that includes a power adapter and your choice of cloth cover for $189.97 (with delayed shipping), a leather cover for $179.97, or a “cork” cover for $189, 97, all three are $20 off. The 32GB, ad-free Signature Edition is on sale from Amazon for $249.97 ($20 off) as part of a discounted bundle, including a cork case and wireless charging pad.
Unfortunately, if you’re looking for the Kindle Paperwhite Kids Edition, it’s currently only available from Best Buy and Amazon for $159.99, the standard retail price. The latter retailer also offers the e-reader only with delayed shipping, at least in some configurations.
While there are currently no significant deals on the 2021 Kindle Paperwhite — aside from the minor hiatus of the various bundles — retailers like Amazon and Best Buy often drop the price of the last-generation model during major shopping holidays and bigger sales events, including Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day.
Unfortunately, despite retailing for just $69.99 in the run-up to Prime Day, the 2018 e-reader is currently only available from Amazon in the 32GB, ad-supported configuration for $159.99, the full selling price of the slate.
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 Kindle Oasis 2019 is 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 match a yellow-tinted display, making it easier to read at night.
In the past, we’ve seen the 8GB Kindle Oasis drop to just $174.99, which is the lowest price yet for the standalone configuration. While there are currently no deals for just the Oasis itself, configurations start at $249.99 at Amazon and include three free months of Kindle Unlimited. The ad-supported 8GB Oasis costs $249.99 and the ad-free one is $269.99. If you need more storage, the 32GB version costs $279.99 with ads or $299.99 without. Best Buy also sells the ad-supported model starting at $249.99.
If you’re looking for a deal, the Kindle Oasis Essentials bundle is currently on sale in select configurations at Amazon for $30 off the regular list price. Right now you can get the 8GB ad-supported configuration for just $279.97 or the 32GB variant starting at $309.97, both of which come with a power adapter and a cloth or leather cover.