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, keep in mind that Amazon Prime Day — Amazon’s annual, two-day sales event — is set for July 12th and 13th. So while newer models like the 2021 Kindle Paperwhite are currently only available for full price, we expect to see steep discounts on a number of models when Prime Day proper kicks of on Tuesday.
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. If you’re a Prime subscriber, however, Amazon is also selling the ad-supported e-reader in either black or white with a power adapter and one of three printed covers for $67.97 or with one of four fabric covers for $72.97, which amounts to a $67 discount on either bundle. Note, however, that if you buy either Kindle model at Amazon, you’ll also receive three months of Kindle Unlimited at no additional cost.
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 entire Harry Potter series at no additional cost.
On the deals front, we recently saw the Kindle Kids drop to $59.99 at several retailers. Right now, however, Amazon is offering the kid-friendly model to Prime members for even less, selling it for a mere $49.99 as part of its early Prime Day promotion. Non-Prime subscribers will, at the moment, have to pay the full retail price, though that could change if Target, Best Buy, and other retailers decide to price-match Amazon’s discount during Prime Day.
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 the e-reader launched just last year, 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 includes a “cork” cover and a wireless charging dock.
While there currently are no significant deals happening on the 2021 Kindle Paperwhite — save for the slight break on the various bundles — retailers like Amazon and Best Buy often lower the price of the last-gen model during major shopping holidays and bigger sales events. Right now, for example, the 2018 e-reader is available at Amazon in the 32GB, ad-supported configuration for $89.99 ($70 off), nearly matching its best price to date.
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.
If you’re looking for a deal, the Kindle Oasis Essentials Bundle is currently on sale in select configurations at Amazon for up to $125 off its normal list price (if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber). Right now, you can get either the 8GB, ad-supported configuration for as low as $194.97 or the 32GB variant for $214.97, both of which come with a power adapter and either a fabric or leather cover. The current promotion is part of Amazon’s early Prime Day deals, however, other retailers have matched similar discounts during Prime Day proper in the past. If you’re not a Prime member, you can still pick up either configuration for $30 off.