True book nerds get squeegasms over new e-reader announcements. Which is why you probably heard me through your computer when I saw the all new Kindles just released!
My personal favorite e-reader is the Kindle Paperwhite. Its glow light, touchscreen, and lightweightness is perfect for someone like me who reads late at night or in the car. I highly recommend it for anyone who reads a few times a week or more.
And now, there are even more Kindle goodies to recommend! I haven’t yet put my grabby hands on them, but you better believe I’ll be sitting by the door to greet the hot UPS man on October 21st when he hands me my new Kindle Voyage.
Before we get into the details of the new pretties, here are answers to questions I get regarding which e-reader to buy:
Do I need 3G or am I good with Wi-Fi only?
Unless you travel extensively or don’t have access to Wi-Fi, get the Wi-Fi-only Kindle.
What are Special Offers and will I see ads while I read?
Amazon offers a Kindle that is $20 less than a standard e-reader which will show you ads for books and Kindle accessories on the screensaver and on your main bookshelf. You WILL NOT see ads while you read. I’ve had both the Special Offer Kindle and one without, and I really can’t tell the difference. If you want to save $20, get the Special Offer Kindle.
Why a Kindle and not a Nook or iPad?
Amazon is the leader in e-book retail, offering books that aren’t available from other retailers like Barnes & Noble and iBooks. Most authors and publishers offer sales and free books more often to their Kindle books than the to other retailers.
- If you have an iPad or tablet and don’t want to get a new device, download the FREE Kindle Reading App, and you can get every Kindle book and most features available on Kindle devices. Personally, the iPad (or other tablets) are too heavy for hardcore reading holding, which is why I prefer the Paperwhite.
- If you have a Nook Color, download the FREE Kindle Reading App and get the same features as what is available for iPad. (NOTE: I don’t recommend a Nook Color because it has been announced that BN will no longer be manufacturing the tablet.)
- If you have an iPhone or other smartphone, download the FREE Kindle Reading App to read anywhere you take your phone. I know many people who use their phones as their primary e-reader, but for me, the small size is cumbersome.
Note: Prices listed are valid at the time of this publishing.
–> NEW! Kindle e-Readers <–
NEW! Touchscreen display that reads like real paper—no screen glare, even in bright sunlight
NEW! Exclusive Kindle features—now includes Goodreads integration, Kindle FreeTime, Vocabulary Builder, Word Wise (coming soon), and more
NEW! Double the on-device storage—holds thousands of books
Lighter than a paperback—fits in your pocket
Battery lasts weeks, not hours
NEW Kindle Voyage — $199
NEW! High-resolution 300 ppi display—reads even more like the printed page
NEW! Reimagined page turns—PagePress enables you to turn the page without lifting a finger
NEW! New adaptive front light—provides ideal brightness, day or night
NEW! Our thinnest Kindle ever
–> NEW! Fire Tablets <–
NEW Fire HD Kids Edition — $149
Built for even the toughest kids—Enjoy the peace of mind with an unprecedented 2-year worry-free guarantee—if they break it, we’ll replace it for free. No questions asked.
Don’t worry about the bill—The Kids Edition includes a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited so kids get unlimited access to 5,000 books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games—at no additional cost.
NEW! Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is the first-ever all-in-one subscription that brings together all the types of content that kids and parents love – books, games, educational apps, movies and TV shows. With unlimited access to thousands of hand-picked titles for kids ages 3-8, parents don’t have to spend time (and money) guessing what their kids will enjoy, and kids can explore a world of age-appropriate content on their own – no ads, no in-app purchases.
Amazon FreeTime Unlimited gives kids the freedom to choose from thousands of the most popular books, games, apps, and shows for hours of fun and learning. Unlimited access starts at just $4.99 per month, with special pricing for Amazon Prime members from $2.99 per month.
NEW Fire HD 6 & 7 — $99
Kindle Fire HD is available in black, white, magenta, citron, or cobalt.
The most powerful 7 inch tablet under $150—fast quad-core processor, HD display, front and rear cameras, stereo speakers, and five color choices
NEW Fire HDX 8.9 HDX Display — $379
Exclusive 8.9″ HDX display — With 30% more pixels than iPad Air’s Retina display, Amazon’s exclusive HDX display (2560×1600) features exceptional pixel density (over 4 million pixels, 339 ppi) for vivid, lifelike images
High-resolution 8MP rear-facing camera, plus a front-facing HD camera—capture beautiful photos, shoot stunning 1080p video, and connect with HD video calls.
NEW Kindle Fire Features
NEW! Front and rear cameras — Take photos or capture videos in 1080p HD with a rear-facing camera or Skype with a front-facing camera. Plus, free unlimited storage in Cloud Drive for photos taken with Fire devices
NEW! Free, unlimited cloud storage — No more worrying about storage space. Get free, unlimited storage in Amazon Cloud Drive for all photos taken with your Fire devices, plus free storage for all Amazon content.
NEW! Unique profiles for each family member — With Profiles, create unique profiles for up to 2 adults and 4 children so family members can share a tablet and still keep personalized settings like email and social accounts, home screen carousel, and even their own level in games like Angry Birds.
NEW! Share content with your family — With Family Library, link your Amazon account to that of your spouse or partner so you can easily share apps, games, audiobooks, books, and Prime Instant Video content without changing accounts. (Coming soon)
NEW! Immediate video start with ASAP — No more waiting for a video to buffer every time you hit “Play.” ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) learns what movies and shows you like and gets them ready for you to watch. The more you view videos on your Fire tablet, the more accurate ASAP becomes, dynamically adapting to your viewing habits.