When it comes to finding a device to use to read your e-books, you have a few options to choose from. You can always buy a tablet or use your smartphone, but those devices are multi-purpose and can be used for a ton of things, like surfing the web or doom-scrolling on Twitter. If you’re looking for something strictly for reading books, e-readers, while niche, are designed to store all of your books in a virtual library with limited functionality.
One of the pioneers of e-readers, Amazon has dominated the space over the years with its Kindle lineup, which includes a number of unique models with their own pros and cons.
Below, we’ve listed each model currently available. Sometimes, there isn’t a deal for one or any products at all—which is the case here, given the iteration of Amazon Prime Day—but we’ve mentioned the most recent sale price in those instances. Also, keep in mind that Amazon is offering 20 percent off all of its Kindles when you trade in select devices, so there are still other ways to save money when none of the models are available at a discount.
The 10th-gen Kindle is Amazon’s most affordable e-reader, and as such, it typically retails for $89.99. Released in 2019, the base Kindle includes a front light, 8GB of storage, and comes with or without advertising support. Also, despite including the same 167ppi resolution as its predecessors, the latest model has slightly higher contrast than the earlier model.
The 10th-gen Kindle usually starts at $89.99 with commercials, however, so we recently saw it on sale for as low as $44.99 during Prime Day. However, those sales have ended, and the e-reader is only available on Amazon, Target, and Best Buy for its full retail price. The same goes for the model without the ad, which is available on Amazon for $109.99.
If you’re looking for a discount, the latter retailer is selling an ad-supported e-reader with a power adapter in either black or white and one of four fabric colors for $124.97 ($15 off). is selling. Note, however, that if you buy the Kindle model on Amazon, you’ll also get three months of Kindle Unlimited at no extra cost.
The entry-level Kindle and Oasis models weren’t the only ones getting the refresh 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 Kindle base at the standard MSRP).
The Kindle Kids Edition includes 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 device’s biggest selling point, aside from the kid-friendly pattern, as it allows parents to give their kids access to a digital library of kid-friendly books such as Percy Jackson And complete harry potter series at no extra cost.
On the deals front, we recently saw the Kindle Kids drop to just $49.99 on Amazon as part of the retailer’s two-day Prime Day promotion. Right now, however, you can only buy the kid-friendly model on Amazon and Best Buy for $109.99, its full retail price.
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. Looking at the e-readers that were launched last year, we are yet to see a ton of huge discounts. Thankfully, you can still pick up the last-gen model, which is often available for much 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 similar to the standard Paperwhite, except it also has Qi wireless charging and a sensor that will automatically adjust the backlight when needed. Amazon has also launched a Kindle Paperwhite Kids Edition for $159.99, which comes with a kid-friendly cover, a two-year extended replacement guarantee, and one year of Amazon Kids Plus, which is the same as the Kindle Kids. All 2021 models are also similar to the 2018 models in that they feature a waterproof design and Audible audiobook support.
Although we recently saw the ad-supported Kindle Paperwhite drop to $94.99 for Amazon Prime members, it’s currently only available on Amazon, Best Buy, and Target, with its full retail price starting at $139.99. If you buy an e-reader on Amazon, you’ll also get three months of Kindle Unlimited at no extra cost.
Amazon also offers the 2021 Paperwhite as part of a bundle that includes a power adapter and your choice of a fabric cover for $189.97 (with delayed shipping), a leather cover for $179.97, or a cover for $189.97. “Cork” covers, all three of which are included. $20 off. The 32GB, ad-free Signature Edition is on sale on Amazon for $249.97 (a $20 off) as part of a discounted bundle that includes a cork cover and a wireless charging dock.
Unfortunately, if you’re looking for the Kindle Paperwhite Kids Edition, it’s only available at Best Buy and Amazon for $159.99, its standard retail price. The latter retailer is also only offering the e-reader in at least some configurations, with delayed shipping.
While there are currently no significant deals happening on the 2021 Kindle Paperwhite — save for a little break on various bundles — retailers like Amazon and Best Buy often lower the price of last-gen models during major shopping holidays and big sale events. Which includes Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day.
Sadly, despite being on sale for at least $69.99 until Prime Day, the 2018 e-reader is currently only available on Amazon in a 32GB, ad-supported configuration for the slate’s full retail price of $159.99.
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 other models, you can get it with or without ads on the lock screen.
The 2019 Kindle Oasis looks the same as 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 the yellow-toned display, making it easier to read at night.
In the past, we’ve seen the 8GB Kindle Oasis drop to $174.99, the lowest price ever for a standalone configuration. While there are currently no deals on Oasis-only, configurations start at $249.99 on Amazon and include three months of Kindle Unlimited. The 8GB, ad-supported Oasis is $249.99 and without ads is $269.99. If you need more storage, the 32GB version is $279.99 with ads or $299.99 without ads. Best Buy is also selling ad-supported models starting at $249.99.
If you’re looking for a deal, the Kindle Oasis Essentials Bundle is currently on sale on Amazon for $30 off its usual list price in select configurations. Right now, you can pick up either the 8GB, ad-supported configuration starting at as low as $279.97 or the 32GB variant starting at $309.97, which both come with a power adapter and either a fabric or leather cover.