Amazon Prime Day 2019: The Best Kindle Is Only $60


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Amazon Prime Day is off and running, and we’ve highlighted some of the best deals. If you have reservations about all this consumer culture, we feel you. But a good deal is a good deal, and Amazon’s price on Kindles is pretty amazing during Prime Day.

Say what you will about the rest of the company, Amazon makes a damn fine ebook reader. Kindles are the most eye-friendly way to read digital books, and the battery life is outstanding (about a month per charge). We have a Kindle Buying Guide to help you figure out which model is best for you. If you’re in the market to buy one, do it now: Amazon doesn’t discount its Kindles as often as other devices, and it may be a few months before it’s discounted again.

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2019 Kindle for $60 ($30 off)

The new 2019 standard 6-inch Kindle (8/10, WIRED Recommends) gives you the most bang for your buck. It’s not waterproof and it has fewer pixels than other models, but reading is still easy on the eyes. It also comes with a light-up display, so you can finally save money without having to keep the light on when you read before bed.

Kindle Paperwhite for $85 ($45 off)

If you don’t mind spending extra, the Paperwhite is a step up from the standard Kindle (9/10, WIRED Recommends). It has a more uniform light-up display than the standard Kindle, and right now it’s discounted below the sticker price of the cheaper version. Other features include a higher-resolution display for clearer text and a waterproof body for bathtub or poolside reading. If you intend to download a lot of Audible audiobooks and listen to them on headphones (there are no speakers on this reader), get the 32-gigabyte Paperwhite for $110 ($50 off).

Kindle Oasis 32 GB for $200 ($80 off)

There’s no practical reason to buy a Kindle Oasis. Even at this price, it’s more expensive than two on-sale Kindle Paperwhites. That said, the Oasis is certainly a joy to use. Page turning is snappier thanks to a faster processor, and it has a larger, 7-inch touchscreen with an aluminum design that has a bump on one edge, plus physical buttons to turn the pages. These make it ideal for one-handed reading. The light-up display also looks a little more natural and automatically adjusts its brightness. If you don’t need as much space for larger files, like Audible books, the 8-gigabyte model is $175 ($75 off).

How to Load Up on Ebooks

We’re not always fans of the growing subscription economy, but Kindle Unlimited gives unlimited access to 1 million books that you can read at your leisure, and some free Audible books (not a bad deal). During Prime Day, all three Kindle models come with three months of Kindle Unlimited for free. After that a subscription to Kindle Unlimited will cost $10 per month.

Other Amazon Devices on Sale

There are a few other Amazon devices we like on sale right now. We highlighted our favorites below, but you can see the full list in our guide to the best Prime Day device deals.

If an item has sold out or is no longer at its deal price, we cross it out. Sometimes sale prices return and items come back in stock faster than we can update, so feel free to check anyway.

  • Echo Show 5 for $50 ($40 off): We have mixed feelings on the usefulness of an Echo Show this small, but as a bedside clock, it could work for you. It has a physical shutter that covers the front-facing camera. Be sure to read WIRED’s Echo Show 5 review for more details.

Fire HD 10 for $100 ($50 off): The Fire HD 10 is a much more capable tablet than the 8. It’s faster, has more storage, and the 10-inch HD screen looks much nicer.

Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet for $80 ($50 off): The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is our top pick for kids under 7. If your kid’s hands are especially tiny, they’ll appreciate the Fire 7’s smaller size. It’s also on sale.

Fire TV Stick 4K for $25 ($25 off): The Fire Stick 4K is the best of Amazon’s Fire TV devices. We prefer the Roku, all things considered, but if you’re a heavy Prime Video user with a 4K screen, this makes a good streaming device.

Echo Show + Some Extras for $160 ($135 off): At first, it seems odd to have an Alexa speaker with a display. But after using it you’ll understand the appeal. When you ask it for the weather, it tells you and shows you, thanks to the 10-inch display and rear speakers.

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