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Each of the best Kindles has something unique to offer readers.

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Amazon’s Kindle lineup has led the e-reading space for years, and for good reason: Kindles are some of the best e-readers available. In terms of design, performance, and convenience, they’re nearly unrivaled. 

Buyers can choose between four main Kindle models in the current lineup, each with a different draw for users. While all Kindles let you read ebooks from Amazon’s Kindle Store, some models offer extra perks like a waterproof design or note-taking support.  But spending more on a Kindle doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get a better experience. Depending on your needs, a cheaper model may get the job done just fine. 

To help you figure out which Kindle is right for you, I put Amazon’s e-reader lineup to the test to find the best Kindle for most readers. After dozens of hours of reading, page-flipping, and book browsing, here’s how all the Kindle models stack up, and why certain ones are best for specific buyers.

Our top picks for the best Kindle

Best overall: Kindle Paperwhite – See at Amazon
The Paperwhite delivers the perfect balance between premium Kindle features, value, and simplicity.  

Best budget: Kindle (11th Generation) – See at Amazon
Though it’s missing some extra features like a waterproof design, Amazon’s standard Kindle is an excellent e-reader at an affordable price. 

Best premium: Kindle Oasis – See at Amazon
The Kindle Oasis is Amazon’s premium e-reader with tons of extra features and convenient perks, but it’s starting to show its age. 

Best for notetakers: Kindle Scribe – See at Amazon
Kindle’s foray into a tablet-like e-reader lets you take notes right on its screen, but it’s a bit too pricey to justify for the average reader.

Best overall: Kindle Paperwhite

Put simply, the Kindle Paperwhite is the best e-reader for most people.

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Pros: Waterproof, snappy performance, tons of functionality in a simple design, adjustable light temperature, frequently on sale, available in different colorways

Cons: No automatic page orientation or auto-adjusting light, lacks page turn buttons

The Kindle Paperwhite offers everything a reader could want out of a book replacement, with just the right balance between simplicity, capability, performance, and price.  

The Paperwhite is designed with all of the Kindle essentials, including a beautiful paper-like display with adjustable lighting, font size settings, and a dark mode. It’s also got a sharp screen with 300 pixels per inch (PPI) and Bluetooth support for Audible listening. But, you can expect as much from any of the picks in this guide. 

What sets the Paperwhite apart from the rest of the Kindle lineup is its perfect set of features for the money. Waterproof with a flush-front design and USB-C charging, the Paperwhite already looks and feels modern from its exterior. After unlocking the device, you’ll find the snappiest performance of all the Kindles with little to no ghosting (after images left on the screen). Its lighting temperature is also adjustable and it has a larger 6.8-inch screen versus the standard Kindle’s 6-inch display. 

Starting at $140, it’s reasonably priced, and it’s the cheapest waterproof Kindle available. Even better, it’s often on sale for as low as $100 — which is the regular starting price of our budget pick. Regardless of whether it’s discounted or not, the Paperwhite delivers the best Kindle value for most people. 

If you’re up to paying a little bit more, however, you may want to consider the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition. It offers all of the same pros of the Paperwhite, with the addition of an auto-adjusting light. It’s also the only Kindle that you can charge wirelessly. 

Check out our Kindle Paperwhite review.

Best budget: Kindle (11th Generation)

If you’re looking for one place to store and read books, the 11th-generation Kindle is an excellent choice.

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Pros: The latest Kindle UI, affordable, delightfully simple, comfortably sized                 

Cons: Not waterproof, no adjustable light temperature, lacks auto features, slightly slower performance than other Kindles

Amazon’s base Kindle got an upgrade in 2022, making this model one of the newest of the bunch. That means, despite being the cheapest option, the 11th-generation Kindle now has the benefit of a modern user interface with a 300 ppi resolution. 

This model forgoes a lot of extra features in exchange for a lower price point, but it still comes with a glare-free display, adjustable backlight, and customizable settings. With a 6-inch screen it’s the smallest Kindle in the lineup, but feels great in hand. Ideal for a user who just wants to read, this device is unhindered by all of the bells and whistles of its pricier siblings. 

However, if a waterproof design is important to you, you’ll have to pay more for a Paperwhite. You can’t read in the rain or the tub with a regular Kindle, and that’s its main drawback. It also lacks a few other extra features you might be willing to pay more for on another model, like lighting temperature settings, automatic adjustments, and page turn buttons. 

In the end my advice is this: if the Paperwhite is on sale for the same price, opt for that, but when the regular Kindle is less money, it’s an excellent budget e-reader.  

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Best premium: Kindle Oasis

The Kindle Oasis offers a top-of-the-line reading experience.

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Pros: Waterproof, high quality metal build, page-turn buttons, ergonomic design, automatic features

Cons: The oldest of the current lineup, micro-USB charging, screen ghosting

Released back in 2019, the Kindle Oasis is the oldest device in the Kindle lineup. Regardless, it’s still an incredible e-reader. It comes with the same paper-like display all Kindles are known for, along with adjustable brightness, dark mode, and customizable settings. The Oasis is also designed with a slightly larger 7-inch display than the Paperwhite, and a larger, more ergonomic body, including a ledge to rest your fingers on. 

All of the Oasis’ features make it feel more premium, including its metallic exterior with page-turn buttons. When you unlock the device, you’ll get speedy performance with handy automatic features to adjust brightness and page orientation. And of course, it’s also waterproof. 

The Oasis’ only negative is how old it is. Its age shows in a couple of ways, like its micro-USB charging port and the minor ghosting that’s noticeable between pages. The device is likely due for an update, so buyers may want to hold out to see if a new version gets announced this year. If you’d like to spend your money on a newer device with some of the Oasis’ extra perks, I also suggest looking into the Paperwhite Signature Edition.  

However, for the most feature-packed of all Kindles available right now, the Oasis is still what you’re looking for. Despite its shortcomings, its siblings can’t match its capabilities and physical design, making it a solid high-end option if you’re willing to pay more. 

Check out our Kindle Oasis review.

Best for notetakers: Kindle Scribe

The Kindle Scribe is Amazon’s first e-reader with a surface you can write on.

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Pros: Writable surface, large screen, handwritten annotations, premium e-reader capabilities, intuitive organization

Cons: Not waterproof, too large for casual reading, not a replacement for a tablet or laptop, very thin build, high price

Most readers don’t need the new Kindle Scribe, an e-reader you can write on, but it is a very nice device. Starting from $340, it offers an incredible sketching and note-taking experience on the same device you can read all of your books on. 

The Scribe comes with the usual Kindle glare-free display, adjustable brightness, and customizable settings, with the added bonus of automatic page orientation flips and lighting adjustment. With its paper-like feel and responsive e-ink display, writing on this device is a joy that feels leaps and bounds better than writing with an iPad with an Apple Pencil. It’s also well organized with notebooks you can choose the format of and file away into folders.

For an extra $30, you can upgrade the included stylus to the Premium Pen. After testing it, I found it to be a nice improvement over the Basic Pen — it adds a dedicated eraser and a shortcut button to the base design. Both can attach magnetically to the Scribe. 

But despite just how fun it is to use, it’s tough to justify the Scribe’s high price. It’s uncomfortably thin, making a case a necessary investment for commuters and students to prevent any potential bending. One of the Scribe’s main selling points is its annotation functionality, but you can’t even write on pages without using a clunky sticky note feature, nor can you use the highlighter directly on text. Did I mention it isn’t waterproof?

If you have $340 to spare, the Scribe really is a fun device, but if you fall into the category of “most readers,” we recommend opting for a cheaper Kindle model.

Check out our Kindle Scribe review.

How we test Kindles

Each Kindle was evaluated using the same parameters.

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I used several key evaluation points  to judge each of the Kindles in Amazon’s e-reader lineup in order to arrive at their final ranking, including display, responsiveness/speed, price, and lighting customization. Here’s how those aspects were taken into account during testing. 

Display: Though all Kindles share the same 300 ppi resolution, every model has a different size that makes a big difference when in use. In testing, I found the Kindle (11th Generation) could be too small for some readers, and the Scribe too large for others. Luckily the sharp resolution was easy on the eyes across all of the models, even during long reading sessions. 

Responsiveness/speed: You don’t need to be a speed reader to notice when an e-reader is slow. Page turns will take a second to stutter into view, previous screens will leave an after image, and images will load in slowly. I evaluated this by loading each device with 100 titles out of my ebook library before testing. The fastest model is clearly the Kindle Paperwhite, with the Oasis being the slowest — but this difference is truly negligible. 

Price: Of course price plays a big part in judging a Kindle’s value, and that’s part of what brings the Paperwhite above the rest. I compared pricing not only between Kindle models, but also between comparable e-readers from Kobo and Nook to see what the industry is like overall. None of the Kindles are a waste of money per se, but the Scribe is definitely the least cost-efficient.

Lighting customization: You won’t always be reading in the same room, under the same conditions, every time, and that’s where lighting customization comes in. The ability to toggle the brightness based on your current environment is a godsend for eye comfort, especially when it comes to long reads. All of the Kindles offer adjustable brightness, but the base Kindle doesn’t offer temperature adjustment, and only the Oasis and Scribe offer automatic lighting changes.

What to look for in a Kindle

Every reader is different, but there are a handful of features that all buyers should look for when it comes to committing to a Kindle. 

If you ever plan to read in the bathtub or in the rain, waterproofing is a must — that eliminates the 11th Generation Kindle and the Scribe from the running. Readers who like to get in a few chapters before bed can also benefit from lighting temperature adjustment to warm the screen and ease your eyes into bedtime, which is something the base Kindle doesn’t offer. Personally, as someone who likes to read while laying down, I love the automatic orientation adjustment and page turn buttons of the Oasis, since it can accommodate whichever way I flop around. 

Ultimately, the best Kindle for you is whichever one covers your needs the most without breaking the bank. That’s why we recommend the Paperwhite, because it manages to balance both of those things for most people.

Kindle FAQs

Are Kindle books free?

E-books typically cost money just like physical books do, but you can score titles for free in a handful of ways.

  • Join Kindle Unlimited: The Kindle Subscription service comes with over four million digital titles at no extra charge when you sign up for $12 a month
  • Become an Amazon Prime member: If you’re a Prime member, you have unlimited access to thousands of titles as an added benefit of your subscription.
  • Check out a book from your Public Library: E-reader users can still take advantage of borrowing books for free from their local public library’s website.

What is Kindle Unlimited?

Kindle Unlimited is Amazon’s e-reading subscription service. For $12 a month, it includes access to over four million books, thousands of audiobooks, magazine subscriptions, and Kindle Books you can borrow. 

Can the Kindle read to me?

Your Kindle can read most content to you by using Text-to-Speech, an option available in your Kindle’s menu. If you prefer a human voice reading to you, you can also buy and download Audible Audiobooks of your favorite titles to have a narrator read to you from your e-reader.

Do I need a case for my Kindle?

While most Kindles are designed with a solid build, a case is still a good idea for protecting your device from drops or scratches. The Kindle Scribe, in particular, has a very thin design, which makes it feel flimsy without a case. You should also consider buying a case if you bring your Kindle with you outside your home during trips and commutes.

Cases can also help by providing a better grip on these otherwise flat devices. For less bulk, you may even want to consider attaching an adhesive phone grip, like a popsocket, to your e-reader.

For recommendations, check our picks for the best Kindle Paperwhite case.

Sarah Saril

As a Tech Deals and Streaming Reporter for Insider’s Reviews team, Sarah covers the latest movie and series releases along with the best sales on products we recommend. Prior to joining Insider Inc., she was a Deals Writer at Wirecutter, a New York Times company.
After graduating from California State University, Fullerton with a degree in Marketing, Sarah started out as a Freelance Deals Writer at Wirecutter; there she focused on newsletter creation, social media promotion, and syndication in addition to deals writing before stepping into a full-time role. Her accomplishments from this position, in addition to the countless deals she’s written, include implementing multiple social media marketing campaigns and launching a Deals Facebook group for the company.
Say hi (or send a picture of your pet) to Sarah at [email protected], or reach her on Twitter at @sarahhahr or on Instagram at @lord_ponty. 
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Revolutionary Portable Reader Lets Customers Wirelessly Download Books in Less Than a Minute and Automatically Receive Newspapers, Magazines and Blogs

No PC Required, No Hunting for Wi-Fi Hot Spots

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 19, 2007– (NASDAQ:AMZN) today introduced Amazon Kindle, a revolutionary portable reader that wirelessly downloads books, blogs, magazines and newspapers to a crisp, high-resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight. More than 90,000 books are now available in the Kindle Store, including 101 of 112 current New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases, which are $9.99, unless marked otherwise. Kindle is available starting today for $399 at

“We’ve been working on Kindle for more than three years. Our top design objective was for Kindle to disappear in your hands — to get out of the way — so you can enjoy your reading,” said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO. “We also wanted to go beyond the physical book. Kindle is wireless, so whether you’re lying in bed or riding a train, you can think of a book, and have it in less than 60 seconds. No computer is needed — you do your shopping directly from the device. We’re excited to make Kindle available today.”

Downloads Content Wirelessly, No PC Required, No Hunting for Wi-Fi Hot Spots

The Kindle wireless delivery system, Amazon Whispernet, uses the same nationwide high-speed data network (EVDO) as advanced cell phones. Kindle customers can wirelessly shop the Kindle Store, download or receive new content — all without a PC, Wi-Fi hot spot, or syncing.

No Monthly Wireless Bills or Commitments

Books can be downloaded in less than a minute and magazines, newspapers, and blogs are delivered to subscribers automatically. Amazon pays for the wireless connectivity for Kindle so there are no monthly wireless bills, data plans, or service commitments for customers.

Reads Like Paper

Kindle uses a high-resolution display technology called electronic paper that provides a sharp black and white screen that is as easy to read as printed paper. The screen works using ink, just like books and newspapers, but displays the ink particles electronically. It reflects light like ordinary paper and uses no backlight, eliminating the eyestrain and glare associated with other electronic displays such as computer monitors or PDA screens.

Books, Blogs, Magazines and Newspapers

The Kindle Store currently offers more than 90,000 books, as well as hundreds of newspapers, magazines and blogs. Customers can search, browse, buy, and download from this wide selection wirelessly from their Kindle. The same Amazon shopping experience customers are accustomed to is offered in the Kindle Store, including customer reviews, personalized recommendations, 1-Click purchasing, and everyday low prices. Additionally, Kindle customers can download and read the first chapter of most Kindle books for free.

Kindle customers can select from the most recognized U.S. newspapers, as well as popular magazines and journals, such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly, TIME and Fortune. The Kindle Store also includes top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland, including Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine and The Irish Times. Subscriptions are auto-delivered wirelessly to Kindle overnight so that the latest edition is waiting for customers when they wake up. Monthly Kindle newspaper subscriptions are $5.99 to $14.99 per month, and Kindle magazines are $1.25 to $3.49 per month. All magazines and newspapers include a free two-week trial.

The Kindle Store has over 300 blogs on topics ranging from Internet and technology to culture, lifestyle, and humor, to politics and opinion. Examples include Slashdot, TechCrunch, BoingBoing, The Onion, The Huffington Post, and ESPN blogs. Blogs are updated and downloaded wirelessly throughout the day so Kindle customers can read blogs whenever and wherever they want. Wireless delivery of blogs costs as little as $0.99 each per month and also includes a free two-week trial.

Holds Hundreds of Books in 10.3 Ounces

At 10.3 ounces, Kindle is lighter and thinner than a typical paperback and fits easily in one hand, yet its built-in memory stores more than 200 titles, and hundreds more with an optional SD memory card. Additionally, a copy of every book purchased is backed up online on so that customers have the option to make room for new titles on their Kindle knowing that is storing their personal library of purchased content.

Built-In Dictionary and Wikipedia

Kindle has built-in access to The New Oxford American Dictionary, which contains over 250,000 entries and definitions, so readers can easily look up the definitions of words within their reading. Kindle customers also have seamless access to the world’s most exhaustive and up-to-date encyclopedia,, and its collection of over 2,000,000 articles.

Long Battery Life

Customers can leave the Kindle wireless connectivity on and recharge approximately every other day, or turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging. Kindle fully recharges in two hours.


Kindle has a standard-layout keyboard that makes it possible for users to search the Kindle Store, their entire library of purchased content, and Wikipedia. org. Customers simply type in a word or phrase and Kindle will find every instance.

Annotation and Bookmarks

The Kindle keyboard lets customers add annotations to text, just as they would write in the margins of a book. Customers can edit, delete and export these notes, highlight and clip key passages, and bookmark pages for future use. Additionally, Kindle automatically bookmarks the last page a customer reads of any content on their Kindle.

Ergonomic Design

Kindle is designed for long-form reading, so it is as easy to hold and use as a book. Full-length, vertical page-turning buttons are located on both sides of Kindle, allowing customers to read and turn pages comfortably from any position. The page-turning buttons are located on both the right and left sides of Kindle, which allows both left and right-handed customers to hold, turn pages, and position Kindle with one hand.

Adjustable Text Size

Kindle has six adjustable font sizes to suit customers’ varying reading preferences.

Personal Documents

Customers can take their personal documents with them on their Kindle. Customers and their contacts can e-mail Word documents and pictures directly to their unique and customizable Kindle e-mail address for $0.10 each. Kindle supports wireless delivery of unprotected Microsoft(R) Word, HTML, TXT, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP files.

Comes Ready To Use

When customers order a Kindle, it arrives from ready to use. There is no software to load or set up. Customers are immediately ready to shop, purchase, download and read from Kindle.

Amazon is adding new book, periodical, and blog titles to the Kindle Store every day. Publishers and authors can submit their content and make it available to Kindle customers by using Amazon’s new Digital Text Platform (DTP), a fast and easy self-publishing tool that lets anyone upload and sell their books in the Kindle Store. Sign up today for DTP at


Amazon. com, Inc., (Nasdaq:AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s Biggest Selection., Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as health and personal care, jewelry and watches, gourmet food, sports and outdoors, apparel and accessories, books, music, DVDs, electronics and office, toys and baby, and home and garden.

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Amazon Kindle is sold through Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management’s expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition, management of growth, new products, services and technologies, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, significant amount of indebtedness, inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could affect’s financial results is included in Amazon. com’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, and all subsequent filings.

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Top 10 eBook Reading Apps for Android (2023)

Digital books are a real thing these days and many people prefer to read books on their Android smartphones. However, it is very difficult to find good e-book reader apps these days. In this guide, we will share the best ebook reader apps that have the right features.

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Aldiko Book Reader is one of the oldest e-book readers. It comes with all the features you need such as EPUB, PDF support and support for Adobe DRM encrypted e-books. Moreover, it also has a very clean user interface which makes it easy to use. Some other useful features of this app are phone and tablet support, customization options, and a global search engine for books. The free version comes with ads while the paid version is available for 4.99 USD.


Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle is a very popular e-book reader app that comes with the biggest e-book stores on the internet. The app has great features like reading features, sync across devices and a large collection of free books. It also has a very minimalistic user interface which makes it easy to use. The only problem with the Amazon Kindle is that annoying ads pop up from time to time. Overall, this is a great app with great features.



AIReader is a relatively new e-book reader app that works flawlessly with both old and new versions of Android. It also supports all major ebook formats such as EPUB, RTF, MOBI, PRC and many more. There are also plenty of customization options and reading features, such as auto-scrolling, page-turning animations, and different reading modes. It’s also free for us, but you can donate up to $9..72.


Bookari eBook Reader

Bookari eBook Reader is another really good eBook reader app that was previously known as Mantano Reader and was later renamed to Bookari eBook Reader. The app supports all major formats including EPUB2, PDF and many more. The user interface is a little more complicated, but after learning it is really easy to use. General. Bookari offers a really good package. The free version comes with ads while the paid version is available for 5.49dollar.



EBookDroid is another very good ebook reader. The app supports all major file types including PDF, DJVU, XPS, FB2, CBR, CBZ, EPUB, RTF, MOBI and many more. The user interface of the app is very simple which makes it easy to use. It also supports dictionary, text highlighting, freehand annotations, and many other features. You can also add additional features using plugins. EBookDroid is completely free and contains no ads.



FBReader is another well-known e-book reader app perfect for most basic use cases. The app supports all major file types including AZW3M EPUB, FB2, RTF, HTML and many more. It also works flawlessly with Google Drive and syncs books across multiple devices. The app is relatively old, has a simple user interface but is easy to use. FBReader is also completely free.


Foxit PDF Reader

Foxit PDF Reader is another very popular PDF reader application that supports all major PDF files. In addition, it also comes with annotation features, form filling features, and ConnectedPDF for privacy. It also supports cross-platform and you can easily find Foxit software/apps for Windows, Linux, Mac, iOS and Android. Two versions are available, free and paid. Paid version available for 0.99 dollars.



FullReader is another very popular e-book reader app, formerly known as FReader. It also supports major file types, including less popular ones like CBR and CBZ. The app comes with a Material Design UI and has a very simple app layout. It also supports cloud backup for Google Drive and Dropbox. You will also find a translator that works with 95 languages. All in all, FullReader is a full-featured e-book reader that is completely free to use. However, you can always donate money to support development.


Google Play Books

Google Play Books is another very popular e-book reader app that is in direct competition with apps like Amazon Kindle. It’s also a virtual bookstore where you’ll find a wide variety of books, magazines, and more. There is also support for all major e-book formats, support for comics, and more. You can also upload your own books to the cloud and access them from anywhere in the world. Some other features in Google Play Books are book rental, quick view mode, and quick bookmarks feature. Google Play Books is completely free to use.


Kobo Books

Kobo Books is an online bookstore just like Amazon and Google Play Books. Kobo Book Apps is a basic e-book reader that comes with an online store where you buy books from the Kobo Store. The app also supports cross-device sync, book downloads, and night mode. The application can be used completely free of charge, but you will have to pay money for books.


Bonus app: Moon+ Reader

Moon+ reader is one of the best e-book reader apps that supports all major file types including EPUB, PDF, MOBI and many more. It also supports OPDS which is very rare. The app also has several themes that give the reader a unique look. You’ll also find features such as gesture control, auto-scroll, EPUB3 support, and cross-device sync. The Moon+ reader comes with all the features you need and you will love it. The free version comes with ads and you can get rid of them by paying 4. 99 dollars.



E-books are the real thing these days, and digital books are also more environmentally friendly. These are the top 10 ebook reader apps for android and you can’t go wrong choosing any of these apps. The best way to choose the right app is to check out its features, supported file types, and user interface and choose the one that best suits your needs. Let us know about your favorite e-book reader in the comments section below. You can also check out the best PDF reader apps for Android on our website.

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Amazon Kindle Oasis Review – Wildly Helpful Electronics Tips

if you’re looking for a premium reader, you’re almost certainly look at Amazon’s Kindle Oasis (or Kobo Form , but that doesn’t recognize the name Amazon’s Kindle Range, which is synonymous with readers).

The Kindle Oasis line is Amazon’s top-of-the-line ereadrers, base 9The 0105 Amazon Kindle is the most affordable device with its main screen, limited storage space and a few features, while the Kindle Paperwhite increases screen resolution and storage space and adds a few tricks like waterproofing. Now Amazon has released an updated version of Oasis, adding some important new features.

With display features such as adjustable brightness, impressive backlighting, and this latest model with heating to reduce eye strain, the Kindle Oasis line is designed for people who want the most luxurious reading experience at an affordable price. But is that price tag justified for a device that’s a relatively small step up from the Kindle Paperwhite?

Amazon Kindle Oasis (2019) price and availability

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Considering the Amazon Kindle Oasis (2019) status as Amazon’s most premium reader, you should be prepared to wince at a price of $249.99/ £229.99 / AU$399 / AED999. The one’s for 8GB of internal storage; if you want 32GB of storage, the price goes up to $279.99 / £259.99 / AU$449 / AED1,099. There’s also a version with 32GB of storage and free 4G for downloading books on the go in limited markets, which will set you back $349.99 / £319. 99 / AU$559.

By comparison, a basic Kindle costs $89.99 / £69.99 / AU$139 / AED359 for 4GB storage, while a Kindle Paperwhite will set you back $129. 99 / £119.99 / AU$199 / AED649 for 8GB storage, so even the cheapest Oasis is still big to get out of the Paperwhite.

You can pick up Kindle Oasis from Amazon at US , United Kingdom , Australia , UAE and most other regions where the company ships.


Amazon Kindle Oasis (2019) doesn’t follow the mini-tablet design of most e-readers – one half of the device is noticeably thicker than the other, giving you a rib across your back so it’s easier to hold (theoretically).

In practice, we’ve found the ridge isn’t thick enough to provide a comfortable hold – at 8.4mm thick, it’s only 5mm thicker than the 3.4mm main body, which isn’t deep enough in the ridge to really penetrate into your fingers. We found the Kindle Oasis a little hard to hold when we’re only using that comb, so I’d recommend it depending on what position you’d like to sit in to read.

Kindle Oasis (2019)’ other dimensions are 159 x 141mm, so it can’t be big compared to a tablet, but its display is larger than other Kindles – more on that later.

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One of the device’s more ‘premium’ features is the metal build you won’t find in other Kindles. This makes it feel more enduring, which makes up for the fact that the 3.4mm body of the device and its relatively light weight of 188g can make it feel a bit delicate – the overall effect is that the device looks and feels sleek.

The device is also waterproof, with an IPX8 rating meaning it could theoretically survive being submerged in two meters of water for up to an hour. We can’t imagine you’d want to take it underwater for that long, but it’s certainly okay if you accidentally drop it in the tub while reading, or get splattered here and there.

Something slightly less expensive is the micro USB charging port, as most tablets and smartphones have ditched it in favor of USB-C, which charges faster. You won’t be using that much power with an e-reader, so it’s not a big deal, but we could get away with the inconvenience of replacing the charging cables we use for the rest of our devices..

There’s no 3.5mm headphone jack or speakers, so if you want to listen to audiobooks, you’ll need to use Bluetooth headphones or speakers.

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To the right of the Kindle Oasis are two buttons used to move forward or backward through pages. With them, it was possible to turn pages faster than touching the screen, because they both are in positions that naturally fall under the fingers, and also because when the buttons were pressed, the pages turned faster than when we touched the screen.

There were times however when the buttons didn’t register our touch, and on other occasions it did but the device stuttered until the next page was loaded, forcing us to press again and then accidentally skipping pages. This often happened when reading books that were complex in terms of their layout and design, such as comics and our own PDFs, and we don’t see it as much with text books.

It’s worth noting that for the most part, the design is exactly the same as the previous generation Kindle Oasis, and this e-reader now costs a bit less.


Display is where you’ll see major improvements in the Amazon Kindle Oasis (2019), as there are quite a few additions and changes that improve its quality and reading experience.

The display is 7″ diagonal, which is larger than the 6″ screens in the Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite, so you can fit more words or comic borders on the screen, and it’s higher image quality – 300ppi, so the content also looks good.

This screen is backlit by 25 LEDs, which greatly exceeds the 12 LEDs in the 2017 Kindle Oasis, and you can see different things – the maximum brightness is really high, so you can read in various situations, and there’s better contrast between light and dark, which makes comics are particularly striking.

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Brightness can be changed via an easily accessible settings menu, but there’s also an option to automatically change it depending on the environment, like on many smartphones. 0003

It’s in the settings menu that you’ll find other of the Kindle Oasis’ great new features, in the form of a ‘warmth’ lighting setting. This gives the display an orange tint, making it more comfortable to view while reading at night, and protecting your eyes from prolonged reading overload.

This feature is primarily intended to make it easier to read at night, but we also found that when used at low settings, we could read more easily in daylight. Tam’ne 9The 0183 is a huge range when you change heat, but it’s a valuable upgrade anyway.

The screen refresh rate is appropriate – being a reading display, you don’t see as fast a refresh as you would on a smartphone screen, but it was far from slow. When zooming in on parts of the document, we could see the zoom in and this made it easier to zoom to the right side of the file.

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Battery life

Amazon estimates that the battery in Kindle Oasis (2019) will last you six weeks, but that’s with a few caveats: to reach that number you’ll need to limit reading to half an hour a day, leave Bluetooth turned off, and set brightness to 13, which is about equal to half the brightness.

While this may seem a bit limiting, in practice, if you’re reading for an hour or so daily, and with a slightly brighter display than Amazon recommends, it will still take your reader a few weeks to get the hang of it. and that’s exactly what we found in our testing.

We read for a good two to three hours a day, and it took about a week for the battery to drop to 50% – that’s about the battery drain figure listed by Amazon. In short, the battery life is impressive – this thing will last you for ages.

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This is one of the perks of E Ink, as the technology uses little to no battery to display content on the screen, and it’s definitely an eco-friendly alternative to reading books on your smartphone.

No micro USB charging’ Exact though – we found it took a few hours to charge the Oasis to full capacity, but it doesn’t really matter if you’re only going to turn on once in a blue moon .


The Amazon Kindle Oasis (2019) runs on software that’s very tightly integrated with the Amazon Store—so much so that it can be easy to get confused between what books you have as part of your library and what offers from Amazon .

Once you get the hang of the software, it’s easy to find your way between homepage, library, settings, store, and everything else you’ll need.

As with readers in general, it’s not the fastest device in the world and it can take quite a while to navigate the menus. This slowness can be especially annoying when you’re trying to type, but that’s the price you pay for using a device that’s optimized for reading books rather than smooth UI navigation.

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Like other Kindles, you have a few useful features that you’ll find on Oasis a useful reading tool. One of them is the ability to change text fonts for e-books, so if you absolutely must read your books in sans-serif, you’re reset. You can also change page spacing, margins, and orientation to completely customize your reading experience.

Amazon Store

The Amazon Store has the largest collection of books, so you’ll almost certainly find a fantasy or non-fiction book, comic, or audiobook with relative ease.

If you’re an avid reader, you might be interested in Amazon Kindle Unlimited , a subscription service available in some parts of the world that allows you to ‘rent’ e-books. It costs $9.99 / £7.99 / AU$13.99 per month, and you can download and store up to 10 books or comics at once, so it’s perfect for fast readers.

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Kindle Unlimited is especially great for fans of comics and graphic novels, as they’re usually quite fast, but the physical versions cost quite a bit; and the Kindle library has plenty of classics, so you can use Kindle Unlimited to flip through a lot of titles quickly.

The selection of books on Kindle Unlimited is quite limited, of course, compared to the standard Kindle store, but it’s great for classic novels like War of the Worlds and 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea, as well as comics and a handful of others names you may not have heard of but might want to try.

Depending on your tastes and reading habits, Amazon Kindle Unlimited may or may not be worth the recurring cost to you, so be sure to check which titles are supported before you start.

In addition, Amazon Prime members can use Prime Reading, which is similar to Prime Video in that it offers you free reading of certain e-books as part of your Prime membership.

You can access both of these services from your Kindle or computer browser, as well as from the standard library of books you can buy, and in general we were able to find any book we wanted.

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If you want a luxurious reading experience (and don’t want those big, expensive, pieces of dead wood known as a ‘book’), Amazon Kindle Oasis (2019) is where you should look.

Oasis has a number of features that you won’t find in smaller readers, such as a high-quality display and a range of screen color and brightness adjustment options. The fact that you’re connected to the Amazon Store again doesn’t hurt either.

But how much do you value this experience? Are you ready to splash out on such an expensive device when you’re going to have to buy books from above? We think the Kindle Oasis will be prohibitively expensive for many.

Who is it for?

The Amazon Kindle Oasis is for people who value their reading experience above all else and are willing to spend a lot of money on a device that delivers that experience.

Should you buy this?

If you’re in the market for premium readers, you can do worse than the Amazon Kindle Oasis (2019), but it’s not much of a jump in quality compared to the previous generation Amazon Kindle Oasis , which currently has a price cut thanks to market upgrades.

If you like the improved screen quality and you’re willing to spend money on it, buy a new Kindle Oasis – but if you can use or keep these features, the older version will also be good for you..


Kindle Paperwhite

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If the Kindle Oasis’s high price tag puts you off, you can step down the Kindle range and take a look at the Paperwhite. It’s a simpler device in terms of build quality and screen settings, but it has all the features and functionality of a Kindle, so you’ll be able to read your books just as easily.