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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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.
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).
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.
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 Dot for $22 ($27 off): This hockey-puck-shaped Echo handles spoken audio well, and the new version sounds better with music, but it still lacks the quality you’ll find in larger speakers. But if you want to add Alexa to more rooms in your house, the Dot makes a cheap and easy way to do it.
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.