The best Kindle deals at Amazon ahead of Prime Day
The best early Prime Day Kindle deals:
BEST DEAL: The Kindle Paperwhite (2018) is everything you need in an e-reader, and it’s waterproof to boot — $69.99$129.99 (save 46%)
BEST REFURBISHED OPTION: This Certified Refurbished Kindle (the no-frills 10th-gen model released in 2019) is just as functional as a new one and costs half as much — $39.99$79.99 (Prime members save 50%)
BEST ESSENTIALS BUNDLE: The Kindle Essentials Bundle features the Paperwhite (2018) version as well as a fabric cover to protect your screen and a power adapter — $124.97$139.97 (save 10%)
If you’re adding books to your reading list way faster than you’re finishing them, you might want to try an e-reader. Its convenience might give you one fewer reason to flake on your annual reading goals — plus, there’s nothing like seeing that Goodreads number go up.
Prime Day doesn’t start until July 12, but there are a few solid Kindle deals on Amazon already. The retail giant has been particularly generous with its own devices, including Fire TVs, gaming controllers, and fitness trackers.
Though the latest Kindle discounts are limited mostly to bundles along with a few older models, last year for Prime Day every Kindle was on sale, so it’s likely that we’ll see more and more of the line featured as we head toward July 12 and 13.
While not its newest model, Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite from pre-pandemic years was a solid choice back then, and still is. In Mashable’s review of it at the time, we noted its thin and light design, handy features like instant word search (for those fancy-schmancy terms) and family libraries.
It was also the first Kindle to let you sync your reading/playing progress across other Kindles and devices with Audible, so that you can start reading a book in bed one night and pick up the audio version the next morning on your commute.
The Kindle Paperwhite comes in four colors and is also waterproof, so you can read by the pool without fear of splash-back.
If you don’t mind not being the first person to own your Kindle, Amazon has an amazing Prime Savings deal for you — an OG Kindle for more than half off, for Prime members only.
This is the 10th-gen Kindle, which was released in 2019. It’s both older and less high-tech than the Paperwhite: There’s no waterproofing, anti-reflection coating, or search browser, but it’s smaller and lighter. Plus, why not save a perfectly good device?
Although Kindle Essentials Bundles can include a bunch of different covers — printed, leather, cork — our pick is the one with the fabric cover. It’s a mere $5 more than the printed version but much cuter, significantly less expensive than either leather or cork, and comes in four colors to seal the deal.
The bundle comes with a power adapter and a Kindle cover designed by Amazon to securely attach and modify for easy reading and grip. The devices recognizes when the cover is on, and goes to sleep to conserve battery, waking up automatically when it’s folded back.
The Kindle included is the 10th-gen, no-frills-but-functional model mentioned above.
The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is the best in the game right now, as our review describes. Besides standard upgrades like a longer-lasting battery, faster processing speed, and a USB-C port, it’s also got wireless charging, more memory, and an automatically-adjusting front light (and warm light option).
Its 300 ppi glare-free display also claims to read like real paper, even in direct sunlight, which is no small feat. As the upgraded version, the Paperwhite Signature also only comes in WiFi-enabled form, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to download books before you tote your device around.
The bundle includes a fabric cover (in just the one color this time) and, unlike previous Kindles, a wireless charging dock that also doubles as a stand for when you don’t even want to hold the Kindle up to read.