LOOKING to buy a Kindle but not sure which is the right one for you?
We take a look at the different types of Kindle so you can choose the best option.
There's plenty of benefits to owning a Kindle: you can often get access to cheap e-books, downloading them onto your device then and there; no more waiting around for postman!
Plus if you sign up for Kindle Unlimited (£7.99 a month at the time of writing), you get access to thousands of books, audiobooks and magazines.
And while it's not always the case, you'll often find that e-books are cheaper than their physical cousins, so in the long run, you might be able to save a few quid.
But which is a right Kindle for you? We take a look below.
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1. Kindle (2019)
- Amazon Kindle (2019), £69.99 from Amazon – buy here
The 2019 version of the Amazon Kindle has everything most people need, including a good resolution and decent battery life (up to four weeks on a single charge.)
With a 6-inch E Ink capacitive touchscreen, it's very portable, but not excessively small.
It supports Audible audiobooks streaming via Bluetooth headphones and has 4GB of internal storage, which can hold roughly 12 audiobooks at the time, or 3000 books. Not bad for an e-reader under £70.
We own this Kindle ourselves and think it's pretty good value for money. We haven't found a light we couldn't read it in yet, and by and large, it's very easy to get to grips with.
Our only complaint (and it is pretty minor) is that you can often hit the wrong part of the screen when you're using it one handed, so instead of changing page, you highlight some text or enter the settings mode. You could get around this by buying the Oasis if you're feeling flush.
A final note is that if you enjoy reading a book in a bath and you're thinking of converting to a Kindle, spend a little extra and get the Paperwhite. It's waterproof!
2. Kindle Paperwhite (2018)
- Kindle Paperwhite (2018), £119.99 from Amazon – buy here
The Paperwhite is Amazon's mid-range Kindle, with a battery capable of lasting for up to six weeks on a single charge.
Introducing an improved battery and waterproof capabilities (IPX8), this e-reader allows you to enjoy your books at the beach, by the pool or in the bath.
The Kindle Paperwhite has the same 6-inch screen size as the basic Kindle, but features a higher pixel per inch (PPI) density (300 PPI vs the Kindle's 167 PPI), for an improved reading experience.
Unlike its cheaper sibling, the Paperwhite also comes in two storage option versions, respectively 8GB and 32GB, and with either WiFi or mobile connectivity.
3. Kindle Oasis (2019)
- Kindle Oasis (2019), £229.99 from Amazon – buy here
The best Kindle money can buy, the Oasis has been designed to provide a luxurious reading experience.
Featuring the same resolution and waterproof capabilities of the Paperwhite, the Oasis adds extra handy features like back-light colour regulation and scheduling capabilities.
Its 7-inch screen is also bigger than the other Kindles, and the ridge on the right side of the device enables conformable one-hand use.
Available in 8GB and 32GB storage versions, the Kindle Oasis comes in both WiFi and mobile connectivity variants.
4. Kindle Kids Edition
- Kindle Kids Edition, £99.99 from Amazon – buy here
Amazon's Kindle Kids Edition is essentially a basic Kindle packed with extra feature to encourage reading and learning via the e-reader.
The device comes with a one year subscription to Amazon Kids+, which includes thousands of books for young people, and a two-year guarantee.
After the year, the subscription will automatically renew for £1.99/month.
The Kindle Kids Edition also include features like achievement badges and a vocabulary builder to enhance children's reading experience.
Should I buy a Kindle With Ads option?
As Kindle owners ourselves, we opted to buy the Kindle with ads.
Since our Kindle spends most of its time tucked away in a case, we don't really notice the ads appearing on the screen when we're not using it, and they don't appear when you're reading your books. In our opinion, then, it's a pretty easy way to save a tenner.
But, if you think having adverts for books as your Kindle's screen saver is annoying, £10 isn't too great a price to pay to remove them.
What is the right Kindle for me?
The basic Kindle is good for most people, as it has a solid resolution, audio-books via Bluetooth, and back-light to read in poorly-lit environments.
However, if four weeks of battery are not enough for you, or if you strain your eyes easily, getting a Paperwhite with a higher resolution could provide you with a more pleasant reading experience.
It also enables readers not to worry about water splashes, if they live in rainy cities, or close to the seaside.
Finally, if you don't mind spending some extra cash, the Kindle Oasis is the absolute best you can get as an e-reader, with a larger screen, extra reading features, and a more ergonomic design.
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