Remember back in the old days when you had to choose between buying an affordable Kindle eBook reader that you could only use in the light and spending another $40+ on a model with backlighting so you could read it at night? Thankfully, those days are long gone. The latest version of Amazon’s entry-level Kindle now includes a lit screen just like the fancy upgraded Kindle Paperwhite.

So, what does the extra money get you these days when you buy a Paperwhite model? There are two main differences. First, you get a stunning high-resolution display that looks like real paper when you read it, and you get a different backlighting system that’s adjustable. Second, the newest Kindle Paperwhite that Amazon sells now is completely waterproof. Not splash-proof… waterproof! That means you can read it at the beach, by the pool, in the bathtub, or anywhere else you want. Heck, you can even read it underwater if you’re so inclined.

On a normal day, those extra features cost you an additional $40 compared to the regular Kindle’s $89.99 price tag. That brings it up to $129.99, which is a lot to spend. Right now, however, Amazon has discounted both of its awesome Kindle models so you can grab either one at its lowest price ever. The Kindle is available for just $59.99, and that really is a terrific price. For just $25 more though, you can get yourself a Kindle Paperwhite instead, and it’s definitely worth the upgrade.

All the different storage sizes are discounted as well right now, as are the versions without “special offers,” which are ads that are displayed on the screen when the Kindle is in standby mode. Honestly though, you don’t even notice the ads at all and they’re obviously not displayed while you’re using the Kindle, so we recommend saving the extra cash and getting a version with special offers.

Kindle Paperwhite

  • Our thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet, with a sleek, modern design so you can read comfortably for hours. Features our signature 300 ppi, glare-free Paperwhite display, laser-quality text, and twice the storage of the previous generation. Plus a single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.
  • With the waterproof Kindle Paperwhite, you’re free to read and relax in more places, including the beach, pool, or bath. Paperwhite is IPX8 rated to protect against accidental immersion in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes.
  • Now with Audible, Kindle Paperwhite lets you switch seamlessly between reading and listening via Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones.
  • Adjust the text size and boldness and read with Kindle-exclusive fonts, hand tuned to provide maximum readability. Whispersync lets you seamlessly switch between reading and listening on your Kindle and Kindle app without losing your place (requires Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + free cellular connectivity).
  • Finding new stories has never been easier with Kindle. Enjoy access to Kindle exclusive titles you won’t find anywhere else. Prime members have unlimited access to over a thousand books, magazines, and more. With Kindle Unlimited get access to over one million titles and thousands of audiobooks.
  • A Kindle e-reader with Wi-Fi is a great choice if you already have a high-speed internet connection and wireless router set up in your home.
  • Wi-Fi + free cellular connectivity uses the same wireless signals that cell phones use but with no monthly fees or commitments—Amazon pays for cellular connectivity. Using wireless connectivity to make other services available, such as wireless delivery of personal documents, may require an additional charge. For more information, see the Connectivity and Availability section of the Amazon Device Terms of Use.
  • Designed by Amazon to perfectly fit your Kindle, these slim, form-fitting covers attach securely and fold back for one-handed reading. They automatically put your Kindle to sleep when closed and wake upon opening, making it easy to get back to your story.

All-new Kindle

  • Meet the Kindle, now with a built-in adjustable front light so you can read indoors and outdoors and at more times of day. Purpose-built for reading, Kindle features a glare-free touchscreen display that reads like real paper, even in direct sunlight.
  • Discover great reads and Kindle exclusives. Prime members get unlimited access to over a thousand books, magazines, and more. Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles and thousands of audiobooks. With Whispersync, switch from Kindle to the Kindle app without losing your place (requires Wi-Fi).
  • With Audible, Kindle lets you switch seamlessly between reading and listening via Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones.
  • Designed by Amazon to perfectly fit your Kindle, these slim, form-fitting covers attach securely and fold back for one-handed reading. They automatically put your Kindle to sleep when closed and wake upon opening, making it easy to get back to your story.
  • A single charge lasts up to four (4) weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 13. Battery life will vary based on light settings, wireless usage. Audible audiobook streaming over Bluetooth will reduce battery life.
  • Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use 802.11b/g/n standards with support for WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS).

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