• Deep discounts on popular products are beginning to dwindle on Amazon as the company shifts its focus to shipping mainly essential items for the next few weeks.
  • Amazon is a deals company first and foremost though, so it will continue to offer great deals on some of its most popular products even as it focuses mainly on things like medical supplies and food.
  • On Monday, the retailer kicked off a big sale that slashes the Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite to their lowest prices of the year so far.
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The spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is picking up pace in the United States, with more than 15,000 confirmed cases as of the time of this writing. That’s believed to represent only a fraction of the actual infections out there because tests are still in such short supply and testing is still so limited. We all need to do our part by staying indoors in our homes and avoiding contact with anyone outside our homes unless it’s absolutely necessary. We all need to shop for food, for example, and some people with jobs that are deemed essential still have to go to work. Beyond that, however, we should self-quarantine as much as possible.

All that time spent indoors can make it easy for family members to get on each other’s nerves, so it’s important to be certain that we all get enough alone time. And there is perhaps no better way to spend that alone time than by reading a good book. That’s why Amazon is running a terrific sale that slashes its two best-selling eBook readers to the lowest prices of the year so far. Hurry and you can pick up an all-new Kindle reader for just $59.99 instead of $90, and the $130 waterproof Kindle Paperwhite is on sale for $94.99. And when we say “waterproof,” we definitely mean waterproof and not water-resistant. You can literally read it underwater if you can hold your breath that long!

Note that the prices above are for the 8GB versions with special offers, but Amazon’s 32GB models are discounted as well, as are the versions without special offers. That said, you should definitely go for the versions with special offers since you save money just because they display offers on the lock screen that you never look at anyway.

All-new Kindle

  • Adjustable front light lets you read comfortably for hours—indoors and outdoors, day and night.
  • Purpose-built for reading, with a 167 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper, even in direct sunlight.
  • Read distraction-free. Highlight passages, look up definitions, translate words, and adjust text size—without ever leaving the page.
  • Select from millions of books, newspapers, and audiobooks. Kindle holds thousands of titles so you can take your library with you.
  • With Prime Reading, Prime members read free with unlimited access to over a thousand titles.
  • A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.
  • Enjoy more books with Audible. Pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to switch seamlessly between reading and listening.

Kindle Paperwhite

  • Now available in Black or Twilight Blue
  • The thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet—with a flush-front design and 300 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper even in bright sunlight.
  • Now waterproof, so you’re free to read and relax at the beach, by the pool, or in the bath.
  • Enjoy twice the storage with 8 GB. Or choose 32 GB to hold more magazines, comics, and audiobooks.
  • Now with Audible. Pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to your story.
  • A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.
  • The built-in adjustable light lets you read indoors and outdoors, day and night.
  • Get instant access to new releases and bestsellers, plus over a million titles at $2.99 or less.

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Follow @BGRDeals on Twitter to keep up with the latest and greatest deals we find around the web. Prices subject to change without notice and any coupons mentioned above may be available in limited supply. BGR may receive a commission on orders placed through this article, and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes.