Kindle and Fire Generations
Many people have complained about how Amazon names their devices…it’s been confusing.
The least expensive Kindle has generally just been officially called a “Kindle”, for example.
That might be okay, but the problem really happens when you are trying to buy
A cover for one model won’t necessarily fit another model.
It also gets very confusing when we try to help people on the Amazon Kindle forums. You might think a question like, “Can I stream my Kindle Fire to my TV?” would be easy to answer, but it’s different for different years. We frequently have to ask people to identify their devices before we can help them, or give them multiple answers (which can be confusing).
Well, recently, Amazon has started identifying Kindles and Fires (which used to be called “Kindle Fires”…another confusing factor) by generations.
are both being identified now as “7th Generation”.
Let’s work our way back through the non-Fire generations first:
- 7th generation (announced September 2014): Kindle Voyage, “Mindle Touch” (the $79 least expensive Kindle)
- 6th generation (September 2013): Kindle Paperwhite 2 (now just called the Kindle Paperwhite)
- 5th generation (September 2012): Kindle Paperwhite 1
- 4th generation (September 2011): Kindle Touch, Mindle (my name for the entry level Kindle…”Minimum Kindle”)
- 3rd generation (August 2010): Kindle Keyboard
- 2nd generation (February 2009; May 2009): Kindle 2 and Kindle DX
- 1st generation (November 2007): Kindle 1
The recently announced Fires (formerly Kindle Fires) are the 4th generation of those:
- 4th generation (September 2014): versions of the Fire HD, Fire HDX, and a kids’ version
- 3rd generation (September 2013): introduces HDX, new HDs
- 2nd generation (September 2012): Kindle Fire 2nd gen, Kindle Fire HDs introduced
- 1st generation (September 2011): Kindle Fire
How can you tell which one you have?
Here are the Amazon help pages:
It would be nice if they’d start actually putting the numbers on the devices, but I don’t think that will happen (they want the brand identification to be “Kindle” or “Amazon”, not “Kindle 7″…at least, that’s my guess).
Hopefully, this will help you buying those accessories…and those can make good gifts for the holidays for people you know who already have a device.
Bonus deal: some of the Kindle e-mail subscriptions have a deal going where you can get a free book (from a very limited set) if you are a new subscriber.
You can see the list of these free e-mails from Amazon here:
The free book deal is through October 18th…I know the Business & Money newsletter has one, Teen & Young Adult has one, Mystery & Thriller has one…I’d just sign up for the ones you want and see what happens. 🙂 These are all free, by the way.
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