3-day sale on Kindle EBRs (except Voyage): $20 off
While I do read on my Kindle Fire HDX (a now discontinued model) more, I still read on a Kindle EBR (E-Book Reader) every day.
The frontlit Kindles, the Paperwhite and the Voyage, give me the most comfortable reading experience I’ve ever had…including paper.
Why are they better than paper for me?
I’m pretty sensitive to bright lights. I have superior night vision, which may be related to some color vision deficiency I have. When going to sleep, I read on a frontlit EBR, with the brightness turned down just about all the way. That’s bright enough for me to read, but it doesn’t disturb me at all.
As a side note, I’ve automated a couple of the lights in our house…because I was experimenting with our
I can turn lights on and off by simply telling our Echo to do it…but in setting that up, I also put an app on my Fire tablet and my Fire Phone (also discontinued).
I now turn the lights on in the family room while I am still in the bathroom in our bedroom in the morning. That’s so much more pleasant! My eyes can adjust as I walk towards the family room, rather than literally pressing my arm against my eyes while I turn on a light standing right next to it.
But I digress. 😉
Having the dimly but sufficiently lit EBR in bed is much more comfortable than having a light on a nightstand (even though I used to literally just use a 15 watt red lightbulb for that purpose). Also, the light goes out when I close the cover of the EBR…I don’t have to find a switch.
I think many people have both: a tablet and an EBR. Why have the tablet? I do use it for internet and more sophisticated processing (including PowerPoint presentations), but the biggest thing for me is text-to-speech, where software reads a book out loud to me. I typically use that for hours every week on commutes. None of the current Kindle EBRs have sound at all, so they don’t do TTS.
The other big advantage of an EBR is the battery charge life. I charge my tablet every day. I charge my EBR maybe once every couple of weeks. Sure, I use the tablet a lot more, but there is a substantial difference regardless (different technologies take different amounts of power).
Interestingly, the regular price of Amazon’s least expensive Fire tablet
costs less than the least expensive EBR…even with this considerable $20 discount.
That means you pay for the additional comfort and battery charge life.
That makes the EBR a luxury item: you are willing to pay more for a superior experience.
Oh, one other big argument for an EBR: it’s the precise fact that it doesn’t do as many different things (it doesn’t have as much “width”) while doing basically one thing better (“depth”). That can be attractive for legal guardians to get for their kids, as well as anyone who finds it easier to concentrate with fewer distractions.
Amazon’s three day sale (probably just in the USA) is on these models:
Kindle, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) $59.99 (down from $79.99) | 4.2 stars out of 5 | 12,244 customer reviews
The $20 off also means you could get it without the Special Offers ($79.99, down from $99.99) for the same price you would normally pay for an ad-supported model.
This is the entry level model, and it’s a good one. Here are some of the differences between this and the Paperwhite (which I’ll link below):
- No frontlighting, so you read it like you would a p-book
- Fewer pixels per inch (167 versus 300), so the image isn’t as sharp (but I would say sharp enough for most casual reading…you might notice it with images, like graphs)
- Available only in wi-fi…no wi-fi and 3G option (for more money)
- A bit less heavy, a bit thicker
Kindle for Kids Bundle with the latest Kindle, 2-Year Accident Protection, Kid-Friendly Blue Cover (at AmazonSmile*) $79.99 (down from $99.99) | 4.0 stars | 61 reviews
This is like the above, but includes a ruggedized cover and an extended warranty…since each of those costs $20, this is a big savings, even without the discount.
Certainly something to consider for a gift.
All-New Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile*) $99.99 (down from $119.99) | 4.5 stars | 7,313 reviews
The Paperwhite (this is the latest generation) is a great model Kindle! I’d say it may be my favorite (price and everything taken into account), with the Kindle 3 (Kindle Keyboard) being second…well, wait, lack of TTS makes that a tighter battle. For sight-reading, it’s my favorite. 🙂
Why would you literally pay $100 more (right now) for a top of the line
You do get a few more things:
- Adaptive light sensor
- Page press buttons (in addition to touchscreen…these all have touchscreen)
- Quite a bit less heavy and a tad smaller
Will there be more sales before the holidays?
Sure, that’s likely, although we are getting closer. In fact, I’d be surprised if there weren’t more sales. I would also think there may be shortages, though…this is a sure thing right now.
People always wonder if a sale means changes to the line-up. It usually doesn’t. They only recently introduced this model of Paperwhite, so I wouldn’t expect another Paperwhite this year. A 2nd gen Voyage seems more possible to me…but that’s not part of this sale anyway.
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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. Shop ’til you help! By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.
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