The all-new Kindle 2019 e-reader hits an all-time-low $65
Or get the Paperwhite for $90, which ties its lowest price ever. Either way, it's a great time to be a reader.
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If you've never owned a dedicated e-reader, allow me to make the case. Sure, you can read e-books on your phone or tablet, but those devices are rife with distraction. You're constantly getting interrupted by emails, text messages, the time-suck that is TikTok and so on. Plus, if you like to read at night, those screens can be hard on your eyes -- and your sleep, even if you enable Night Mode.
Unlike Amazon's previous entry-level e-reader, this Kindle includes one important feature: an integrated light (known here as a "front light"), which allows you to read more comfortably at night. That was always the big reason to consider the step-up Paperwhite model instead.
Why bother, given that the former now offers integrated lighting? The Paperwhite offers a completely flush front, whereas the Kindle's screen is just slightly recessed. My $0.02 on that: big deal. However, the Paperwhite has a sharper, 300-pixel-per-inch screen, versus 167 ppi on the Kindle.
How much that matters is a matter of personal preference. I recommend reading David Carnoy's Kindle 2019 review if you're having trouble deciding.
I'll just add that with
and the holidays approaching, we'll almost certainly see these deals again at least once or twice before the end of the year. But is it possible they'll get even better? Perhaps, but not by much. At best, we might see the Kindle dip to $60. Is that worth waiting for?
While you're debating that, a book recommendation: City of Thieves by David Benioff (yes, that David Benioff). It's the book for guys who think they don't like to read.
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