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Kindle Paperwhite is $45 off for a limited time

Amazon's waterproof Paperwhite e-book reader hits a new low of $85, while the new entry-level Kindle is $60.

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The newest Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, released in November 2018, is on sale for $85, or $45 off its list price of $130. Previously it's been discounted to $90, but $85 is the lowest price we've seen for our favorite e-reader.

Meanwhile, the new entry-level Kindle, which features an integrated light, is also being discounted: it's $60, which is $30 off. That's also a good deal, but the Paperwhite is arguably worth the extra $30 because it has a higher-resolution display (and is waterproof).

If you're shopping for someone who's looking for a dedicated e-reader, this is a great deal. The Paperwhite is the Goldilocks in Amazon's line:

  • It's 10% thinner and lighter than the previous version.
  • It has a "flush-front" design with a back made of a softer, grippy material instead of hard plastic. 
  • It's fully waterproof, like the high-end Kindle Oasis, and has a plastic screen that Amazon says is shatter- and scratch-resistant.
  • It has built-in Bluetooth for integration with Amazon's Audible audiobook service.

It was an enthusiastic CNET Editors' Choice at $130. At $85, it's a very good deal. It's likely that Amazon will update the Paperwhite in 2020, but it's unclear when or how much of an upgrade it will be. For instance, USB-C charging could be added and perhaps the lighting scheme could be updated. The device could also get slightly thinner. Read the full CNET review of the 2018 Kindle Paperwhite.

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Originally published last year. Updated with new sale prices.