The Kindle is Amazon's most-basic and least-expensive eReader. It comes with built-in Wi-Fi and can download a book in less than a minute.
The Kindle has 2GB of storage capacity and can hold up to 1,400 books -- all of which are backed up for free in Amazon's cloud. But, unlike more expensive models, MP3s cannot be played and there is no read-aloud function. The Kindle is the lightest of all of Amazon's current eReaders, and with a 6" screen, it is also considered pocket-sized. The Kindle uses a five-button navigation system below the screen instead of the keyboard found on previous models, and it has long skinny side buttons for turning pages.
The "Special Offers" version is available for a discounted price because of ad support. The ads only show up on the home screen and while not in use; they do not interfere with the reading experience.
In September 2012, Amazon reduced the price of the basic Kindle with Special Offers by $10 to $69; the price without special offers dropped from $109 to $89.
CostHelper Bottom Line: Advertised prices for the Kindle are typically equal to MSRP of $69 or $89. Electronics items are often on sale around major holidays, for those willing to wait. Savings typically range from $5-$15 off the retail price.