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Limited quantities of the Kindle Keyboard remain available through Amazon, but most other retailers have discontinued carrying the model.

The Kindle Keyboard is the third generation of Amazon's best-selling eReader, and is smaller and lighter than previous versions. The Kindle Keyboard offers Wi-Fi and/or 3G access (no plan required).

For the Kindle Keyboard models, Amazon has "special offers" versions in addition to the models not supported by ads. The special offers version is sold at a discounted price to make up for ads on the home screen and in sleep mode. The Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi/3G is available in both a graphite black tone and in white; the Wi-Fi-only model is available in graphite.

The Kindle Keyboard offers features that include the ability to read aloud, not just a book, but the device's menus as well, and the ability to sync with other devices so readers never lose their page in a book. The Kindle provides access to nearly 1 million books, magazines, newspapers and short stories through the Kindle store, and there are 1.8 million books published before 1923 available for free. In addition, the Kindle store allows readers to download the first chapter of books as a sample before purchasing.

CostHelper Bottom Line: Advertised prices for the Kindle Keyboard are typically equal to the MSRP of $139or $159. Electronics items are often on sale around major holidays, for those willing to wait. Savings typically range from $10-$25 off the retail price.


(Prices as of 03/27/2013)
Kindle Keyboard (Wi-Fi/3G) Kindle Keyboard with Special Offers (Wi-Fi/3G) Source

Additional Costs:

$0-$20Books: Most titles are $5-$20, more than 1 million books are free
$20-$50Cover/carrying case
$40 Extended warranty/protection plan
$20-$40Reading light


DimensionsHeight: 7.5"
Width: 4.8"
Depth: 0.335"
Weight8.5 oz
Screen Size6"
Text DisplayE-Ink Pearl
Capacity4GB (about 3,500 books)
Battery LifeUp to 2 months (no connection), up to 10 days (Wi-Fi/3G on)
Other FeaturesText-to-speech
PDF reader
Social media (Twitter & Facebook) integration
Bookmark and annotation features
MP3 player
Warranty1 year, limited

For manufacturer information about this product, go to Amazon.

Best-Selling Magazines

1. People$9.99/month
2. SI magazine$3.99/month
3. Better Homes and Gardens$7.49/month
4. Time$2.99/month
5. US Weekly$5.99/month
Per issue fees may differ. (List as of 03/27/2013) Source: Amazon

Best-Selling Newspapers

1. The New York Times$19.99/month
2. The Wall Street Journal$21.62/month
3. The Washington Post$$11.99/month
4. USA Today$11.99/month
5. The Onion$2.49/month
Per issue fees may differ. (List as of 03/27/2013) Source: Amazon

Best-Selling Books

1. "Monday Mornings" by Sanjay Gupta$9
2. "Lover at Last" by JR Ward$15
3. "Falling into You" by Jasinda Wilder$4
4. "Six Years" by Harlen Coben$15
5. "Wait for You" by J Lynn$3
(List as of 03/27/2013) Source: Amazon

What People Are Saying:

The Kindle consistently tops lists of recommended items. PC Magazine named the Kindle Keyboard the Editor's Choice and Consumer Reports tagged it a Best Buy item, its highest recommendation. Reviewers note the Kindle Keyboard has better contrast than previous iterations. Both reviewers and users note the Kindle Keyboard seems to "turn pages" faster than other models. The newer model is smaller and lighter, making it both pocket- and purse-friendly. Overall, reviewers and users repeatedly call it the go-to device for standalone readers. But, not all reviewers were convinced that standalone eReaders were preferable to tablets with eReader apps and features.
  • PC Magazine: "Amazon has managed to increase the contrast on the Kindle in a way that sets it above the Nook, Sony Readers, or any other dedicated ebook reader we've tested."