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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.


(Prices as of 03/27/2013)
Kindle     Kindle with Special Offers Source
$69Best Buy

Additional Costs:

$0-$20Books: Most titles are $5-$20, more than 1 million books are free
$20-$50Cover/carrying case
$25 Extended warranty/protection plan
$20 Reading light


DimensionsHeight: 6.5"
Width: 4.5"
Depth: 0.34"
Weight5.98 oz
Screen Size6"
Text DisplayE-Ink Pearl
Capacity2GB (about 1,400 books)
Battery LifeUp to 1 month (Wi-Fi off); up to 3 weeks (Wi-Fi on)
Other FeaturesFree cloud storage
Adjustable font sizes
Limited web browser
Oxford English Dictionary
Warranty1 year, limited

For manufacturer information about this product, go to 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

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

What People Are Saying:

The Kindle is the basic, no-frills eReader. The Kindle has access to millions of books, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines, both paid and free. But the no-frills aspect is apparent. This Kindle cannot play music or read books aloud, functions that come standard on the Kindle Touch, which starts at $20 more.
  • "If you don't want to spend the extra $20 to upgrade to the forthcoming touch-screen version, the entry-level 2011 Kindle is a great choice for an ultraportable and super affordable no-frills E-Ink reader."
  • Engadget: "While this certainly isn't the best or most fully featured e-reader we've seen, and can't be considered an upgrade over last year's model, the new Kindle is the best e-reader $100 (or less!) can buy."