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Amazon’s New, Cheaper 2019 Kindle

Amazon has just released a slightly smaller, lighter, and more affordable All-new Kindle for 2019. It strips down a few features from older devices, but is it worth it?

Amazon has just released a slightly smaller, lighter, and more affordable All-new Kindle. It goes for $90 with an additional $20 ad-free experience, so really $110. Compare that to the older Kindle Paperwhite which goes for $150 brand new. After looking at the specs of the new Kindle, you might be better off buying a used paperwhite because the 2019 Kindle has stripped down lots of features for the sake of price.

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The 2019 Kindle has a pixel density of 167 PPI, lower than paperwhite’s 300 PPI. This “clarity” doesn’t really matter when it comes to reading books because all you’re looking at is text. According to reviews, there’s really no difference. The new Kindle has 4 GB of storage, that’s enough to store over 2,500 books on your device locally. It would probably take a lifetime to even read that many.

The All-new Kindle has an adjustable front light for reading indoors and out. It’s been redesigned with “sleeker” bezels, smoother edges, and the trademark Amazon smile/arrow logo on the back. The device is 6.3 inches tall by 4.5 inches wide, and weighs about 6 ounces, which is easy enough to hold in one hand. Amazon also has options of buying a protective folding case along with it.

I’ve never tried an e-reader but after writing about the Kindle it’s tempting. I do read books and have a bunch stacked up at home. I’ve only read about 20% of them. The most attractive thing about e-readers is how much easier they are than carrying around a large heavy book. I study a lot at Starbucks, and there’s only so much room in a backpack. I usually only bring 1 book because that’s all I can hold, so thinking how much easier the Kindle is- it’s really worth considering.

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