Good news, readers. For no apparent reason, Amazon has dropped prices on its Kindle ebook reading devices back down to their lowest prices ever. That includes Prime Day and Black Friday, so these are Very Good Deals. Right now, you can grab a baseline Kindle on sale for $59.99 (a savings of $30), or the even more impressive Kindle Paperwhite on sale for $84.99 (saving you $45). You even get three months of Kindle Unlimited for free. These kinds of discounts never last long, so pick one up if you want it.
Either way you go, you’ll get an extremely portable dedicated reading device that won’t pepper you with notifications while you’re trying to read War and Peace. (Or Dune in anticipation of the new film adaptation coming later this year.)
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Both of these machines connect you to millions of digital books and magazines. They can go weeks between charges. The glare-free e-ink display is more like paper than a phone or tablet, so reading in direct sunlight is no problem.
This latest-model standard Kindle has 4GB of storage and a screen resolution of 167 pixels per inch. The Paperwhite has 8GB of storage (upgradeable to 32), a 300 ppi display, and is waterproof. And since it’s only $25 more right now, it may well be worth it for those features. Up to you.
Kindle Unlimited is basically Netflix for books. It grants you unlimited access to over a million ebooks and over a thousand audiobooks, as well as current issues of many magazines. If you read a lot, it’s a good deal even when it’s not free.
The links above go to the ad-supported versions of the devices. That just means when you’re not using your Kindle, it’ll display an ad for a book Amazon thinks you’ll like. They’re pretty non-intrusive, but if you’d prefer an ad-free experience you can either opt for the $20 more ad-free model, or pay to have them removed later.
Chris Reed is IGN’s shopping and commerce editor. You can follow him on Twitter @_chrislreed.