Amazon’s flagship ereader, the Kindle Paperwhite, is seeing a limited-time discount down to $99 from it’s normal $119 price tag.
The deal applies to both versions of the Paperwhite, with the $99 getting you the model with Special Offers, and $119 getting you the version without Special Offers. Considering this, we’d almost be inclined to just get the ad-free version for $20 more, and we wouldn’t be surprised if that was Amazon’s strategy during the sale anyway, allowing you to get the ad-free version for the same price as the normal, ad-full version.
Of course, with Special Offers you’ll see advertisements here and there, but you certainly can’t beat the price. If you can handle the occasional ad, $99 is a decent price for Amazon’s flagship ereader, and it’s pretty much an instant buy considering you’re only paying that much dough for something that you’ll get a ton of use out of if you read a lot.
The Kindle Paperwhite costs twice as much as Amazon’s entry-level Kindle ereader, but the features are there to justify the cost a bit. The device includes a front-lit LED display, which means that the device lights up the screen from the front instead of the back like most LCD panels do. This prevents eye strain when reading at night.
Of course, some of the biggest advantages of an ereader like the Paperwhite is that the battery lasts a long time. Amazon says that a single charge on the Paperwhite can last up to eight weeks (based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at ten). The same can’t be said for tablets, which usually only last a day or two depending on the amount of usage.
Ereaders also don’t come with any glare in bright sunlight, making them great for reading on the beach. This is thanks to the e-ink display that uses an entirely different type of screen technology than smartphones and tablets, and also uses up way less battery juice, allowing the device to last for weeks on end.
Of course, this isn’t the first time this year that Kindle ereaders have been on sale. Amazon provided a same $20 discount on its ereaders earlier this year, and it also discounted its ereaders and tablets several times last year in December and November for the holiday shopping season, where you could get the entry-level ereader for $49. Overall, the company has never been shy about discounting its own hardware.
You can usually take advantage of Kindle hardware sales throughout the year, so there’s almost no reason to not wait for a good deal on a Kindle ereader, and this certainly won’t be the last time we see a Kindle deal this year, as Black Friday and the general holiday shopping season will be full of Kindle ereader deals.
For the true book reader, there’s nothing quite better than actually handling a real book (and you can’t beat the old book smell), but for those who are more casual with their reading and don’t want the giant bookshelf collection that comes with it, a Kindle Paperwhite could be the perfect companion in your home library.
The Kindle Paperwhite also comes in a 3G version, where you users can browse and buy ebooks over the internet while out on the go using a data connection — no monthly service fee or annual contracts to deal with. However, you’ll have to pay quite a bit for this privilege, with the 3G model starting at $169, or $209 for the version without Special Offers.