Any regular readers of this site know that I am a huge fan of Kindle ereaders. They are truly a piece of must-have travel tech for anyone that likes to read on the go! Sure, there is nothing quite like holding a real book in the hands but being able to have thousands on a small device that can fit in your pocket with an e-ink screen and weeks of battery life isn’t that bad of a deal!
National Reading Month Deals: Kindles from $49
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Link: Kindle Deals
Amazon is running a few sales on Kindle devices to celebrate “National Reading Month” and it is a good time to check them out! They aren’t as good as when you can stack the Amex deals with them (that come around every few months) but with the inclusion of 3 months of free Kindle Unlimited, it isn’t that bad!
Basic Kindle – $49 with 3 Months of Kindle Unlimited
The first deal is for the basic Kindle. While normally $79, you can get it now for $49 with 3 free months of Kindle Unlimited (and awesome program that has full libraries of things like Lonely Planet guide to read for free!). With that normally costing $9.99 per month, that is like getting another $30 off if you already subscribe to it.
And that last part is one of the good things about this deal. While it is possible to get free trials that also last 3 months, they are only for new subscribers. With this promo, it will halt any paying or free trial you are on until the end of these free 3 months.
Kindle Paperwhite – $99
Link: Kindle Paperwhite
The other model on sale, the Kindle Paperwhite, is (in my opinion) the best valued Kindle Amazon has ever made. I have owned/used just about every Kindle and what Amazon has done with this latest one is just great.
It is the first Paperwhite model to be waterproof and to have the display flat with the sides. It feels really good and sturdy and the only real advantage of the $249 Oasis over this is the extra 1″ of diagonal screen space. I have owned the Oasis and I prefer this Paperwhite (the Oasis can be awkward to hold since it is so thin on one side and thicker on the other and can be a little slippery with the metal back).
At $129, the Kindle Paperwhite is still a good deal but, unless you have to, you should never pay full price for a Kindle! The sales come around often enough that you can typically get them for at least $30 off, like now.
Also, it has built-in Audible support and support for bluetooth headphones if you want to listen on the go, right where you left off reading (if you have the Audible version).
To make it even better, Amazon almost always has a trade-in promo where you can send in an old Kindle and get a gift card for the value (really old ones are like $5 or for broken ones) and a 25% discount on a new Kindle. It is a nice way to convert something broken into savings!