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Deal alert: Save up to $50 on select Amazon Kindle e-readers

By Shawn Knight ยท 4 replies
Mar 28, 2017
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  1. Amazon last month in celebration of Valentine’s Day offered discounts of up to $20 on several of its Kindle e-book readers. That’s a solid deal - especially outside of the holiday buying season - but it pales in comparison to the sale Amazon is currently running.

    For a limited time, you can pick up a 6-inch Kindle E-Reader for $49.99, a savings of $30 off the regular $79.99 price tag. Optionally, you can grab the 6-inch Kindle Paperwhite for $89.99 – again, $30 off the MSRP of $119.99. The biggest savings, however, are reserved for the 6-inch Kindle Voyage. Regularly priced at $199.99, you can grab this premium e-reader for $149.99.

    The only model left out of the sale is the Kindle Oasis, Amazon’s high-end model that commands $289.99.

    Amazon in the fine print notes that offers are only good while supplies last and that you’re limited to one per customer and account.

    Critically, discounts are only being made available to Amazon Prime subscribers. If you’re not already an Amazon Prime subscriber but have been thinking of joining (and want to score a Kindle with a discount), now might be the time to pull the trigger (or you could just have a friend or family member order the e-book reader for you). The sale is good from now through April 3.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,144   +3,565

    Personally, I would rather have an actual book. I know there are many that love these devices but I find them (1) hard to read, regardless of the background, (2) Not great to take to a pool or beachside, (3) More seductive to the everyday thief, (4) Not as easy to chew up as my book so poor Fido either gets a mouthful or has a harder time burying it!
  3. Invizibleyez

    Invizibleyez TS Enthusiast Posts: 73   +20

    (1)Hard to read? I doubt you have tried it. It's arguably easier than an actual book. (2)It's better near water than a real book. (3) these are cheap enough where thieves hardly find them worth the risk (4)once you have a kindle, Fido can have all your old books.
    Reehahs and mattfrompa like this.
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,144   +3,565

    LOL - Yes, had one for three years before ditching it and contrary to your own claims, they simply don't stand up to real life scrutiny ....
  5. merikafyeah

    merikafyeah TS Addict Posts: 164   +116

    I can't speak for the other Kindle models, since my only experience is with the Paperwhite version, but the Paperwhite is OBJECTIVELY easier to read than a paper book:

    Reason 1: Font and font size are adjustable. With a paper book you get one font, one size. Too small? Too bad.

    Reason 2: E-ink is just as reflective to natural light as regular ink on paper, so daylight reading is largely identical, but the Paperwhite also has built-in illumination so reading in dimly lit areas is much easier and does not come with the side effects of blue-light exposure like with LCDs.

    Reason 3: Weight. A Paperwhite is lighter than the vast majority of books you are likely to read, all while being able to hold more text than a thousand books.

    Reason 4: Accessibility. The Paperwhite comes with instant bookmarks, user annotations, word lookup, etc. No need to waste time flipping pages, just press a button or two and you're there. Need to find a specific passage or all the instances of a certain word? Just type in a search query and done.

    Reason 5: One handed usage. 98% of the time you won't need your other hand. To turn the page just tap the screen. With a paper book turning the page can be quite awkward with only one hand.

    Not to mention slight spills are much more likely to permanently ruin paper than it will a Kindle. Perhaps the older Kindle models may be lacking in some regards but no one can come up with a reason why a paper book would be easier than a Paperwhite when it comes to reading black and white text.

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