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If you’re on the hunt for a new e-reader, Amazon’s latest Kindles discounts may have just what you’ve been looking for at a lower-than-expected price. Among the items for sale, the most important is the Kindle Paperwhite, which fell to $100. That’s only $5 more than its record price, and it’s the same price as the standard Kindle, which doesn’t have as many extra features as the Paperwhite.
Although we haven’t reviewed the Paperwhite, we have. test the Paperwhite Signature Edition, which differs only in its auto-adjusting front light, superior storage capacity and wireless charging capabilities. You should have a very similar experience with the regular Paperwhite, and it should be a great experience. The latest version of Amazon’s ubiquitous e-reader features a 6.8-inch, 300 ppi anti-glare display with 17 front LEDs, including a new adjustable warm light that will make reading easier in dark environments (and after a full day looking at a computer screen).
The Paperwhite’s design hasn’t changed drastically over the years, but Amazon has refined it. This model’s screen sits flush with its bezels, giving it a cleaner look, and it’s also IPX8-rated, so it won’t be in danger if it accidentally dives into the pool or the bathtub. This Paperwhite also supports Audible, so if you have audiobooks through the Amazon-owned outlet, you can listen to them directly from your Kindle as long as you have a pair of Bluetooth headphones to do so.
It should be mentioned that the Children version the Paperwhite is also on sale for $110, and we sometimes recommend this model even for adults. You get the same hardware as the non-kids model, plus a longer warranty and protective case. The Kids version is also supposed to be ad-free, but that’s only if you stick with the kid-friendly UI that comes pre-installed on the eReader.
Also included in this sale is the new Scribe Kindle, which fell to a new all-time low of $290. THE Scribe is Amazon’s first leap into the e-ink tablet space, and the model on sale includes 16GB of storage and a basic stylus. As a tablet, the Scribe is a basic device but executed well enough: there’s little to no latency when writing on the screen, there’s a decent number of brush options to choose from, and you can Organize multiple notebooks quite easily. As an e-reader it’s a bit on the large size with its 10.3-inch screen, but the screen is crisp and responsive and we like the wider side bezel which makes the device easier to grip.
You can’t actually take notes in the margins of Kindle books on the Scribe, but you can add sticky notes to your books and jot down ideas that way. And if you like the idea of keeping your notes on the same device that holds most of your reading material, the Scribe will be a good option for you. This goes for those with large Kindle eBook libraries, but also for those with PDFs and ePUBs they also want to annotate, as the Scribe supports a number of different file types.