Amazon Kindle Buying Guide: Which Model Should I Buy in 2023?


Amazon kindles are the most preferred e-Readers in the world. Asides from being the first in the market, they’ve been able to dominate the market in spite of the many Amazon kindle alternatives out there. In the past, there was just the Kindle. 

However, due to varying interests and reading needs, there are now multiple versions available. So whether you need something for yourself, the kids, or special needs, there’s a model best suited for your needs.

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That’s why in this article, we’ll be reviewing all the Amazon Kindles in the market and highlighting their various specifications. At the end of this post, you’ll be able to make a more informed and knowledgeable decision on the right Amazon Kindle for you.

The Amazon Kindle (2022)

Key Specifications

  • 6-inch screen
  • Built-in reading lights
  • 16GB storage
  • Six weeks battery life
  • Dark-mode

Price: $99.99

the amazon base kindle

This kindle edition came with twice the storage space and extended battery life so you can thoroughly enjoy your reading time. Asides from being an improvement to other base kindle models, it’s inexpensive. It also has a lightweight design and is ideal for most people. And although it doesn’t have a warm light, the general display is bright. There’s also a dark mode you can switch to if you’d prefer dimmer lights. 

Unfortunately, this 2022 edition isn’t waterproof. So you can’t use it around beaches, pools, and similar locations. However, it’s still the best option for readers who want an affordable option with extensive features. 

Kindle Kids Edition (2022)

Key Specifications

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  • 6-inch screen
  • Up to four weeks of battery life
  • Built-in reading lights
  • 8GB storage
  • Minimal interface
  • No lock screen ads
  • Kindle kids subscription

Price: $119.99

the kindle kids edition

Since the base Kindle is a simple model, the kids’ edition comes with a minimal interface to reduce distractions. It’s easy to use and the colored cases make it even more attractive. There are no lock screen ads, and it comes with vocabulary-building features plus parental controls. 

We also love that it comes with a free year of Amazon Kids+ and two years warranty. While the features are pretty similar to the 2019 base kindle, this is an ideal kindle to get the kids especially when you’re on a budget. Because you get the entire bundle for the price. 

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2021)

Key Specifications

  • 6.8-inch screen
  • 10 weeks battery life
  • Built-in reading lights
  • IPX8 water resistant
  • 8GB and 16GB versions
  • USB-C charging 

Price: $139.99

the amazon kindle paperwhite

With a slightly bigger display than the regular kindle, this paperwhite comes with 17 LED front lights so you enjoy better lighting when reading. We also love the warm display option. It’s the most popular kindle because it comes with a lot more features than the rest. 

For starters, it’s water resistant, so you can use it to read by the pool or at the beach without worrying about accidental splashes or drops. There are also two storage versions. The basic comes with 8GB and for those who want more, there’s a 16GB option. It’s slightly more expensive than the regular Amazon Kindle, but if you want these extra features, we highly recommend it.

Kindle Paperwhite Signature

Key specifications

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  • 6.8-inch display
  • IPX8 water resistant
  • Auto-adjusting built-in lights
  • Up to 10 weeks of battery life
  • USB-C and Qi wireless charging
  • 32GB storage

Price: $189.99

the amazon kindle paperwhite signature

The kindle paperwhite signature is pretty much the paperwhite model with a few extra features. So while you get all that comes in the paperwhite, you can opt for this for the 32GB storage. This is an extra benefit especially if you have a lot of ebooks you need to store. 

There are also automatic light adjustments that ensure you adapt to your environment. So in darker areas, you get dimmer lights, and in brighter areas, brighter lights. Like the kindle paperwhite, you can enjoy up to 10 weeks of battery life. And there’s the option to either use the USB-C charging or go entirely wireless. 

Unfortunately, if you’re not interested in the auto-lights, extra storage, and wireless charging, it can be quite a pricey option.

Kindle Paperwhite Kids Edition

Key Specifications

  • 6.8-inch display
  • 300 pixels per inch
  • 10 weeks of battery life
  • Kids cover, adaptor
  • Free Amazon kids+
  •  2-year warranty
  • 8GB, 16GB
  • Waterproof
  • OpenDyslexic font
  • Adjustable warm light
  • Vocabulary builder 

Price: $182.99

paperwhite kids edition

Being the newest edition for kids, the Kindle paperwhite for kids comes with 16GB storage and additional accessories like a cover, screen protector, and power adapter. Similar to the base kindle kids edition, it comes with one year of Amazon Kids+ and a two-year warranty. 

Asides from having a stronger battery life, we love that it’s inclusive. It comes with OpenDyslexic a font that’s preferred amongst dyslexic readers. It also has warm adjustable lights so you don’t have to worry about their eyesight. 

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Since it’s designed for kids, there’s a vocabulary builder and word-wise. It’s also waterproof so they can go to the pool or beach with it. 

Kindle Oasis

Key specifications

  • 300 pixels per inch
  • 7-inch screen
  • 25 LEDs and auto-adjust reading light
  • Physical page turn buttons
  • Cellular connection
  • 8GB and 32GB storage
  • 6 weeks of battery life
  • IPX8 water resistant

Price: $249.99

kindle oasis

The paperwhite has features, but the Kindle Oasis comes with even more. With a 7-inch display and 25 LEDs, reading just got better. It still has the auto-light adjust feature of the paperwhite signature and an IPX8 water resistance. There are also physical page turn buttons.

However, the major addition to this model is that while others come with WiFi connectivity, this model comes with a cellular connection. So you can download your books even when you’re not connected to any WiFi. 

There are also storage versions based on your needs. So you can get 8GB for smaller books or 32GB if you have a bigger library. This is the perfect version if you like reading wherever you are. So it’s more ideal for travelers and on-the-go users. Unfortunately, while this is a more expensive model, the biggest downside is that it doesn’t come with its own chargers. 

Kindle Scribe

Key Specifications

  • 300 pixels per inch
  • 10.2-inch display
  • 35 LED auto-adjust lights
  • 16GB, 32GB, 64GB storage
  • Included stylus pen

Price: $339.99

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kindle scribe

For starters, this model has the biggest screen display which makes it almost as big as a tablet. It also has more LED lights that automatically adjust depending on your environment. 

We’re also impressed at how there are more storage options – the lowest being 16GB. So if you want to import documents and more books, we recommend going for the 64GB storage option. 

Perhaps the biggest addition is that the Kindle Scribe comes with a stylus pen. This means you can now highlight pages, markup documents, make notes, write to-dos, create planners, and more. There’s also a premium pen that comes with an eraser. It’s perfect if you want a bigger display and to personalize your documents without the distractions of a tablet or iPad. 

We hope that you’ve found this guide useful in choosing your next Amazon Kindle. Do share this post with your friends and family who might need this too.

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