Kindle E-reader, 6" Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation – 7th)
Special Offers display on the device’s lockscreen.
Special Offers on Your Fire or Kindle
If your Fire tablet or Kindle e-reader includes Special Offers, you'll receive Sponsored Screensavers and special offers, including personalized advertising, from Amazon directly on your device. You will see them as a screensaver when your device is in sleep mode. Connect your device to Wi-Fi to receive the latest offers.
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If you have an eligible Fire tablet or Kindle e-reader and are not already subscribed to Special Offers, you can subscribe at no charge from Manage Your Content and Devices.
To subscribe to Special Offers:
- Go to Manage Your Content and Devices.
- Select Your Devices, and then click the device Actions button to the left of the device name.
- Next to Special Offers, click Edit, and then click Subscribe.
The next time you connect your Kindle device wirelessly, it will complete the process of subscribing your device to Special Offers.
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Special Offers are displayed as a screensaver when your Kindle e-reader is in sleep mode. On Fire tablets, they are displayed on the lock screen.
Special Offers banners are displayed at the bottom of your Kindle e-reader Home screen. To see more details, select the banner.
If you buy a Special Offer when your device is offline, your order will not be processed immediately. The purchase will be queued and the transaction will be automatically completed the next time you connect to a wireless network.
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To unsubscribe from Special Offers:
- Go to Manage Your Content and Devices.
- Select Your Devices and then click the device Actions button to the left of the device name.
- Next to Special Offers, click Edit, and then follow the instructions to unsubscribe from Special Offers. You'll see the amount of the one-time payment before you confirm.
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Kindle is purpose-built for reading. Indulge your love of reading without interruptions like email alerts and push notifications. The weeks-long battery life allows you to read for weeks on a single charge. Kindle uses actual ink particles and proprietary, hand-built fonts to create crisp text similar to what you see in a physical book. Kindle is lighter than most paperback books, making it easy and comfortable to hold in one hand for extended periods of time.
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Go beyond a book with the following features (coming soon)
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|Kindle||Kindle Paperwhite||Kindle Voyage|
|Price||From $79||From $119||From $199|
|Resolution||167 ppi||300 ppi||300 ppi|
|Built-In Light||No||Yes||Yes + Adaptive light sensor|
|Page Turns||Touchscreen||Touchscreen||Touchscreen + PagePress|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + free 3G||Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + free 3G|
|Battery Life||Weeks on a single charge|
|Storage||Holds thousands of books|
|Weight||6.7 oz||Wi-Fi: 7.2 oz
Wi-Fi + 3G: 7.6 oz
|Wi-Fi: 6.3 oz
Wi-Fi + 3G: 6.6 oz
|Dimensions||6.7" x 4.7" x 0.40"||6.7" x 4.6" x 0.36"||6.4" x 4.5" x 0.30"|
Features & details
- Easy on your eyes--touchscreen display that reads like real paper
- No screen glare, even in bright sunlight
- Single battery charge lasts weeks
- Lighter than a paperback, holds thousands of books
- Try Kindle Unlimited free for 30 days--choose from over 1 million titles
- Kindle doesn't distract you with social media, emails, and text messages
- Massive selection, lowest prices—over a million titles at $2.99 or less
Product information With Special Offers
|Product Dimensions||6.7 x 4.7 x 0.4 inches|
|Item Weight||5.4 ounces|
|Shipping Weight||5.4 ounces|
|Batteries||Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)|
|Date first listed on Amazon||September 16, 2014|
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|Ratings||Screen Size||Storage||Resolution||Front light||Weeks of battery life||Audible (via Bluetooth)||Flush-front design||Waterproof (IPX8)||Adjustable warm light||Auto-adjusting light sensors||Ergonomic design||Automatic rotating page orientation||Page turn buttons||Wi-Fi Connectivity||Color|
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8 GB or 32 GB
Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Free Cellular Connectivity
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Q: what generation is this kindle?
A: 7th Gen.
Q: Does anyone know if this kindle can read back to me? Like read the book for me.
A: They used to have a feature on some of the older kindles that had text to speech feature. …
Q: I have misplaced my first generation Kindle. If I get a new one, can the books on the miss…
A: I would think so if they were in the cloud and to use the same account . Because I can wi…
Q: What do I do when my battery reads empty?
A: Plug it in and charge it or use it as a paperweight.
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*** SCREEN ***
The new Kindle is touchscreen and has the typical matte finish with the slightly gray/off-white paper looking background. It's certainly not bright white, but it's also not LCD looking (dark gray.) It does NOT have buttons for page-turning as the older generations do. If you simply must have the page-turning buttons, please search for the older Kindles that offer that. One last thing regarding the screen: this is not a Kindle PaperWhite or Voyage where you have a back-lit screen... this has an unlit, off-white Kindle screen. I will say, the text is noticeably crisper and bolder than I've seen with previous generation Kindles and I believe that's because Amazon is using E-Ink's new "Carta" displays instead of the previously used "Pearl" displays. I love that and have been waiting for years for E-Ink, the Taiwan based company that makes the Kindle screens for Amazon, to improve them. It looks like they're finally getting it!
The new Kindle's screen resolution is 167 ppi which is slightly lower than the Kindle PaperWhite which is 212 ppi, and substantially lower than the Kindle Voyage which boasts an impressive 300 ppi (individual pixels at this density can not be distinguished by the naked eye.) Price-wise though, the base model PaperWhite runs $99 at the time of this review, and the Voyage base model runs $199 so you can see, the more you pay, the better the resolution and features. 167 ppi is fine though... in fact, most webpages are 72 dpi to give you a comparison.
*** SPECIAL OFFERS OR NOT ***
Like other Kindles, you have the choice of purchasing one with "special offers" which is simply a marketing tactic Amazon uses, which, although some people may find annoying, I actually like as it recommends books that I'm actually interested in versus random crap I'd never buy.
*** ON-BOARD STORAGE AND PROCESSOR SPEED ***
One upgrade the new Kindle has is the amount of on-board storage which now allows you to hold thousands of books and of course, it also comes with a slightly faster processor which Amazon claims is 20% faster although honestly, I don't notice the increase in speed. Pages turn quickly and that's all that really matters to me speed-wide. The on-board storage is 4GB, although you also have unlimited access to the Amazon Cloud so there really shouldn't be any worries about storage.
*** BATTERY LIFE ***
Even going back a few years, the Kindle Paper White bragged about a battery that lasted a week versus a day. For very casual reading, that was true with the Paper White although with regular daily use, it was more like 4 days or so, not a week. The new Kindle has a similar claim in that the battery lasts weeks, not days; that appears to be true. You can easily go two weeks with casual reading and most of that is attributed to the fact that there is no on-board light draining the battery.
*** WI-FI CAPABILITY (NOT 3G!)
Books are downloaded quickly through WiFi, usually in less than 30 seconds, and definitely under a minute, unless you have really crappy internet service. THIS IS NOT 3G so you CANNOT download books unless you have access to WiFi. I have never found this a problem as I download my books at home in advance of leaving for a trip or something. Besides, nearly every McDonalds, Starbucks, and hundreds of other retailers and restaurants now offer free WiFi so if you simply must download that book while travelling, go park in a McDonalds parking lot and download the book. It's not worth paying the extra money for the 3G access, especially when it oftentimes raises the product price by $50 or more.
*** DICTIONARY AND HIGHLIGHTING FEATURES ***
Like all new Kindles, the touchscreen has some major advantages, one being that you can click on a word you don't know and pull up the dictionary to learn what it means. Also, you have the option of turning on the "highlight" feature where you can highlight important text AND see what areas of text others have highlighted the most. For someone reading a book for research purposes (writing a paper, review, etc.), this is a nice feature as the parts of the book people find most helpful are usually highlighted, alerting you to its importance.
*** AMAZON PRIME BENEFITS ***
As is the case with all Kindles, subscribing to the Amazon Prime service is going to give you a lot of bang for your buck as you can "borrow" thousands of books for free, and also get special pricing on some items.
*** ACCESS TO YOUR BOOKS ***
Books are stored in the cloud and are accessible by any Kindle device registered to you, as well as from your home computer which gives you plenty of options for reading. Some people use a Kindle PaperWhite or Voyage in bed because of the backlight (as I do) and then have another Kindle that they use for daytime reading. Very rarely do I use my home computer to read the books but it is a nice feature to have for some people.
*** If this review has helped you in any way, please let me know. You can also post comments or ask questions in the comments section below. I try my hardest to include all the important information about the product to help you make an informed purchasing decision and feel comfortable with your purchase. Thank you for taking the time to read my review! ***
Do you have any clue what you bought? Let's all say it out loud: THIS KINDLE DOES NOT HAVE A LIGHT!!!!!! It is an entry level model with no light. Amazon has always sold non lighted Kindles, and I still have many of them. They are a cheap way to get into the e-reader scene. Can you read a real book in the dark? Of course not. So these non lighted Kindles are not epic failures for not having a light just as the last novel you bought was not an epic failure for not having a built in light. It is ridiculous to buy this Kindle then give it a 1 star review because it doesn't have a light. Read the product descriptions. This Kindle has no light, the Paperwhite and Voyage do.
Scream all to the heavens: THIS KINDLE DOES NOT HAVE PAGE TURNING BUTTONS!!!! To buy this Kindle then give it a 1 star review because your old Kindle had page turning buttons and this one does not is insane. Could you not see when you clicked on "BUY" that this Kindle had no page turning buttons. Sometimes I think there are two kinds of Kindle owners: those who want page turning buttons and those who don't mind moving their thumb a nano meter to turn a page. If you can tell by my sarcasm, I belong to the latter bunch.
Then of course there are the technically deficient that have no clue what wifi is, are unable to sign on, and blame it on the Kindle. BAM! another 1 star review. Well I feel for you on this one, If you are new to the scene all Kindles come wifi ready, ready to sign on to your wifi set up at home. When this is done you can buy book from your Kindle or computer. All of your purchases are held in that magical storage space called "the cloud" and you can access those from any Kindle registered under your name.
Now for my two cents. This is a great Kindle. The software is the latest, similar to the Paperwhite. It's quick, has any feature you could ask for from an entry level Kindle. I don't understand the hate for touch screen. You should embrace it. See that word on the page you don't know? Touch it with your finger and a dictionary pops up giving you the definition. How many clicks on the Kindle Keyboard would this same function take (still have my Keyboard and love it, but probably like one loves an antique typewriter). As far as page turns go, see my nano meter thumb comment above. Once you get used to it it's a piece of cake. Hey, the first time I picked up an iPhone to type a text message "how are you?" it came out "lskdlj eiieoi c;?" You need to acclimate yourself to a touch screen. Once you do those page turning buttons will start to feel like cheap little bits of plastic that will eventually stop working.
Under a lamp or in natural daylight the text is bold and easy to see. Some fonts are bolder than others. This is also a very light Kindle. I've found kind of a sweet spot for holding Kindles. Pinching the bezel to hold it is awkward. I place the bottom left corner in the middle of my palm, rest the back of it on my four fingers, and tilt it slightly to the left so it doesn't fall in my lap. My thumb is perfectly free to move that nano meter to turn a page.
So let's sum up:
*This Kindle does not have a light.
*This Kindle does not have page turning buttons.
*This Kindle (like all Kindles) has wifi capability. When you are home on your wifi you can buy and download books from the Kindle store. If you go to the beach, you cannot. If you want this then get 3G. This is like a cell phone. Personally I've never needed to buy a book outside of my home so never felt the need for 3G.
If this helps one person it was worth typing.
From a size standpoint, the reading screen is the exact same size as the other e-Ink Kindles. It is slightly thicker - but slightly lighter - than the Kindle Paperwhite, but to me it's not really a noticeable difference when you're holding it in a protective cover.
Opening up the box, included with the Kindle is a micro-USB cord but no power adapter. That's really annoying. Interestingly, and it seems rather chicken of Amazon, a power adaptor has to be purchased separately for $15 if you purchase it at the same time as you purchase the Kindle (or $20 if you purchase it later), so if you already have a micro-USB charger handy I wouldn't order one of the chargers.
There are no page buttons - no buttons at all except for the power button - and turning the page is as easy as tapping the side of the screen with your thumb while you're reading, or swiping the screen with your finger.
Reading is easy on this one: in comparison to my Kindle Keyboard, the previous version of Kindle, and a Kindle DX the letters on the screen are much, much darker and easier to read: the display is crisp and dark. Looking at the display side-by-side in the same location of an eBook against the versions of Kindle mentioned above, the text on this Kindle is much darker and reads a lot better. Compared to a Paperwhite it is not as dark but those results are to be expected since the Paperwhite has 25%+ more pixels per inch, but at this price point that's not too big of a concern for me as each new version of the Kindle gets better and better with the fonts and screen display and this one is pretty darn good - you want to be able to read what you're supposed to, right?
If you like the text-to-speech feature of previous Kindle models or listened to music with your previous Kindle, please be aware there are no speakers nor is there a plug for headphones.
Web surfing speed with the wireless is about the same as with other versions of the e-Ink Kindles: slow as Christmas! My usual test of the connectivity on a Kindle was hitting the main pages of the mobile websites of Fox News, CNN, and Google. I pushed "go" or "enter" buttons / icons at the same time on each and did not see a visible difference in the load speeds start to finish: I was about 50 yards away from my wireless router at home with a couple of walls in the way for the wireless test, with similar results at my office after the Kindle arrived. I did try to check one of my Google email accounts but it crashed. I learned a couple of years ago to not try and surf the Internet with an e-Ink Kindle because it's so darn slow; besides, I use the Kindle to read a book and I can surf the Internet or check my email on my other devices
In comparison the previous version of Kindle this one is replacing, other than the crisper text / fonts from the improved screen display, as far as I can tell this new version of Kindle has the same technical specifications of the previous Kindle: about the same size, same internal memory. If you had a precious version of the Kindle this version is replacing, that means you can use the same cover as the previous version.
Battery life is supposed to last "...weeks on a single charge" but I doubt it: I charged it up 100% late yesterday afternoon and, 24 hours later, the battery meter is indicating about 50% left. This was with the Wi-Fi left on but the Kindle not being used overnight as I left it in the office in sleep mode. Time will tell if this is going to be a problem or not.
It did take a few minutes to get this model up and running as, in addition to the normal making sure it is registered and going through a mandatory tutorial on which areas of the screen to tap to perform various functions, there is a lot of Amazon marketing you have to weed through: do you want to sign up for Goodreads (an Amazon affiliate), would you like to sign up for Kindle Unlimited (for a monthly recurring revenue stream to Amazon), would you like to link your Facebook and Twitter accounts so your're friends / family / perfect strangers can be voyeuristic on what you are reading (absolutely not for me).
You can also sign up for parental controls with this version which I think is a great idea - sometimes you don't want your children to read what you are reading.
One annoying thing (to me, at least) is the automatic import of the various categories / collections you have linked to your Amazon account onto this version and links to the books in the Cloud that you can immediately download in the same category on the new Kindle. If you're replacing an older Kindle with this one that could be handy, but if you have other people on your account / family in households with more than one Kindle, that can be a pain in the neck because, for example, my wife and I generally have different tastes in books - I don't want her books cluttering up my Kindle's screen and she feels the same way about mine. IT's not a deal killer, but it does make you wade through a lot of stuff.
Despite some of my nits above, as a parent whose children can be hard on electronics I likethis version, and think with this $79 price point it will help to continue to explode the eBook revolution even faster as they get in more people's hands. If you have not purchased a Kindle before due to price, need a cheaper replacement than the other versions, or maybe a relative or a friend has hesitated to get one this one is in your price zone, I would recommend this one!
Quick reach to dictionaries and translations.
Word-wise is a good feature.
Easy reach to Wiki.
Havent used X-Ray so cant comment on that.
Light weight. Easy to use. Handy.
Cons: Almost none if you look at it as an e-reader.
A small brightness setting would have helped :D
I loaded the Kindle with e-books (I had a collection by one of my favorite authors, and there are lots of free books to download, and I decided to try Kindle Ultimate while I was at it) and packed it into my computer bag. It saved my life during the flight and the trip both. My husband thinks I should have gotten the one with its own lighting, but now that I'm home again, access to a reading light is not an issue.
The text is amazingly clear--really, my graphics geek husband marveled over it--and being able to adjust the size means that even if I've forgotten my reading glasses, I can still read. (They don't always make it from one room to the other.) The faint gray tone to the background seems odd for a moment, but then completely natural.
Battery life has generally been very good. It helps to actually turn the screen off when not reading. I don't mind seeing the ads, but they do use up power. I left the Wi-Fi turned off the entire time I was in Rotterdam, and I think that helps save power, too.
I got the power adapter, but since that only works in the US, I just charged the Kindle by connecting it to my computer. Now that I'm home, I have the power connector next to my bed, so I can charge while reading.
I expect to be buying e-books rather than paperbacks from now on, which is just as well, as even my abundant shelving is starting to overflow. I only wish I could "rip" my existing book collection to Kindle format.
We actually love our newest little Kindle which is actually a "seventh generation". We weren't planning on buying one because our "Keyboard" is still going strong, but there was a promotion where it was $20 off and it came with a 6 month extension to our "KIndle Unlimited" subscription which was $30 off. So our plan was to not open it and then sell it on eBay and keep the 6 month extension to our "Kindle Unlimited" subscription. But curiosity got the best of us. So a few hours after it arrived we opened the box and took it for a spin and a side-by-side comparison with our beloved "Keyboard".
So first... what did we find inaccurate in the other reviews... The screen, it does give a very good first impression. Amazon and nearly every reviewer claim that it is whiter, brighter and has better contrast than previous generations of Kindles. We have always been happy with the screen on our "Kindle Keyboard" and were not sure why it needed any "improvements". When we put our Kindle Keyboard next to the new Kindle under the same light to us the screens look nearly identical. The only real difference we noticed is that the font on the new one seems more refined and is better to look at. Not only that... there are several fonts to choose from. Side by side there is no question that a book on the screen of this latest generation Kindle looks better than a book on the "Keyboard" because of the new fonts, but to us the screen itself doesn't appear any lighter, whiter, brighter or have higher contrast. We have tablets with high resolution screens with incredible color, contrast and brightness, but we have always appreciated our older kindle because it's screen is as close to a paper book that we have found. So we are more than a little relieved that the "improvements" to the screen are pretty much all hype. The screen does refresh quicker than our 4 year old "Keyboard" to the point where it is hardly noticeable when changing pages but to us it is the new fonts that make the experience better.
The next thing we noticed is that even though we are used to clicking buttons to navigate on the "Keyboard" the touchscreen really is much faster and less frustrating. I can't tell you how many times we have been clicking the down arrow repeatedly to get to a menu item on the "Kindle Keyboard" and then accidentally have touched the back button which is right below it and literally had to start all over. Even after all of these years... it still happens fairly frequently.
Then there is the "home button" and page turning buttons that some people seem to think that they cannot live without. We don't get it. On the "Keyboard" we do like the dedicated buttons, without them navigating would be a bear, but with the touch screen... they really are not necessary. For example... to get to your "home screen" you tap at the top of the touch screen, then you touch the "home icon" in the top left corner and you are there. To change pages you can either swipe forward or back or just touch the edge of the screen. Personally, we prefer to use one of those little rubber tipped tablet pointers so we won't get finger prints on the screen but as long as you haven't been eating some kind of greasy food it is not much of an issue.
We also like the newer software combined with the touch screen and faster processor. Everything feels smoother and more intuitive as compared to the "Keyboard". We have to admit that we use our expensive tablets a lot with the Kindle reading App especially with books that have color pictures. So we are used to navigating with touch screen devices with powerful processors, but there is something about the Kindle e-reader experience that we still appreciate with our older Kindle. With this newer Kindle you still get the dedicated e-reader experience without having to give up the more intuitive nature of a touch screen.
The only other thing that we wanted to mention was the "Special Offers". Our older Kindle did not have that and we like all the interesting literary screen savers that come up on it and will miss them on the new one. But the "Special Offers" occasionally have some interesting ads. Yesterday, an ad for some reading glasses with three levels of magnification came up and we found them quite interesting and reasonably priced. We will miss the old screen savers, but the "Special Offers" don't really seem to be a problem at all. If they become irritating to us it costs only $20 to "unsubscribe".
My wife and I both have expensive tablets with beautiful screens and fast processors. They are incredibly useful to us and have dozens of apps that do just about everything from video conferencing to playing games. These tablets also have a lot of personal account information and other valuable data stored on them. They are also quite attract to thieves. If we lost one of them it would be much more than a minor inconvenience. It is nice that as of now this latest little Kindle contains nothing that isn't saved to the cloud, it has little if any personal information. If it were lost all we would have to do would be to log onto Amazon and deregister it from our list of devices. We would probably also change my Amazon password just to be safe, but my point is... it is nice to have a small dedicated electronic device that is incredibly useful, but wouldn't be devastating if something happened to it.
We like the way that the Amazon e-readers have continued to evolve. This "seventh generation" Kindle is lighter, faster, has a touch screen, better looking fonts and has refined software. It is a pleasure to use. We weren't planning on getting another tablet like device, but this little guy is a winner. We are keeping it.