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The 2019 update for the basic Kindle ereader introduced a couple of welcomed improvements

2019-04-14

Even in electronics and computer business there are a few products that stand the test of time. One of these few products is the Amazon Kindle ereader. Especially, the entry level model with basic features is a simple, easy-to-use product that does what it supposed to do and doesn’t cost too much. Now, Amazon has updated the basic Kindle, making the new product already the 10th generation device version.
Amazon KIndle basic 2019 model in sunshine
The key improvement in the 2019 model of the basic Kindle is front light. In practice, it means that you can read in a dark corner (or in a bedroom without any lights on) because tiny lights in the ereader can be switched on to light up the display. The other extreme – reading in direct sunshine – is perfect reading environment with an ereader because of the way the E ink display technology used in these devices works.

Another improvement in the 2019 Kindle is the possibility to listen to audiobooks. Audible books can be listened to on a Bluetooth device, like headphones or loudspeakers.
Amazon Kindle basic e-reader with front light
The display resolution is low (600 x 800 pixels), storage space for ebooks is relatively small – only 4GB (it is still good for thousands of books), and fancy features are missing, but that is exactly the point with an entry level product. Amazon has set the price for the 2019 Kindle at USD 90.

Here is a video recorded by The Ebook Reader blog that shows the 2019 Kindle ereader.

Amazon Kindle 2019 (10th generation) key features and specifications

6 inch display with front light.
Pixel density 167ppi.
Storage space 4 GB.
Free cloud storage for all Amazon content, like Kindle ebooks.
Wi-Fi connectivity for internet: 802.11b/g/n standards with WEP, WPA, and WPA2.
Bluetooth.
VoiceView screen reader is available for a Bluetooth audio device. It provides spoken feedback allowing you to navigate your device and read books with text-to-speech (available in English only).
Reader can adjust font size, font face, line spacing and margins.
Ebook, document and image formats: Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, Audible audio format (AAX).
Weeks of battery life, but it varies based on light settings, wireless usage. Audible audiobook streaming over Bluetooth will affect battery life as well.
Battery fully charges in four hours from a 5W USB power adapter or computer via USB cable.
Dimensions 6.3 x 4.5 x 0.34 inches ( 160 x 113 x 8.7 mm).
Weight 6.1 oz (174 g).

Amazon Kindle e-reader, 2019 model 10th generation

Which Amazon Kindle ereader is the best, Paperwhite or Voyage?

2015-07-12

It used to be easy to choose an ereader. If you bought your ebooks from Amazon, you ordered the latest Kindle model that was available. If you downloaded EPUB books, you considered Sony, Kobo, Tolino, or a cheap Chinese product. Now, Amazon has so many Kindle ereaders on sale that it maybe difficult to pick up the right one that suits your needs. Fortunately, we can help you choose.

amazon kindle voyage

Amazon Kindle Voyage


The first criteria is budget. If your budget is less than $100, you get an entry level Kindle ereader that is probably the best product in its price range, but it lacks an important feature: front light.

Ereaders are built on special display technology called E ink. The technology doesn’t use light (like LCD and LED displays) to display information on the screen. That’s why an ereader without a built-in front light requires daylight or other external light source for you to be able to read the display.

Ereaders with front light are priced above $100. Amazon offers two Kindle models, Paperwhite and Voyage, with front light and all the necessary features that a book lover needs. Which one is better, Voyage or Paperwhite?

Here is a video comparison of Kindle Paperwhite 2, Paperwhite 3 and Voyage by Kindle Chronicles:

A comparison of Paperwhite 3 and Voyage by the ebook reader blog:

Kindle Voyage specifications

Display: 6″ display, Carta e-paper technology. Front light, 300 ppi, 16-level gray scale.
Storage: 4 GB on device.
Battery Life: A single charge lasts up to six weeks. Wi-Fi and front light affect battery life the most.
Charge Time: Fully charges in approximately 3 hours from a computer via USB cable
Wi-Fi: 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard. WEP, WPA and WPA2 security.
Documents formats: KF8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX.
Size: 6.4″ x 4.5″ x 0.30″ (162 mm x 115 mm x 7.6 mm).
Weight: Wi-Fi: 6.3 ounces (180 grams); Wi-Fi + 3G: 6.6 oz (188 g).

amazon kindle paperwhite 3

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3

Kindle Paperwhite 3 specifications

Display: 6 inches, Carta e-paper technology. Front light, 300 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level gray scale.
On-Device Storage: 4 GB.
Battery Life: A single charge lasts up to six weeks. Wi-Fi and front light affect battery life the most.
Charge Time: Fully charges in approximately 4 hours from a computer via USB cable.
Wi-Fi: 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard. WEP, WPA and WPA2 security.
Ebook and document formats: KF8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX.
Size: 6.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.36″ (169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm).
Weight: Wi-Fi: 7.2 ounces (205 grams) Wi-Fi + 3G: 7.6 ounces (217 grams).