Amazon Kindle vs Kindle Paperwhite: Which Amazon ereader should you buy?

Searching for the best Kindle options and deciding which kind of Kindle is right for you can be quite confusing. Amazon makes four Kindle models, including the new base model Kindle, which launches in late 2022. There’s also the Kindle Paperwhite, updated in 2021, at a slightly higher price. At the higher end are the expensive Kindle Oasis and the giant Kindle Scribe.

We find ourselves recommending the basic Kindle and Paperwhite most often, because, for the cost, they offer the best mix of features you’ll ever need. Differences in price don’t always equate to better specs, so if you’re choosing between these two readers, we can help break down the differences.

We’ll also take a look at the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition, as well as the Kids’ versions of each of these e-readers. The differences there may be worth the price premium to some people.

Chapter from a book premiering on Amazon Kindle 2022

The Kindle 2022 is better for reading only (Image credit: TechRadar)

All Amazon eReaders are excellent for reading and listening to books. This is because Amazon uses the same E Ink technology across the range. No matter what Kindle you’re reading on, from the inexpensive basic Kindle to the hefty new Kindle Scribe, you’ll get a gray-scale screen with a resolution of 300 dpi. That’s sharper than even the best iPad tablets, and Kindle screens specialize in fonts and text.

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