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The Best E-readers and Kindles

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Trying to find the best Kindle is a great way to read more. This way, you can have a lightweight and well-illuminated book anywhere, something of difficulty when it comes to the latest releases. 

In testing a ton of Kindles, we've looked for the best mix of screen resolution, portability, and durability to pick the best Kindles (and other e-readers) for you.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018)

Resolution (Pixels Per Inch): 300 | Dimensions (Inches): 6.6 x 4.6 x 0.3 | Weight (Ounces): 6.4 | Claimed Battery Life: 6 weeks | Physical Page-Turn Buttons: No | Built-In Light: Yes | Water Resistance: Yes, IPX8 | Screen Size (Inches): 6

Best overall Kindle

In terms of bang for your buck, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite reigns supreme as the flat-out best Kindle. Not only is its display still a crisp 300-ppi panel supported by solid backlighting, but it also offers waterproof (IPX8-rated) protection and 8GB of storage. 

Its 6-inch screen is pretty much the standard for the industry, and we appreciated its even backlighting, an improvement over previous models which don't look as fully lit when you're reading a book at night. Another design change we appreciate is how its screen is set flush with the bezel, ditching the awkward design that looks even chunkier. 

The device costs a little more than half as much as the Kindle Oasis. It's also thinner and lighter than the third-gen Paperwhite, and its display is more flush to its body. While the Paperwhite is not the best Kindle ever (that's still the Oasis), you get more for your money with this model.

Our testing of the Paperwhite included a 20 minute bath in our little dunk-tank, and it worked perfectly fine the second it came out. It's rated to last another 40 minutes, but who leaves a Kindle underwater for a whole hour?
  

Amazon Kindle (2019)

Resolution (Pixels Per Inch): 167 | Dimensions (Inches): 6.3 x 4.5 x 0.3 | Weight (Ounces): 6.1 | Claimed Battery Life: 4 weeks | Physical Page-Turn Buttons: No | Built-In Light: Yes | Water Resistance: No | Screen Size (Inches): 6

Best Kindle for those on a budget

Rather spend your money on more books? A cheap Kindle e-reader and a new perk makes it more interesting for bookworms on tight budgets. This E Ink device is lightweight and easy to use for hours, includes a touch-screen display, and those ensconced in the Amazon ecosystem can benefit from Goodreads integration and FreeTime Unlimited.

The Kindle's lighting finally brings it closer to parity with the Paperwhite. We're guessing most bookworms also like to read in the dark and may not want to disturb a sleeping partner by turning on a bedroom light.
 

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Amazon Kindle Kids Edition

Resolution (Pixels Per Inch): 167 | Dimensions (Inches): 6.3 x 4.5 x 0.5 | Weight (Ounces): 10.2 | Claimed Battery Life: 4 weeks | Physical Page-Turn Buttons: No | Built-In Light: Yes | Water Resistance: No | Screen Size (Inches): 6

Best Kindle for kids

Amazon's latest Kindle improves on the Kindle by adding what's missing and chipping away at the cruft that fills up a regular Kindle. Kids will like it for the colored cases, while parents will love the 2-year no-questions-asked warranty. Even better, there are no lock screen ads.

Otherwise, the Kindle Kids Edition is the same tablet as the 2019 Kindle. You get the same 167 ppi display and front lighting, and the display is still inset, not flush with the frame.
 

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Amazon Kindle Oasis (2019)

Resolution (Pixels Per Inch): 300 | Dimensions (Inches): 6.3 x 5.6 x 0.13-0.33 | Weight (Ounces): 6.6 | Claimed Battery Life: 6 weeks | Physical Page Turn Buttons: Yes | Built-In Light: Yes | Water Resistance: Yes, IPX8 | Screen Size (Inches): 7

Best premium Kindle

The new Kindle Oasis still offers Amazon's most luxurious reading experience, with its machined aluminum back, larger screen, physical buttons, automatic lighting adjustments and very well-lit screen (using 25 LEDs) — screams "first class." Its Oasis moniker is earned from its IPX8-rated water resistance, which allows it to survive hour-long baths. The device also supports Audible's audiobooks, as long as you've got a Bluetooth device handy.

The Oasis's curved back and physical buttons give you an easier way to get a grip and a way to read your book without tapping the screen. While it's the best Kindle for those who can splurge, we just wish it didn't cost nearly twice as much as the Kindle Paperwhite.