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Initial post: Sep 21, 2013 7:27:53 PM PDT
G. Ai says:
Im completely new to kindle. I like to read books and I really want something thats convenient and good for my eyes cuz my eyes are very bad. As I was adding Kindle fire to my shopping bag, something came out and tell me that Kindle fire doesn't have a wall charger, it only has a usb charger, so my first question is should I buy the wall charger? Second question is whats the difference between fire and paperwhite, can i watch movies on either of them? can i use the wifi or Internet? which one is better for my eyes, I want one thats looks more like papers not the screen of my computer. I just have no clue where or how to start, if you know the answer please help me. Thank you very much!!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2013 7:34:36 PM PDT
Miss Carol says:
The Kindle Fire is a tablet - meaning it is backlit. You can access the internet and watch movies and play games on it. You can also read - but it's not the best for your eyes. The Paperwhite is a dedicated e-reader. It is not backlit and is far easier on your eyes. You cannot watch movies on it. It just does not do that. For one thing - there are no colors - it is completely in grey scale.

I've heard that none of them come with the wall charger part any more - but I could be mistaken about that.

Posted on Sep 21, 2013 8:34:23 PM PDT
All Kindles currently sold come with a USB cable that can be used for charging from a computer. For faster charging without a computer, I would recommend buying the wall adapter when you buy your Kindle.

G. Ai - Is reading outside (like at the beach) important to you? If so, go with an e-ink Kindle like the Paperwhite. The Kindle Fire is basically an Android tablet integrated into Amazon's ecosystem.

Posted on Sep 22, 2013 8:29:09 AM PDT
G. Ai says:
Thank you all for ur help, I feel so much better now!! I got another question, does basic kindle has touch screen? and is it possible to adjust the light on basic kindle and paperwhite? compare basic kindle to paperwhite, which one do u suggest me get? Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2013 8:49:47 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 22, 2013 8:50:16 AM PDT
The Basic Kindle has no built in light, and it is not a touch screen. You need an external light source, and you control it by the page turn buttons and the 5-Way controller. It has no audio capability, no speakers.

The Paperwhite has a built in light and uses a touch screen. You can also buy this Kindle with the 3G option, for those who do not have easy access to WiFi. The light is a front light system, making it easy to read in any situation, from a dark bedroom, to the bright sunlight outside. It also has no speakers, no audio ability at all. The light is fully adjustable, from very bright, to very very dim.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2013 9:18:26 AM PDT
For reading, easy on the eyes -- Paperwhite.

For playing, screen=computer -- Fire.

Posted on Nov 10, 2013 9:07:06 AM PST
It's my turn to ask a question. Is there any kindle that will do what the paperwhite edition will do, but allow me to download children's picture books and see them in color? Can this be done in the current Paperwhite editions??

Posted on Nov 10, 2013 9:19:23 AM PST
Paperwhite is black/white only.
Kindle Fire is in color.

What do you mean when you say "what the paperwhite edition will do"?

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 6:31:20 PM PST
Catherine says:
Gunnar: Do you mean you'd like a Kindle that has the better reading capacity that the Paperwhite has, but that you can download color books onto? The answer is no. The Paperwhite only displays in black and white. It is better for your eyes, if you want to read on it. The Paperwhite will keep your eyes from getting tired, it can be used in the dark, or in sunlight....basically it is an e-reader and it's only function is to display books for people who want to read...only. The Fire is in color, has a backlit screen that wears out your eyes more quickly, but is in color, like your computer screen. It is a tablet and has lots of functions, like playing games and displaying movies. You can read on it, lots of people do, but it's probably not the best choice if that is going to be the main thing you do on it.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 8:31:34 PM PST
When I bought the Kindle paperwhite I didn't realize that it had no text to speech which I like to use from time to time so bought an additional Kindle Touch for that reason. I am so glad that they added the text to speech to all the newer Kindle Fires too. I am not handicapped but feel that is a great asset to have for people who are impaired. My son calls me the Kindle

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 10:07:40 PM PST
Well, I am looking for the eye easy Paperwhite, but I have a 2 year old grandson and another on the way. sometimes having a picture book with you would be a great bonus, but I don't want reading to be an eye strain for them too. But can you imagine having e-ink with current read in darkness capabilities of Paperwhite, but in picture books for young children that they cannot rip by accident. It would make board books almost obsolete. In the backseat of the car, waiting in dim light for a movie to start or a fireworks display to begin? I just think that this technology can't be that far away. We once had to wait a long time for color television.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 10:13:53 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 12, 2013 10:15:44 PM PST
The easiest on your eyes would be the Kindle-also called 'Basic'-for $69.00. It has no light, and you need a lamp, or other room light, to read it. For best effect, use a 'Daylight', or 'Full Spectrum', bulb in your room lights/ lamps, to get 'like sunlight' color, and less UV ray output than with Fluorescent bulbs. The Kindle (Basic) will not let you view movies, or play video games. The PaperWhite will be slightly harder on your eyes than the Kindle, but not as hard on them as would be the Fires. The PaperWhite is FRONT lit, and puts out less UV light than do the BACK lit Fires. The PaperWhite will not let you play videos, or video games. The Fires will. Only the Fires are in color. They can display children's picture books. The PaperWhite, and Kindle (Basic) can not. You can charge your Kindle with just the USB cable plugged into it, and into your computer. That is Ok, but can take time. The wall plug adaptor is convenient. I have two. If the cost is more important to you than the convenience, do NOT get the adaptor. If the convenience is more important to you than the money, DO get the adaptor. Only YOU can decide that.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 11:02:51 PM PST
I just found a product that claims to be what I am looking for here:
Ectaco JetBook Color eBook Reader
But I have an extensive kindle library that I dont know if this is compatible with.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2013 11:21:29 PM PST
Kribu says:
Without removing DRM (which is, I believe, not entirely legal in the US), your Kindle books - at least those with DRM, which most of them will be - won't be compatible with it and cannot be converted.

Also, the Ectaco JetBook is/was aimed largely at schools or people reading non-fiction, I think - the colour is relatively "washed out" (think colour newspaper print, not colour magazine or good quality book print).

Another thing to keep in mind when choosing a reader for a small child: eInk readers are fragile. eInk screens in particular are fragile. It doesn't take a lot to destroy the screen. They hold up perfectly fine in normal use by a careful, responsible adult, but putting pressure or torque on the screen will destroy it, more likely than not. A toddler banging on the screen, biting the device or throwing it down and stomping on it will not end well.

Tablets are more durable, especially their screens (especially those that have Gorilla glass or something similar), but for a small child, board books are still the best in every way, especially as tactile involvement (being able to handle the book, turn the page and so on) is important for small children.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 12:59:21 AM PST
Sue says:

I have both the Kindle Fire and Paperwhite. I love the Paperwhite for reading because it does not cause strain on my eyes. I use the Kindle Fire for movies, games and magazines.

I did not get them at the same time but am glad I have both of them. My eyes got tired reading on the Fire. I am sure I am a lot older than your grandchildren. Also there are features on the Fire to limit the amount of time your children/grandchildren can use the Fire at one time.

For my audio books, i use my iPod Touch. They play great on there. I do not like them on my Kindles because they take up a lot of memory. Audiobooks are on large files.

If a iPod is out of your price range, any MP3 player would work just fine. I bought my audio books from

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 6:23:15 AM PST
BJWright says:
The Kindle Fire HD is a great choice for the color Ebooks and a lot of free educational apps also. Then you could get the Paperwhite for yourself. I am using my boss's backup Touch E-reader because I lost my Paperwhite. While the Touch is a perfectly good e-reader I want my Paperwhite back. NOW! LOL. As soon as I can afford it I am replacing it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 6:39:32 AM PST
However, do you have a smart phone? Ones with the little USB chargers? You can use that - the same thing - I have NEVER had problems with my kindle this way. Also there is a attachment, I don't know what it is called - but it plugs in the electrical outlet and you can add the usb cords in it - so you can change if you are charging little usb, big usb or ipod/ipad.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 8:35:23 AM PST
I don't know what you mean by "the PaperWhite will be slightly harder on your eyes than the Kindle, but not as hard on them as would be the Fires." The Paperwhite is no harder on the eyes than reading a book with a lamp turned on by your side.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 8:40:57 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 13, 2013 8:41:33 AM PST
J. Gatie says:
It's Erin. Nobody here knows what she means in 99% of what she (who claims to be a he) says. Besides, most sane folks stopped reading after she claimed "PaperWhite is FRONT lit, and puts out less UV light than do the BACK lit Fires."

"Come here kids! We have to put on some SPF 30 before you use Free Time!!" *rolleyes*

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 8:43:16 AM PST
TuxGirl says:
You would not want an eink kindle for a 2 year old. It may not be torn as easily as a paper book, but the screen is extremely fragile, and any pressure exerted on the screen (even from sticking it in a backpack with insufficient cover) will permanently damage the screen. My 4 year old is generally pretty careful for her age, and I still don't trust her with my paperwhite. She hasn't broke. The kindle keyboard yet, but she only gets it with lots of supervision. At 2, she would've broken the screen, I'm sure.

Posted on Nov 23, 2013 3:49:12 PM PST
John says:
Don't know if it's already been said, but you should be aware that you cannot read on the kindle fire outside in sunlight, even when overcast. So if reading outside is important to you, go with the paperwhite

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2014 6:23:45 PM PDT
Irene, Thanks for the Info on beach reading. You are correct. I own a Kindle Fire H D and it is impossible to read at the beach. While walking along the shoreline in the Florida Panhandle in Destin,I saw a women reading a book off a paper white kindle. There was absolutely no comparison.
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2014 11:53:05 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2014 11:59:04 AM PDT
Nooo, my PW came with a usb charger. But not an adapter for a house outlet.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2014 12:05:07 PM PDT
Contessa, no, it does not come with a charger.
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