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Which Kindle is best for reading only?

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Initial post: Oct 7, 2012 3:49:49 PM PDT
JHorne says:
I am wanting a kindle but there is so many choices! Just wanting it for books and magazines maybe. I have a DROID for games and internet so I don't know that I really need the fire. I need advice and pros & cons of each device!

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 3:53:34 PM PDT
gypsy1 says:
Well, for just reading books, the PaperWhite, hands down. But for magazines, I find the screen a little small, I love my iPad for magazines. If you think you might like to have the Kindle "read to you" (text to speech) than you would need a Kindle Touch or KeyBoard.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 3:54:22 PM PDT
GreyDay says:
If you plan to buy a lot of ebooks, thousands, and like them all on your kindle I would say go for the kindle keyboard. It holds more books.
If you want to read in low light conditions and are fine with only keeping a few books on your kindle with most of your books kept in Amazons Cloud storage I would get the paperwhite.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 3:56:11 PM PDT
T. McPherson says:
You have already eliminated the Fires, so you have gone a long way. I would suggest looking at the comparisons on the page and see which one has the features for you. You have to decide if you want a touch screen or a keyboard, and if you want a light or not. Which features are the best for you will decide. Anything anybody recommends here will just be based on their own preferences, and we all have them. Light or not is probably the first choice most people would make, but also Wifi or 3G, but that's only an issue if you travel a lot or don't have Wifi at home. Too many variables, so just start narrowing them down.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 3:58:42 PM PDT
 Ann says:
If you want a Kindle for reading books, any of the Kindle readers with e-ink screens would be great. In a nutshell:

Paperwhite - touch screen - no buttons, front-lighting, wifi-only or wifi+3G.
Kindle 'basic' - physical buttons / virtual keyboard, wifi-only, smallest/lightest model.
Kindle Keyboard - physical buttons and keyboard, wifi-only or wifi+3G, supports audiobooks and text-to-speech.

You can look at any of the product pages for details, and a nice comparison chart.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 4:01:23 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
E-ink Kindles offer extended battery life, freedom from glare (so they're easy to read outdoors), a small form factor and light weight. They're the top choice for extended reading sessions. E-ink cannot be back-lit like a tablet.

The new PaperWhite does have all of the above advantage, plus a built-in lighting system. The $69 Basic gives you everything you need with no frills or internal lighting. The Keyboard adds audio features, particularly electronic Text to Speech for books that enable that feature, and playback of audiobooks.

With the Keyboard and PW you can opto for 3G wireless connectivity in addition to the standard wifi.

I have one of each. My new Paperwhite is my favorite, but the very light and minimalist Basic has much to recommend it.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 4:01:41 PM PDT
For most people...1500+ books is different from "a few books" especially as the cloud storage is unlimited.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 4:07:07 PM PDT
Any of the e-inks. There is no one best. I have the Kindle Keyboard and the Kindle Basic and I thoroughly enjoy both. I'll be getting a Paperwhite in January and if it works out I'll retire the Keyboard to a friend.

Decisions. WiFi-only or 3G? For me, I've had both and I buy WiFi only. I just read, I do my book browsing at home on my computer and I don't need 3G. Some people do.

Button versus touch? I think it's simply a matter of preference. Both work. I've never had touch but I'll give it a try with the Paperwhite. I was not will to give it a try with the Touch.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 4:38:37 PM PDT
Paperwhite is excellent.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 5:13:05 PM PDT
JHorne says:
I would want Wi-Fi only and I have though about the lighting but I have lots of migraines and I'm wondering if the lighting would make it like staring at computer. Or are they all like that

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 5:20:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 7, 2012 6:37:02 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
No, the PaperWhite specifically avoids that issue. Rather than shining a light through the screen right into your eyes (backlighting, like a tablet or computer screen), it spreads light from the edge over the entire screen, diffusing it and focusing it downward at the e-ink surface, where it reflects back upward -- just as would happen with a reading lamp over your shoulder.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 5:25:26 PM PDT
JHorne says:
Does the fire have that same advantage? Paper white sounds pretty good

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 5:28:12 PM PDT
flipoid says:
Your other option is a clip-on light, or a case with either a built-in (made by Amazon) or slide-in (made by M-edge, for example) light right in the case, if you don't get the PaperWhite model (with the edge lighting)--if you go for the basic Kindle (non-touch-screen and no keyboard), the Kindle Keyboard, or a used Kindle Touch.

The e-ink Kindle screens look just like a page from a print book--no lighting at all, unless it's the PaperWhite model (and as others have said, even that is *not* like looking at a computer or tablet screen).

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 5:30:18 PM PDT
Keep in mind you have 30 daqys to return it for a refund if it doesn' meet your needs, so don't be afraid to try one!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 5:53:34 PM PDT
No, the Fire has a standard computer-type LCD screen.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 6:16:09 PM PDT
Second the Paperwhite for reading only. The built in light keeps you from having to spend $20 or more for a decent add on light and if you only intend to read, then sound isn't a problem. I really like the PW, but won't give up my Kindle Keyboard or the fire. Each has it's own niche.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 6:21:59 PM PDT
Gregory Lee says:
Paperwhite. Front-lit, better contrast, better resolution, better fonts.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 6:37:51 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
The Fire is a tablet so, no.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 8:18:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 7, 2012 9:12:08 PM PDT
My personal takes:
Kindle Fire: This would be my last choice. Kindle Fire comes with a color LCD screen. LCD is backlit and hence it will give you an eyestrain if you read for any extended period of time. But if color is very important to you and you don't mind eyestrain, get Kindle Fire HD 8.9". It's the biggest one.

Kindle DX: This would be my 2nd choice. It's 9.7" screen is great for reading Magazine or reading articles where there are a lot of diagrams or pictures. Just make sure you have 3G available in your area since Kindle DX supports 3G only (free), no Wi-Fi.

Kindle Paperwhite: This would be my 1st choice since I must have touch in order to be able to use the dictionary efficiently. I don't want to use the button to place the cursor to the right word with Kindle DX. It would be too cumbersome. Paperwhite also has excellent built-in lighting that evenly distribute the light across the screen and unlike Kindle Fire, Paperwhite is frontlit, not backlit. The LED is pointed to the screen and then reflected back to your eyes. I can read for hours with Paperwhite and I never get an eyestrain. The only thing is the screen is only 6", instead of 9.7" with Kindle DX. If you read magazines a lot or books with a lot of illustrations, Paperwhite wouldn't be a good choice.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 8:39:25 PM PDT
R. Nelson says:
JHorne - No, the Fire has a screen like a computer screen, backlighted.

And new advantage with paperwhite is adjusting the light level. You may find a clip-on light or lighted cover option to be to bright? Not sure of your light sensativity tolerance. But I don't know of any of those that have light levels to them, could be wrong. I'd stop in a Best Buy to check out the light levels on the Paperwhite and how you could adjust them to low and still be able to read if that is a concern.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 9:09:35 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
None of the retailers have the Paperwhite in stores yet to look at. Amazon delayed shipments to the stores until they completed all the pre-orders for their customers. There is a long thread about this on the forum.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 9:09:48 PM PDT
For reading, the Kindle Paperwhite is best, easily.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 9:47:47 PM PDT
In addition to the other comments, I'd like to add these things to consider:

If you like reading the kind of magazines that have a lot of photos, you might want to get one of the Fire models, because the e-ink Kindles don't do photos well (if at all).

If you're iffy on having a touchscreen e-ink reader, or if you might like music or audiobooks, get a Kindle Keyboard. I know I personally don't like having to jab at the screen to get a page to turn - I like to have a button that gives feedback right under my thumb.

If you read in bed a lot, or in dark environments like airplanes, you might appreciate the lighting that the Paperwhite has.

Lastly, if you travel a lot or if you do not have a WiFi network at home (if you don't know what it is, you don't have it), you might want to spend more money to get the 3G model as finding free WiFi isn't always easy. The 3G works like cellphone coverage, so if you can get a cellphone signal you will be able to access and buy/download new books on a 3G Kindle. The only Kindle Fire model offered with this kind of connection is the most expensive model, the Fire HD 4G.

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 6:14:18 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 8, 2012 6:23:32 AM PDT
For reading only, I recommend either the $69 Kindle Basic or the $119 Paperwhite. The Basic is still a great choice but it's only advantages are the lower price and physical page-turn buttons. I'm an avid reader and use mine 3-4 hours a day. However, I've ordered a Paperwhite and plan to switch over when it arrives.

For me, the main advantage of the Paperwhite is its built-in light which makes it much better for reading at night or in low light conditions. I don't like clip-on reading lights at all. They're awkward to use, provide uneven light, produce annoying glare on the screen and require frequent battery changes.

The Paperwhite also has better resolution and higher contrast. Furthermore, Amazon claims to have improved the PDF reader and the web browser but until I get a chance to use them, I can't comment on the improvements.

Both models have a virtual onscreen keyboard. For reading ebooks, the keyboard is relatively unimportant and the virtual keyboards work fine for almost everyone. The Paperwhite uses the touchscreen for all user input and actions and doesn't have physical page-turn buttons. This is one feature that I'll miss but the pros far outweigh the cons for the Paperwhite and, based on other user reviews, the new capacitive touch screen seems to work fine and I'm sure I'll get used to tapping the screen to turn pages.

There's no reason not to get the ad-supported special offers versions. You save some money and they're not annoying to most people but if you find that you don't like them, you can always pay to turn them off after purchase.

Until recently, I've also had a KK but once I got the Basic I found that I prefered its smaller size and lighter weight and stopped using the KK completely and I gave it away. Unless the audio/TTS features are important to you, I don't recommend the KK.

Whichever e-ink model you choose, you'll love reading on it so you really can't go wrong with any of them. I far prefer ebooks and would never switch back to reading DTB's except for reference books and textbooks.

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 6:28:51 AM PDT
JHorne says:
I have gotten great advice! I really am leaning toward kindle keyboard or the paper white. I don't mind touch screens in fact I forget everything isn't touch now. I would like to have the choice of reading magazines but I really don't care about the pictures. I really want to stay away from the fire models due to eye strain.
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